Jerry O Connell shared a heart-to-heart with 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 the Golden Child. We are both the scapegoats in the family. So when I look at ‘Stand by Me’ right now, I 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?”
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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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