Jerry O’Connell wishes he could have stayed a little closer to his “Stand By Me” co-star Wil Wheaton, as the child actor went through a lot of trauma in silence.
“I heard before you about some of the struggles you went through on ‘Stand by Me,’ and you know, being 11 at the time, that’s an excuse; I want to apologize for not being there for you more when you were younger,” O’Connell said on “The Talk” on Thursday. “But I mean, on the whole, you never know what someone goes through when you’re with him. I don’t feel guilty, but I just want to say I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you more.
Wheaton opened up about his difficult childhood, saying his parents “forced” him into becoming a child actor and that he suffered “unbelievable 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 years old. How could you have known? Plus, any bystander who’s survived trauma knows this: we’re really, really, really good at covering up 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 directed by Rob Reiner.
He recently published a memoir called “Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir”.
In it, he writes that he had an unpleasant encounter with Captain Kirk, aka William Shatner, on the set of “Star Trek,” which was so heinous that “Star Trek” creator Gene Rodenberry caught wind of it.
“Wil, Bill Shatner is an asshole, don’t worry about him, okay?” Wheaton says Rodenberry told him. “I’m so proud to have you on my show. Never forget that.