The actor participated in a lengthy Reddit AMA session on Thursday to promote his latest project, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” but ended up answering more questions about the 1985 classic directed by Richard Donner and produced by Steven Spielberg.
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Brolin — who played 16-year-old Brand (pictured above) — described his very first acting role as the most “fun” he’s ever had in his entire career, which went on to include “No Country for Old Men,” “Milk,” “True Grit” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Here are six things we learned from the Oscar nominee about the beloved childhood classic:
1. Yes, the cast all laughed about how they were on the hunt for a “One-Eyed Willie.”
“My first day at work, half the day was ruined because I giggled so much. My dad didn’t often bring me to the set, being an actor himself, so my infancy as an actor was wracked with a lot of giggles and nervousness.”
2. Brolin’s potty mouth ruined a big surprise the filmmakers had in store for the young cast:
“They didn’t show us the ship that was being built, which would now be CGI I’m sure, so this was long enough ago that everything was practical (which made things much more fun & fantastical) – so it was on a stage, the stage was a massive pool with a practical 110 foot boat built in it. And they backed us up into the stage, into the water, had the camera set up so that we could have an “organic” reaction, put us underwater, I came up out of the water, turned around, we all came up out of the water, I turned around and said ‘Holy shit!’ which ruined the whole take. And the surprise. So we had to resort to acting in the end.”
3. Steven Spielberg put Brolin in his place when he tried to implement the Stanislavski method on set.
“My craziest on-set story comes from during ‘The Goonies,’ when I came up to Spielberg and said that I wanted to climb the walls of the tunnels and that it represented my mother’s womb, for some odd reason. I was reading Stanislavski at the time and Spielberg’s response was, ‘Why don’t you just act.’”
4. “The Goonies” was as much fun to make as you imagined:
“I’ve never had more fun on a movie than I did on the Goonies. I thought that was how it was going to be for the rest of my career. And even though there have been massive fluctuations in the past 30 years, I still hold that as my greatest experience.”
5. “The Goonies” is the only reason he was cast in 1986 skater punk drama “Thrashin”:
“On the audition, part of the audition process was me having to skateboard outside while they watched me from across the street, second floor window. I hit a pebble, my skateboard went out into the street, and an 18 wheeler ran over it. The only reason I got the part was because ‘The Goonies’ poster was up at the time. But yes I got the part.”
6. The Goonies never say die, a slogan which applies to the “possibility” of a sequel, too.
“There’s always a possibility. Seriously, no teasing. About every 5 years it comes up. I’ve never read a script. It seems that recently in the last year, there’s been more talk of it than usual from the likes of Corey Feldman and Richard Donner. But that’s as far as it’s gone for me. I don’t know how I feel about a sequel, given that I love the original movie so much.”