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So, uh . . . there's a story about me in today's New York Times.
Oh my god. The New York Times. And it's incredible.
In 1000 words John Schwartz captures and communicates who I am, what I am, where I am, and (most importantly) why I am. I always hope that reporters will understand me, but John grokked me.
I spoke with John for about 90 minutes last week, and the story he wrote is in today's edition of the Times: A Computer Is Also a Screen, Wil Wheaton Discovers.
I was going to buy the reprint rights so I could put it up here, but the Times wants $1,000 from me for a year, and as much as I'd like to spare you all the annoying-but-free registration, I think that money would be better spent on some bills. The bugmenot plugin for Firefox calls . . . :) Update: or you can use this NYT-approved blog-friendly link. Thanks to countless e-mailers and commenters who pointed it out, and to Aaron Swartz who wrote the oh-so-useful code.
The absolute best part, the part that made me scream out in joy and run laps around my living room is:
Mr. Wheaton said that on the "CSI" set, he had to manage a potential conflict between his new writerly self and the professional actor. "It was unbelievably difficult for me the first two days I was working on the show to be very present," he said. "They'd say 'Cut!' and I'd say, 'I can't wait to write about this!'"
If he was distracted, it didn't show, said Duane Clark, the director of the episode. Mr. Wheaton had originally tried out for a smaller role, a hotel clerk. But after seeing his audition tape, Carol Mendelsohn, one of the executive producers, suggested giving him the meatier role of Walter, even though the writers had drawn him as an older alcoholic. A younger drug addict, she said, might prove more menacing, more interesting.
At first, Mr. Clark said, the writers said, "Wil Wheaton, a crack addict - are you nuts?" But Mr. Clark said that Mr. Wheaton brought "a lot of scary volatility" to the role.
"He really dug his teeth into it," Mr. Clark said, "and on his own came up with a backstory of who Walter was."
"He really filled out what could have been a caricature. " he said.
When I read that the producer and director believed in me, and the writers took a chance on me . . . well, I'm speechless.
And if all this wasn't enough, John helps me put some nails into that "former child actor" coffin:
To Mr. Wheaton, the experience on "CSI" is proof, if any is needed, that he's still in the game. "When you say a 'former child star,' you may as well say 'failed child star,' " he said. "The fact is, Jodie Foster is a former child star. Ron Howard is a former child star. I am a former child star. It doesn't have to mean anything."
I can't wait to watch CSI tonight, and see how I did. I haven't been this excited to see something I did since the first screening of Stand By Me.