What You Didn’t Know about Josh Brolin and The Goonies

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Who doesn’t love The Goonies? It’s an American classic; one of the greatest films of our childhoods. The thing is, most of us were so young when this movie came out in 1985 that we never really learned much about the film, or its actors. That includes the famous Josh Brolin; one of the most handsome and most esteemed actors in Hollywood. This was his first ever movie role and it remains, to this day, his favorite role of all time. At the time, he had no idea that his success would go on to encompass all that it does today. Known  most for his role in movies and theater, Brolin hasn’t forgotten the role that began his career in acting; Brand from The Goonies. And as the movie prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2015, we take a look back at some of the things that Brolin has revealed to fans over the years about his role in the movie, and about the many things that happened on set no one knew about.

The Secret Pirate Ship

When the pirate ship was discovered in the film, producers wanted the reactions of the cast to be as real and genuine as possible. The only way to do that was to keep the entire thing a secret until it was time to reveal it. Unfortunately, Brolin was so excited and surprised to see it that he uttered an expletive that ruined the entire moment. In the end, the kids had to act out their surprise for the cameras despite all the hard work of the production crew to keep this big secret.

He Has Said Die

Goonies fans know that they never say die, but it seems the throughout the course of his life, Brolin has uttered the term. He’s not proud of it, but it’s happened. He’s still one of the gang, he has said the word, but he considers it something that’s no longer valid since it’s been almost 30 years.

He Was Not a Professional

When he was just a kid starring in his first movie, The Goonies, it seems Brolin wasn’t all that mature or professional about the job. I’m sure this is shocking to anyone with boys at home. However, he actually had the nerve to discuss with Steven Spielberg the fact that he believed his ideas for one scene were better than the script. What did he want to do and was he allowed to do it? No; he was not allowed to climb the walls of a cave, and no, those walls were not representative of his mother’s womb.

Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI

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