USA Updates Wil Wheaton ‘deeply affected by’ ‘Stand By Me’ costar Jerry O’Connell’s apology
Jerry O’Connell wishes he could have stood up a little more with his “Stand By Me” costar Wil Wheaton as the child star endured multiple traumas in silence.
“I’ve heard you talk about some of your struggles during ‘Stand by Me’ before, and you know, when I was 11 at the time, it’s an excuse; when you were younger, your I apologize for not having any more,” O’Connell said on “The Talk” on Thursday. “But I want to say, for the bigger picture, you never know what someone is going through when you’re with them. I don’t feel guilty, but I just want to say I’m sorry I There was no more for you.”
Wheaton is opened up about his difficult childhood Claiming that her parents “forced” her to become a child actor and that she suffered “incredible emotional abuse from my father”.
The “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star, 49, replied that he “deeply” appreciated O’Connell’s kind words, but noted, “You were 11. How could you possibly know? Well, everyone in the audience who is a trauma survivor knows this: We’re real, real, real good at covering what we’re going through.”
Wheaton was 14 when he starred alongside O’Connell, River Phoenix and Corey Feldman in the 1986 coming-of-age classic, which was directed by Rob Reiner.
He recently released a memoir titled, “Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir.,
In it he writes about being a Unpleasant meeting with Captain KirkeeOn the “Star Trek” set, aka William Shatner, that was so damning, “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry caught wind of it.
“Will, Bill Shatner is an ass, don’t you worry about him, okay?” Wheaton says Roddenberry told him. “I’m so proud to have you on my show. Don’t you ever forget that.”