Jerry O’Connell apologized to his “Stand by Me” co-star Wil Wheaton on Thursday’s episode of “The Talk” for not being aware he was suffering from child abuse while performing the classic coming of-age classic from 1986. Wheaton told Yahoo Entertainment in May 2021 that his parents “forced” him to be a child actor, adding that he suffered “a combination of incredible emotional abuse from my father and a lot of manipulation from my mother.” The actor channeled the pain his parents caused for his performance in Stand by Me.
“When I look at ‘Stand By Me’ now, I can’t ignore the incredible sadness in my eyes,” Wheaton said at the time. “And I can’t ignore the reality that it was that sadness, that isolation, that I think gave me what Gordie needed to come to life.”
O’Connell is co-host of The Talk and used Wheaton’s appearance on the talk to apologize: “I heard before you spoke about some of the struggles you went through during ‘Stand by Me.’ and you know while i was 11 at the time that’s an apology, i want to apologize for not being there for you when you were younger.
“But I want to say that you never know what someone’s going through when you’re with them,” O’Connell added. “I don’t feel guilty, but I just want to say I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you more.”
“You were 11,” Wheaton replied. “How could you know that? Also, anyone in the audience who has survived trauma knows we’re really, really, really good at covering up what we’re going through.”
Stand By Me is a 1959 drama series starring O’Connell, Wheaton, River Phoenix and Corey Feldman as four friends who discover the body of a missing boy while hiking. Directed by Rob Reiner and based on the Stephen King novel, the film received an Oscar nomination for an Adapted Screenplay and grossed $52 million worldwide.
https://variety.com/2022/film/news/jerry-oconnell-apologizes-wil-wheaton-child-abuse-stand-by-me-1235233625/ Jerry O’Connell Apologizes to Wil Wheaton for ‘Stand by Me’ Child Abuse