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Published On: Wed, May 28th, 2014

Wil Wheaton talks ‘Stand By Me,’ child actors and ‘The Big Bang Theory’

From Stand By Me as a breakout child role to Star Trek: The Next Generation to appearances on The Big Bang Theory, Wil Wheaton has created a legacy popular among “geeks and nerds.” Now Wheaton will get a chance to host his own show on SyFy, The Wil Wheaton Project, and talked with Larry King about the show and his famous roles.

big-bang-wil-wheaton sheldon Jim Parsons bowling photoWil Wheaton talks to Larry about River Phoenix and also comments on the three different groups of child actors on Stand By Me.

“We all knew that Stand By Me was going to be something special. We all just felt it on the set. I don’t think any of us were prepared for it to become what it became,” said Wil. “[River Phoenix] felt everything and it’s what made him such a wonderful, wonderful actor.”
 
“I figured out really early on that there were kids in audition rooms who were there because it was fun to pretend, it was fun to make believe. Then there were kids whose parents wanted them to be famous. And there were kids who wanted to be famous. They weren’t doing it because they loved the art and weren’t doing it because they loved the make believe. They were doing it because it was thrust upon them.”
 
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Why Wil likes to play evil Wil Wheaton on The Big Bang Theory.

“I just thought that the email was a joke from one of my friends so I just ignored it,” said Wil Wheaton about his first reaction to being invited onto Big Bang Theory. “In drama I play villains. My function in scripted entertainment is to be the guy you love to hate. It’s always more fun to be the villain.”

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Wil Wheaton tells how he got the part of Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He opens up about his hobby — making home brew beer — and he also explains more about his upcoming show on SyFy, The Wil Wheaton Project, and why “it’s sort of like Talk Soup for nerds.”

 
To watch the entire interview, click here:
http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/wil-wheaton-0_1je9ygo978gd

About Larry King Now
 
Now in its second season,  Larry King Now is available online Monday through Thursday on Ora.tv and Hulu. On Hulu.com, the show is one of the top viewed for original programming. The show was nominated for the 2013 and 2014 Webby Awards and was in the top three finalists for Variety Programming in 2014.
 
In February 2014, Larry King Now had over 4.6 million views total between Ora.tv and Hulu.

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    […] From Stand By Me as a breakout child role to Star Trek: The Next Generation to appearances on The Big Bang Theory, Wil Wheaton has created a legacy popular among “geeks and nerds.” Now Wheaton will get a chance to host his own show on SyFy, The Wil Wheaton Project, and talked with Larry King about the show and his famous roles. Continue @ theglobaldispatch.com […]

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