'It's not a question of if, but when,' says the actor who played Mikey Walsh in the '80s classic
The Goonies star Sean Astin has predicted that a belated sequel will definitely happen one day.
Astin starred as Mikey Walsh in the classic 1985 movie, which was directed by Richard Donner and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Though it’s now been more than 30 years since The Goonies was released, Astin insisted that the film’s enduring popularity will guarantee a sequel gets made eventually.
“I have said and will always say, that it’s not a question of if, but rather of when the sequel gets made,” Astin told Tulsa World. “The precise makeup of it, I have no idea. Whether I will be in it, no idea. Whether they would even want the original cast in it, no idea.”
“It’s actually bigger than everybody,” the actor continued. “It’s bigger than even Steven (Spielberg), who created it. It’s bigger than Richard Donner, who breathed such strong life into it. It’s now a part of American cultural lore, and the studio has a lot to gain from promoting it, so you can take it to the bank that people will get to enjoy it more.”
Astin went on to give the sequel his backing, saying: “Goonies is pret-a-porter for a sequel, man. It is ready to wear. I thought it would be a great animated series, then you could do all kinds of stuff, unencumbered from budget issues and that stuff. But people want it. People want to see it.”
The Goonies celebrated its 30th anniversary in June and Richard Donner recently revealed that shooting the film’s popular “truffle shuffle” scene was a painful experience. In the scene, Jeff Cohen’s character Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen is told he can’t come back into the house until he performs the “truffle shuffle”, a dance movie which plays on his overweight physique.
“So much humour comes from pain,” Donner said earlier this month as he recalled shooting the scene. “Although I’m sure he was too young to be analytical about it, I’m sure that was part of his instincts. It was a painful scene.”