If you grew up in the ’80s, you probably have watched Richard Donner’s classic film “The Goonies” a number of times. But there’s an infamous scene that was cut from the original theatrical release that you might not know about. We spoke with Sean Astin at the Sharper Image pop-up shop in Times Square to hear more about the scene and how it actually makes a lot of sense considering a certain line at the end of the movie. Following is a transcript of the video.
Sean Astin: When you talk about “Goonies,” it’s 30-something years of people’s enjoyment of the movie and the kind of fandom that won’t go anywhere.
It’s just there. People love it. And they love it with their kids. And then when their kids get older, they grow up on it.
Mikey: Hi Willy. You’ve been expecting me.
Sean Astin: Some people who really follow it know that there was an octopus sequence at the end of the movie, before we left the pirate ship chamber, where a giant, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” size octopus starts attacking us, and a couple of the kids fend it off.
But it didn’t look that good, so they didn’t leave it in the film.
Data: Giant sushi!
Sean Astin: But the clue is that Data, Ke Huy Quan’s character, when the police ask us what happened, he leads with, “The octopus was very scary.”
Man: What happened out there? Were your lives in danger?
Data: The octopus was very scary.
Data: Yeah, it was very dangerous.
Sean Astin: And then I’m like … I don’t know how I feel about the fact that they left it in. Because it’s funny. But it’s annoying, because it doesn’t …
Apparently there’s a version of the movie that you can get on DVD or whatever, where you can see the octopus sequence. And I must say, I’ve never seen it.
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