Wil Wheaton moved by Jerry O’Connell’s apology

Jerry O’Connell wished he could have been a little more supportive of his Stand By Me co-star Wil Wheaton as the child actor endured a lot of trauma in secret.

“I heard before you talked about some of the struggles you went through during ‘Stand by Me’ and you know when I was 11 at the time it’s an excuse; I want to apologize for not being there for you when you were younger,” O’Connell said on The Talk on Thursday. “But I want to say that you never know what someone’s going through when you’re with them. I don’t feel guilty, but I just want to say I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you more.”

Wheaton has opened up about his difficult childhood, claiming his parents “forced” him to be a child actor and that he suffered “incredible emotional abuse from my father.”

The ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ star, 49, responded that he appreciated O’Connell’s kind words “deeply” but noted, “You were 11. How did you know? Also, anyone in the audience who has survived trauma knows we’re really, really, really good at covering up what we’re going through.”

Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell in "Stand by Me."
The film also starred Corey Feldman and River Phoenix.
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Wheaton was 14 when he starred in the 1986 coming-of-age classic, directed by Rob Reiner, alongside O’Connell, River Phoenix and Corey Feldman.

He recently published a memoir titled Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir.

Wil Wheaton
Wheaton has just published a new paper.
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In it, he writes about an awkward meeting with Captain Kirk, aka William Shatner, on the set of Star Trek that was so off-putting that Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry caught wind of it.

“Wil, Bill Shatner is an ass, don’t worry about him, okay?” Wheaton says Rodenberry told him. “I’m so proud to have you on my show. Never forget that.”

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