13 Things We Learned About Josh Brolin (and 'The Goonies') From His Reddit Chat
Josh Brolin was online and “over caffeinated” Thursday morning as he answered fan questions on Reddit. Sure, it’s a day before Sin City: A Dame to Kill For comes out in theaters, but Brolin seemed more interested in talking about his first film — the 1985 fantasy-adventure The Goonies — as well as other highlights from his nearly three-decade long film career.
The 46-year-old reveled in the randomness of his live commentary, covering topics ranging from Patricia Arquette’s underarms to Christian Bale’s uncanny resemblance to his actor, father James Brolin. He even weighed in on his famous stepmother Barbra Streisand, though we’re not quite sure what he meant by [sic] “hashtag: yentl,” referencing her critically acclaimed 1983 drama. As we think on that one a bit, here are 13 highlights from Brolin’s zany online conversation:
1. Brolin may love The Goonies more than life itself.
"I’ve never had more fun on a movie," he wrote, saying it remains his "greatest experience." As for that kiss with co-star Kerri Green: It was "wet."
2. The film’s pirate ship was kept secret.
Filmmakers intended to capture an “organic reaction” when the young Goonies cast first saw the big pirate ship, “which would now be CGI,” Brolin observed. “I turned around and said, ‘Holy sh—!’ which ruined the whole take. And the surprise. So we had to resort to acting in the end.”
3. Spielberg set Brolin straight.
Since it was his first gig in front of the camera, Brolin ruined a lot of takes with giggles and nerves. At one point, he recalled he tried to get artsy, telling Steven Spielberg he wanted to climb the tunnel walls because it “represents my mother’s womb.” Spielberg’s response: “Why don’t you just act.”
4. ‘Goonies never say die. And I am a Goonie.’
Brolin evoked the famous Goonies line when a Reddit user dared to question whether he has ever, indeed, said “die.” Brolin added that it was “an invalid question.”