The Movie Matthew Morrison Has 'Seen A Million Times'

The Movie Matthew Morrison Has 'Seen A Million Times'

6:18pm Jun 22, 2013
Actor Jeff Cohen in a scene from The Goonies.
Actor Jeff Cohen in a scene from <em>The Goonies</em>.
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The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

Actor and singer Matthew Morrison's credits include the TV show Glee and the movies The Muppets and What to Expect When You're Expecting. The movie he could watch a million times is the cult classic The Goonies.


Interview Highlights

On why he loved The Goonies as a kid

"When I saw it as a kid, you know, it was kind of that adventure that every kid wants to have. I felt very jealous of the kids in the movie."

On why he thinks this movie is timeless

"This movie absolutely stands up as an adult. Whenever I find someone who hasn't seen it, I get so excited cause I want to talk about it and kind of build it up because this movie actually does live up to the expectation, you can't build this movie up high enough. It is the gold standard for an action-adventure-fantasy story."

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Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Last week, we spoke with one of the stars of the TV show "Glee" about his new album, and we decided to use the opportunity to ask him the following question: What's the movie you've watched a million times?

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MATTHEW MORRISON: Hello, hello. My name is Matthew Morrison. I am an actor, singer, dancer. And my favorite movie that I have seen a million times is "The Goonies," directed by Richard Donner, starring Sean Astin, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin. First of all, it starts with a - an awesome car chase that actually introduces every one of the characters throughout the car chase, which I think was a brilliant opening to it.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

KERI GREEN: (as Andy) OK, you guys. Let's try the victory pyramid.

MORRISON: There's these noble but poor kids. They find out that their families are about to be evicted from their homes. They live in a place called the Goon Docks.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

JONATHAN KE QUAN: (as Data) They can't wait until tomorrow where they foreclose on the whatever you call it?

COREY FELDMAN: (as Mouth) Trash the Goon Docks.

MORRISON: And they form a friendship, and they call themselves, of course, the Goonies. And they find in the attic of their house what they think is a treasure map.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

SEAN ASTIN: (as Mikey) You guys, just what if this map can lead to One-Eyed Willy's rich stuff?

QUAN: (as Data) Maybe

ASTIN: (as Mikey) Then we wouldn't have to leave the Goon Docks.

MORRISON: And that begins their quest to find the treasure. And at the beginning of their quest, they are captured by a family of bank robbers called the Fratellis.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

ANNE RAMSEY: (as Mama Fratelli) The only thing we serve is tongue. You boys like tongue?

MORRISON: All of them escape except for the fat kid, Chunk.

(SOUNDBITE OF CRYING)

MORRISON: They go on this journey through underground caves, and they have to go through all these booby traps.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

ASTIN: (as Mikey) I'm setting booty traps.

QUAN: (as Data) Booby traps.

ASTIN: (as Mikey) That's what I've said. I said I'm setting booby in case of anybody's following us.

MORRISON: Meanwhile, Chunk is placed into a cell with one of the Fratelli's kids, who is actually kind of this deformed monster, and they call him Sloth.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

JOHN MATUSZAK: (as Sloth) Sloth.

JEFF COHEN: (as Chunk) Chunk.

MORRISON: But as a kid, you know, I think the coolest part for me was towards the end, before they find the ship, they go down this crazy long waterslide.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

MORRISON: It looked like so much fun, so much fun to film, I'm sure. And they all kind of get spat out into this big lake of water in this underground cave. And then they're all hugging each other, like, we made it, we made it, and then they all look and the pirate ship is there for the first time.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

FELDMAN: (as Mouth) Oh, my God.

ASTIN: (as Mikey) Oh, wow.

MORRISON: The Goonies prevail over the bank robbers, and then they reach their family just in time to save their homes.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

ASTIN: (as Mikey) We don't have to leave the Good Docks.

KEITH WALKER: (as Irving) There'll be no more signing today or ever again.

MORRISON: God, there's so many lines in that movie I just love. The line that stand out for me is definitely the speech - up there, that's their time.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

ASTIN: (as Mikey) Their time up there.

MORRISON: Down here, this is our time.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

ASTIN: (as Mikey) Down here, it's our time. It's our time down here.

MORRISON: The truffle shuffle.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GOONIES")

FELDMAN: (as Mouth) First, you got to do the truffle shuffle.

MORRISON: Yes, indeed.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MORRISON: Whenever I find someone who hasn't seen it, I get so excited because I want to talk about it and kind of build it up because this movie actually does live up to the expectations. You can't build this movie up high enough. It is the gold standard for an action-adventure-fantasy story. Goonies never say die. Absolutely.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOONIES 'R' GOOD ENOUGH")

CYNDI LAUPER: (Singing) Good enough...

LYDEN: That's actor and singer Matthew Morrison talking about the movie he could watch a million times, "The Goonies." His new album is called "Where It All Began." Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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