Jerry O’Connell touched down on his childhood co-star Wil Wheaton on “The Talk” on Thursday.
O’Connell and Wheaton starred in the 1986 coming-of-age drama “Stand by Me,” directed by Rob Reiner and co-starring Corey Feldman and River Phoenix. During Wheaton’s appearance on the CBS talk show, O’Connell apologized to the “The Big Bang Theory” star for not being emotionally standing at the time.
O’Connell told Wheaton, “I heard you talk about some of your struggles during ‘Stand by Me’ before and you know, while I was 11 at the time, it’s an excuse.” “I apologize for not being there for you any more when you were younger.”
He continued: “For the bigger picture, you never know what someone is going through when you’re with them. I don’t feel guilty, but all I want to say is that I’m sorry for you. There was no more.”
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In a May 2021 interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Wheaton revealed that he experienced “incredible emotional abuse” and “manipulation” from his parents, which he said forced them to act as a child. did, in her performance as Gordy Lachance in the film.
“Gordy’s experience was very reflective of my experience,” he told the outlet. “We are both invisible in our homes. We both have a brother who is a golden child. We are both the scapegoats in the family. So when I watch ‘Stand By Me’ right now, I can’t ignore the incredible sadness in my eyes. And I can’t ignore the reality that it was that sadness, that I think the separation gave me what Gordy needed to come to life and I think Rob Reiner saw that. ,
Wheaton accepted O’Connell’s apology. “I appreciate it so much,” he said, “you were 11. How could you possibly know?”
“Everyone in the audience who is a trauma survivor knows this: We’re real, real, genuinely good at what we’re doing,” Wheaton said.
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The 49-year-old actor, who also starred in the 1991 action thriller “Toy Soldiers” and the sci-fi series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” is also a longtime mental health advocate. Wheaton made waves in 2018 with his Medium essay “My name is Will Wheaton.” I live with chronic depression and generalized anxiety. I’m not shamed,” based on remarks he made at a National Alliance on Mental Illness convention.
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Contribution: Alex Bisse, Asbury Park Press