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Where does Sean Astin stand on The Goonies 2? By his comment during a recent Reddit AMA, optimistic seems to be the general tone for the actor who played Mikey in the original film. In addition to ensuring a "magic" sequel to The Goonies, Astin also shared a bit of trivia about the Cyndi Lauper's "The Goonies 'R Good Enough" music video.
We learned back in April that a followup to The Goonies was (still) in the works. While not much is known about what's planned for the sequel, from what director Richard Donner says, The Goonies producer Steven Spielberg is behind the idea for it. Sean Astin brought up both Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner when he commented on the sequel during the Reddit Ask Me Anything this weekend. "The first one was magic. The second one will be too, or Steven and Dick won't do it," Astin told Redditors, confidently.
It's that kind of support and optimism hardcore fans likely want to hear, especially when we consider how beloved and appreciated the film was by a generation of kids. The Goonies was magical, not only in the way it brought a pirate treasure hunt to a modern-day story, but also in its efforts to tell a story about a group of kids working together to save their town. Just as ET did, The Goonies succeeded in making kids the heroes of the story. Hopefully the sequel will tap into some of that magic as well.
During the AMA, Astin also finished a story he never got to tell on the audio commentary featured on The Goonies DVD and Blu-ray. During the part of the film when Cyndi Lauper's "The Goonies 'R Good Enough" song is playing on the TV, Sean Astin -- during the commentary on the DVD -- tries to use the scene as an opportunity to tell Lauper something. But then the scene changes and he never gets to say what he wanted to say. One Redditor gave Astin the opportunity to finish what he had to say.
"That was a good one," Astin responded. "Cyndi Lauper was wondering why we Goonies were hang dogging during the amazing Good Enough Video... I wanted to apologize to her :-))) all in good fun..."
Just to be clear, Astin is not referring to the scene when Lauper is on the TV screen during The Goonies. As Corey Feldman explains in the commentary, they didn't actually hear that song until after the movie was made. Sean Astin is referring to the "Goonies 'R Good Enough" music video that featured Captain Lou Albano, Rowdy Roddy Piper and other pro-wrestlers, along with Cyndi Lauper and the cast of The Goonies...
From the sound of it, the kids weren't exactly in high spirits on the set of the music video.
"Moping...I retract the other phrase," Astin clarifies, when asked what 'hang dogging' means. "We were spaced out because it was saturday after a long week. but we flipping loved that song and wanted to do lots of vids with the Great Cyndi Lauper!!!"
So I guess the song was good enough for the Goonies. Heh. (Sorry).
Astin participated in the Reddit AMA in an effort to promote a documentary, which is in need of some funding. Titled Sultana, the documentary is about "the greatest U.S. maritime disaster you've never heard of." Sultana has only three days left on its Kickstarter campaign, and it still needs more than $10,000 in order to meet its goal.
There are some Goonies-related incentives for backers. More information on that at Kickstarter.