EXCLUSIVE: 'Hook' Turns 25! The Lost Boys Remember Robin Williams on the Second Anniversary of His Death
By Denny Directo
It’s been 25 years since Robin Williams flew onto the silver screen as Peter Pan in Hook. To mark the occasion, the original Lost Boys reunited for the first time ever, returning to Neverland for an epic throwback photo shoot. Only ET was behind-the-scenes for the nostalgic reunion.
“We haven't seen each other in quite some time but I almost feel like there was no lost time,” James Madio (“Don’t Ask”) shared with ET's Denny Directo. “We just picked it up right away where we were and just reminiscing about everything. It's just really cool.”
The young stars ranged from six to 17 years old during filming, and for many of them it was their first acting role ever. The massive practical sets that director Steven Spielberg had built on the Sony Pictures lot proved to be one big playground for these young actors.
“I had no idea the gravity of what was going on,” Thomas Tulak (“Too Small"), who was the youngest of the bunch, admitted. “I was just playing around, you know.”
Brian Pocrass, CEO/Producer of 22 Vision, the production company behind recent cast reunions for The Little Rascals and School of Rock, has spent the past two years trying to get the Lost Boys together.
“Hook is just one of those movies that people really grew up on,” he said. “To get them together to remember Robin and celebrate this milestone is something that I loved being a part of.”
Pocrass and his team also recreated each of the characters' classic looks for a throwback photoshoot 25 years in the making. For Dante Basco, that meant slipping back into the iconic feathered mohawk, ripped jeans and tights and showing off that bare midriff again as Rufio, leader of the Lost Boys.
“You have to understand, when you're 15 and you're doing this Steven Spielberg movie with megastars-- Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts-- you know you want to be cool,” Basco laments. “I don’t know how cool I’m going to look with my belly button out!”
“I mean, through the months it grew on me and now, I mean, years later it's become this iconic, iconic look that people cosplay around the world.”
But the reunion offered the guys way more than a trip down memory lane, it was also a chance to pay tribute to their late co-star, Robin Williams. This week marks the second anniversary of Williams’ death.
“I think for all of us [Robin’s death] was the death of our childhood,” Basco said of the loss. “There's sadness there, also there's a lot of space to kinda celebrate one of the most legendary artists of our time.”
“[Robin] really taught me at a young age what it means to be a star, what it means to be a leader on a set,” he continued. “Everything you want Robin Williams to be he delivered in spades.”
“He kept the set very alive,” Madio added. “He made sure that he had a relationship with each and every one of us.”
“It was like his mission to make sure everyone around him is happy and laughing all the time,” Tulak shared.
“That's what I think his power was: his reach and being able to make anybody-- even through a television screen or a movie screen-- make you feel so great,” Ryan Francis (“Young Peter Pan”) added.
When asked if there is anything they wish they could have told Robin before he passed, the group offered a resounding “thank you” to the man who clearly made an important impact on their lives.
“Every cloud has a silver lining,” Isaiah Robinson (“Pockets”) offered. “For me personally as someone who has kinda avoided the film, his passing has really help me to begin to come to terms and [I] began to really embrace what a great thing it is that we all were part of.”
“A lot of the things we became, all these years later, are directly because of him.”
Watch the video above to hear more from the cast and their memories with Robin on Hook. Find out with the cast has been up to since 1991 below.
Dante Basco (“Rufio”)
Twitter: @dantebasco Instagram: @dantebasco Facebook: @OfficialDanteBasco
Today, Basco resides in Los Angeles where he’s currently writing and producing projects with Kinetic Films. In addition to occasionally still performing on-camera, Basco performs a lot of voice acting for animation projects. You may recognize his voice as the mighty Prince Zuko in the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Raushan Hammond (“Thud Butt”)
Twitter:@tvyouno Today, the multi-talented entertainer is a world-renowned magician and illusionist. In addition to touring the country with his full scale production show, Hammond has also written and produced several independent films, and rumor has it that he’s creating a Hook spinoff where he’d reprise his iconic role as Thud Butt.
James Madio (“Don’t Ask”)
Twitter: @jamesmadio Instagram:@jamesmadio Today, the married father of two young boys continues to act steadily in film and TV. Currently, Madio is in production on the biopic Pep, where he will play the legendary featherweight champion Willie Pep, as well as serve as a producer on the film.
Ryan Francis ("Young Peter Pan”)
Today, Francis is a successful filmmaker in Los Angeles. He wrote, directed & produced the feature film Do Over, starring Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett. Ryan also directed music videos for singer/songwriters Liam Horne and Stacy Barthe, and is currently in post-production on a post-apocalyptic pilot set in 2027 Los Angeles.
Thomas Tulak ("Too Small") YouTube: youtube.com/thomastulak Thomas is now an award-winning independent filmmaker, director, and YouTuber. He produces several series on his YouTube channel including a comedy vlog, and an instructional series about filmmaking. Along with Thomas’ team over at Easily Amused Group Productions, he is currently in production on a proof of concept short, as an effort to direct his first feature.
Isaiah Robinson (“Pockets") Instagram:@zayrob423
Today, the talented Robinson resides in Chicago where he’s an accomplished musician, composer, and teacher. As an ensemble member of Silent Theatre Company, choir master for Life Center Church, and Vocalist for the Stu Hirsh Orchestra, Robinson is thrilled and thankful to make a living through his art. However, he is most proud of singing with his family, as well as his job working with children as a music instructor for the Lookingglass Theatre Company.
Ahmad Stoner ("No Nap”)
Instagram: @stoner_is_my_real_name A resident of Los Angeles, Stoner decided to give up acting to pursue various business ventures. His current professional career consists of his consulting and training for manufacturers, and working on his recently launched tech company out of Houston, TX.
Bo Georghe (“Noseminer”)
After the life changing experience that was Hook, for which Georghe was originally cast due to his gymnastic ability, he continued competing in gymnastics where he won a California State title in his division. Once Georghe's gymnastic days were behind him, he joined the USMC reserve which allowed him to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications. Today, Georghe owns and operates BAD Creative, a boutique graphic design agency in Los Angeles. In fact, the incredibly talented Georghe reated the teaser poster for this #Hook25th project!
Brett & Bryan Willis ("Sooner & Later”) Brett’s Twitter:@brettwillis32 Brett’s Instagram: @brettwillis32 Brett and Bryan gave up "Hollywood" shortly after Hook premiered, hanging up their characters' early 1900s boy scout uniforms. For the past 15 years, the twin brothers have been proudly wearing uniforms once again, but this time as firefighters for the city of Los Angeles. Their successful careers as firemen have allowed them to rise through the ranks and now they are proud to hold the title of Fire Captain, each leading their own firehouses. Brett & Bryan are also both married with children – Brett with a baby boy, and Bryan with two little girls.