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Karly Rayner

Although The Goonies is crammed to the rafters with memorable quotes and moments, the 'truffle shuffle' is probably the iconic '80s movie's most enduring moment, but apparently filming it was more harrowing than hilarious.

If you need a reminder of just how the standout scene goes down, check out the clip below before reading on:

Director Richard Donner explained to Uproxx that filming the scene with the young Jeff Cohen (Chunk) was so difficult to shoot that he thought about it for years afterwards. The 85-year-old explained to interviewers that watching a child improvise their own humiliation was very hard for him, he told them that:

"There was no direction. I don't take any credit for that, it was just Jeff. He had to stand on that stump and be ridiculed by his friends so he could come in the house, and he did it as best as that character could do it. So much humor comes from pain. Although, I'm sure he was too young to be analytical about it, but I'm sure that was part of his instincts. It was a painful scene."

As a kid, I always found this supposedly side-splitting scene horribly uncomfortable to watch so I totally understand where Donner is coming from on this one.

Spielberg trying to scare Donner while he hangs out with Cohen and Ke Quan.
Spielberg trying to scare Donner while he hangs out with Cohen and Ke Quan.

After bonding with Cohen on the set and seeing how he was uncomfortable with his weight, Donner went on to provide him with a trainer and some gym equipment to allow the young actor to become more at home in his own skin, Donner told Uproxx that:

"I got him a gym and some instruction and someone to work with. He lost lots of weight and built this great physique and became captain of his wrestling team in high school, captain of his football team, and president of his school class for two years in a row. I'm not saying I did it, but I know that when he started putting pride into his body and self a lot of things changed. I was probably closer to him."

Although he will always be remembered as the chubby kid, Jeff Cohen has successfully kept the weight off in his adult life and is currently working as a successful entertainment attorney.

While Richard Donner might be uncomfortable with the 'truffle shuffle' scene, Cohen has a much more relaxed relationship with his iconic role in the '80s adventure romp. He explained to The Daily Mail how being Chunk from The Goonies doesn't really affect his work or make people take him less seriously, he said:

"My clients get a kick out of the fact their lawyer is Chunk. They dig it. With my job, I’m dealing with legitimately famous people, so it’s just silly and fun. I’m usually only the fifth most famous person in the room at any one time."

Cohen also happens to have a painting of him performing the infamous jiggling move on his office wall for all of his clients to see.

I guess having more ownership of the scene and also being a child at the time has given Cohen and Donner totally different perspectives on the 'truffle shuffle,' but it's easy to see how a grown adult could feel deeply uncomfortable if they thought they coerced a child into doing something humiliating.

(Source: The Independent via Uproxx and The Daily Mail)


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