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August 14, 2002

Spare us the cutter

The call came while I was out, so I didn't get the message until days later.

"Hi," the young-sounding secretary said on my machine, "I have Rick Berman calling for Wil. Please return when you get the message."

I knew.

I knew before she was even done with the message, but I tried to fool myself for a few minutes anyway.

I looked at the clock: 8 PM. They'd most likely be out, so I'd have to call tomorrow.

I told Anne that I had a message to call Rick's office, and she knew right away also.

We'd thought about it for months, ever since I'd heard the rumors online. Of course, I tend to not put a whole lot of stock in what I read online...if I did I'd be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of hot teen bitches who want to get naked for me right now, and I'd be rolling in Nigerian money.

But it made sense, and I couldn't fight what I knew in my heart to be true.

I returned the call late the next day from my car on my way home from work. I was driving along a narrow tree-lined street in Pasadena that I sometimes take when the traffic is heavy on the freeway.

Children played on bikes and jumped rope in the growing shadows of the July afternoon. The street was stained a beautiful orange by the setting sun.

"This is Wil Wheaton returning," I told her.

She tells me to hold on, and then he's on the phone.

"Hi kiddo. How are you?"

"I'm doing fine. You know I turn 30 on Monday?"

There is a pause.

"I can't believe we're all getting so old," he says.

"I know. I emailed Tommy [his son] awhile ago, and he's in college now. If that made me feel old, I can't imagine what my turning 30 is doing to the rest of you guys."

We chuckle. This is probably just small-talk, so it's not as severe when he tells me, but it feels good regardless. Familiar, familial.

"Listen, Wil. I have bad news."

Although I've suspected it for months, and I have really known it since I heard the message the night before, my stomach tightens, my arms grow cold.

"We've had to cut your scene from the movie."

He pauses for breath, and that moment is frozen, while I assess my feelings.

I almost laugh out loud at what I discover: I feel puzzled.

I feel puzzled, because the emotions I expected: the sadness, the anger, the indignation...aren't there.

I realize that he's waiting for me.

"Why'd you have to cut it?"

This doesn't make sense. I should be furious. I should be depressed. I shuould be hurt.

But I don't feel badly, at all.

"Well, it doesn't have anything to do with you," he begins.

I laugh silently. It never does. When I don't get a part, or a callback, or get cut from a movie, it never has anything to do with me. Like a sophmore romance. "It's not you. It's me. I've met Jimmy Kimmel's cousin, and things just happened."

There is an unexpected sincerity to what he tells me: the movie is long. The first cut was almost 3 hours. The scene didn't contribute to the main story in any way, so it was the first one to go.

He tells me that they've cut 48 minutes from the movie.

I tell him that they've cut an entire episode out. We laugh.

There is another silence. He's waiting for me to respond.

I drive past some kids playing in an inflatable pool in their front yard. On the other side of the street, neighbors talk across a chain link fence. An older man sits on his porch reading a paper.

"Well Rick," I begin, "I completely understand. I've thought about this on and off for months, and I knew that if the movie was long, this scene, and maybe even this entire sequence, would have to go. It's just not germaine to the spine of the story."

He tells me that they had to consider cutting the entire beginning of the movie. He tells me that he has to call one of the other actors because they've suffered rather large cuts as well.

I stop at a 4-way stop sign and let a woman and her little daughter cross the street on their way into a park filled with families, playing baseball and soccer in the waning light.

I look them. The mother's hand carefully holding her daughter's.

I realize why I'm not upset, and I tell him.

"Well, Rick, it's like this: I love Star Trek, and, ultimately, I want what's best for Star Trek and the Trekkies. If the movie is too long, you've got to cut it, and this scene is the first place I'd start if I were you.

"The great thing is, I got to spend two wonderful days being on Star Trek again, working with the people I love, wearing the uniform that I missed, and I got to re-connect with you, the cast, and the fans. Nobody can take that away from me."

"And, it really means a lot to me that you called me yourself. I can't tell you how great that makes me feel,"

It's true. He didn't need to call me himself. Most producers wouldn't.

"I'm so glad that you took the time to call me, and that I didn't have to learn about this at the screening, or by reading it on the internet."

He tells me again how sorry he is. He asks about my family, and if I'm working on anything. I tell him they're great, that Ryan's turning 13, and that I've been enjoying steady work as a writer since January.

We're back to small talk again, bookending the news.

I ask him how the movie looks.

He tells me that they're very happy with it. He thinks it's going to be very successful.

I'm feel happy and proud.

I've heard stories from people that everyone had lots of trouble with the director. I ask him if that's true.

He tells me that it was tough, because the director had his own vision. There were struggles, but ultimately they collaborated to make a great film.

I come to a stoplight, a bit out of place in this quiet residential neighborhood. A young married couple walks their golden retriever across the crosswalk.

We say our goodbyes, and he admonishes me to call him if I'm ever on the lot. He tells me that he'll never forgive me if I don't stop into his office when I'm there.

I tell him that will, and that I'll see him at the screening.

He wishes me well, and we hang up the phone.

The light turns green and I sit there for a moment, reflecting on the conversation.

I think back to something I wrote in April while in a pit of despair: "I wonder if The Lesson is that, in order to succeed, I need to rely upon myself, trust myself, love myself, and not put my happiness and sadness into the hands of others."

I meant everything that I said to him. It really doesn't matter to me if I'm actually in the movie or not, and not in a bitter way at all.

I could focus on the disappointment, I suppose. I could feel sad.

Getting cut out of the movie certainly fits a pattern that's emerged in the past two years or so.

But I choose not to. I choose instead to focus on the positives, the things I can control. I did have two wonderful days with people I love, and it was like I'd never left. I did get to reconnect with the fans and the franchise. Rick Berman, a person with whom I've not always had the best relationship, called me himself to tell me the news, and I felt like it weighed heavily on him to deliver it.

Nobody can take that away from me, and I'm not going to feel badly, at all.

Because I have a secret.

I have realized what's important in my life since April, and they are at the end of my drive.

The dog-walking couple smile and wave to me.

The light changes.

Somewhere in Brooklyn, Wesley Crusher falls silent forever.

Posted by wil at August 14, 2002 11:13 AM
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Comments

that would have been cool to see you in the movie. damn.

Posted by: melanie at August 14, 2002 12:17 PM

That sucks, Wil, but it's great that you can see the positives from the whole episode.

Onwards with life!

Posted by: scaryduck at August 14, 2002 12:19 PM

Maybe we'll see you in the Super Remastered Extended Director's Cut in ten years. Have to say, I don't think I'll be able to not be a little disappointed when the movie comes out, though.

Glad you have a great attitude about it, too.

But one thing, man, quit talking on the phone while you're driving!

Posted by: Cure Fan at August 14, 2002 12:21 PM

I got three words for ya Wil:

D-V-D (deleted scenes section)

Still sucks to hear though, It was the only reason I was going to see the movie. Saved me $8 they did!

Posted by: Scott at August 14, 2002 12:23 PM

NO WAIT!!!! No cutter talk! THAT'S EXACTLY WHY THERE ARE DVD'S - "DELETED SCENES"!!!!

Wil, you handled that with a great deal of tact and finese. You should be proud: It's not that you were a man about it - it's that you were adult about it. You worked, got paid and got to see friends: Who could ask for anything more? And hey, if you negotiated properly, when it comes out on DVD - if there's extra footage with you in it, then you'll get residuals! Smile!

You're still damn cool!

Your fan,

Jerry

Posted by: Norbie at August 14, 2002 12:26 PM

Wil,

I was really looking forward to seeing you in Nemesis. It was one of the reasons I was going to see it. I am a big Wesley fan in the show and a big Wil Wheaton fan in life. Since I have been comming here,reading your blogs some or most of the things you write inspire me and keep me going each day. I am so sorry they cut you from the movie,one part of me says "hey deleted scenes will be on the DVD" but will they cut you there as well? Anyway I am glad you can look at it with a good perspective and not get upset. I wish you they best in all you do. Until your next post.

Matt......

Posted by: Matt at August 14, 2002 12:27 PM

Well, now I'll have to focus on the Stewart/Spiner stuff to keep wanting to see it... grr. But thanks for telling us. It's nice to know ahead of time.

Your attitude is refreshing... no bitter ranting and raving and some nice uplift at the end...:)

Keep on truckin' and we'll wait for cut scenes on the DVD.

Posted by: julie at August 14, 2002 12:30 PM

Wil,

Sorry I won't be seeing you in the film, dude. Since I've come to know you through your blogs, it all makes sense, and I think there's a great sense of closure and maturity that comes through in your entry. That's a great thing to have, to be happy and satisfied with the little things that make each day worth finishing.

You the man.

Posted by: Drakensykh at August 14, 2002 12:32 PM

I'm bitter, petty, and peon enough to think Berman sucks.

Whatever excess mojo I have from tonight, you can have.

And yeah, deleted DVD scenes.

But I'm glad you've got your head up and perspective on the situation. Your good karma definitely is past due.

Posted by: LittleGuy at August 14, 2002 12:34 PM

wow, wil. it's not just turning 30 that marks a passage into adulthood, i guess. your calm and perspective are inspiring.

Posted by: jane at August 14, 2002 12:34 PM

Absolutely, bring on the DVD deleted scenes! That is disappointing because I was really looking forward to seeing you in the film. Aah well. You're a rockstar, Wil.

Posted by: mo pie at August 14, 2002 12:36 PM

Wil - you have a GREAT attitude about everything and are an inspiration to us all.

And I would buy the DVD when it comes out just to see that scene.

Posted by: Julia at August 14, 2002 12:39 PM

snip:
"I have realised what's important in my life since April, and they are at the end of my drive." ... "Somewhere in Brooklyn, Wesley Crusher falls silent forever."

Sooner or later it happens to us all. We have to let go of something from the past. Whilst not as profound as your moment Wil, for me it happened last week while I was going through my vinyl collection. My favourite tune of all time had warped in the heat, and I can't buy another copy because it's been deleted for about 10 years.

There’s nothing wrong with remembering the past (even with a slight rose tinted haze), as long as it doesn’t stop you from living in the present.

That’s my thought for the day anyway.

Posted by: john at August 14, 2002 12:40 PM

Hey man. Not a Star Trek fan, but I loved Stand By Me -- made me want to cry when I was a kid -- so I just found your site, though I had heard you talking about it on Bob and Tom or some station a while ago. You're on to something here, and I am impressed.

Sorry about the cut scene, reading what you said about it made me all the more impressed. -Michael

Posted by: Michael at August 14, 2002 12:42 PM

Hey Wil, this is Wil (yes, another Wil with one L, and people give me as much grief as Anne Robinson gave you.)
Class act. Pretty mature for a thirty year old. I look forward to seeing your "cut" scenes on the DVD someday. Keep yer chin up.
Wil G-M

Posted by: Wil Grewe-Mullins at August 14, 2002 12:44 PM

Hey Wil.. too bad about that. I've actually had the same thign happen, albeit I was merely an extra (but it was a close-up dammit!).

I'm working on a script (I've been working on it for years) and if you ever want to read for a no-budget comedy/drama, let me know..

All the best,
Ian (fellow Farker)

Posted by: Ian Daye at August 14, 2002 12:46 PM

So, after I'm thirty I'll be able to act mature too? Woohoo!
I'm sure I speak for all your long-term readers when I say that we find Wil's Free Online Therapy(tm) fascinating and moving. Glad you feel you've really moved on since earlier this year. Time is the great healer, and all that.


We're still waiting for the book, by the way. :)

Posted by: NickW at August 14, 2002 12:47 PM

Man, I feel bad for you. I so wanted you to be in it.

I hate Rick Berman and I do not like his style with Star Trek at all. I prefer Roddenberry's style instead.

I hope they put you back on the DVD version.

I certainly won't be seeing the movie in the theaters. They just saved me 8 bux.

We love you Wil!

Posted by: Yizuman at August 14, 2002 12:48 PM

Wil, I love the way you tell a story. The ending brought tears to my eyes.

Posted by: wwjd at August 14, 2002 12:49 PM

Not being a trekkie, the only reason I'd have to see the film would be to see an actor who has proven his ability act... you're no longer in it? Won't be seeing it! Don't worry Wil... You're a great actor, funny and talented! The best is yet to come for you!

Posted by: E! at August 14, 2002 12:50 PM

A die-hard trekkie wouldn't care that the movie was 3 hours long...I'd still have watched it. ['LOTR' Anyone?] I will probably still go see it, I just won't be as excited. I have to admit, like everyone else here, I was hoping [wishing?] to see you in it. Won't be the same, man.

Everyone have a good rest of the week, and fabulous weekend. Esp Wil, Anne & the boys.

Posted by: Tiana at August 14, 2002 12:50 PM

Way to handle, Wil. You certainly have your priorities straight, and that's a great thing.

We all now wait with bated breath for the DVD. :)

Posted by: Courtney at August 14, 2002 12:51 PM

Wil,

Have been a fan since you did "Stand by Me". Would have been great to see you on the big screen as Wesley again, but at least you won't be pigeon-holed and end up making a living doing appearances at conventions and radio-spots for "NameYourPriceForAirfare.com".

And don't take this as sarcasm, but I can TOTALLY see you playing Sirius Black in the third Harry Potter film. You should seriously have your agent work on that.

Keep at it.

Posted by: Cynning at August 14, 2002 12:54 PM

Wil:
Have to say that I'm sorry about the cut. But you show your classiness and mature insight by focusing on the positive. You got to re-connect with some cool folks that you love and love to work with. You actually had civil conversation with a guy that years ago you probably would have hung up on (or he on you). Look at this whole thing as a "milepost marker" on your journey. Shit, even as I say that, I know it sounds lame. . .but it's true. You have left Wesley Crusher behind now, finally.
You ARE the man and the reason I keep coming to hang out at this place. Soapbox is fun too, but I like to resonate with your emotions and thoughts as you pour them out in your log. You have a posse that would probably do anything for you (like buy you a computer) and don't care about Wesley. . .we care about YOU. I just wish I lived closer to CA and could come see your group perform live.
Still, there must be some disappointment. So healing mojo is being sent your way, man. Hell, I think I'll probably wait for the DVD's to come out anyway with the "director's cut".

Peace,

Ahud

Posted by: Ahud at August 14, 2002 12:55 PM

Well, damn it!! Here I was hoping to get to see Wesley Crusher one last time. Oh well, suppose it is better that they clip a scene here and there than risk turning a good film into a long drawn out affair. I mean,what if DUNE (Lynch's version) had actually keep all of the film in it. 4 hours was long enough of a film, though not long enough for the story.

Posted by: Kenton Henry at August 14, 2002 12:55 PM

Wil,
I think putting you in the new movie would have been great. The problem is, if you were to come back, you would have to come back as that time traveling smart guy you turned into. That would have been awesome to see you in the flick.
I have been a Star Trek fan since I was a kid and every time I see it it brings back memories, although I'm sure for you they are much stronger.
All I can say is to make sure you do what makes you happy. You have been in some good movies and shows and no one can take that away. You may even be able to be on the new Star Trek series: Enterprise as the character you turned into. Hey, you never know with Star Trek...
Well, have a good one and keep on keeping on (whatever that means)...

Posted by: Tobin Wilkerson at August 14, 2002 12:55 PM

"...better get the DVD of it. That's where all the Wil Wheaton stuff is."

I'll say it.

Posted by: Justin at August 14, 2002 12:58 PM

I am a complete loser with a tiny, tiny penis.

Posted by: Kieran at August 14, 2002 12:59 PM

Sounds like you've got things in perspective, Wil. Congratulations on discovering the true meaning of life (IMHO).

Posted by: Matt at August 14, 2002 01:00 PM

This is the most bizarre site I have ever come across in the entirety of the internet. Wil Wheaton is an internet legend, and to see his words with my own eyes gives me a kind of bizarre otherworldly feeling. It's very unreal to see human-like reactions from otherworldly figures of media hype and anti-hype. It's a good lesson in perspective.

Posted by: GodHead at August 14, 2002 01:03 PM

Oh producers like Berman full of it.
I thought Wesley was the next evolutionary step of man? I thought Wesley can leave and re-enter reality at his bidding? Wesley, therefore, could have appeared in ANY part of the film. Instead Wesley was written into an obviously throwaway scene.
It may be of small consolation but at least you were asked to take part in filming...apparently Majel Barrett wasn't even asked to be in Star Trek: Generations.
Berman will get his come-uppins...you'll see. And don't make this Berman guy suddenly seem like an angel cause his office had you call him.

bleh!

Posted by: Dub'ya at August 14, 2002 01:04 PM

I am a complete loser with a tiny, tiny penis.

Posted by: - at August 14, 2002 01:04 PM

"Because I have a secret...and they are at the end of my drive." Tear in my eye. You are the best, Wil.

Posted by: ze-mag at August 14, 2002 01:06 PM

Hi,
...It's really sad! When I heard that you'll be in the neXt Trek movie I was happy..and more than happy, I was smiling on the whole day, and I thought that I'll be going to watch it, to by it on video....but now..nothing to do. I love Star Trek for long. I loved Wes when I firstly saw him(you was the only whom I knowd from the TNG from the Houdini film, and I just thought that Patrick Stewart a great actor, because he looks like that, but in that period I don't know nothing from the others!)....After this movie I really wanted to break with the Star Trek! I saw everything what I want..well not exatly. Just 2 more eps. : First duty and Journeys end in hungarian!! But that is really good that you see the good side of the things!!:)) And maybe there is a place for Wesley in the XI. Trek movie!:D
I wish you everything good!!

Posted by: Agnes at August 14, 2002 01:06 PM

you suck.

I say this because I am a complete loser with a tiny, tiny penis.

Posted by: tn at August 14, 2002 01:07 PM

No! Dammit Jim! I'm sad to hear that, but I'm impressed (not surprised) by your composure in the face of adversity.

Posted by: Lisa at August 14, 2002 01:11 PM

Well, THAT took guts to say, tn.

Posted by: Rob Matsushita at August 14, 2002 01:12 PM

Will,
It's a shame but I'm impressed that you have your priorities straight. A lesson I could learn. Keep at it.

To Kieran: Gees, you are the one who needs to get a life.

Posted by: Jeff at August 14, 2002 01:12 PM

Oh well. By the way, I read on TVBarn.com yesterday that "Win Ben Stein's Money" is being cancelled. (You may recall that Wil nearly got the job last year as the new sidekick on that show). Karma chameleon, you come and go....

Next up for Ben is a little something called "Read Ben Stein's Resume". :-)

Posted by: Louis at August 14, 2002 01:12 PM

...and I think that Mr Berman could be that someone who is really great!
I was, I am and I'll be your fan..FOREVER!

Posted by: Agnes at August 14, 2002 01:13 PM

Sad to hear. But you'll always have fan support when you're 40, 50, and 100. Unfortunately you'll also have tremendous asses thinking they're digging your soul underneath their boots. But hey, at least you're not fat or anything. Where am I going with this? Oh, well. Thanks again for the Farkman memories.

Posted by: Parallax at August 14, 2002 01:16 PM

Wil,

This may sound lame, but you have gotten to do something most people will only dream of and being a celebrity with all of its trappings...

I think you should hang in there, focus on the family and keep your chin up.

Anyway, VERY few people who have ever been associated with Hollywood ever walk away with a good attitude. You did. Count that as a victory.

Drew

Posted by: Drew at August 14, 2002 01:16 PM

Just the other day me and my wife were wondering whatever happened to the Wesley character on ST:NG, and that it would be neat to see him in one of the new movies to explain what he's been up to. Guess that's not going to happen now. Good to see you taking it with such grace. We'll look for the scenes on the DVD, that's for sure.

Posted by: Avantais at August 14, 2002 01:17 PM

I'm sorry to hear that your part got cut, but very happy to hear that you've found your center & know what's really important in life. Joy to you!

Posted by: frogger at August 14, 2002 01:18 PM

If I could've let flesh-eating ants loose in Wesley Crusher's shorts, I'd have done it. But you're you, and ten times as cool as the fictional ensign was lame. Now I'm pissed; not that I won't be seeing Wesley, but that I won't be seeing Wil.

Posted by: Gwalchmai at August 14, 2002 01:20 PM

what drew said

Posted by: matt at August 14, 2002 01:21 PM

That sucks. Forget about it, focus on new adventures and never look back.

Posted by: shunter at August 14, 2002 01:23 PM

*sigh*

Bigger and better things, Wil...

Posted by: yoyofool at August 14, 2002 01:25 PM

There's always the director's cut on the DVD...

Posted by: Jay at August 14, 2002 01:26 PM

Wil, apologies for the moronic Farkers who are posting all the shit about you on your comments board. I came here from there as well and I guess you of all people know how it goes. I wouldn't feel too bad anyway when it comes to some anonymous dick, who, mustering all the wit and biting sarcasm at his command, can only come up with "you suck". Pretty obvious who the loser is in that contest - (Wil=actor/writer/internet w/actual future and family vs. Dick who writes "you suck" and probably lives in his mom's basement and spends his days whapping off to net porn and wishing he hadn't gotten fired from Domino's.) Anyways, I think it sucked, you're taking it better than I am, sounds like. I think they're really underestimating the amount of folks on the net who like you and would like to see a grown-up Wesley kick a little ass and bring the role some long overdue dignity. Screw 'em, I say. Anyways, it's just the Star Trek movie of the week, it's not like you got cut from The Godfather or something. Their loss.

Posted by: Jimmy Olsen at August 14, 2002 01:27 PM

I am so sad! I've been looking forward to Star Trek X for a while now, and I was so excited to hear that you were making an appearence. . . I think it's just tragic that you've been cut. I'm certainly far less excited now. . .

Posted by: sara at August 14, 2002 01:28 PM

Awesome attitude, Wil.
Really, the ONLY attitude- if actors got upset every time their scenes were cut they'd... wait, no wonder so many are in therapy and rehab!
Back on track... your attitude makes you one of the lucky ones. At the risk of sounding condescending, I'm proud of you, Unca Wil.

Posted by: delphine at August 14, 2002 01:30 PM

Wow. Fantastic entry Wil. Great to see you with a such a positive outlook!

Posted by: Sarcastic Cheese at August 14, 2002 01:30 PM

Wil, are you trying to make me cry???

Posted by: gesikah at August 14, 2002 01:31 PM

Tough luck Wil, but great positive spin. And everyone's right about the DVD bits.

Posted by: Leviathant at August 14, 2002 01:33 PM

Wil,

Congrats on finding Peace of Mind. You showed how much of a class act you are. You deserve a pie!

Posted by: billk at August 14, 2002 01:34 PM

Wil, I've got to admit I'm disappointed that you won't be in Trek X after all, I was looking forward to thinking of Wesley as an adult. But, the fact is, Wesley is a fictional character and you're a real live adult. Congratulations, you've learned how to prioritize and you know that a loving family is more important than a scene in a movie. I know I'm just this nobody on the computer, and my opinion means diddly, but I'm proud of you, Wil!

By the way, ever notice that when Picard says, "Fire at will!", Riker looks nervous?

Posted by: T at August 14, 2002 01:34 PM

Great outlook on the situation, Wil. You handled it with grace and a professionalism rarely seen in the business.

Posted by: Darth Gravy at August 14, 2002 01:39 PM

Wil,
I am saddened to see this. I can honestly say I was looking forward to seeing you in this movie, if only for a moment. I always wondered what Wesley Crusher was doing.
You are truly the bigger man in how you handled this. I congratulate you on that.

Posted by: Martin at August 14, 2002 01:39 PM

We'll miss Wesley, but he's on to bigger and better things...and so are you. IT's wonderful that at least someone in hollywood knows how to live in the RIGHT NOW. Siddhartha would be very very proud, I think. Rock on, Wil.

Posted by: john at August 14, 2002 01:43 PM

Damn it. If that's not part of your life anymore and you aren't invested in it, that's a Good Thing, but ... well, I haven't seen a Trek movie in the theaters for years. I would have seen this one to see you in it. Now it's just one more big budget special-effect Trek-franchise movie that's going to go right past me, and I won't care either. It's good that you don't mind, but damn it, I do. I haven't given a rat's asshole for Trek in years, and it appears that that's not going to change anytime soon.

Posted by: Janis at August 14, 2002 01:44 PM

If they cut you they better not have left the part with Kate Mulgrew in it. Did they cut Whoopi out too? With that aside, do you know if this is going to be the last film?

Ben

Posted by: Ben at August 14, 2002 01:46 PM

"Somewhere in Brooklyn, Wesley Crusher falls silent forever."

Nah...there's always the webbies with ways that get those cuttings on somewhere...someplace.

Posted by: Boots Malloy at August 14, 2002 01:47 PM

I'm officially not seeing the movie.

Posted by: Chelsey at August 14, 2002 01:57 PM

'Second star to the right...and straight on til morning.'

Keep your head up,ensign. Love the site and just wanted to post my well-wishes.

Posted by: Jeremy at August 14, 2002 01:59 PM

phew. Terribily good entry. Lamentations and condolences, Wil.

Posted by: idiosynchronic at August 14, 2002 01:59 PM

they better put you in the DVD release
I now know I will not see the film until it hits the $ theatres

Posted by: Hikaru at August 14, 2002 02:00 PM

Damn, Wil! This movie seemed so perfect for your reappearence. A straight number ST-movie.The fans would have loved seeing someone the kids might not remember at first sight.
BUT after reading the blog and being in the soapbox for three months I am pretty sure that you are not only more than Wesley. You belong to the lucky people which can see the small things in life which make it wonderful and are so much more important than saying: "The interstellar matrix is out of equllibrium so fix it with anti-matter chewing-gum."
I'm sure there will be at least 2 more TNG movies and you probably will be seeing your friends again on set. I hope it is more sad for us than for you.
Still I hope for deleted scenes on the dvd release!!!

Posted by: mr.sphynx at August 14, 2002 02:00 PM

Hey, fuck em. When the movie tanks, at least you can say "Thank God I wasn't in that piece of shit."

Posted by: michael at August 14, 2002 02:06 PM

Oh, darn, Wil. I know this is disappointing for you, but I'm proud of you for taking it so well, just as I was proud of myself for my calm reaction to a disappointing job interview last week. All we can do is hold our heads up high and just keep moving forward with our lives. And hey, at least increased maturity is one good thing that comes with getting older. :)

Posted by: Marne at August 14, 2002 02:11 PM

Ouch. I feel for you, but it's great to hear that you've discovered one of the great truths of life. "We are each responsible for our own happiness." And from reading these posts I can give you one more positive to dwell on - You have more friends that you've never met than most people have friends.

Posted by: Jim Schraven at August 14, 2002 02:11 PM

As one with theatrical aspirations (cliche) who is just a few shy of 30 himself (another cliche) and recovering from the aftermath of noteworthy soulbaring (incredibly cliche), your words synced rather well with the wave of my own thought processes. I'm currently putting my own internal too-damn-smart-for-his-own-good 15 year old to bed one last time.

Thanks for being a fellow mental face in the crowd.

Cory.

Posted by: Cory at August 14, 2002 02:12 PM

A very cool storyline with no ending. Bummer. You give Berman way too much credit.

Posted by: knobby at August 14, 2002 02:12 PM

Dammit Wil! You're a cool cat, how the fark could you keep your head? I would've been slathering that slimy rich jerk with gobs of vulgarities until the sun didn't shine! But no, not you. Jeez you're too nice, better get out of Hollywood, they'll eat you alive. Hey Telly Savalez punched me in the face when I was a 14 year old kid for asking for an autograph. You had no qualms. See what I'm saying?

Posted by: CrazyCurt at August 14, 2002 02:14 PM

It's interesting, Wil. I grew up on Star Trek: The Next Generation. I relate a lot to the character that you presented. While a lot of other people saw a whiney assed kid, I saw someone who had to struggle with the fact that he was very much different from the people who were around him. A person who has very high skills always intimates others who do not, reguardless of any behaviour they attempt. I was shocked and surprised to learn that you are actually older than I am by six months. In the last twenty years I have made a lot of decisions about what is and is not important. Money, sex, age. All of that can come and go. It is the people that love you and care about you that are the only thing that makes a difference. You are very blessed to have a family, for I am still looking for that "perfect woman" that complements me. And, you've demonstrated something that I've only learned in the last year, myself. A person chooses how they react to a situation. You have wisely choosen that in the end, being in the movie isn't worth wasting any emotions on. "Waste" that extra emotion on loving your family.

P.S. I think they're shits for not making a three-hour movie. A good story and all its pieces aren't dependant on time. :)

Posted by: Beldraen at August 14, 2002 02:15 PM

I'm happy for you Wil. You know what I'm talking about. And so well written. It lived.

Posted by: VeganDude at August 14, 2002 02:16 PM

Sorry to hear it Wil. At least you got to hear it first hand, though, instead of 2nd or even third hand, fourth hand would've been worse.

I'm still looking forward to your re-occurring character on "Enterprise".....what do you mean..... that was ......HEY!! No fair!!

I was hoping to read about it first on your website, but I got it second hand at FARK.

Live long and prosper, Wil Robinson, and may the horse be with you.

Posted by: Slorge Gridlock at August 14, 2002 02:21 PM

Sorry to hear the news, Wil.

But, still, I think what you've built at WWDN is so much valuable than Star Trek. What you've got here is truly exceptional.

Posted by: HPZ at August 14, 2002 02:23 PM

You misspelled "germane".

Posted by: Tomahawk at August 14, 2002 02:26 PM

If I hadn't been there when you broke the news to us and I hadn't seen how quickly we all brushed it off with my own eyes, I might be a bit skeptical about your feelings.

Heh, but the truth is, we may have pondered on it for hours and I was too busy people watching, trying to figure out why someone wore football pants to a bar on a weekend night and why that someone was a woman and, of course, too concerned with drink.

At least we've got Fado's.

Posted by: Roughy at August 14, 2002 02:27 PM

---Well done- you have showed your true adulthood and the changes you have gone through.
- Your right you know no one can take away the two days you had to get to fil, the movie- Like They say- DVD baby!!! DVD- we will all look for you in those delted scences and there better be a commentary of Rick Berman as well, who know he let you do some Narrating as well- That would be cool!! After all you are still a part of the Star Trek Family always and forever.

--We must remember what we want isn't always in the best intrests of the Creative outlook- The last Star Trek movie Has got to go outwith a BANG not a wimper--Artistic intregrity-

Chin up Wil we all love you and look forward to your other endevers....:)

Posted by: Andie-Gypsy_girl at August 14, 2002 02:28 PM

Some of your blurbs have the feel of some notes you've just scribbled on a napkin, but for the most part I love your writing style. You tell a good story.

Posted by: jdharm at August 14, 2002 02:32 PM

Well, this annoys me. I was seriously looking forward to seeing Wesley Crusher one more time.. before totally giving up on Star Trek. I grew up watching TNG as a kid, and later on eventually began to appriciate DS9.

Since this will probably be the last TNG movie.. and the last new Star Trek I will probably ever see, it is saddening that there won't be much closure to the character W. Crusher. You make Berman sound like a pretty nice guy, but honestly, he seems like an ass to me. I credit him and Brannon Braga for screwing up Trek (Have you seen Voyager and the new series Enterprise? Les morceaux de merde). You do have a good attitude about it all... lol I bet if that happened to William fucking Shatner, he'd pitch a fit!

Laura

Am I the only one who completely feels indifferent to Star Trek now?

Posted by: Laura M at August 14, 2002 02:37 PM

Those sons of biatches!

Posted by: Sprediletto at August 14, 2002 02:39 PM

The important question is, do you still get paid?

Posted by: Michael Vasey at August 14, 2002 02:40 PM

dammit it would've been great to see you in the movie Wil.

Posted by: Maureen at August 14, 2002 02:42 PM

dude you are the farking man. It'll turn up on the DVD. Besides it could be worse. You could be Eddie Murphy.

Posted by: sickb0y at August 14, 2002 02:42 PM

Maaaan...this really ticks me off...We haven't seen Wil Wheaton in Star Trek for, what, like, ten years now?! We've seen the main players, sure, but we ALWAYS see them. I've been a fan of TNG since the beginning; I was in THIRD GRADE then...and am still a HUGE fan today! One of the things I was looking forward to the MOST was the beginning of Nemesis; Seeing you in Trek again, Wil, would have been worth the seven bucks to get in. I think you just need to forward all our comments to Rick Berman. I mean, we've seen PLENTY of other movies run for three hours! Braveheart; Lord of the Rings; Star Wars Episode II...I mean, three hours is NOT all that significant if it's done right; being an actor myself, I understand that if a play, musical, or movie is SLOW and BORING and runs for three hours, the audience should demand a full refund...but, if it's done RIGHT....then no one will notice it took three hours; they'll just notice if it was GOOD. And it really, really would have been had your scene remained. If you don't want to forward our comments, post an email address for us to do so!!
Thanks, and do take care. We're still watching; we never quit.
Your fan,
Brandon

Posted by: Brandon at August 14, 2002 02:43 PM

That's too bad Wil. At least you had a good time doing it. I would have really enjoyed seeing the whole crew reunited.

Posted by: Lauren at August 14, 2002 02:44 PM

Hey there. That sucks about getting cut. I wish I had the same outlook as you do. But that's what makes us individuals.

I also wanted to say that I enjoy reading your site, and that it inspired me to start up my own web log.

I stole a few of your thoughts, but only a few. Hope you don't mind. Nothing that would be copy written, so I think I am safe.

If you have the time and feel generous, i'd welcome the visit.

www.PaulKohler.net

later..

Posted by: Paul at August 14, 2002 02:45 PM

Mr. Wheaton, I did not like your character in The Next Generation, and I still do not. Neither does my long-time friend Asher. (Sadly, my wife does not share our love for sci-fi!) But we hated your character simply because we love to hate your character! Your character in TNG was just as important as any other main character in that you were deeply woven into the fabric of the franchise by the end of the first season of TNG. Whether any of us liked your character or not is besides the point: you were there regardless and I for one am not happy that your character was cut from Nemesis. It would have been great to hate your character once again! So I do hope, as my friend Asher does, that you will return to ST as soon as is damn possible! With hate and admiration, charles...

Posted by: charles lee at August 14, 2002 02:47 PM

Well, I'm glad you're not upset about being cut, but I'm a little dissapointed. Well, I hope they include it on the DVD.

Posted by: Megan at August 14, 2002 02:53 PM

Hi Wil.

I can`t tell you how sorry I am right now. Seeing you in that movie would have been so perfect. Closure, right? I am glad, however, that you take it so well.
One question, though: Why Brooklyn? I don`t get it...

Posted by: Christian Humberg at August 14, 2002 02:54 PM

Hi Wil

im still a huge star trek fan, so ill go and see nemesis. its a shame you wont be in it, but ill have my fingers crossed for the deleted scenes on the dvd.

Good luck on future business.

J

Posted by: FatJustinB at August 14, 2002 02:55 PM

Hopefully your scene will be in the dvd.

Posted by: nearbystars at August 14, 2002 02:55 PM

Hope to see you on the DVD, Wil. I'd have prefered that they gave theatres the option to play the 3-hour version... I definitely would've preferred to have seen that one. Dang.

Posted by: Matt at August 14, 2002 02:59 PM

Hey Wil-

Sucks that your scene got cut! Since it did get cut are you able to tell us what your scene was about/like??

Way to handle the situation like a man! Good job.

Posted by: MacHootie at August 14, 2002 03:00 PM

I also got cut from the film. I am not mad because my part was real small. You see I'm an ant. Us ants are small. So I think I wouldn't have made much of an impact on the story anyway. Keep your head up Wil. I always do.

Timmy the Ant

Posted by: Timmy at August 14, 2002 03:04 PM

Wil,
I actually have tears in my eyes from your post. And it wouldn't be the first time. Every now and again you write something truly moving and wise that it makes me what to be a better citizen.

I grew up watching ST:TNG and had the most massive crush on you. I think you were the first of the geeky cool (like Kramer and Weezer).

Sorry about your cut scenes. You were the ONLY reason I was going to see the movie in the first place. They lost my $10 and maybe I'll rent the DVD but ONLY if your cut scenes are included.

Thanks for everything, Uncle Willie.

Your pal,
Patti

Posted by: NYCPatti at August 14, 2002 03:05 PM

Sorry to hear about the cut, Wil.

Contrary to a post up above, virtually all the comments over on Fark are messages of support, even people from whom I'd least expect it.

You've managed to unite Fark.

Now that's an achievement!

Posted by: Houghton at August 14, 2002 03:06 PM

Wow.
Well done, as trite as that sounds, it's not meant that way. That's a huge personal leap for someone to take, to not be devastated or even slightly negative about such an experience.

It's pretty huge.

I have to admit that the last line sent my heart cold and got me pretty sad! "Somewhere in Brooklyn, Wesley Crusher falls silent forever."

Very beautifully written, Wil!
I'm sorry this happened to such a great human being, and to a character I miss a great deal.

Here's to Star Trek XI... Wesley Strikes Back.

Posted by: WildAussieBoy at August 14, 2002 03:16 PM

Cut scenes on the DVD, maybe?
One could always hope.
Congrats on finding your Trek Zen.

-b

Posted by: RJL at August 14, 2002 03:18 PM

why don't us fans start a petition to send to Berman to include the deleted Wesley scenes on the DVD? it's one thing to hope they'll include it on when it comes out, but it's another thing to petition him for it. Berman might not be thinking about putting it on the DVD, but if enough of us fans garner support, they might think about it.

I mean, how many of us were gonna go see it in the theatres just because Wil was gonna be in it? and how many are NOT going now? highlight that, and when you send the petition, say that they will sell even MORE DVDs if they include Wil's scenes, because that's what a sizable chunk of the fans want.

after all, isn't it the fans dictate what sells and what doesn't?

Viva Wil! Long live Wesley!

Posted by: Photogeek at August 14, 2002 03:19 PM

Wil - what can I say that hasn't been said here already, a couple dozen times over. It would've been great to see you in the theatrical release, but, as you know, "deleted scenes" have a way of turning up, not just on the DVD version (everyone: lobby Paramount now!), but in other contexts as well. (I seem to recall that Star Treks II and VI, in particular, got some extra footage when they were broadcast, including Rene Auberjonois' part as Colonel West in VI.)

In the meantime, you've proven that you care a lot more about Star Trek as a whole than you do about your place in it (which no one can *ever* take away from you), and I'm convinced you care about it a lot more than certain beancounters at Paramount do. (I suppose three hours would've been a bit much, but, hey, Titanic was longer than that, and it did all right. Yeah, I know, apples and oranges...)

Meantime, you've got your Arena gig, your comedy group, and your loving family. From where I'm sitting, you've got it pretty darn good. But you knew that.

Posted by: Erbo at August 14, 2002 03:20 PM

hey i dont mind that your cut form the movie even though i did want to see you in it but the movie should be great ive been waitching star trek since i was 5 years old hehe seson 4 of tng so they better add you in the dvd and all the cuts sense.

Posted by: joseph at August 14, 2002 03:30 PM

"Somewhere in Brooklyn, Wesley Crusher falls silent forever."

Wil, don't say that!!!! *sniffsniff* :(

Beldraen said:

"P.S. I think they're shits for not making a three-hour movie. A good story and all its pieces aren't dependant on time. :)"

AMEN TO THAT!!!!

and if they at least won't put the deleted scenes on DVD, i'll never ever see the movie, and that's too bad... i really was looking forward to it...

grrrr...damn those moronic producers!! >:/

Posted by: suzy at August 14, 2002 03:33 PM

Hey, recently found your journal. At first I thought it was some sick fan pretending to be you :) I used to watch Star Trek TNG in high school and college and I actually always liked the Wesley Crusher character, it's too bad you won't be in the next movie. You seem like a cool guy too.

Posted by: mike at August 14, 2002 03:39 PM

Dang. I actually wanted to cry when I read that, Wil. Now I really don't want to see the movie.

It's wonderful to see you taking this so well. It's of course not the end of the world, and something better WILL come along. You're a great untapped resource. My fingers are crossed for you. Never mind that makes it hard to type.

--angeline

Posted by: angeline at August 14, 2002 03:40 PM

Wil - let me jsut say that this is dis-heartning, and that I was only goign to see the movie if you were in it. The script didnt' look intresting, butthe excitement of seeing the original cast was cool.

Posted by: too sad at August 14, 2002 03:41 PM

That's sad. I was actually looking forward to seeing the character again - it's been years, after all. We would have seen how Wesley Crusher has grown and matured over the years. Would have really done the character justice.
Glad you found something far more important at the enmd of your driveway though. Good luck!

Posted by: Quinn Macdonald at August 14, 2002 03:49 PM

Like you, I love ST...so I'll definitely see the movie. But I was looking forward to seeing Wesley all grow'd up.
I've been stalling on the purchase of a DVD player until the price drops below that of an ice cream cone...but this might just force my hand.

>> I have realized what's important in my life since April..

Welcome to the real world, dude. I get there sometimes myself. Very well spoken...

Posted by: Chuck at August 14, 2002 03:50 PM

Never mind, Wil. It's clear that they're keeping you so that next time you appear, in ST XI, they can have you appear with Ashley Judd :-))))

Posted by: Jamie at August 14, 2002 03:51 PM

I would sure like to see Wil's scences on the Nemesis DVD.

But hey, the real Wil is better than Wesley anyway, and thanks to WWDN we get pretty good coverage.

Posted by: Doug at August 14, 2002 04:05 PM

I've always wanted to produce and direct a film, do you want to write a screenplay for me?

Sorry to hear the bad news, that said, you have a very healthy and positive view of the situation.

Posted by: Rachel at August 14, 2002 04:10 PM

Wil, I was psyched to see you in the movie. You handled the news with grace. I'm not far from 30 myself and I wouldn't mind coming home to the scene you described.

Posted by: mlnjr at August 14, 2002 04:11 PM


It's a time of upheaval and renewal, death and birth. We suffer the loss, deny, grieve, celebrate, and emerge into a different world.

But for some reason Lou Rukeyser still looks like the Cabbage Patch Kids version of George Washington.

Posted by: blair at August 14, 2002 04:13 PM

Damn. This kid's good. :)

CG, first-time visitor whose last online contact with WW was on the freaking Mindspring BBS!

Posted by: Curtis G. at August 14, 2002 04:17 PM

Hey Wil,

Sorry that you were cut i think that my Friend will be more upset then I am but then again you are totally her favorite actor. Don't get me wrong you are my favorite actor too. I will most likely go and see the movie anyway but that is the kind of geek I am. lol. So anyway...
At least you had fun though right?!?!
Looking forward to your next post.

Justine...

Posted by: Justine at August 14, 2002 04:26 PM

Remember, mantra after me:
W.W.W.W.D.?

Posted by: AzPhek at August 14, 2002 04:27 PM

Wow. You're good.

Posted by: Alejandra at August 14, 2002 04:30 PM

To look on the bright side, even though your scene didn't make it into the theatrical release, there is always DVD!

Posted by: Chris at August 14, 2002 04:30 PM

Well, I for one hope your part will be on the DVD!!!

Posted by: Dave at August 14, 2002 04:32 PM

Smooth. I do hope they add those deleted scenes to the DVD. (Not like that hasn't been mentioned 1000 times already) I was looking forward to seeing ya in a ST:NG film. Ah, Fark it. We will go see it the night it opens anyway.
Later, mang!
Prime

ps. Ya ever get out Albuquerque way, let us Farkers know.

Formula for blockbuster movie;
Girls
Guns
Explosions
Midgets
Animals
and Girls w/guns (trust me, never fails...)

Posted by: RelaximusPrime at August 14, 2002 04:34 PM

Hi Wil,
My brother is currently living in LA aspiring to be an actor. I have heard stories like this from him often. I have to say I admire your outlook on the situation and only hope that as my brother continues to follow his dream, he too learns that the important things are right in front of him. I will also tell you what I always tell my brother, continue to follow your dream. To put up with that industry from a young age and not be a serial killer says a lot about your character and strength. Good luck to you and thanks for the good reads.

Posted by: Nicole at August 14, 2002 04:34 PM

"rolling in Nigerian money"


Now THAT'S funny ! ! !

Posted by: pdr at August 14, 2002 04:39 PM

Aggggggh. I was ok until the last sentence. Then I felt sad. All is well.

Posted by: Miel at August 14, 2002 04:39 PM

Hot Damn. How can you hate Wesley Crusher after reading a post like this?

=thomas

Posted by: Thomas at August 14, 2002 04:42 PM

Well, I no longer have impetus to see the movie, which is saving me money at least! Go Will!

You're a great guy, Will. You have no idea how much I appreciate what you write. Thanks for being real.

~ M.

Posted by: Mattie at August 14, 2002 04:42 PM

I know it would have been nice for you to have that one last chance on screen with the people you love.

For those of us that were looking forward to seeing you in it, we'll pay homage by shouting out "Wesley Lives" or something on the premire night of the movie during the scene you were supposed to be in (the reception on the E, right?)

Or maybe I'll get all my friends to buy William Fucking Shatner T-Shirts and we'll all wear them that night.

Oh well, the Universe just had other plans for you ;)

Posted by: AstroDee at August 14, 2002 04:45 PM

You GO, booooy :)

I was never a fan of Wesley Crusher, but I AM a fan of the real Wil Wheaton. When he stood up (and wrote), I took notice and stayed. Star or not, you've such character and personality we all consider you a friend, or at least a part of our daily lives. :)

Best wishes to you and your family....

Posted by: bex at August 14, 2002 04:45 PM

Wil, it dont mean a thing...shit happens, you thought the right thoughts and said the right thing...bravo

Posted by: sean at August 14, 2002 04:53 PM

p.s "Life is what happens to you while your busy making other plans"-John Lennon

Posted by: sean at August 14, 2002 04:55 PM

Well I guess I'll wait till it hits DVD and hopefully they will add in that 48 minutes they cut out. I know that they had to cut a bunch from Generations (cut footage made it on the net). Sorry to hear they had to cut your scene, kind of stupid they had to cut your small scene. It didn't add anything to the movie? Um a part of the movie deals with how things are changing. Part of the crew leaves, etc. Sorry to hear about that wil.

Posted by: Bryan at August 14, 2002 04:55 PM

I'm sorry hear about your getting cut from the movie. I half expected it... i read all those rumours too and saw it coming too.

Too bad you were cut, I remember the day I told my friends "Wil Wheaton's gonna be in Nemesis!" and they all just gave an evil glare at me.

Now just becuase you were cut doesn't mean that I'm not going to see the movie. The first time I saw the trailer for Nemesis in the theater I sat there with the biggest smile on my face and I grinning like an idiot for at least an hour after the movie I was watching finished.

The last TNG movie looks like it will be a blast to watch. I can't wait for it to open. I hope you WWDN readers don't abandon/boycott it just b/c Wil's not there. Wil will see it, so should you!

Posted by: a32bitwhore at August 14, 2002 05:00 PM

Wil,

Actually, I am more concerned that they even have 3 hours shot! Sounds like too much fluff (or dare I say effectz?) in it... I'd rather see the characters working together showing their familial bonds as they unite against a common enemy (ala Khan!) but if Berman & Co. spend more time on special effectz rather than giving people a true story, well, Nemesis won't be any better than that lameass Clones!

Posted by: THE BEEJ at August 14, 2002 05:06 PM

Bah, read the script (atleast one version of it), didn't remember being that enthralled, heard Wil was going to be in it, thought maybe I'd go see it... now I find this, figure I'll save the cash and skip it now. ;)

Posted by: DaBastard at August 14, 2002 05:30 PM

wil: it ain't over yet kid...this time your absence will speak louder than your presence would have...in previous trek films we didn't expect to see you...with "nemesis" an expectation of a "wesley crusher" sighting was generated...and next time will be demanded...to breathe some life into the trek franchise they need some 30 something youth as one of the main players...i think you could handle that...but even if "wesley" is really silent forever...you already seem to have more than you ever had before...and what's even better...you seem to know it...to understand it why this disapointment is not the end of the world...but maybe just the beginning of the things that are really gonna matter for the long run.

Posted by: d. burr at August 14, 2002 05:32 PM

I hope the DVD has some kind of "extended version" option where we can watch the original, 3-hour version. I was really looking forward to finding out how your character was coming back, Wil. This really ticks me off. Crusher deserved a comeback. You know what would be really cool? If you could get a deal on making a special "Wil Wheaton Edition Nemesis DVD" with all kinds of interviews with you and (all of this if you're willing of course) commentary and definitely your picture on the cover! I'll throw this idea Berman's way. catch ya later, Wil!
Nic

Posted by: Kris Fawcett at August 14, 2002 05:32 PM

Hi Wil!

First of all, i just cant understand why the hell the producers cant live with a 3 hours movie. Why????
If its a good one, why cuting some scenes? I just dont get it. I want the entire version of the movie and i'd pay and extra for it, so why B&B are so lame that they need to cut 48 minutes from it? Its more than an entire episode (as you mentioned it) and it should be important anough to keep it.

At least, if they want to cut something, let's be sure that every crew member will be in the movie. I like Wesley Crusher. This character is very good and well played. And, beside, he is the only teenage point of view in StarTrek Universe.
Is our future for the young generations? Of course! So why keeping them away from StarTrek?

What can i do to get the ENTIRE movie WITH YOU PART? I suppose i'l need to wait for the DVD version?

StarTrek TNG was the best TV Show Ever! And Wesley Crusher is, as every crew members, an important part of it.

I hear sometimes some trolls who express their hate for Wesley and i cant understand why! I think its because they are fuck*n jealous because you where in it and they couldn't

Live long and proper, Wil

Marc Chapleau, a french speaking fan from Montreal city (Quebec, Canada)

Posted by: The TNG fan at August 14, 2002 05:38 PM

You're still the most adorable boy in the world!

Posted by: C.J. at August 14, 2002 05:40 PM

DUDE!!!!!

THAT #*&@^%# SUCKS!!!!!
Ya know!!.....I'm a big Trek Fan....So, make a 3 hour movie for christ sake!!!! Do you think I'm gonna bitch about it!!!!!

Sorry Wil..

Being an actor really bites sometimes!

Posted by: shrednfred at August 14, 2002 05:43 PM

Darn.

But honestly, if this site is a closer indication of Wil Wheaton than Wesley Crusher was, I like the real guy better anyway.

I will go and most likely love the movie, and I will envy the part you got to play in its creation. And admire you for being the best example of a grown up I've seen in a while, because of this essay. Thanks.

Posted by: gaby at August 14, 2002 05:44 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*****
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! OMG!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!! THIS CAN'T HAPPEN!!!!! I WANTED TO SEE YOU IN THERE!!!! I'm crying and sobbing right now!! *sniff* *sniff* *snobbs* I'm soooooooo sorry!!! That was just not right!! Rick is up to something and I can feel it!!! Promise I'll try to find out!!! I gotta go cry now!!!!! :'-( BYE!!!!! *snobbs* *sniffs*....

~~*Gooniegirl*~~ *****
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Posted by: Gooniegirl at August 14, 2002 05:52 PM

Wil,

Just like a lot of the people in this commentary, I really was looking forward to seeing you in the movie. However, DVDs are wondeful. Hopefully they'll have a lot of your deleted scenes footage (a lot of the extra stuff is like another movie).

I'm glad though that you've enjoyed being with loved ones, and you got paid for it too (*Bonus*). Until your next post, have a wonderful evening!

:)

Posted by: Anne at August 14, 2002 06:04 PM

Well, as long as you're happy, Wil, what does it matter that you're not in a movie. You'll be remembered by your fans for all of your years on the show anyway. Life's too short to focus on the things that don't really matter.

Posted by: kelly at August 14, 2002 06:11 PM

Will,

i'm really sorry man. I had hoped to be able to see you in that movie. damn, well. look at it this way, in the DVD they should have the deleted parts of the movie..*i hope*

Posted by: Marc at August 14, 2002 06:14 PM

ok does anyone know why they can't make the movie 3hrs??? does it cost more money or something. i was looking foward to a long great movie w/ Whoopie, Wil, and my favorite captain, Janeway. Well i know kate will still be in the movie because she gives Picard his orders so her role is important but anyway im jus wonderin wuts the big deal about a 3hr movie. I jus hope they make an extended version movie jus like they are doin w/ LOTR or have a feature where the deleted scenes can be inserted like in X-Men

Posted by: Nemesis at August 14, 2002 06:18 PM

Wil, i say u talk to Rick and let him know how all the star trek fans would love a 3 hr movie and convince him to put your part in again as well as anything else removed

Posted by: Trek Fan at August 14, 2002 06:20 PM

I can't wait to sit in front of my tv, with a glass of juice on one hand, some popcorn on the other, and the Nemesis DVD playing in my DVD player, all three hours of it.

Wil, you inspire me.

Now I'm gonna hit the books with this inspiration before Med school gets the best of me.

Posted by: anamarylee at August 14, 2002 06:23 PM

That completely sucks. Good for you for staying positive. Well it saves me $10 for the ticket I suppose.

Posted by: Roxy at August 14, 2002 06:30 PM

Well, I had been considering not going or at least only going once (yes I knew it wasn't anything to do with the storyline but still) but after reading this I feel better about it. It still would have been cool to see you in the movie but oh well, hopefully it will be in the directors cut. Personally I like longer movies if the story is going along or is interesting and is made well.
I just had a thought, since there is 150 comments by the time I write this you probably won't read this, oh well.

Posted by: Eli (aka hal97) at August 14, 2002 06:32 PM

Wil,

I just wanted to take the time to let you know how disappointing this news is. It really sucks that they have to cut a cameo from one of the ORIGINAL TNG cast from what's probably the last TNG film, or the last TNG film with the entire cast. I was really looking forward to seeing Wes one last time to add a sense of closure to the TNG era. Hopefully Paramount with it's "infinite wisdom" will add your cameo to the DVD release so the fans will not miss out on this.

Posted by: Digitalfreak at August 14, 2002 06:33 PM

when i started reading this, i was thinking, damn, i really liked wesley in star trek (why didn't other people?) and i'd like to see the character again, i'd like to see wil in that movie. but when i finished it, i realized that maybe it's better that way. and i kinda sat there at my computer thinking, what a beautiful piece this is. i know that you probably won't ever read this, but this is some of the best writing that i've ever seen. it's touching. anyway, i just thought i'd tell you that.

Posted by: alden at August 14, 2002 06:40 PM

Sorry to be so sappy, everyone, but that post just made me cry a bit. It is so good to hear someone saying what most of us probably think at one time or another. 'Cause it really doesn't matter that Wil isn't in the movie, or that so and so's pilot is never put on the air for the fall season. It's only t.v., not our real lives. Rock on, Wil. Enjoy what you have, enjoy what you have had. I hope I will do the same.

Posted by: duchess at August 14, 2002 06:42 PM

Well done. You , sir, should focus less on acting and delve further into the scribe's life. Your telling of this situation was thorough, while remaining concise, and had that Stephen King-via-Rob Reiner quality that belies an overall supreme talent. I wish you the best-- Wesley is dead, Long live Wil!

Yours,
Tim

Posted by: Ima Roofer at August 14, 2002 06:42 PM

NOOOO!!! WHHHHYYYY!!!

There is only one thing to do. We must picket the movie studios until they agree to allow the scenes back in. Well, everyone but me, that is, because I'm committing suicide over this terrible news. If the scene gets back into the movie, be sure to ressurect me through science.

Posted by: Willheim Steinbach at August 14, 2002 06:45 PM

My knee jerk reaction is to scream, "BOYCOTT!" But you know what? I've got this thing for Patrick Stewart, y'see, and I can't wait for X-Men2 (when I get a double dose of goodness because of Ian McKellen... and yes, I am fully aware he's gay... a girl can dream). I need a "tide me over" dose. And this Trek film may just be it, even though part of me wants to shove them aside after all these years and call them cheesy. I saw the trailer online I think it was. It looks like a SCIFI film, not a trek film. Very interesting.

So, who are you commiserating with, Wil? Who else got some deep cuts? Gates? Levar? Marina? They can't very well cut Patrick or Jonathan too much. And everyone loves Data, so Brent is pretty safe I figure (Brent Spiner, the one saving grace of the fiasco what was "Dude, Where's My Car").

I haven't even seen Austin Powers 3 yet.

Posted by: MatrixRaven at August 14, 2002 06:46 PM

..but we will get a full hour of data exploring his quest for belly button lint, and 3 hours of picard missing having hair. Just not right.

Posted by: Syme at August 14, 2002 06:51 PM

Hey Wil,
There's just one thing I don't understand, did Lard Ass, I mean "Berman" have to pay to get into this contest?
Let's all forget about Berman and his cronies and make our own Trek movie. Star Trek 11:Wes Goes Nuts. The first 40 minutes we could have Wesley Crusher just kicking the crap out of the walls in the corridors. Then Wesley could um go into the holodeck and shoot Rick Berman holoimages with the safety protocols turned off...hehe hehehee. Then we would end the 3 hour movie with Wes screwing with the Turbolift computer. Halt! Resume! Halt...Resume! Deck 4 Deck 5, Deck 4... The computer would be going bonkers! Just Imagine! Is everyone with me on this project? Hello?

All kidding aside I'm definitely disappointed that Berman cut the scene. I know nothing about movie making, so I have no idea if this is a common thing to end up with a three hour movie. Sounds bizarre to me.

Posted by: Trevor Lawson at August 14, 2002 07:06 PM

Wil, you should have just said, "Thats okay. Just save the scenes so that they can put them in the DVD director's cut instead. :D"

Posted by: Rick Tan at August 14, 2002 07:14 PM

lets Just say...i CANT BELIEVE they cut you out. I wonder what Gene would say about this.

Posted by: matt J at August 14, 2002 07:15 PM

That sucks, but in a good way.

Posted by: Dee at August 14, 2002 07:21 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about your scene being cut from the film, Wil. Wesley Crusher was the only reason I'd even tolerate episodes of "Star Trek" because you were a familiar face in a land of science-fiction gobbledy-gook that I never understood. ;) Best wishes always. You have a lot of people in your corner.

Posted by: Lisa J. at August 14, 2002 07:24 PM

All these "secrets", and the "big news" you have.....spit it out my good man.....WHEN IS SHE DUE???

Posted by: Nosy at August 14, 2002 07:24 PM

Wil, you are handling this with so much maturity. My only thought was.."BERMAN CAN BITE MY SHINY METAL A**"

Posted by: Kimberly3 at August 14, 2002 07:34 PM

Wil, you've done a nice job of telling this story. I particularly like the way you ended it.
As someone who didn't always like Wesley, I must say I'm sad not to see him again in the film. At the very least, shouldn't Wes be at the wedding? Anyway, hang in there. And feel proud about your contribution to Trek.

Posted by: Bruce at August 14, 2002 07:34 PM

That blows.

Just blows.

Posted by: sfotw at August 14, 2002 07:35 PM

Wil, your reaction was classic mature 30-year-old. Absolutely awesome! You da man!

You've raised more than $10,000 for breast cancer research. I think that kicks ass.

Posted by: Huh bunny at August 14, 2002 07:41 PM

All my best to you, Wil.

Goodbye, Wesley. You will be missed.

Posted by: sjistarr at August 14, 2002 07:43 PM

whoa,

i have never been cut from a movie before, let alone a star trek movie. but now i feel like i have been. that was an icredibly intimate look into a few moments of your life. very well composed.

and you are turning thirty. that's crazy, i'm turning 25 soon, and it's like i remember watching you back in the day, and thinking, this kid has got it made. it's nice to see these years later, you still have got it made.

-b

Posted by: b... at August 14, 2002 07:43 PM

oh yeah and "spare us the cutter" ~ great tune man!

Posted by: b... at August 14, 2002 07:44 PM

Damn, I was looking forward to seeing you in action once again.

Hey, I only buy special edition DVDs so they better be smart and put your scene in the deleted section.

Posted by: Stel Pavlou at August 14, 2002 08:04 PM

You're a real class act, Wil. Nowadays, I don't get many opportunities to say that without sarcasm. :-)

Posted by: Mike Harris at August 14, 2002 08:06 PM

This kinda sux. I was so looking forward to seeing Wesley in this movie. I can never understand why people didn't like this character. When TNG was on, he was my favorite character...i could easily identify with him due to my own age ( i'm only 20). Too bad. On the bright, side, you'll be on the DVD!

Posted by: alex at August 14, 2002 08:06 PM

Cameos???
We don't need no stink'n cameos!

Posted by: dewars-rocks at August 14, 2002 08:09 PM

Sorry to hear about your being cut from the film.
I think you handled the situation very well. I would have liked to have seen the movie but since your not gonna be in it theres really no need to go. Think positive. Stay happy.
Donna

Posted by: Donna at August 14, 2002 08:25 PM

Aww, thats soo sad. I was really looking forward to seeing your character again in this one. Call Rick back and tell him that if they don't put your scene in the Bonus Features on the DVD you're going to be pissed, because I sure as hell will!

Posted by: Caleb at August 14, 2002 08:31 PM

You are awwwright Wil. Cultivating lots of good karma... I wish nothing but the best for you and the family. If everyone had an attitude like that, what a nicer place the world would be. Props to you...

Posted by: TNutZ at August 14, 2002 08:45 PM

Sorry to hear about this cut. I'm sorry for you as an actor and having the scene on a "deleted" section on a DVD is really no consolation. I'm also sorry for again it show that the current powers behind Star Trek continue to miss the point. And continue to ignore the direction the fans want to see.

People like Star Trek for the hopeful, potential universe it created; the continuity of familar races, species and institutions and certainly the love and interaction of the various cast "families". I think most fans would want to see a Wesley Crusher appearance even if just a cameo. Most of us would love to know what has happened to this character since he last left with the Traveler. I think most fans would want that long before they would want any aspect of the main plot of the movie. On other message lines, fans who DISLIKED the Wesley character have been saying "Yah, it would have been nice to see him now - especially as he is an adult."

Personally I liked the Wesley character from the start. Being a father watching ST:TNG with my six year old son then the Wesley character provided a link that he, and thus me, enjoyed. I especially liked the young adult that Wesley quickly grew into. The conflict with Picard in Journey's End is still a great example of someone standing up to Picard for a greater good. Has much more impact than Worf's resignation in Redemption (when next episode he just waltzs in, picks up his communicator and acts like he never resigned in the first place.)

One of my favourite episodes, which normally does not appear on anyone's top 50 episodes, is The Game. Again it shows Wesley resisting something that does not seem right.

While I would not want any of the main characters to not appear in the movie, personally I would rather see the Wesley Crusher character in the movie instead of some of the other characters. Cut Riker. Cut Troi. I know they wouldn't cut Data but at least reduce his screen time if need be. A Crusher cameo would have been one of the small highlights that make a movie. When people talk of the TNG episode Parallels, usually after the wild bearded Riker's appearance, most say the appearance of Wesley was one of the more memorable elements.

A lose for the actor, for the movie and for the fans.

Posted by: Kevin Moore at August 14, 2002 08:48 PM

bummer dude, i was hoping to see ya in the movie.... i guess ill have to wait for the dvd to see your part.... feel better dude =)

Posted by: E at August 14, 2002 08:49 PM

Spare us the details!!!

Posted by: bob at August 14, 2002 08:51 PM

Further written proof of why I *heart* tv's Wil Wheaton.

"Sometimes the test is not to find the answer, its to see how you react when you realize there is no answer."

Posted by: 'chelle at August 14, 2002 08:53 PM

Wil, you need to call Berman back and make sure you get on the DVD, 'cause we're all buying it just to see you in the deleted scenes section.

MH

Posted by: Mike Hammond at August 14, 2002 08:56 PM

Sorry to hear it, Wil. I truly respect your response. A lesser man would have used this space to rant.

Posted by: Roz at August 14, 2002 09:07 PM

You know, after reading Wil's posts....they stir emotions and thoughts that sometimes I forget I have....it makes me want to preface every thought/action I have and put Wil on a pedastal by saying "What Would Wil Wheaton Do?".
Thanks for sharing your innermost!

Damn, YOU the MAN!

Posted by: SaidTheGirl at August 14, 2002 09:08 PM

The ONLY reason Berman is cutting Wesley's role in the picture and other footage is so the MOVIE THEATERS can run/show the flic more time daily for larger profits! Long movies can't be run as many times.
But Boogie Nights, Titanic, etc.. all were well over 3 hrs!
Don't look for deleted scenes....Paramount usually releases lame first released dvd's w/ trailers only! Later on you may get Wil's scene's on a future issue.
The only reason Berman runs the shots, is that Gene is dead and who else are they gonna hire to run the franchise with more experience?
The more Berman pleads he tries to follow Roddenberry's path, the more I don't believe him.
Keep your chin up Wil! It's all about the dollar..they can fill more seats more times daily with a 2 hr or less film. YOU KNOW they won't cut Whoopi out. Someone needs to tie Berman down and shove a pirahna toothed tribble up his ass and sew it shut!

Posted by: Michael Heintz at August 14, 2002 09:09 PM

Wil, it would've been great to see you in the movie, but its there loss, Wesley is the best charachter!

Posted by: Mel at August 14, 2002 09:11 PM

Mr. Wheaton,
I'm not much for posting letters on websites, but I had to make an exception in this case. As a writer and actor myself (though more in theatre than film), I know firsthand that this business can be a strange beast. I see people that become jaded by it all the time. The fact that you seem to come out of it with your integrity and good humor is a testament to what kind of professional you are (not to mention your writing on this site, which is refreshingly honest and objective). I wish you all the luck in the world, and I have no doubt that this is just a bump in the road in your successful career. Not to turn this into a love-fest; but you, sir, have CLASS. And I, for one, find your attitude inspiring. Thank you, and godbless.

Posted by: Blake Boles at August 14, 2002 09:38 PM

Oh well. I was hoping for them showing wesely get blown to smithereens... then camera shows Data laughing his head off, then camera swings to Picard 'NNNooooooo...' then camera swings to Riker 'Damn it Warf! I wanted to press the fire button!'

:D

hehe.. note the smiley!

Better luck next time kiddo ;) ... (if there is a next time? Maybe you can get a part in enterprise or something.)

Posted by: Cry'n Shame at August 14, 2002 09:49 PM

WAIT A TICK! maybe they might add it in the DVD... you know! extra special footage! :)

Posted by: Jason at August 14, 2002 09:59 PM

Geez. 48 min is a lot to cut. We'd better see you in the DVD though! I was soo looking forward to seeing you in the theatre!

Posted by: Alice at August 14, 2002 10:03 PM

Damn, I was looking forward to seeing the movie with Wesley's return. However keeping in the spirit of positive, I look forward to any future projects that will come your way, that you lend your talents too.

Posted by: Marie at August 14, 2002 10:11 PM

wil your rock, hopefully you'll get in on the next one
av

Posted by: anuj at August 14, 2002 10:12 PM

Stupid too-long movie.

You're damn right about that DVD footage, {insert any name from above here}.

Eh, I bet they made you wear something stupid. If not, well, then they're being stupid.

Who knows, when a portion of the audience who said they'd show doesn't due to lack of Wesley goodness, maybe they'll realize the only option left to them...

Wesley Crusher, Borg Queen.

(copyright 200_, Spudnuts)

Posted by: KJB at August 14, 2002 10:18 PM

Wil, You have defined yourself so incredibly to family, friends and readers as a multi-dimensional person of character, compassion and conviction, to be cut from a Star Trek movie doesn't even qualify as newsworthy.

And the many posts in response confirm this is an amazing community with a sense of values far more meaningful than any film. I'm really in awe. Best, Rob

Posted by: Rob at August 14, 2002 10:19 PM

You handled that with style and class only Wil (Gordy, Wes Crusher) Wheaton can do. Just remember when the DVD comes out you will be in the special features (the cut scenes). Wesley is very much alive and well in the Star Trek universe. Shatner should be the only one that should have been cut from Star Trek.

Posted by: Terry at August 14, 2002 10:21 PM

Wil,
I'm about the 190th person or so to say this, DVD Special Section: Deleted Scenes. We will get to see it and enjoy it. I was looking forward to seeing the whole family together again. Is it possible Rick Berman and Paramount might let you put your scene from the script on WWDN? They can't shoot you for asking.

I also know the frustration at working on a film and either being cut out or way way down. I was lucky enough to be an extra on "12 Monkeys" in 1995 and despite being on the set for 4 days, My big scene with Brad Pitt was cut down to about 36 frames. Hope you get more work in front of the camera soon.

Take care
Bart

Posted by: Bart Manzella at August 14, 2002 10:22 PM

Dude, I just thought "Little" Wes here in Brooklyn would have some consoling words for you... and maybe you have some consoling words for him...

Me: Wes, did you hear the news?
Wes: ...
Me: oh that's right you fell silent forever. DAMN YOU WIL WHEATON DAMN YOU TO HELL!
Wes: Shut up Vincent, you're a total kneebiter.
Me: !?

Posted by: vini at August 14, 2002 10:28 PM

Dearest Wil... So sorry to hear that. I have always liked the character of Wesley, especially in the Traveller episodes.
I was already disappointed to hear that Majel wasn't appearing as Luxiona.

I understand your feelings and you are being so gracious. A simular thing has happened to me in regards to the production of the opera "Carmen" in our town. It is long story, but I find myself in a simular position (only worse)... anyway I have had several nightmares about it. When you put your heart and soul into a character and then this happens... well I feel your pain.

I would vote for a longer movie with you an Majel into, by god at least on DVD!!!!

Wil you rock!!! Best of wishes to you!

Posted by: gabrielle at August 14, 2002 10:28 PM

Does that mean lefler got cut too???? DAMNIT I WANTED TO SEE WIL GET SOME PUNANE!

sux wil i was hoping to see you in there with the traveler or whatever.. can u tell us about what your scenes were now that u were cut??

word

Posted by: hops at August 14, 2002 10:30 PM

I am crushed!(No pun intended.) I was so looking forward to seeing you up on the big screen again.
I am happy you handled this bad news with grace and dignity. That could get you some bigger opportunities down the road. I realize you responded the way you did because you have class but it's just something to think about.
I will go and see Star Trek X but it won't be as special as it could have been because you're not in it. :(

Posted by: Vanessa at August 14, 2002 10:30 PM

Damn, 202th post!! I normally would even tag one in here after 40 or 50 posts... but what the hell.

"But I choose not to. I choose instead to focus on the positives, the things I can control. I did have two wonderful days with people I love, and it was like I'd never left. I did get to reconnect with the fans and the franchise. Rick Berman, a person with whom I've not always had the best relationship, called me himself to tell me the news, and I felt like it weighed heavily on him to deliver it.

Nobody can take that away from me, and I'm not going to feel badly, at all."

Out of everything I just read, this shines like a beacon. I am very pleased to read this from you.

Your happiness *is* a choice. Only you can make it. Nobody else controls your feelings. When you feel someone has made you sad, made you angry...that is only a sign that you are not in control of your own feelings but rather you have let your own feelings control you.


It was the choice that changed my life as well. I am glad you have too.

Posted by: Cherish at August 14, 2002 10:39 PM

Oh and btw, I think you surprised Rick by the way you handled the news. Maybe now Rick won't refer to you as kiddo anymore. *grin*

Posted by: Cherish at August 14, 2002 10:41 PM

Sorry. Guess now I just can't wait for the super special director's cut edition.

Will you autograph mine?

Thanks!

Posted by: Keith in Montana at August 14, 2002 10:42 PM

Wil,

Your appearance in Nemesis was one of the aspects of the movie I was most looking forward to, having been a reader of this site for the last few months and a fan of Wesley as a kid. I thought it would be good to have you in it, to help the whole TNG thing come full circle. Unfortunately that's not going to happen. You are taking it the right way to be sure. And if it is any consolation, you know the old saying: Spare the cutter, spoil the child. We'd all be spoiled if you were in it, so I guess it is for the better. Thanks for the post.

Posted by: Dal at August 14, 2002 10:43 PM

I'm glad to see all the Wesley Crusher fans showing their support here for you, Wil. I remember when TNG was first on the air. At the time, I felt like the lone voice in the crowd defending your character. He was the smart, young kid in a world of adults, one who had his own unique view. Since Star Trek has always embraced the Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, I never understood why people didn't get what your character represented.

I remember the entry you made about filming your part of the movie. How great you felt about it all. I was glad for the opportunity to share it.

You have turned into a great writer, Wil. Yesterday's entry was all geek talk and your excitement made me laugh. Today, your understanding of what is really important in life made me cry. Here's someone who can be all techie, and yet write something so moving. Do you realise how unique you are to be able to walk on either side of the street?

I look forward to reading about your next endeavors. Thanks for letting us peek into your world.

Peace.

Posted by: loretta652 at August 14, 2002 10:47 PM

Hi Will! This whole incident just shows that you're a guy with the right attitude. As another person said, there's always the possibility of a longer DVD version with more scenes in it, in which they might include your character - so here's hoping.

Posted by: Chicken Korma at August 14, 2002 10:54 PM

I'm really sorry to hear that your scene was cut. However, your attitude is really beautiful. You should be so proud of yourself for being that way about it. I wouldn't have been nearly as cool about it. Very cool, Will. very very cool.

Posted by: Angelwwolf at August 14, 2002 10:58 PM

By the way, thanks for giving us a real update. Can't wait to hear about your adventures in Alaska and camping! :)

Posted by: Angelwwolf at August 14, 2002 10:59 PM

Wil, I applaud your humanity. :D

Posted by: colboy at August 14, 2002 11:05 PM

Dear Mr. Wheaton,

You'll apologize my formality. I find it awkward to refer to someone with your fame that I haven't met before by their first name. Quite honestly, I think it stinks that you got cut from the movie. I am probably one of the few people who didn't mind Wesley's character (I still have your action figure someplace). The first time I watched Star Trek (and the first episode I ever saw was TNG), it gave me the impression of a great adventure show that was still exciting even when its basic concept had existed for at least 25 years. It stood out from all the slop on TV, the canned sitcoms and plotless shows aimed at teens. But the recent Star Trek ventures haven't given me that same feeling, they've more fallen in with the rest of the crap on the big-network programming schedules. I wanted to see Nemesis, and specifically your scene, as I thought it would help me reconnect with such a great adventure story, and the days when it still was a great adventure story and not homogenized junk. I'll probably still see Nemesis, but I'll definitely miss however much Wesley (and your acting skills) would've contributed to the movie. I'll probably also buy the DVD, since as so many have already said, Wil Wheaton is in the extended cut. But overall, I'm going to miss Wesley, and TNG as a whole. You'll find other projects, and I eagerly await them. But I still hope that Wesley Crusher hasn't fallen silent forever, especially considering the whole Traveler deal left Wesley with an interesting story to fulfill. In any event, as I said, I will be waiting for your next endeavour, and I also expect to someday have you personally sign my copy of "I Am Not Wesley." Thanks for letting me take up so much space in your blog.

Ian Stewart

Posted by: istewart at August 14, 2002 11:11 PM

Will: You are indeed an inspiration! I turned 40 this year, and in April was laid-off for the 3rd time in 14 months. The IT sector is having a hard time these days. I went through a lot of self-pity, anger, bitterness and disillusionment. Only recently have I been digging my way out of the pit I've been in, and entertaining the idea of starting my own consulting business. When I read about your experience with the movie and getting cut, it reminded me so much of the bullshit I've been dealing with. When I read your words about not allowing your happiness and sadness to be in the hands of others, it hit me like a brick in the face! That is EXACTLY what I have been doing. I've decided to make your statement my mantra, start my business, and create my own destiny. You may very well have helped me to change my life, and for that I thank you! But no matter what happens, I have a new outlook now, and I am very grateful for that. My best wishes to you and keep up the good work on your web site.

Posted by: Ivar at August 14, 2002 11:13 PM

Okay, straight up?

Nemesis was looking pretty fucking weak even before your part was cut. I finally saw the trailer (on the big screen) couple days ago and I just cringed at the "evil bald guys in shiny black coats."

Why are they evil?

They're bald.

They're scarred.

They wear black.

Jesus Christ.

So...

Enterprise versus...

That pinhead dude from the Hellraiser movies?

I appreciate your optimism for "the future of Trek" with this new movie, Wil, but from here it looks like shit. Maybe I just need to turn in my Geek Card since I still haven't seen Attack of the Clones. Nor do I have any intention of buying EITHER edition of the Lord of the Rings DVD. So what the fuck do I know anyway?

Enterprise is shit (despite Bak's Pak).

And there hasn't been juice in Trek since Frakes remade Aliens 2 in that Borg movie "First Contact."

Fuck the storyline of Nemesis. Who gives three shits if your scenes service the plot? What about that old Trek episode with the space hippies with the soft-boiled eggs stapled to the side of their heads? Or the killer pancakes who could not withstand the light of the sun? Or the time Kirk teamed up with fucking Abe Lincoln in space?

Fuck.

Story my ass.

It's a GODDAMNED sci-fi cartoon, you cocksuckers.

Perspective.

Berman takes the film too seriously. He takes the "universe" too seriously. It's like the whole fucking series is set on "Deep Space: Restoration Hardware." Where's the ENTERTAINMENT?

Wesley would have been entertaining.

Listen, if that no-talent fuckhole M. Night Shyamalan can get money for a movie about CORN and ALIENS, then why the fuck can't we see Wesley eating a sandwich?

Posted by: Spudnuts at August 14, 2002 11:18 PM

No human being could bend cornstalks like this...

It's too PERFECT!

Posted by: Spudnuts at August 14, 2002 11:21 PM

Well, I have to admit that I'm dissapointed that you are not going to be in the movie; I was looking forward to seeing it.

But at the same time, It is good that you handled it professionally and do have things in perspective.

Posted by: bluesman at August 14, 2002 11:32 PM

Hi.

I'm an alien.

I've traversed the unfathomable reaches of time and space to this planet called Earth and now...?

I need to scrawl some directions for my buddies into a MOTHERFUCKING CORNFIELD!

First off...

What if they need to mark a place and THERE IS NO FUCKING CORN?!

How come we don't see crop circles in like... stands of redwoods? Or birch? Or those ones with the acorns? Oaks.

What?

The aliens who possess the power to Bend Corn Perfectly and Travel the Vastness of Space don't have a laser beam powerful enough to FELL A MOTHERFUCKING TREE?!

Shit.

Humans have been cutting down trees for a long, long time. We know how to do that. Is it "perfect?" Well, maybe not. But we sure as fuck know how to level a forest and put a Bed, Bath, and Beyond there inside of three months, but these aliens are limited to CORN?!

They get all the way across the galaxy and... imagine the looks of disappointment on their faces when they realize the length and breadth of their glorious kingdom will only encompass Iowa and a few parts of Saskatchewan.

Alien Commander Guy: "Dang."

Alien Other Dude: "Can't we use wheat? Or maybe a small radio or some type of cowboy courier riding a horse-drawn stagecoach?"

Alien Commander Guy: "How did we navigate the perilous ravines of Omicron 7?"

Alien Other Dude: "Corn."

Alien Commander Guy: "And how did we traverse the hazardous mud swamps of Epsilon Delta Prime?"

Alien Other Dude: "Corn."

Alien Commander Guy: "And why am I the Commander Guy while you are merely the Other Dude?"

Alien Other Dude: "Corn."

Alien Commander Guy: "Goddamn, right. Now get down there with your garden weasel and point a big fat arrow toward Des Moines, you dumb bitch."

Posted by: Spudnuts at August 14, 2002 11:40 PM

*snip*"I wonder if The Lesson is that, in order to succeed, I need to rely upon myself, trust myself, love myself, and not put my happiness and sadness into the hands of others."*snip*

So well illustrated. Keep the faith.

Posted by: Talyn at August 14, 2002 11:55 PM

Will--

I really enjoyed this piece. As a piece of writing and not so much an update on Wesley Crusher's relevance to the current sexy marketability of Star Fleet. Being familiar with the character you played, of course, helps make it a little more poignant. (I turned 30 myself a few months ago...)

You were asked to play a very tough character--a weasely little prodigy that even fucking Picard was jealous of. I can't help but think of Michael J. Fox's first big job as a teenage Nixonite--Wil, you managed to make the character likable, which is really something. Good job, and thanks for being a part of it all.

be well,


-Carl

Curator, Amateur Electrician
Oran-ju-tan.com

Posted by: Carl G. Mitsch at August 15, 2002 12:09 AM

That was one of the most poignent pieces of writing I have ever come across. As Wesley Crusher you may be silent but as Wil Wheaton you still touch the hearts and minds of many. Thank you for sharing!

Posted by: bryant at August 15, 2002 12:12 AM

M. Night Shyamalan screwed up, in that he made his best film first.

Kinda like the dude who made Citizen Kane.

Liev Schreiber was really very good in the HBO version of that film's making.

Spuds does make an excellent point, frankly. I mean, I'm all for corn, but honestly, do they really have to break just corn? Why not, say, barley? Even strawberries - then, there'd be color from the mashed fruit.

Dude, that's a stupid idea too. Damn.

Would it have been a better movie if Uncle Willy had been in it?

Posted by: KJB at August 15, 2002 12:25 AM

That was funny, Spudnuts.

I think I've figured out The Next Big Thing, Wil. That's great. :D

Posted by: NickW at August 15, 2002 12:43 AM

Wil,
I gotta say as I read your post I could feel my stomach knotting up tighter. This is the first I have heard of Wil being cut from the movie and it came as a shock. I was looking forward to seeing the film, mainly to see you in it.
Now I am torn. On the one hand I have blinding psycopathic rage that they cut you out of the film and the irrational desire to bitch slap Rick Berman.
But the way that you have calmley accepted that underhanded blows that life hands you has cut my legs out from under me. How can I now boycott Nemisis in indignation if you are serene and peaceful?
I want Berman to know that he has annoyed the fans but I don't want to seem petty now that you have set the standard. I'm glad I have a couple of months to sort out my reaction to this before it hits the screen.
Any mojo I have I will send your way, not that you seem to need it.
Goodbye Mr Crusher. You will be missed.

Posted by: Pete at August 15, 2002 01:26 AM

Firstly, let me be honest, although I was never a 'Kill Wesleyite', neither was a paid up member of the 'I love Wesley' club.

Despite this, I've checked in with your site on a regular basis ever since I heard that you had a part in the movie.
I'd only hoped to scoop some exclusive gossip on the production.

I was not expected to be moved by such a mature statement as I was this morning, after reading your missive regarding your being cut from 'Nemesis'.

Your attitude and message are an example to all who have faced disapointment.

In your post, you say that you have missed wearing the uniform.
Your message today ensures that I for one, will only remember Wil Wheaton, and Wesley Crusher as people who Starfleet would have been honoured to have worn the delta shield upon their chest.

Au Revoir, Mr Crusher, you will not be forgotten, and have no doubt we will all meet again.

DR out.

Posted by: David Ruddell at August 15, 2002 01:47 AM

Mr. Wheaton,
This was extremely well written, personal, and very...decent. I'm sorry to hear your work is being edited out, but I'm impressed with your perspective on things in general. Hopefully, when the inevetible special edition dvd rolls out, you'll be reinserted in the film. The best of luck to you, and thank you for sharing with us fans.

Cheers,
Ames.

Posted by: Ames at August 15, 2002 01:52 AM

who deems that a movie is to be 2 hours long!!
i would sit througout the 3 hours of it,if nemesis is good. would`nt you?

Posted by: albie at August 15, 2002 01:54 AM

If they make another new STAR TREK show they should make you CAPTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it would be COOL.

Posted by: Phil at August 15, 2002 01:56 AM

Personally, I never liked the character of Wes Crusher, so to me, not seeing him in the new film isnt that big of a problem.
However, realising that Wil is turning 30 was quite a surprise.

Posted by: Bungle at August 15, 2002 02:02 AM

FUUUUUCK. Wil I feel like crying. Ok, maybe that's going a bit too far. But I was looking forward to seeing that lovable anarchist we all know so well on teh big screen with Patrick once again. Shit. Fuck. Fuck Rick Berman with a rusty exacto knife.

Wil, please please please tell us what the scene was like, what happened in it, the lines? If not now, when the movie comes out? :(

Posted by: Dale S. at August 15, 2002 02:12 AM

Such a shame. I guess that's Hollywood for you.
But I'll certainly be looking forward to the extended directors cut version on DVD! Or at the very least they have to put your scene in as a deleted scene in the extras.

Posted by: Dragonlass at August 15, 2002 02:31 AM

Damn, hellish, damn! I was sooo looking forward to the return of Wesley but nooooooooo, denied! Your attitude in dealing with this is admirable and show what a cool guy you probably are. I on the other hand am a bitter and twisted individual who will resent the cutting of the Great Birds namesake until the end of my days. Or at least until im distracted by a shiny object of some kind....

Posted by: EnglishBen at August 15, 2002 02:47 AM

It was good that Berman was so polite. Next time they call, you can politely tell them to play a tune on Uncle Willie's trouser flute.

Slick Echo & the Bunnymen reference, bloke. :)

Posted by: Evil Jimi at August 15, 2002 02:49 AM

It would be great to know what the deleted scene was. After the release?

Take care,

Posted by: cholly at August 15, 2002 02:51 AM

i have to say: this is the first time i'm hearing ANY good news about the forthcoming star trek movie installment. if it's true what's been spoiled on the web, what we're getting is a boring star trek II rip off schwarzenegger style with ridiculous friedrich von murnau hommage (those bats-in-space-remans). sorry to tell, but wesley crusher (not pointing at you, wil, but the role!) literally pissed off any st fan i know. even worse: having him return without the slightest hint of what's become of the now supernatural-or-whatever-wesley was a crappy idea from the start on....

Posted by: q who at August 15, 2002 02:57 AM

I have great respect for the diginity you have shown, most actors come across as feeling they have a right to be up at the front and visible all the time. You recognise it as a great privilege and honour.

Good luck in the future, your a great person as well as a great actor

Posted by: Steve Cook at August 15, 2002 03:09 AM

Oh that sucks. I was really looking forward to seeing Wes back (and hopefully erasing the memory of the crapfest that was Journey's End).

Still, we can always hope they'll put it back for the DVD.

Posted by: Nick C at August 15, 2002 03:35 AM

im gutted truly, I really would have liked to see you in the movie.
its strange.. I'm a year younger than you, but rewatching the tng dvd's you'll always be the eternal teenager...
reading your comments, bro you've got your life and priorities straight.. you've already got the edge. Fcuk it.. move onto bigger and better things. you will without a doubt
I'm goona be eagerly awaiting that dvd special edition

Posted by: raks at August 15, 2002 04:12 AM

Wil,

TOS, TNG and DS9 was probably the best of Trek in my opinion. I never cared for Voyager nor do I care for Enterprise even though I think highly of Scott Bakula. I would rather see him back as Sam Becker on Quantum Leap.

Aside from that I am sorry to hear of your scene being deleted from the final cut. Furthmore, to me Rick Berman has never made alot of sence in running the franchise. Think if it. He never gives the fans what they want. I always thought that as long as the story was strong that a 3 hour Trek epic would be so cool. To hear that Berman cut 48 minutes out of the film is very discourging to the trek fan such as myself. Where is it written that a trek film has to be 1 hour and 40 minutes long. That is half of the reason why Trek the trek films have been sucking in recent times. They are not long enough. The best trek films came in around 2 hour plus. TMP DE, TWOK, TVH, TUC, and FC. This film should come in over 2 hours long and reguardless of if the scene makes sence to the plot or not they should not cut out your scene. You are an original cast member of TNG and Mr. Berman should pay you that respect.

But never fear there is always the world of DVD and the deleted scene selection on that. Hopefully when Nemesis comes out on DVD we will have all of those 48 minutes of Deleted scenes to view. In addition, I am hoping that the none of the beginning scenes are deleted out. I wish you well and you said it right. You got 2 days on the set with friends, the uniform and I'm sure you still a paycheck. :-)

Posted by: Dave at August 15, 2002 04:44 AM

You've got class, Wil. You handled him okay. I hope I would do as well if I were ever in that situation.

You're alright.

Posted by: Don at August 15, 2002 04:50 AM

Wil, why not e-mail this whole comment section to Berman?

Since this is the last Next Gen movie, why the hell wouldn't they include all the cast - yes this means you Wil as Wesley. Berman made such a big stink about having Q in the last episode for TV because he was in the first.

Your part was deemed not useful to the story (or some such lame excuse). Well, hello Hollywood weiners!! Wesley has been and is part of the next generation story from day one.

And the movie would have been 3 hours? Who cares?

I can spend 8 hours at a shitty job 5 days a week and not even flinch, so what's 3 hours doing something I want to do.

When these produces open their eyes in the morning the first thing they must see is thier small intestines.

(DDD)-(AAA)-(MMM)-(NNN)

Bad decision. Good post.

Posted by: Nyarl at August 15, 2002 04:54 AM

Wil,

You did handle things superbly well as many people have said, but the stark reality is that you've been cheated. You've been denied a chance to add real closure to a character we all loved.

You call these people your friends, yet they deny you the even smallest of goodbye's. Think about how elated you would have been to get a phone call that said, 'Wil, Rick Berman here, just wanted to say we had to cut 48mins from the movie. We looked at your piece and it really deserved to be cut, but because we all love you so much we kept it in, as a tribute to you and all the hard work you put into the show.'

Hollywood and Rick Berman need to be taught a lesson in friendship.

Sincerely,

Wesley Williams
Age 25
England

Posted by: Wes at August 15, 2002 05:10 AM

I've started a petition to request that Paramount put Wil Wheaton's cameo back into the movie. If enough of us sign this petition, they'll HAVE to do it!!!

You can sign on-line at
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/wesley/

...I just hope this works as well as my "Cancel 'seaQuest'" petition did!

Posted by: Notary Sojac at August 15, 2002 05:13 AM

Hi-
I just had to add my 2 cents here... I was really looking forward to seeing you in Nemesis, Wil. I always liked the Wes character, and I really like you as a person, too. After reading your blog for I don't know how long, it would have been even more special for me to see you on the big screen. I kinda feel like you're my friend, you know? And I just really wanted to see you in the movie. I'm very sad that your part was cut, and I, too, hope that your scene will be on the DVD. I'm a diehard Trek fan, so I'll still see the movie, but it won't be the same without you. As some smart person said in a previous post, if the movie's good, it doesn't matter how long it is. Titanic was long, and I saw it 8 times 'cuz I loved it so much! I wouldn't mind a 3 hour Trek at all. The longer, the better! I think that you handled the bad news with grace and dignity, and your priorities are in the right order- but please make sure that you let Berman know that there are a LOT of disappointed fans out here, some who will not even see the movie now that you're not in it. I hope this isn't the last Trek movie, and I hope that the next one is all about Wes and his transformation, and what he's been doing all this time. Speaking of transformation, Wil, I too have suspected since your very first clue that Anne is pregnant. So, tell us!!! :) I'm sorry that my post is so long- I don't post often, but when I do, my mouth seems to runneth over. Anyway, Wil, never say never- hopefully, we haven't heard the last from Wesley Crusher! Love ya, Wil.
Love, Alicia
www.thewagband.com

Posted by: Alicia at August 15, 2002 05:17 AM

Hey, to all of you making fun of Wil's girlfriend, lay off. Fat girls need love too, and I'm proud of Wil for having the courage to be seen in public with a 250-lb heifer, with a kid to boot!

Posted by: FattyFat at August 15, 2002 05:29 AM

WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG

BOYCOTT!!! BOYCOTT!!!! BOYCOTT!!!! BOYCOTT!!!!!!

Posted by: bluecat/redblanket at August 15, 2002 05:32 AM

Well damn, I had also been looking forward to seeing what Wesley was up to these days. I'm sorry to hear about the cut, though you did craft some wonderful prose to tell us about it. (Looking at this big long list of comments, I figure you have "e-mail comments" turned off. Right?)

Posted by: Meredith at August 15, 2002 06:01 AM

It sucks they cut your scene from the Nemesis, I was really looking forward to them doing a follow up on Wesley...
when we last saw you in TNG, your character ran off with that molester looking fellow who was so interested in you...The Traveler... --to go off and explore the Galaxy. If I were Dr. Crusher, I would not let my child(if i had one) run off with some strange alien man to "take my kid around the galaxy because he wants to explore" ....translation: that man did not want to take you around the galaxy for you to "explore" your abilities.. (Dr. Crusher only had 3 encounters with him, SHE DIDN't KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT MAN)--they were still great episodes though, and I know you had to enjoy working with Gates McFadden..

Ok, Ok, Back to the Nemesis, I was glad to see them follow up on Wesley, to show that he's indeed ok, and not an evolved super-intelligent space entity, or the youngest captain in starfleet.
I've been a Star Trek fan most of my life, and I grew up watching TNG, and when I used to be SO JEALOUS of you because you were also a kid, and you got to fly the Enteprise and work with the CREW! (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!)How cool it must have been to be a part of something that grand.... being shown fighting the Borg, and playing with desetructive nanites, and all that fun stuff :D!
I had to get that off my chest... Since I grew up with TNG, I would have loved to see a 3 hour movie... i'm sure a lot of timeless scenes got cut, and I was really looking forward to the seeing those kind of character building scenes that would have only added to the greatness of the movie. :(
Best wishes to you, and I hope to see you involved in future star trek movies!

Posted by: VTTrickEOne at August 15, 2002 06:05 AM

Wil,

I wish you the best of luck. I'm so glad you know what's important to you. I hate that you got cut from the movie. I was really looking forward to seeing you in it.

Karlin

Posted by: karlin at August 15, 2002 06:16 AM

Everyone's said it all already, but I just have to say it too anyway!

I'm sad! I was really looking forward to seeing you in the movie. It's always frustrated me that we never learned anything about Wesley after he left with the Traveler.

But... like everyone else said. I'll just wait for the DVD and see what they wanted to do, but didn't have the time to do.

Oh well, such is life!

Posted by: Sunidesus at August 15, 2002 06:32 AM

My apologies if someone has said this already; I'm at work and I don't have time to read all 250 posts that there are.......lol......

FOr what it's worth, Dude, your scene will most likely be in the DVD Director's Cut.

*shrugs* (censored) happens.

Frankly, I would have wanted the 3 hour movie, myself. Look at "The Fellowship of the Ring," for example.

However, mainstream audiences like shorter movies, let's face it. 48 minutes sounds like too much, though. The James Bond movies are 2.5 hours long. "Fellowship" was about 3.

Oh, well, we'll see.......

Don't count your chickens yet, Wil. Wesley may not be dead yet. Star Trek has got a long, long run ahead of it, I think. Those reruns on TNN will continue for a long time. Enterprise has 6 years to go, and time means nothing to Wesley now, and there's always the series AFTER Enterprise.

Later, dude.

Posted by: KnightHawke at August 15, 2002 06:39 AM

A gorgeous piece of writing, man! Farewell, Wesley! Long live Wil....
LeeB

Posted by: LeeB at August 15, 2002 06:42 AM

Wil.. you brought tears to my eyes. Guess we've all grown up a little bit.

Cheers, dude.

Zchamu

p.s. I will still hold out for the hope of a director's cut DVD ;-)

Posted by: Zchamu at August 15, 2002 06:54 AM

No worries, I'll just mentally glue your head on Marina Sirtis' body...(shiver)

Posted by: Dave at August 15, 2002 07:03 AM

Well, this is by far the best thing I've read in a while. It's true, it's honest and it really touches me. This little piece might be a sad story, but on the one hand it's a wonderful tribute to your family and on the other it shows how good you can write. Fine work, Mr. Wheaton. I salute you.

Markus

Posted by: Markus C. Breitfelder at August 15, 2002 07:09 AM

Wil,
Don't be down about it. Listen, "Nemesis" looks like a trip to derivative city. You can make a nice flashy trailer but in the end you can't deny that its a Wrath of Khan ripoff with an overused clone plot device. I won't be surprised to find Dr. Crusher seeing a dancing CGI baby or Riker having a cartoon comic relief either.

I got two words for you: indie films.

Get away from Star Trek. It's a sinking hole.

Posted by: Bill at August 15, 2002 07:11 AM

Hey Wil,
That's just not fair, I was sooooo looking foward to seeing you in this movie. I think like every-one who has written on this this we all think this is unfair! But you took it so well, that was so cool.

WE all love ya

Kordith

Posted by: Kordith at August 15, 2002 07:15 AM

Hey, Will! Wait for the Directors Cut of Trek X!!

Posted by: Spanner19 at August 15, 2002 07:19 AM

Wil, sorry to hear you got snipped from Nemesis.

Spuds, that was funny as freaking hell! (Even though I liked the movie)

KJB, that "dude" was Orson Welles, and it is considered to be the best movie ever made by quite few people.

Peace

Posted by: Potch at August 15, 2002 07:22 AM

They can cut Wesley Crusher out of the movie, but they can't cut Wil Wheaton anywhere. You rule.

Posted by: Jean Bond at August 15, 2002 07:25 AM

God damn it Wil, you're so optimistic. It can't be good for you. But I'm glad it didn't bother you too much, and because you're not in the film anymore I get to save £5 in movie money. Thanks:)

Posted by: Anna at August 15, 2002 07:29 AM

Wil,
You've again proved why I like you as an actor and a person. My husband and I like Wes and Wil. I still can't really find a reason to dislike Wesley Crusher. I went to my parents last month and dug out my box that has all my Mint in the Box ST:NG figures in it. I have one Wesley Crusher figure, the Cadet figure. But that being said...he looks perfectly happy being amongst the rest of the crew which includes 5 different types of Datas. I gently cleaned the dust off all of them and then carefully reboxed them. Though everyone lives in their own version or perspective of life, I wish you joy and happyness even if it means no Wesley Crusher. It still would have been nice to have him in at least one star trek movie. What could be better is if you make it big again. That would be best of all. So I will send mojo for that or whatever your ambitions are. Artistic Spirit

Posted by: Artisticspirit at August 15, 2002 07:31 AM

You know, I wonder if Wil will ever realise how intelligent he is? When he write, he writes the way I'd like to talk. When I usually talk I end up mumbling or jumbling my words trying to sound intelligent. I wonder, does he spend hours trying to get what he wats to say, just right? I know that I, in order to say all of what he said, would have to. He writes in a way an auther would tell a story. I amigined the mother holding her kids hand while hes parked at a light somewhere, I imagine how he feels. Wil should write a book. A book that would really mean something, as he obviously has a lot to say. The only thing is, it'd probably take him 5 years to write it :P

Posted by: s'Becks at August 15, 2002 07:33 AM

That's just major bullshit!!! I can imagine how pissed off you are, Wil.

Erica

Posted by: Erica at August 15, 2002 07:45 AM

you have learned well, grasshopper.
and now you are ready to kick ass.

Posted by: drow at August 15, 2002 07:47 AM

3 hours? i would've loved a 3 hour startrek movie. oh well. now i'll have an excuse to buy a dvd player.

wil, you rock.

~kristin

Posted by: kristin at August 15, 2002 07:53 AM

Wow, Wil. I'm really impressed on how you handled that. It's great that you can show the mature side, like you just have, when it's needed. :) keep your head up. Your maturity will pay off in the end. :)

Posted by: Alexi at August 15, 2002 07:54 AM

yesterday afternoon, a friend sent me this URL (knowing what a fan I've been) and I was sad to find that you'd been cut from the movie. It was nice though, to read all of the supportive comments posted by your fans. When I reached the end of the comments I found one that said "you suck" and another which included the phrase "go drown yourself". I found this very disheartening. 'who would write such a thing. No matter how you feel about someone, that's just not the type of thing you tell them,' I thought. When I got home last night, I told my roommate this story and went to this site to show her the mean comments. To my surprise they were gone/altered. What were you saying about being mature? You shouldn't have this type of forum if you can't take the bad comments with the good. Now I have to wonder how many of those good comments were actually written by fans. It just lowers your creditability all together.

Posted by: Krissie at August 15, 2002 08:01 AM

Hi Wil!

Sorry to hear you were cut, not that I didn't find it odd that you were included in the picture in the first place. See you were as far as I remember turned into some kind of energy being, by some alien race called the traveller... I am not sure but I was told that, that was the story when you left the show...

Why they didn't make you into a cool Lt. for some military unit, I don't know... I just thought they kinda made your farewell in the show a bit weak... But that is Rick Berman for you...

See the way I see it is, that Rick Berman is the worst damnation in the history of Star Trek. He makes stories that a 5 year old would think is a bit far out...

In a sense, Rick and Brannon or what ever his name is, took the Star Trek out of Star Trek... Have any one of ya seen the new show Enterprise... All I can say is IT IS ONE FUTURE I DON'T WANT TO LIVE IN!
The people on that show are so Frigid it is gives me shivers just seeing them... OH and not to mention that weird blooper in the pilot where mister Tucker has a woody... Odd thing, they left that in... But the Captains are never to have a good relation ship with a woman or have any romance in their lives... I guess Rick isn't getting any from Brannon... 8)

Or, the Federation said : THAT DOES IT KIRK!! No more intergalactic herpes for you young man! The medical bill keeps rising!!!

Anyway, try to get a role in the cool TV show Farscape or Stargate where people are still people... And as for Farscape well Aliens in that show are really believable!!

Good luck Wil, hope to see you in a cool flick soon...

-Steve

Posted by: Stephen Riddick at August 15, 2002 08:15 AM

I'm bummed that you've been cut from the film, 'cause Wesley really needed a bit of closure... But you have it right-- it's disappointing, but not important, in the grand scheme of things.

Sounds like it's going to be one heckuva "deleted scenes" section on the DVD, though....

Posted by: Perpugilliam at August 15, 2002 08:30 AM

It is a shame that your scene was cut from the movie...I can honestly say that you were one of the reasons why I was looking forward to watching Nemesis...You have always done an amazing job and I'm sure that what they removed was nothing short of greatness...

I guess I'll have to wait for the DVD

Posted by: Eric Wu at August 15, 2002 08:30 AM

Don't get your hopes up for DVD. Have you seen what Paramount put in their Star Trek Next Gen DVD movies so far. Squat!

Posted by: Nyarl at August 15, 2002 08:33 AM

You are wise fellow. Once you can pay the
bills, the joy is in the work, not the
financial reward. Unless you are insane,
there are only so many stacks of pennies
you need to have to feel safe. You write well,
and I bet we will see a lot of your work in
years to come.

Posted by: Wil is Cool at August 15, 2002 08:36 AM

Oh, and one other thing. I think Paramount should change their name to Parasite.

Posted by: Nyarl at August 15, 2002 08:59 AM

Go back UP ...32 POSTS and SIGN the Petition
to put Wil back in "Nemisis"!!!!

Posted by: bluecat/redblanket at August 15, 2002 09:08 AM

Dear Wil Wheaton,

Wesley Crusher was one of my many favorite characters in the Next Generation crew. In fact, I did have a bit of a TV crush on Wesley, not on you the actor but on the character himself because I felt like I knew Wesley and liked his personality. I was a bit disappointed because the character changed when he grew up, so for me perhaps it is for the best that he will not be in the movie. A cameo would hardly be satisfying anyway since what I've always loved about Star Trek is the character building. If they didn't make it meaningful, then I'm glad they didn't put it in. Too often I feel they ruin the characters a bit in the movies (probably because they try harder to market it for non-Trek fans as well), so I tend to prefer the TV series anyway. Thank you, though, for devoting so many years to bringing Wesley to life for me and so many fans. I am glad to see that you have been personally blessed in your life and that you the actor are also a quality character alongside Wesley. Heh, I must admit the first time I ever saw you not as Wesley was in the Star Trek episode of The Weakest Link. From that impression, I guessed you were a jerk, but I'm glad to see that you were just playing that part for the fun of it. I am glad that my scifi distribution list forwarded the link to your site to share the latest news on Nemesis. It was worthwhile to get a glimpse of the real you, better even than seeing a brief glimpse of Wesley in yet another Trek movie. I hope you'll always continue to appreciate your blessings.

Your humble fan,
Marie

Posted by: Marie at August 15, 2002 09:18 AM

:( ... :)
Life is strange, isn't it?

- Jonas

Posted by: Jonas Kyratzes at August 15, 2002 09:30 AM

That's such a great attitude to have! It's a shame that the part was cut, but at least you had that experience again.

Posted by: Heather at August 15, 2002 09:39 AM

Sorry to hear about the bad(?) news. I would like to congratulate you though on a very well written story. I was right there in the car next to you. That Golden Retriever sure looked happy!

Posted by: ffejgreb at August 15, 2002 09:46 AM

Dear Wil,
What a thoughtful and reflective post.

You display none of the narcissism one might expect from others who find themselves right where you are. Your ability to take the positives and run with them is truly inspiring.

I for one will miss seeing Wesley Crusher in the next movie (I also loved your portrayal in tv series), but at least everyone can pop by here and visit you any time we need our "Wil fix", heh.

Best of luck in your future endeavors!

Anna

Posted by: anna at August 15, 2002 09:48 AM

That's really too bad Will. I've always thought your character had so much potential, more than what it was ever given. The idea of the child prodigy who could save the Enterprise and it's crew from time-to-time just screamed out at me. I know of some of what you feel. I'm a 40 year old guy who is trying to follow a dream to work in film or television so I know something of missed opportunities. I'm currently doing research for a possible documentary on Haunted Hollywood that will explore an angle that's never been tried before. I hope I can have as refreshing an attitude as you when I hit those bumps in the road.

Good Luck.
SAL

Posted by: Sal Gomez at August 15, 2002 09:53 AM

Hey Wil...

As I read today's blog a creeping sense of peace comes over me and a ever so slight smirk crosses my lips as I finish the the last sentence.

I SHOUT "TRIBUTE" yes "TRIBUTE" to you Wil Wheaton!

Posted by: redrhinox at August 15, 2002 09:54 AM

I don't get the Wesley hate that so many people spout. I admit that too many of the plots had a kid resolve the big problem. But that wasn't your fault. If there's any complaint to be made it's with the writers, not the actor.

That said, your appearance in the next movie was a BIG draw for me. I love the interaction of Wesley with the rest of the crew. I'll still see it, but I'll be looking for the original scenes in the DVD...

Posted by: Meredith at August 15, 2002 09:55 AM

Okay, if we're all giving our opinions, then here's mine, unpopular though it may be in certain quarters:

Television science fiction is utter shit. Most television is shit, but TV SF is particularly horrifying in *absolutely every instance*. Even when a show starts out as good, it absolutely never fails to turn into garbage, some pathetic, paper-thin amalgam of WWE wrestling, softcore porn, and the Sharper Image catalogue. It's happened EVERY SINGLE TIME -- DS9 went that route. Stargate went that route (and that show was *unusually* good in its first three or so seasons). The entire Trek franchise is like that. Every other SF show *started out* like that, all of that laughable stinking garbage on the Sci-Fi channel ...

Can you imagine anyone writing for ER or West Wing saying, "Hey, we need some tits in here." "Where's the explosions?" "Get some bimbo in spandex who's job it is to fuck one of everything in the galaxy." Or as Spudnuts observed, "Make the bad guys bald with black cloaks." Come ON -- those shows are *real drama.* They do actual stories that are meant to challenge and that people are meant to take seriously. They are not hour-long commercials for plastic bubble-pack crap nor are they meant to get fifteen year old boys jacking off.

They are *drama.*

Shows like that are *death* to the really talented actor, I'm sorry. There's a reason why you don't see Judi Dench doing teen sex comedies. And it's the same reason why the Trek franchise is a poor fit for Wil Wheaton. Shows like that want ONE spiffy upper-crust actor to give them some pathetic claim to legitimacy (Stewart for the Trek garbage), but after that,
the last thing Bermanoids want is *another* top-flight Oscar-caliber actor. (Even that covetousness for one person with stage cred is wearing thin; they haven't gotten it for ten years; Genevieve Bujold told then to fuck off when they tried to shoehorn her into that role in "Voyager.")

They want one Snooty Actor so they can preen over him and use him to prove how legit they are, then they want plastic and silicone and spandex for everyone else, and *nothing* else. And if a good actor, a *REALLY* good actor, gets sucked into that shit by mistake, he rues it for the rest of his career.

Wil honey, I'm not saying this as a butt-kiss here: you honestly are heads and shoulders above any of that crap as an actor. You *really* are. Getting out of Trek permanently is a long-overdue action on your part. You should never have gotten involved in it (well okay, except for the fucking money). You started out too good for that joke of a franchise, and you ended up too good for them. It was always a poor fit.

Posted by: Janis at August 15, 2002 09:56 AM

Awesome attitude Will!
It's too bad that you won't be in the movie.. but cheers for having such a great attitude towards the whole thing.
It's hard sometimes to wish success to something that you're not a part of... or to be proud of someone or something that you should be a part of.. but aren't.

Take care,
Craig

Posted by: Craig at August 15, 2002 10:02 AM

I already had mixed emotions about this film, as I believe both Berman and Braga has taken the fun out of Trek and replaced it with a dangerous corporate utopian view that I cannot overlook. It would've been nice to see you, though. Maybe Paramount will allow a special DVD edition to come out to include all the cut scenes. But, I won't hold my breath. Wesley was a good character and I will be sorry that we'll never get a chance to see the boy wonder again. There is always TNN.
Peace and blessed journey's.

Dave

Posted by: Dave O'Neill at August 15, 2002 10:05 AM

I LOVE YOU!!

YOU ARE A STAR...

NOTHING WILL EVER TAKE THAT AWAY!

Posted by: andrea at August 15, 2002 10:05 AM

Classy way to deal with such a disappointment, Mr. Wheaton. I always wanted to see more of The Traveler, and what became of Wesley. Maybe that can be the next series. Ahh well dreams are what make it worthwhile to get up in the morning.

I don't even TAKE calls while I'm driving, let alone make them (well, there are the occasional drunk that I drop 911 on, but that's a bit different.) Please stop, save us the story of how you managed to hit something or someone and you all survived, or worse.

Posted by: htom at August 15, 2002 10:14 AM

Shucks. I would have loved to have seen you in the movie.

Well, you got your lemon.
Time to make lemonade.

Take Care

Jason

Posted by: Jason (FutureWonder) at August 15, 2002 10:25 AM

I am going the opposite way with most everyone here. I think Wil should be mad as hell. Hopefully his first response was just shock and later on he will rip into them. There is no reason why he couldn't be in this one or any of the TNG movies before. He left the series as a time traveler. How hard is that to write in any script. And if the Trek writers couldn't come up with a way to fit him into the story, then they should be fired, fingers broke, and the tongue cut out to eliminate voice recognition software so none them are able to write anything for anyone. Screw the positives. You got fucked. I am sure if you accidentally posted Rick Berman’s email address, phone number, business number, home address, business address on your website then others would let him know he made a mistake. I for one don’t want to wait to see the DVD. Star Trek is better on a theater screen. Screw the great attituse this guys needs a new asshole ripped into him.

Posted by: Jerry at August 15, 2002 10:30 AM

I was going to see the movie only because you were in it and I wanted to see you on the big screen (something I have never seen). So now I have to find something else to do that day.

Posted by: Pat at August 15, 2002 10:40 AM

ah, well... I took flack from my friends a year ago, (die-hard trek fans) for jumping off the trek bandwagon and into wil's posse. It was worth it! I looked forward to the next movie, because it wasn't just 'Star Trek', it was 'Star Trek featuring TV's Wil Wheaton'! Now there's not so much reason to see it - (it may be ok, since it's an even number ;) I'll just have to wait until the movie comes out on [the internet] to watch it.

Posted by: hobbes at August 15, 2002 10:54 AM

Wil,

Oh man. I was really looking forward to seeing you in Nemesis, even if it was just for a few minutes in the film.

I was so glad to read that you took this bad news so well. I know that I would be royally pissed if that happened to me. Guess it's that thirtysomething maturity that's crept into your brain. ;]

I'm still looking forward to seeing Nemesis, but I won't be able to enjoy it as much, now that I know you won't be in it. I've been visiting this site since May, and you've entertained me since then with your wit & intelligece.

Oh well, I can always hold out for the DVD's deleted scenes to see you with your TNG buds again. :]

So, hold that chin up, Wil! 'Cause after all, YOU DA MAN, and that will never change in a Monkeyboxer's eyes.

Posted by: galestorm at August 15, 2002 10:57 AM

Oh crap, I spelled intelligence wrong! And I can't even edit it to correct it.

Well, y'all know what I meant.

Posted by: galestorm at August 15, 2002 11:01 AM

while i'm here, i missed the Star Trek episode of 'The Weakest Link'. Anyone have it in divx?

Posted by: hobbes at August 15, 2002 11:07 AM

Hey Wil
You really handled that with a great deal of grace and tact. One day someone will have to explain to me the mindset of hollywood. I am glad that you got to reconnect with your Star Trek friends, but I can not help but think that we the fans have been cheated in a way. Maybe I am alone in this. However, as usual, you have a strong grasp on whats really important in life.

Posted by: Patrick at August 15, 2002 11:14 AM

Well... damn. That really just stinks - I was so looking forward to seeing you as part of this movie. All I can say is... you'd better call up someone and make sure they know - we fans want the UNCUT movie on the DVD! :)

Posted by: Kathryne at August 15, 2002 11:28 AM

THEY CRUSHED WESSLEY!?!

But seriously, I'm sure the scene isn't lost forever. It might show up on the DVD. I'm glad that you're not too upset about it, because to me it seems like you're the can for the producers to kick around.

Posted by: the Doctor at August 15, 2002 11:32 AM

Dude, you just made me download that song by Echo and the Bunnymen. I was so excited about going back to freshman year at USC that my palms were sweating. Thanks!

Posted by: Scratch at August 15, 2002 11:37 AM

Totally sux Wil, I feel your pain. I wanted to see Wes one more time...

Posted by: TJ at August 15, 2002 11:42 AM

Hmmm. Dare I dream: Star Trek X|: 90 minutes of Wesley Fucking Crusher... Nah, they wouldn't, would they? That would be cool!

Posted by: Jeice Guyver at August 15, 2002 12:03 PM

I'm glad they cut your scene out. You may be a fine actor and nice guy but I always hated the Wesley Crusher character. Knowing you are not going to be in the movie just makes me want to see it more. Buck up kiddo, oh wait your 30.

Posted by: Jeff at August 15, 2002 12:19 PM

How much worse could things be.

1) You could be the newly appointed head honcho of Florida's child welfare agency.
2) You could be the campaign manager for Bill Simon.
3) You could be the campaign manager fo Gray Davis running against Riordan instead of Simon.
4) Every time you step into your car you are pulled over by the police for Driving While White.
5) The phone call was from Peter Jackson saying "About those 2 years you had to spend in New Zealand....."
7) Mr. Anna Nicole Smith-Wheaton.
8) "Mr. Wheaton, we're from the SEC and we have a few questions to ask you about Martha Stewart."
9) The LA Devil Rays.
10) Doing stand-up in a 3rd rate Vegas lounge for 42 weeks a year.

Posted by: Fred Fowler at August 15, 2002 12:26 PM

I always knew Rick Berman was a prick, so I'm not surprised. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they hadn't even put film in the can that day. And I'll bet large sums of money that the scene won't be on any DVD next year.

What a fucking tool.

Posted by: John at August 15, 2002 12:27 PM

I just learned the news from the Corona site where I clicked on a link to your site. Although it would have been spectacular to see Wesley Crusher again (especially after the way he left), I liked what you had to say about the whole experience. You exhibited nothing less than pure class Wil and I have learned something positive from your experience. Great writing skills too, I was able to visaulize your drive and entire conversation...it's like I was there. Thanks for sharing with us Wil and I will now add the link to your site on mine.

Posted by: Sam at August 15, 2002 12:36 PM

You're a very classy guy, Wil Wheaton.
But I am not.

I think this really fucking sucks. I'm really tiring of what Paramount continues to do to Trek stuff and this is a last straw.

Don't tell anybody that I'll probably buy the DVD if/when Paramount releases it with added scenes including the ones you were cut out of, but I'm not going to see it at the theater unless it shows up at the 2 for 1 theater at Hollywood/Vine.

Posted by: Mark at August 15, 2002 12:55 PM

Hey, Wil,

Yep, civilizations and science fiction franchises rise and fall ... the real value in our lives is our time and relationships with those we love.

By the way - about Wesley Crusher falling silent forever ... I wonder how Star Trek Inc. would react if you asked if you could pen a Trek paperback wherein you take care of Wesley in your own way? If they thought about it from a commercial standpoint, they'd have to see this would be a big event for all ST and WW fans - and both those who love and hate WC. Then YOU'D get to close the book on Wesley - literally!

Take care!

Posted by: Jesse Smith at August 15, 2002 01:02 PM

I was really looking forward to seeing what wesley crusher was up to these days. I was a little sad when they decided to make the 5th series a prequel, simply becuase it ment no cameos from old characters... no checking up on old friends. So, besides from novels and the such, the movies are all we've got for that sort of thing.

I've just got to say this... I'll be looking very much forward to the 'special edition' DVD with all the deleted scenes... and unless an evil virus wipes out all the trekkies some time soon, I'm sure we'll be seeing that DVD.

Posted by: Coleman at August 15, 2002 01:40 PM

I'm glad you handled it so well. But ... *cries*

Posted by: Rachel at August 15, 2002 01:46 PM

Sorry Wil. But honestly, I can't imagine how the 'Traveler' would fit into this movie, from what I've seen in the preview. I guess I'll have to wait for the Director's Cut, as everyone else is doing.

Coyote

Posted by: Coyote at August 15, 2002 01:53 PM

Hey Wil,

Sweet Site. This is my first time here. Got the link from a news article on scifi.com about this.

I always wondered if they were going to try to bring you're character back in the movies. I personally thought that it was cool how you're character was like the first step towards the next level of human evolution or something like that. I think that the traveler and you should have come back and saved the federation from the Nemesis Baddies with your time/space altering brain powers!!! hehe but then it would have been more like Dark City and less like Star Trek, hehe.

I know one thing. Like others have mentioned, they better your scene(s) on the DVD in some form. I would even like the idea of seeing a special directors cut of the movie with the whole almost 3 hours long movie on it. It could be like the Brazil Criterion Collection Box Set but the Star Trek Criterion Collection Box Set.

pjC

Posted by: pjC at August 15, 2002 02:18 PM

Thanks, Potch, for the info. I couldn't remember his name, and I almost said H.G. Wells, who is entirely different, and I decided I didn't want to take the risk.

I find "dude" works fairly well when I'm at a loss.

Crazy Rick Berman.

Posted by: KJB at August 15, 2002 02:43 PM

Well crap.

I'm glad that you are looking at this from the positive end, but I am just a tad bit pissed. I was looking forward to seeing Wes again.

Oh well, there's always the "Special Edition".

Posted by: Emma at August 15, 2002 02:46 PM

Wil,

I've been reading your web log for over a year now. Weird, I know. Not every day and not even every month but I like to check in with you from time to time to see how my pal Wil is doing in Hollywood.

Personally, I liked Wesley and was very bummed to hear that he would not be in the movie. I thought the plot device where Wesley's "science experiment went awry" was used too often in TNG but liked the character. I was a computer wiz at a young age and began my career in my teens so I could really connect with the fictional Wesley. I think it would be weird if Wesley never ever showed up in a star trek film.

MEMO to Rick Berman: Cutting Wesley sends a nasty message to the young computer geeks that watched TNG. YOU ARE NOT IMPORTANT TO THE PLOT. Sadly, in the real world of computer geeks Patrick Stewart would not be able to keep on top of the latest JAVA code and he'd be a peripheral character. Wesley would rock on as king of the programmers/engineers and Patrick would be writing end user documentation.

I think Hollywood is totally harsh and you should rack up some computer certifications and sit back and make 103K a year to crank out source like ome of us do. You get to go home before 6:00 pm and get a chance at a real life.

Posted by: Janet at August 15, 2002 03:45 PM

You should ask for the scene to put on your website. Maybe even buy the cut scenes to make your own video or pitch for a series for you involving Star Trek. Like they said in last nights epidsode on TNN
"Turn a disadvantage into a advantage."

Then kill the chorus!

Posted by: Vile at August 15, 2002 03:53 PM

Hi all,

48 minutes?? I`d say that would make a pretty good directors cut....
I`ve seen the teaser and I`m frightened. Car chasing scenes, action packed thrilling space jumps out of a destroyed ship. A bed scene? Is that the TNG I know? Insurrection was imho close to horrible. A joystick (argh, it hurts so much) on the bridge. And now a director who wants to invent Star Trek once again....
A scene with you Wil and Leah Brahms would be in the old spirit (yadayada, I know :-)).

Greetz, Grendel

Posted by: Grendel at August 15, 2002 03:58 PM

First of all - JESUS - that's one hell of a length for a Star Trek film!

It's a shame to hear you were cut, I was really looking forward to seeing the ol' gang back together again... :( Trek XI better happen now!!

It really is great though to read just how your priorities are set during this time. I think it's fantastic, and considering as well that you were able to spend time with your old TNG buddies that everything seems great. :)

Posted by: Andy Taylor at August 15, 2002 03:59 PM

Also, ironically, I like how this series of replies is becoming massive...

Posted by: Andy Taylor at August 15, 2002 04:00 PM

Hey, you always have a future in sci-fi writing.

Or programming.

Whichever.

Thanks for sharing this. I appreciated it.

Posted by: MAXOMENOS at August 15, 2002 04:37 PM

Wil,
It was a pleasure to read of this episode in your development. Thank you for sharing the light of wisdom. Keep on going.
May you reach your goal!
dws

Posted by: David Smith at August 15, 2002 04:41 PM

Hi Wil,

I was looking forward to see you in the movie and I hope the scene will be included in the DVD.
Good luck with your career.

Posted by: Supertribble at August 15, 2002 04:49 PM

I think the fact that 316 people before me have commented on how much it totally sux that you're not in the movie Wil, speaks volumes. Theres a hella lotta love in WWDNland, and that in itself is something to be proud of.

If you can stomach the cold, why dont you pack up the family, have a quiet word with Mr Sam Mendes and 'Do a Gwynnie (Paltrow) or a Kevvy (Spacey)' and partake in some theatre here in good ol' Blighty? I know us Brits would LURVE to see you acting in London.

Posted by: Foxychik at August 15, 2002 04:51 PM

Hey Wil,
I'm one of those people that was shocked to see you on slashdot, and I hope your servers handling the slashdotting very well.. Poor admin... Anyways, I got tons of respect for you from getting to know you through your blog, you've come from being that really smart kid on star trek that had the respect of adults that us kids at the time all wanted to be, into a real person that I can relate to through your log. The part they cut better show up on the DVD because I can't wait to see Wesley back in his uniform, in the company of friends. We he/you belong.

Posted by: Alain at August 15, 2002 04:52 PM

Hey, Wil!

While I was not a fan of Wesley, I still think
it's a shame that you were cut.

I've had a bit of experience in the film
entertainment industry working for a studio who
shall remain nameless (but who's mascot is a
rodent). And though I was not a *direct* contributor
to the films I have credit on (i.e., an actor,
key grip, gaffer), I know that they could not do
what they did without my (and my fellow worker's)
contribution. So I was always a little miffed that
when it came to credits, the blade swung
viciously. Many people who made significant efforts
to help the films get made were left out. With
your history, it's adding insult to injury.

I also think it's petty of the studio when a
film like ST:Nemesis is almost guaranteed to
bring in the cash is cut due to time constraints,
and a film like "Lord of the Rings" is cut *down*
to three hours, the DVD version being close to
four (so they say).

In any even, I wish you well. Always keep your
secrets!

....k
-=-=-=-

Posted by: Kevin Freels at August 15, 2002 04:56 PM

hey, i know you probably dont get a chance to read all of this wil...but in case u do see this, i never knew how great of a writer you were until i read this little story of yours...i would have liked to see you in that movie, but i think its a good thing that your not bitter. stay on the bright side,
sara!

Posted by: sara :) at August 15, 2002 05:01 PM

oops...sorry about the "kiddie speak", i just read the little rules thing. I will try not to speak like a kiddie....say hi to ryan if you will...(dont worry, i am his age)im not a freaky old lady or anything...and remember WWJD
sara

Posted by: sara :) at August 15, 2002 05:19 PM

Hey Wil,

My husband is currently going through a professional situation not unlike yours and is dealing with a lot of disappointment. I have pointed him to your blog and I hope he gets the message. :) Thanks for being such a great guy.

Posted by: robin at August 15, 2002 05:19 PM

Wil,

One writer to another, that was a beautifully composed and intimate portrait of one short moment of your life. I felt everything you were meaning to convey, from:

"my stomach tightens, my arms grow cold"

to

"I wonder if The Lesson is that, in order to succeed, I need to rely upon myself, trust myself, love myself, and not put my happiness and sadness into the hands of others."

Judging by what I gather of you from Slashdot and your own website, I feel I can confidently assert that you're a very intelligent guy, and I guess they weren't too far off when they chose you to play a child prodigy. :)

I'm sincerely sorry to hear about Nemesis. I'm glad to hear that you're doing a lot of writing, it's definitely one of your more prominent talents. I'd like to read more from you, you're very expressive and you include the little details that make a story REAL.

Congratulations on starring in my favorite Star Trek series ever; it's more than I'll ever accomplish. :)

Posted by: Joel Kramer at August 15, 2002 05:21 PM

Hey, this isn't really the best news. I was never a huge Wesley Crusher fan, but it always seemed to me that they left one huge loose end when you left. And such an INTERESTING loose end at that!

It's great that you're able to see this in a positive light, and that you're not bitter or angry or remorseful about it. I have to say, I don't know if I would have handled it with as much grace.

Posted by: Bruce at August 15, 2002 05:25 PM

I'm sorry to read you got cut, Wil, but I'm pleased to read such maturity in your writing. I hadn't visited your site in a while.

I am really happy to hear you're now enjoying success as a writer. It's nice to see someone who is emerging from the other side of the Hollywood hype machine with their head so firmly on their shoulders. Which ever direction your life takes you it sounds like you now have the presence of mind to work through it, take what is given to you, and make the best of it.

I wish you and your loved ones well, and I wish you success wherever your path may lead.

Peace,

Joe G.

Posted by: Joe G. at August 15, 2002 05:26 PM

I had a bit of a crush on Wesley back in the day. I was looking forward to seeing an adult Wesley in the movie. But as others have said, they can put the scene on the DVD!

Posted by: BrookLynn at August 15, 2002 05:28 PM

Dear Wil,
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
Ok, the loyal fan I am to you, I am no longer going to see that movie... Mary-Sueish as he was, Wesley was my fav character!!!!!! So, there.... am I being too loyal?
Lily

Posted by: Lily at August 15, 2002 05:31 PM

Just found your site Wil (the honour of being /.ed!). I'd have to add my voice to the idea of you cast as Sirius Black in the 3rd Harry Potter film. At least then you wouldn't end up on the virtual cutting room floor.

Best o' luck.

Posted by: Gerard at August 15, 2002 05:45 PM


Dude, that really sucks. The internet news that you were doing the cameo was one of the things that was making us look forward to Nemesis !

I would imagine you will be on the DVD but still this is a shitty deal. Maybe enough fans will make stink. It would be awesome to see the whole bridge crew from TNG together again !!

Posted by: Micah White at August 15, 2002 05:56 PM

Curious, you said you were happy to wear the uniform again. When you left, Wesley left starfleet. So since you got the boot, you might as well tell us some inside stuff (like for example why you were wearing the uniform in the movie?)
And on a lighter side, I'm surprised you took this news so well since you seem to cry at sunsets and puppy dogs daily!

Nuttin but love, my man!

Posted by: Fred Buntz at August 15, 2002 06:04 PM

man, i feel bad, people have all these opinions of how the role of Wes was handled, i personally loved how it was, in a way, i'm kind of like the character, and i have always liked it, i am pretty mad that your part got cut, and even more mad that they're cutting 48 minutes out, a 3 hour trek movie would be one of the best things ever, considering an episode is an hour, having movies at 1&1/2 hours isn't all that good, but a 3 hour movie would have been great, now it's all gone, i was really looking foward to seeing the character of Wes again, and i hope they don't take out Whooopie Glodberg's part, i have also been looking foward to seeing her in her character again.

Posted by: GShans at August 15, 2002 06:05 PM

Wil, dude,

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing. May you always meet the important things in your life at the end of your drive.

Posted by: yDNA at August 15, 2002 06:10 PM

You were cut because you never posted the pictures of the Giant Purple Dog Penis Tattoo on William Shatner's Back. I warned you of the consequences of keeping those pictures all to yourself. You played with fire and you got burned.

- TGPDPTOWSB

Posted by: TGPDPTOWSB at August 15, 2002 06:18 PM

TGPDPTOWSB is BACK!

YESSS!!!

RAWK!

Posted by: wil at August 15, 2002 06:25 PM

Wil-
I came to your website from the Askewniverse because someone there had posted a link to your review of the JASBSB DVD. I come back now because I'm drawn to proof of a "real man." I'm not sure I've met many in real life and I'm fascinated by your perspective, your thoughts, and your obvious love for your boys. Lots of people ask why I'm not married at my "advanced(I live in Indiana, if you're not married by 22, you're advanced. . .I'm 28)" age, and I tell 'em "I've never met anyone I'd want to live with the rest of my life." Lately, I've been doubting that I ever will. You've definately renewed my faith in men. Thanks. /dopey sappy crap

Posted by: sarahc at August 15, 2002 06:37 PM

Its kind of funny that you took the news better than I. Hmm, I wonder who the other actor is whose role suffered rather large cuts. I bet its the other half of the Crusher family. I'm okay, tho. I played hookie from work to go to the X Games and now I feel much better. Alright, I admit I'm still a bit disappointed. But at least I've stopped cursing out those responsible for not only cutting Wes from the movie but also for basically ignoring my fav character -that other Crusher.

Okay, I admit it. I'm not cool enough to play hookie. I actually filed the correct paperwork to request a few days off to see the X Games. If I can't have Wesley Crusher, I will have Bob Burnquist!

Posted by: jl at August 15, 2002 06:40 PM

Without a doubt the scenes will make an appearance on the DVD.

Posted by: ChrisReid at August 15, 2002 06:44 PM

hey but you still got paid right? that's a bonus.

Posted by: jodilyn at August 15, 2002 06:55 PM

Talking on the phone while driving? Tsk, tsk.

Posted by: juan at August 15, 2002 07:15 PM

Good job, Wil. I'm glad you took the news so objectively and that you're feeling better because of it.

I only wish I could take such a noble approach if I was ever faced with a similar situation. You made the best of it and got the type of self confidence and experience that you could never learn otherwise, and you probably feel as if you're a better person because of it.

It also gives me confidence to see people act so rationally in this mad mad world, so thanks! :)

Posted by: Anthony at August 15, 2002 07:17 PM

You know? It was kind of odd for me to read your thoughts on this event... I've been going through a very similar deal lately. I always put my happiness in the hands of others, and more recently I had depended on an old flame who was visiting. We had a week together, but then she was back off to Nevada to start college. I came to much the same conclusion that you did. Nobody can take away that week, and things are just fine in the end. It's really great when you see a familiar lesson learned by someone else. It's a form of validation I suppose. Take care, Wil. :)

Posted by: Symon at August 15, 2002 07:26 PM

Darn. I was looking forward to seeing you (and Wesley) in Nemesis. Too bad about the cut. :-(

By the way - I must be a pretty big sap, because your entry (especially the last line) made me cry!

Posted by: JoAnna at August 15, 2002 07:32 PM

Bummer WIl, but at least you know you'll be in the special edition DVD with Bonus footage!

Posted by: Gette at August 15, 2002 07:38 PM

Bummer WIl, but at least you know you'll be in the special edition DVD with Bonus footage!

Posted by: Gette at August 15, 2002 07:38 PM

Bummer WIl, but at least you know you'll be in the special edition DVD with Bonus footage!

Posted by: Gette at August 15, 2002 07:38 PM

Oops. Sorry about the click twitch there. Jeez, just like a f*ckin' newbie. Still gettin' used to the non-java browser thingy

Posted by: Gette at August 15, 2002 07:42 PM

Sucks that you got cut, but hey: i'm sure there will be bigger and better things for you to do in the future. i'm looking forward to them.

Your eloquence amazes me. Write a book or something: i'd read it.

Posted by: cj at August 15, 2002 07:42 PM

Well I guess that your next appearance will be as a captain of some future Enterprise class ship.

Cheers
Cthulhu

Posted by: cthulhu at August 15, 2002 08:04 PM

Wil,
Sorry to hear the news, but it sounds like you've handling it very well... like Wesley has matured from that whiny annoying guy, to someone I wouldn't want to miss in a film (Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, etc.). Someone at SciFi needs to hook you up with your own series ;-)

With this news, I'll be holding off to see the movie 'till it hits a DVD. I'm finding more and more that my old favorites (Star Trek and Star Wars) just don't have it anymore and don't appeal much more than a bad episode of SG1 or Farscape. I'll sit through both, but I won't pay top dollar for it, ya know? Not a boycott, but just perturbed at them for stringing you (and us!) along.

On the other hand, I can't wait for LoTR:TT to come out in December. That's one series that has (so far) delivered, and then some. Go get the LoTR:FoTR DVD and sit back and enjoy, Wil. I've watched it half a dozen times since I got the DVD and still lovin' it.

Posted by: Jason at August 15, 2002 08:08 PM

Wil, you were and are a 100% valid member of the ST:TNG crew. Don't say "...Wesley Crusher falls silent forever". If your scenes still don't make it into the movie on the special edition of the DVD, I will be very disappointed.

Posted by: Exner at August 15, 2002 08:15 PM

Very disappointed to hear the news. Even though your scenes might not have been key to the movie plot, it would still be nice to see one of my favorite STTNG characters on the big screen. If for no other reason than to get reaquainted and updated with Wesley's life.

As I read your blog, I'm can feel the disappointment that I won't see Wesley Crusher, and I have to admit that I feel bad for you, as I remember how excited you were when you first started working on Nemesis. But as others have said, hopefully your scene will be reinstated in the DVD.

Posted by: The MCP at August 15, 2002 08:34 PM

Wil, what a great piece of writing.

Remember, you will always have Wil Wheaton's Run! It's gonna kick butt! :)

Wil Wheaton's Run!

http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/365.html

Posted by: Mandy! at August 15, 2002 08:44 PM

Great way to handle the whole situation. My question is what is wrong with a 3 hour Star Trek movie????

Posted by: Matthew at August 15, 2002 08:52 PM

Hey Wil,
Bad news sucks. I've read about this through the point of view from many other artist. No matter what anyone says or does, it does not make it any easier. You are still an artist and that can not be taken away. You still are and always will be one of the luckiest men on this planet in and outside of the business. It was a great two days and we always meet great people.
F.G.

Posted by: FABIAN at August 15, 2002 09:03 PM

Really really sorry to hear that Will. That really sucks. It kinda reminds me of what happened to Rick Sternbach when they began work on StarTrek: Enterprise. At least you got a call letting you know what the score was. I know, small consolation...

Once again.. my condolences.

kenn brown
vancouver, bc

Posted by: kenn brown at August 15, 2002 09:12 PM

*Hugs*

I'm glad you're feeling more centered in your life, Wil. I still wanna see you in a movie, and I'll miss your part in this one. Hey, with the 'special edition' DVD trend that's emerging, may they'll add it all it on a second release! :o)
I'm glad that this hasn't ruined your mood.

Posted by: Antika at August 15, 2002 09:18 PM

:) i am glad there are such optimistic people like you around in this world...makes people like we, who get upset and disillusioned easily have someone to look up to...

Posted by: elise at August 15, 2002 09:25 PM

I'm not some kind of die-hard Trekkie. I do like Star Trek, and I really liked the Wesley Crusher character. I can't think of anyone else who could have played young Wesley better than you did.

I've never been one to be wowed or awed by actors or celebrities in general. However, I've been reading your blogs for about a month, and not only am I impressed with your acting, I'm pretty impressed with you as a person. You seem to be more of a real person than your typical detached celebrity who lives a real life... not some fantasy hollywood dream.

I must say I'm disappointed that you will not be in the movie. I do hope to see you in future productions that would display the diversity in character we've seen here on your website... hell, I'd even like to see you play a villian! (I'd bet you'd make a GREAT villian!)

Nobody in hollywood has impressed me off screen as much as you have, and I hope to see you on the big screen with Hollywood's greatest!

-=Jerry=-

Posted by: Jerry A. Goodson at August 15, 2002 09:32 PM

What rotten news this is! I always liked your character on TNG, and I know that I was looking forward to seeing Wesley Crusher reappear in Nemesis. I can tell from the previous comments that I'm not alone in this, either. I'm sorry, Wil -- what a disappointment this must have been.

Still, you handled the whole thing with exceptional grace and aplomb. Thanks for sharing such a poignant moment with us.

Posted by: Aspen at August 15, 2002 09:34 PM

Wil,

I'm sorry. I was really looking forward to seeing Wesley in ST:Nemesis because he was the guy we wanted to be on ST:TNG, the punk kid who became an ensign and the ensign who became a space-time travel visionary. I hope you demand that your scenes be put on the DVD so that I won't be left wondering "What ever happened to that nice young man?" I admire your stiff upper lip and am glad that you recognized the most important things in life. My Wesley action figure was disappointed but I promised him next week he could visit He-Man and the GI Joes in my Lego Rebel Alliance Base and beat the hell out of Megatron and the Decepticons. >:o)

~E

Posted by: Erikka at August 15, 2002 09:40 PM

Man, that stinks. STNG is still the best Star Trek ever, and they should keep every character going in the movies. By now Wesley Crusher should have been commanding his own ship and married to some hot Vulcan.

Posted by: D at August 15, 2002 09:41 PM

I write [space opera, mostly], and edit for other folk... and while reading your post, I had an Insight:

All stories are built on the parts that *didn't* make it into the narrative. Not just background info, but stuff that wound up on the floor. Sortof like the fill dirt used to level a construction site.

I don't remember where all I was going with this, but you get the idea. So Wesley isn't involved this time, but we know he's there, helping hold up the building. :)

Posted by: Rez at August 15, 2002 09:43 PM

Wil, i dont know what to say. of course im disappointed but no offense i probably would of waited for the dvd version anyway seeing as i work in a video store and would get it for free when it comes out. i for one loved your wesley character, to be quite honest i had a huge crush on you!!!! obviously these people dont realize how many fans you have otherwise they wouldnt of cut you out of this flick. they are going to loose a lot of money by the looks of other posts on here! i congratulate you though on your maturity and the way you handled yourself! by the way i recently discovered your site and its truly one of a kind. I feel like im getting to know the real you by reading your entries and not just what a magazine editor decided to keep in an interview! keep up the good work

Posted by: brook at August 15, 2002 09:45 PM

Well, if its as good as LOTR, you might make it onto the DVD.

Posted by: Alan at August 15, 2002 09:46 PM

It's great that you're so positive, but it still royally sucks you got cut. I was looking forward to finally seeing you in one of the movies. Maybe someone will be nice to all us fans and put your deleted scenes on the DVD. I'll still see the movie, but it won't be the same not seeing Wesley Crusher in it.

Posted by: Manda at August 15, 2002 10:06 PM

4

Posted by: 1 at August 15, 2002 10:07 PM

How is it you remember the people you pass while driving + talking? That's another talent you got man. I can't even remember what I had for breakfast yesterday.

Posted by: fuego at August 15, 2002 10:14 PM

April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
5 Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

Posted by: Sazerbate at August 15, 2002 10:23 PM

Can I get a "HELL YEAH" from the other ladies in the house who think Wil is hot?!

Sorry you got cut. I hope to see more of your beautiful writings though. They were *really* inspiring. It made me forget all the junk in my life for a while and be thankful that I have something at the end of my drive home to look forward to.

Stay sweet.

Posted by: Sexy Trekkie at August 15, 2002 10:39 PM

If only they'd cut you from Toy Soldiers too. LOL.

Only kidding mate! Tough news, but at least you starred in a succesful series at a young age, not many people can say that.

Have a ganders at my website - full of poems about snot and bogeys to cheer you up.

Posted by: Simon Tinsley at August 15, 2002 10:43 PM

I've never been much of a fan of Star Treck, and I've never been much of a fan of the character of Wesley Crusher... but - well, I was going to write that "I'm considering being a fan of yours," but that seems rather lame when what I'm really thinking is "Hey, he's a very cool person. I should read his journal more often."

Instead of being a fan, I will see if I can be a friend.

I'm sorry to hear about having your scene cut. As has been mentioned, odds are good that it'll show up on the DVD. I'm glad to read that you're okay, that you know how good your life is. I know the feeling. I love my life, strange as it may be; I've worked hard to get where I am, and I'm happy.

And I'm 30, too.

So take care, and I'll see you around online.

Posted by: elynne at August 15, 2002 11:08 PM

Wil, you're the man. You'll be at the helm someday looking back gloriously. Peace Out.

Posted by: Shawn Joyce at August 15, 2002 11:39 PM

I know this is harsh, but it's probably karma,
and it serves you right for talking on a mobile
phone whilst driving a car.

I'm a bike rider and hate those annoying fuckers
who drive and talk at the same time. Yeah sure
it was probably hands free, but it doesn't matter,
if you talk and drive then chances are you're
not paying attention, not indicating, etc etc.

boo hoo!

Posted by: si at August 15, 2002 11:43 PM

damn you for being so human.

Posted by: jcterminal at August 15, 2002 11:46 PM

Move on. Tell us your stories. Go forth and prosper. Know that through your writings, you are in our hearts and thoughts. Your image flashing on a video screen could never bring us as close to you as what you do here; you're sharing your real life with us. You have many loving supporters who want to see you succeed, and believe that you will. Love ya Wil.
Now get back to work. :-)

Posted by: Bitch-Queen-of-The-Universe at August 15, 2002 11:52 PM

I think I speak for all of us TNG fans, who have watched you from the start. I don't think it will quite be the same without wesley crusher there for the end. Damn berman....i don't trust that guy... ;-) joking of course

Posted by: Chris Barrett at August 16, 2002 12:00 AM

Whoever decided to cut the movie because it's "too long" isn't making this movie for Star Trek fans. You said it yourself: they cut an entire episode! We only get new TNG once every few years-- let it be long! Make an intermission if necessary; people will buy more popcorn and squishies.

Add my voice to the long list of people who wanted to see you in the movie!

Angelique

Posted by: Angelique at August 16, 2002 12:09 AM

Oh, man! What Angelique said!

But you know, Wil, there are millions of people who support and admire you, and the life you brought to Wesley's character. I don't for a minute think that Wesley "fell silent" anywhere -- I think he would be too involved in his interesting, rewarding life to let anything but the positives of this stay with him.

Kind of like you... ;-)

Posted by: FrBill at August 16, 2002 12:36 AM

A small postscript to what I said above...

As long as any station or cable network anywhere continues to rerun the TNG episodes (or at least, the first three seasons, the fourth season up through "Final Mission," "The Game," "The First Duty," "Parallels," "Journey's End," and any I forgot about that Wil was in)...

As long as the videotapes and DVDs of those episodes still sell...

As long as the TNG fans still gather in places like this one to remember...

As long as the pictures, action figures and paraphernalia continue to sell in the stores and on the auction sites...

As long as any of that is still happening...Wesley Crusher can *never* truly fall silent.

Wil may have given him life, but he's taken on a life of his own by now. Somewhere in somebody's imagination, (ex-)Ensign Wesley Crusher continues to go forth, exploring strange new worlds, seeking new life forms and new civilizations, and--need I say?--boldly going where no one has gone before.

May Wesley's road rise up to meet him.

Posted by: Erbo at August 16, 2002 12:38 AM

Hey there -- I am disappointed Wesley Crusher will not be in Nemesis - I was looking forward to seeing you in there and it would have been nice to have some closure on the character. Your attitude is inspiring - and you spent two days doing something most of us here can only dream about! :)
All the best for the future, Kestra.

Posted by: Kestra at August 16, 2002 12:38 AM

Wil Wheaton lives? You actually had a role in that new Star Trek movie? If it weren't for slashdot I would not know these things.

I always disliked the character of Wesley Crusher. I just hate kids in movies, I don't know why. They're annoying. Ironically you acted better than the rest of the cast did most of the time, but then the STNG-cast is not known for they're exceptional acting.

I don't know what I'm trying to say here. I'm kinda stunned. There's this guy I didn't like (the role I mean) who I thought was dead (I thought I read somewhere that you committed suicide - no joke!) and it turns out he is alive and acting and has a webpage where he makes his private life public.

It's all so...unreal?

Anyway, more luck next time and rock on dude.


D.

Posted by: SomeGuy at August 16, 2002 12:44 AM

Thats a bit of a bugger! But hey if you dont mind then what the hell?? It seems to me that you got what you needed out of the experience and maybe it was good closure??

By the way - you write very eliquently! I dont think i could express my feelings so clearly!

:)

Syren

P.S. - This is the first time i have posted to your site - Its very impressive BTW!!

Posted by: Syren at August 16, 2002 12:46 AM

As long as all of these edited scenes make it to the eventual DVD release. At the end of the day, you were there, you made the scenes... you got be Wes again. I wonder what your (on-screen) Mom's gonna say about all this!? Beverly set to kill?

:o)

Chris

Posted by: celaurie at August 16, 2002 12:58 AM

You're cool Wil. Don't change.

Posted by: Woot at August 16, 2002 01:25 AM

Bad luck :( I'm sorry you got cut.. your inclusion made alot of news on alot of sites.

3 Hours... bejesus. Am I the only person who doesn't have a problem with a 3 hour long Trek film?

I hope that dodgy sex scene gets cut too.. gah.. Sex in Star Trek? Insinuated, yes... shown, hell no. Urg.

Posted by: Paul at August 16, 2002 01:29 AM

Hi Wil,

first i have a confession to make. I dont really like star trek, sure some episodes are entertaining, i did like the First Contact movie, but the rest of it usually is not very interesting to me and thus i never really became a Trekkie. However, a post on Slashdot brought me here, and i must say that you have a cool attitude regarding this thing, which i know would disappoint me heavily. I really like what you wrote, the way you wrote it, but more importantly the last paragraph in your writing kinda puts some things into perspective and is .. i don't know.. right.. and inspiring in a non trekkie way. I think you have an interesting and promising career as a writer ahead of you. This weblog post proves it because it moved me, and i am a rather inanimate object heheh :)

Posted by: Lynxxx at August 16, 2002 01:30 AM

Nice entry, Wil. Nice to see someone putting words around what it is that becomes important when we get older.

Posted by: ebow at August 16, 2002 02:03 AM

Set phazers to "unemployed"!

Posted by: Captain Kirk at August 16, 2002 02:04 AM

The poster above me likes to have sex with children.

Posted by: Chewbaklava at August 16, 2002 02:08 AM

THERE IS A HULL BREACH IN WIL WHEATON'S HEAD

All engineers to deck, we need to shoot Tacky-Ion beams at this e/n weenie! SET PHAZERS TO "CHILD ACTOR WILL ACT FOR FOOD"

Posted by: Captain Cork at August 16, 2002 02:11 AM

Wil Wheaton is the voice of our generation. I'm glad to finally have a web site that speaks to our generation. I just wish the film maker's would have had the intelligence to make a film for our generation. Without Wil it's not for our generation.

Until then I will make due with this film loop of Princess Lisa bending over R2D2 while I play my audio tape I made of SciFi Space Sounds mixed with lesbian porn.

Posted by: Chewbacco at August 16, 2002 02:16 AM

I've always been a little troubled with the length of ST films...especially the newer ones. It just doesn't seem like there could be a ST film that is too long. If the film is good, length is unimportant. It's a shame that this new film is being hacked away to nothing...those bastards!

Posted by: Trey at August 16, 2002 03:34 AM

It really is a shame to hear you were cut, I was really looking forward to seeing your character again. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience with old friends, though. I'm not sure I could've seen the positives as well as you did if I were in your place.

More power to you, Wil.

Posted by: Bryan at August 16, 2002 04:06 AM

Wil - I envy you your ability to put your hard-earned pearl of wisdom into action, with such positive and tangible results. You are correct, of course, that the secret to happiness is to realize it doesn't need to come from others. Your reaction is proof. The hardest part is turning "knowing" that truth into real action in one's life. I doubt I would have handled your situation as well as you did.

PS: Sarcastic wise-ass remarks next time, this was my first reply because only this log entry inspired me adequately to write one.

Peace
/d

Posted by: DavidTheDreamer at August 16, 2002 04:40 AM

Wow, sorry Wil. Love your attitude kiddo. Nice words thanks I needed them too. My kids and family are all I have and all I need.

Posted by: Mike Higgs at August 16, 2002 05:05 AM

You should talk to Rick later on about ensuring your scene goes in the DVD along with all the other features!

Posted by: Adam at August 16, 2002 05:19 AM

You make me want to be a better person...

Posted by: Matthew at August 16, 2002 05:34 AM

I'll probably start off like you've heard so many, many people start off with you. Sorry 'bout that.

I loved your work in "Stand By Me." Your part in that movie, and your character's motivation, very, very accurately reflected an incident in my life. I still can't get through your scene with Phoenix where you say, "Why did he have to die, Chris? It should have been me." because I'd said nearly those exact words.

I was so-so about Wesley Crusher. I thought it was a very difficult part to write for, and it was impossible to please the fans with. That said, I thought you did well with what you were given.

I saw this entry after someone referred it to me. I've stopped on your site from time to time because I find we're very close politically in our views.

But, man, you can WRITE! Perhaps you should see what you can do with that. You write a book with the same introspective style that you wrote this entry with and, hell, I'd buy it!

Peace, Wil. You're on a good road...

Posted by: Doc Kinne at August 16, 2002 05:57 AM

I just read that your scene was cut from the movie on ign.com. Although I don't think I'm a trekie, I did like your character on the show and I'm not entirely sure where he went. I will be quite dissapointed to not see him in the movie. But hopefully they will piece it back together for the DVD and you won't JUST be in the cut scenes section. I would hope Paramount (?) would do that for the fans.

Posted by: Curt at August 16, 2002 06:09 AM

Aint that about a bitch!?

One of the things I like about Star Trek is the long history I feel I have with the characters. I feel like I have known them far many years, and I thought the whole idea of bringing back Wesley was great. Will, if you speak to Rick Bermann please tell him to push for a special edition DVD wich features both a theatrical version and an uncut version of the film!

Posted by: Per Kristensen at August 16, 2002 06:10 AM

I couldn't bear to see "404" next to comments, so I had to make it 405.

Thanks for The Lesson quote. I needed that right about now. I will carry that with me for some time.

Posted by: frank at August 16, 2002 06:24 AM

wil: if the execs at paramount could read all these comments...could they consider this a petition...filled with more than just names...filled also with the heartfelt sentiment...that the kid stays in the picture!

Posted by: d. burr at August 16, 2002 06:25 AM

OK. WE NEED A GRASSROOTS "SAVE WESLEY" CAMPAIGN. WHEATON AND HIS INTERNET HORDE ARE THE BEST THING STAR TREK HAS GOING FOR IT. WE WANT A WESLEY/WHEATON CAMEO!!!

Posted by: dunno at August 16, 2002 06:29 AM

yeah: free wesley crusher!

Posted by: d. burr at August 16, 2002 06:32 AM

I'm soooooo confused?!?!! Pass it on!

Posted by: MegaMan at August 16, 2002 07:07 AM

Wil,

you know the more I think about you getting cut from Nemesis, and I am thinking about it.

Also from the way people on here are talking about your scenes being on DVD,and they are talking about it..

I am getting more upset.

When is the last time a Star Trek movie got any directors cuts? except for the new releas of Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan, and it's what 20 yrs old? I don't know about you but I don't want to wait 20 yrs to see your scenes.

Here is another thing. Everyone is saying Wil write a book, well here are some titles for ya especially if Berman leaves you off DVD and I am sure he will and it won't have anything to do with you, it's him, remember? "I met Jimmy Kimmels cousin and things just happned." anyway now for the nifty titles...

This one is if you are left off of the DVD..
"How Rick Berman Screwed me twice without kissing me Once" by Wil Wheaton

On a serious note: "Star Trek and Me" by Wil Wheaton.

Ok screw being serious: "How Rick Berman Broke it Off In Me" by Wil Wheaton

And my personal favorite: "My own Personal Nemesis" by Wil Wheaton (this one is all about..well you hating Rick Berman, and him being your enemy).

Well I had to get that out of my system I fell alot better now. It has been bothering me knowing you were cut, so don't worry about not being pissed off at Berman I'll do it for ya.

Take care Wil, Until your next post..

Matt......

Posted by: Matt at August 16, 2002 07:10 AM

Ok in my last post I didn't spell *feel* write well here it is the write way, and I also left an E of of release so here it is now.

release

I feel better now.

Posted by: matt at August 16, 2002 07:18 AM

Wil

What do you mean "Somewhere in Brooklyn, Wesley Crusher falls silent forever"??? Who let whom into my memories???

(Whew)

Just checked. Wesley is alive and kicking. Thought we'd lost you there.

Posted by: Atul Chitnis at August 16, 2002 07:21 AM

Hey, just thought that I'd post that I noticed a lapse in your grammar skills. ;)

I'm feel happy and proud.

*Shrugs.* Not a big deal, but it needed to be said. :D

Posted by: silverx10 at August 16, 2002 07:26 AM

What!!!!!!! No MORE WIL!!! I THINK I'MA START CRYING WHY WIL WHY HIM! They could cut these damn ads that you see before the movie starts!

Anyways WIL I think you just learned that hollywood is not always Holly! You can still apply for a job at MCDonalds I think they are hiring young geniuses like Wesley Crusher.

Posted by: Jay-P at August 16, 2002 07:27 AM

You're always making me cry these little silent tears, usually at my desk in the office. *sigh* While I am a leeetle bit sad they had to cut you...I am so happy that you've made peace with it, and other things.

Posted by: mellifluous at August 16, 2002 07:28 AM

I would have been nice to see you in the new film, but I'm still enjoying you from the series - so for me Wes is still on the Enterprise and always will be.

Thanks for all the work you did on the series. Over the years I've enjoyed it a great deal... and still do.

Best Wishes...

Jez

Posted by: Jeremy Chappell at August 16, 2002 07:43 AM

Rick Berman doesn't know the first thing about Star Trek nor about what's good for Star Trek. Rick Berman only knows about Rick Berman and dollar signs. From what I've seen of Nemesis so far you're probably better off not being in it. Bald guys wielding Gil Hibben knives and giant battles in jeeps are not what Star Trek is about. It's only what marketing people think will appeal to non-Trekkers. I sure they figure Trekkers will see the movie no matter what and that they need to rope in as many other people as they can to make maximum dollars. Well, they're not going to get mine, that's for sure.

Posted by: [email protected] at August 16, 2002 08:20 AM

Sucks that your scene was cut. Sucks for you, obviously, and it sucks for those of us that wanted to see it. I'm sorry to hear it.

I'm glad that Berman was pretty stand-up about it, though (much more so than some of the editors I deal with in my own work). It's obvious that you still feel a definite connection to TREK, and would still like to contribute. So, something occurs to me: You should pitch to ENTERPRISE as a writer. Would TPTB be receptive to something like that?

Posted by: Cully Hamner at August 16, 2002 08:34 AM

Hi Wil. I find it hillarious that a whole Slashdot thread is concentrated on admonishing you for talking on a cell phone while driving.
Heehee. Looks like that is the bigger tragedy!
Chris

Posted by: Christopher Feyrer at August 16, 2002 08:41 AM

NoooooOoOoO00OooOOooooo!!!!

Posted by: Kaz at August 16, 2002 08:42 AM

I feel bad that your scene got cut out of the movie. To me, that would have been one of the better scenes to see Wesley Crusher come back with the crew of the Enterprise. It's been a while since Wesley had been there. I hope they have this scene on the DVD!!

Posted by: Ganiman at August 16, 2002 08:48 AM

Wil,

I must admit I was annoyed with Wesley Crusher when I first saw him on TNG. I've heard that you requested that he not save the ship on a regular basis after that, and I found respect for you, even though the character still annoyed me. Then, Wesley started to grow up, and I started to like him, too. Naturally, as with many things in Star Trek, just when they start to get good, they get cut. :(

Still, I want you to know that I'm disappointed that you were cut (even though I didn't know you had filmed any scenes until I heard they'd been cut) from Nemesis. I'm hoping that Nemesis will prove to be a mold-breaking film for TNG.

I'm sorry, I'm wandering. Let me get to the point: I respect you now, more than ever. I think it is clearly a loss to the the Star Trek franchise that you are no longer involved.

You mentioned that you have had steady work as a writer, recently. I'd like to see what you can do, as a writer, with Trek, and I encourage you to pursue that path.

I wish you luck in whatever you choose to pursue.

Posted by: Thorkull at August 16, 2002 08:54 AM

Hey I'm post 409! I'm sure my post will be completely original.

I've always been impressed with you, since finding your website. I always felt Wesley got the shaft on NG and particularly from Trek fans. I'm glad you can see what's really important in your life, your family, your friends, the experience of living. I'd like to thank you for sharing this with the rest of us.

Posted by: Philip at August 16, 2002 09:00 AM

That's really something. I was reading Slashdot and saw that thread. I think most of us.

I live in Brazil, and we are currently running on STTNG 6th year, DS9 (4th year), Voy (4th year), and Enterprise will start september 7th.

To tell you the truth, I always wandered about what has happened to Wes. There are some episodes that start something, but never finished. I was thinking that finally, I would know what Wes was about.

I feel really sorry. Lot of posts above talk about what Star Trek means. IMHO, you were part of it; you deserve to be there. You earned it.

Posted by: Romulo at August 16, 2002 09:09 AM

It's sad they are cutting the Trek throwbacks, especially someone who was there when TNG started. I wonder if Whoopi has enough clout to keep her mug in the flick, but after seeing Rat Race - it might be hard.

They tagged this as "a generations final journey" and they should use everything they have. They should cut out 20 minutes of the fly-by sequences or drop 2-3 of the Data realization/jokes bits.

A 3-hour movie isn't necessarily a bad thing, think Titanic or LOTR, even the last 2 Star Wars movies were long and boring and fans ate that shit up. If you end up with Pearl Harbor, then you're fucked. Yeah, fuck Rick Berman, like that other guy said above. He should be thinking not only about the fans, but even your closure with the character and the series. And fuck the writers of DS9 for how many hours they wasted with the holographic guy who became their friend in the lounge And a big f-off to the people who brought us Greg the Bunny.

Sorry about all the f-bombs I just dropped, and especially when that leech got on your wee-wee when you, River, Corey, and Jerry were swimming.

Posted by: smacky at August 16, 2002 09:19 AM

well, sad to read this. But anyway, a nice written story :)

I'd have liked to see a somewhat "grown-up" wesley on Star Trek. Hope there will be, after all, another chance. Later. Remember good ol' Dr. McCoy on TNG1x01 ;)

Posted by: Large at August 16, 2002 09:20 AM

Man, I'm sorry to hear about the cut. You've taken it amazingly well.

But look on the bright side! At least you can look forward to kicking Barney's ass at the EFF event!

http://www.eff.org/cafe/2002/

Take it out on the purple dinosaur!

Your fan,
Mark

Posted by: Mark Turner at August 16, 2002 09:32 AM

I agree with the consensus that you handled the situation very well, but my comment has to do with the entry itself. You are a superb writer, you have a great sense for the dramatic, and a certain way with words that is truly effective. Have you considered doing some fiction writing? If you already have something published that I don't know about, could you maybe let me know if you have the time? Thanks

Dan

Posted by: Dan Ruffolo at August 16, 2002 09:39 AM

I am truly sorry to hear that you were cut from the movie. It's the passing of an era for all of us who watched that seven year run.

Since this is (from what I've heard) the final TNG movie, it's the passing of an era for us all. You just felt it go a little sooner than the rest of us.

Looking forward to seeing/reading something great from you in the future.

Tammy

Posted by: MaquisKat at August 16, 2002 09:53 AM

Sorry about the cut, Wil. And I hope all 48 minutes are on the DVD....hell, I would LOVE to see a three hour ST:TNG movie! I've seen LOTR:FOTR five times so far.

I also hope that there will be a ST:TNG movie with Wesley Crusher as the main character. Consider they way Wesley left the series with the Traveler, there has got to be a million plots that can come up.

Peace, out.

Posted by: UrGeek at August 16, 2002 09:54 AM

looking forward to the dvd

" uncut directors version, never before seen "

Posted by: thumbs at August 16, 2002 10:28 AM

First let me say that I am amazed at the number of comments this post has received - it's sitting at 432 as I write. I'm wondering what your all-time high is.

Secondly, I heard about this on the news this afternoon while I ate my lunch, and decided to come and read it for myself. It's a pity that you won't be in the film, like all the others, I too would have liked to have seen you in action once again.

Last, isn't it a wonderful feeling when we step out of the shadow of our past, and embrace the now? Acknowledging and appreciating what we have today is perhaps the best gift we can give ourselves. Congratulations Wil, I wish you all the very best!

Posted by: kelly at August 16, 2002 10:40 AM

You fucking rock, man! You have done more with this site and that last post than most people will ever do. You connect, man. And with every so-called stumble in your life you rise up. Thanks for pulling us along with you.

Posted by: Chad at August 16, 2002 10:52 AM

WIL!

"Spare us the clutter"

New Posting Please!!

Posting Please!!

Please!!

Posted by: Nyarl at August 16, 2002 11:42 AM

Hi Wil,

you have a great writing style. I enjoyed reading it. You actually were one of my favorite STNG characters, and i always wondered what happened to you characterwise ... too bad...

Posted by: Evan Marx at August 16, 2002 11:58 AM

This is BS people.

This is perhaps the final ST:TNG movie, and they're gonna cut you out of it?! WTF?!

Instead of cutting people out, they should be determined to bring EVERYone back. You, Goldberg, Q, freaking all the major supporting characters. It's like if they just decided to cut out LeVar? I mean, c'mon Berman, get with the ST vibe. Stop letting the studio run the franchise. Would it matter if we started a petition?

You rock Will, don't let this get you down.

-Fan

Posted by: Chris at August 16, 2002 12:02 PM

Hey Wil,

I wish the part hadn't been cut, I was really excited to see you back with the gang. Next Gen really means alot to me. I still watch it, I'm only 18, but I'm a Wes fan, I hope they include it in the DVD,

Thanks
Denielle

Posted by: Denielle at August 16, 2002 12:28 PM

Hey Wil,

Just wondering if you had a chance to see the daily horoscopes on bbspot.com today...I found it a bit humorous...

www.bbspot.com/News/2002/08/horoscopes20020816.html

Posted by: Nick at August 16, 2002 12:34 PM

Oh damn!
Living in Germany, I cannot watch your Computer game show, I cannot watch you in the theatre, so I was looking so forward to see "Wesley Crusher" again, and if and how he is influenced by his alter ego Wil, from whoom I am more and more impressed with every Weblog entry I read.
Now THAT!

I guess I have to wait for the DVD - and I damn Paramount to hell, if the'll leave your scenes out there, too!

Posted by: Joerg at August 16, 2002 12:38 PM

Wil,
That's an awesome attitude. Proud of you.

Posted by: Ness at August 16, 2002 12:40 PM

well no star trekkie movie for me if Wil's not in it! It just isn't the same without wesley crusher ;(

Posted by: Ashley at August 16, 2002 01:09 PM

Wow...I can't believe Bil Wheaton has so many people lined up to pucker up and kiss his moderately talented butt.

He seems like a decent guy, but c'mon...

Posted by: DJ Shovelpants at August 16, 2002 01:28 PM

Hi Wil,
I have to admit that I haven´t heard from you since TNG. I looked forward to Nemesis especially because I wanted to see how Wesley Crusher looks like ten years later. Damn!
Last week, I found my old Videos of TNG´s first season and I started watching the episodes, one each day. And there´s a young boy in it, a boy saving the ship almost every episode. And now ten years and three other Star Trek series later, I was hoping that this "young boy" would save the ship one last time...or at least share a drink with the crew.
Greetings from Germany
Bastian


Posted by: Bastian at August 16, 2002 01:31 PM

Family Ties? no no I think Wil Wheaton was that kid from Benson.

Posted by: jodilyn at August 16, 2002 01:33 PM

Bil Wheaton, eh?

Posted by: Chris at August 16, 2002 01:39 PM

You are one smart man, Wil. I'm proud of you.

Posted by: Julesong at August 16, 2002 02:08 PM

The movie will probably suck.

The last one was not all that good. It may adhere to the old saying that Star Trek movies are always one on and one off, but the characters have stagnated in my opinion. When the TV show went off the air, the characters got stuck in place, and now it's all going to be a big wank reunion like most of the Star Trek films.

Personally, I think you should try to get into another movie. You'd make a great bad guy because you have an innocent look. You'd make a good schizo I think.

If all else fails, pretend to be an alcoholic and check into rehab. That seems to work wonders for people's careers. At the very least, you'll get to be in an Elton John video.

Posted by: theboz at August 16, 2002 02:13 PM

Will.

You are the man.

That is all.

Posted by: Kman at August 16, 2002 03:01 PM

No offense, Wil, but I think you should have buried Wesley a long time ago. Star Trek is a neat universe, but the format of the shows, with the exception of the original series and Voyager, did a poor job of letting the actors explore their characters and generally weren't written half as well as your own blogs.

Posted by: Dave Taylor at August 16, 2002 03:07 PM

"If you can stomach the cold, why dont you pack up the family, have a quiet word with Mr Sam Mendes and 'Do a Gwynnie (Paltrow) or a Kevvy (Spacey)' and partake in some theatre here in good ol' Blighty? I know us Brits would LURVE to see you acting in London.

Posted by Foxychik at August 15, 2002 04:51 PM "

Please do Wil! You could come in the summer. We're often in the region of ninety degrees at the moment.

Posted by: NickW at August 16, 2002 03:23 PM

Ah, that does indeed suck. I would have liked to see you in there. The audience would have went wild! We can only hope this deleted scene will be on the DVD.

Posted by: Dylan at August 16, 2002 03:29 PM

Hi Wil,

Taking bad news with an incredible strength of character is what truly makes a person a success. You may not be in that movie, but the experiences surrounding it have provided you with a moment of clarity...Happy Birthday!

"True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions."
Joseph Addison, The Spectator, March 17, 1911

Posted by: Devon at August 16, 2002 03:30 PM

you never cease to amaze me, wil.

Posted by: heidi at August 16, 2002 04:18 PM

Good God, you're turning 30?!?!

Posted by: Roger at August 16, 2002 04:22 PM

the folks at paramount have got a great thing going with star trek...but they gotta start thinking outside the box they've trapped themselves in. "insurrection" was boring...the finished film surely did not deliver what the title promised...they need to add some youth...at least relatively speaking, to the beloved next generation cast...they need wil wheaton!...you know that guy from "family ties" that did those great pepsi ads back in the 80's...the man can travel though space and time for gods sake!...and if gene roddenberry's successors at paramount could see half as clearly as he could...they would see that the next generation of movie goers is represented with comments on this blog!...and they not only come here...but they spread out all over the web with those 50,000 keyboards!...it's time to put the next generation back in star trek...it is time for wil wheaton...the man can act, the man can write...and the man can drink pepsi!

Posted by: [email protected] at August 16, 2002 04:28 PM

I forgot to mention that I hope you royally slaughter the guy-in-a-Barney-suit with Grudge-Match and CAFE. Wesley ain't gone yet!

Posted by: Roger at August 16, 2002 04:30 PM

free wesley crusher!

Posted by: d. burr at August 16, 2002 04:32 PM

okay, i meant 50,000 typewriters!

Posted by: d. burr at August 16, 2002 04:39 PM

Yikes, it's weird enough for me working on a film then seeing it and finding myself utterly omitted; sorry to hear the same for you but at least you were notified. As you indicate, at least you aren't going to find out first at the screening.
Hopefully they'll have the deleted scenes on the DVD.

http://realbadger.hollywood,com
http://ppl.hollywood,com

Posted by: Geoffrey 'Badger' Gould at August 16, 2002 04:54 PM

They should have left it uncut w/all 3 hours still in it in order to compete w/the ultra long "Two Towers" that will be released along side of ST:Nemesis.

Also, it sucks that you ain't in it... maybe they'll eventually show you as an Admiral w/a long white beard that reaches down to the floor in the "final" ST movie when the whole Universe gets blown up by the Klingons.

Posted by: FatMatDuhRat at August 16, 2002 05:26 PM

I say Boooooooo! We want Wesley!

Posted by: Elaine at August 16, 2002 06:34 PM

Will,

The night I graduated high-school was the night I first seen you in "Encounter at Farpoint". it was years after you had done it but it was the first time screened in Australia.

That night I seen a piece of Roddenbery in your character and closly identified with him.

I was impressed with your acting and have since seen everything you have done that is avalible over here.

I have always wanted to see you back, and Wes in a role where we could see you from time to time. I am so upset at the loss of your scenes.

Paramount seem to include little extras with their DVD editions here - I must say I hope that there is one-day where we will see an entire version of the movie.

Regards... Steve

Posted by: Steve at August 17, 2002 06:35 AM

Is this shit like the real Wil Wheaton? Or is this a spoof site? I can't fuckign tell.

Posted by: eGGDISk at August 17, 2002 07:18 AM

I am a complete loser with a tiny, tiny penis.

Posted by: Cress Master at August 17, 2002 07:25 AM

Well dude, I say its a bum rap. I mean 48 mins cut, sure ok, but cmon I know I have wished to see closure to the Wesley character like alot of people. Its great you are better then them and are taking it like a champ. Best of luck to you, and I hope Paramount doesnt screw us out of the extra scenes in the DVD!

Posted by: Merauder at August 17, 2002 11:46 AM

Damn! The only reason I watch Star Trek is to see you and now they delete you from Nemesis. What is to happen next in this godforsaken world. I'm really sorry but I'm glad you can see the positives in the situation. We love ya no matter what!

Posted by: Stephanie at August 17, 2002 01:35 PM

DOH!

Posted by: Mark at August 17, 2002 03:02 PM

I am sorry, man. That sucks. I have always been a Wesley advocate. I posted a little piece on my site. Too bad I can't Trackback to a Greymatter site.

Posted by: Dave Lowe at August 17, 2002 03:50 PM

It's too bad. But hopefully they'll put you on the DVD release.

Posted by: Techie2000 at August 17, 2002 05:01 PM

Wow, 48 minutes of deleted material. That will be fun for the DVD viewers.

Sorry your scenes were cut out.

I saw you on TechTV sometime ago. Hope you do a return visit.

BTW, do you ever watch Red Dwarf?

Have a fantastic week!

Diana

Posted by: ___Diana at August 17, 2002 05:09 PM

Jesus Christ!

Is this thing STILL going?

TVsWW, from out of the ashes of your Trek X defeat emerges the Greatest Blog Comments Ever.

I can tell my kids I was a part of it. Time to add a couple more items to the Cafe Press section.

Greatest Blog Comments Ever mousepads. Greatest Blog Comments Ever shirt. Greatest Blog Comments Ever mug. Greatest Blog Comments Ever...

Tote bag.

New masthead:

"WWDN: Home of the Greatest Blog Comments Ever."

Posted by: Spudnuts at August 17, 2002 06:01 PM

This is like Woodstock.

Except no one is getting laid.

Posted by: Spudnuts at August 17, 2002 06:03 PM

Lo, tbh I followed the url from one of your many detractors somethingawful.com . In all honesty its very easy to make fun of child actor types,I wont say i didnt chuckle at the idea of your axing , however upon reading your piece I am nothing short of repentful . I hated Wesley Crusher , he was a pissant frankly , but he was only a character you played ,your a different person, I cant say youve gained a "fan" but youve gained my respect and apologies for a rash judgement.

Posted by: Xin at August 17, 2002 07:28 PM

II too am saddened that you are not in this movie. At first it looked like it might be a very boring movie -- like insurrection, so I said to myself, I'll wait for it on DVD, but then I heard wesley was in it, and i thought, gee, if wesley is in it i should see check it out in the theatres, but now that I hear you were cut, i'll wait til its on DVD. AND I probably won't BUY it on DVD. I mean, I already have wrath of khan directors edition, why do I need what looks to be some rehash for TNG without ricardo montelban OR wil whaton?

Answer? I don't.

Posted by: Mr McCraig With a Leg for an Arm and an Arm for a Leg at August 17, 2002 07:56 PM

Is this going to make it to 500 comments?
will this be the most commented ever entry?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward at August 17, 2002 08:49 PM

Only 25 more to go...

Posted by: Anonymous Coward at August 17, 2002 08:52 PM

wil -

it is truth you pass along - life is not defined by your part in a movie - life is defined by the peaole talking and walking in the park - people connecting to people. life does not rise or set on one role, no matter how cool - it is connecting to people you love, and driving down a tree lined street seeing people connect with each other - peace in the heart. blessings to you for finding truth in your walk - keep seeking

Posted by: john o'keefe at August 17, 2002 08:56 PM

I'm terribly sorry, along with most of your commentors, to hear that your scene was cut from the film. But I wanted to congratulate you on a superb blog entry. Not only was it well written (which is difficult enough to achieve when the subject matter is so personal and emotional), but it was a pretty personal glimpse into your mind.

Thank you for sharing that much of yourself with your readers and fans, and doing it so poignantly.

Posted by: Fox at August 17, 2002 09:27 PM

Amazing responses! ... and have to agree with the majority ... I always liked Wes and was sorry when he was no longer a part of the ongoing story line in TNG ...
So it was very frustrating to read that the character was considered disposable by Berman and company. I will probably see the movie anyway but consider this another way that the fans have been let down by Roddenberry's successors.

By the way, I think the pepsi guy was Michael J. Fox ... ;-)

Posted by: sherry at August 17, 2002 09:33 PM

Wil,
Once again your blog entry has touched me deeply. Like a lot of other people I was very dissapointed to hear that your seen was cut. I honestly will think twice about seeing the movie now. But once again I was very impressed with how human you are. There are so many ways you could have taken that news and you choose to use the one that causes you to grow as a person even if only a few of us that read your site will ever know.

I have said it before on here, being a geek teen I could always relate to Wesley Crusher. I just hope if anything like that happens to me, I can react as well as Wil Wheaton.

Posted by: craig at August 17, 2002 10:16 PM

Hmmm. Maybe they make a miniseries of this movie.
Like they did with Dances with wolves.
They sure have enough material!

Posted by: Supertribble at August 17, 2002 11:03 PM

Well I can tell you that i am disappointed that the scene featuring wesley crusher was cut. Let me explain why. I have been a Star Trek fan since I was a small child. I would watch The old show which is still my favorite and then the movies. When the next generation arrived on the scene I had some apprehension about this new interpretation of the old show. I watched with the millions of others and found the show different but definitely entertaining. I didn't like the wesley character i thought it was shoving the wonder child image down our throats without a lick of sugar. As the show progressed all the other characters seemed to grow and few new challenges and the repeated father and father figure issues the wesley character seem to stagnate. Then when the character left there was a void not a hugh void but there was definitely something missing. I enjoy star trek but if you asked me to tell you a title of an episode i would have a better chance reciting the Thai national anthem in swahili, but the episode "the game" with the return of wesley crusher as a young man full of confidence and vigor rings in my memory as one of the best ever. The episode showed the growth of the character and the potential for future independent adventures. This was an important step forward as far as star trek was concerned. A character actually grew up as a show progressed and it didn't cheapen the progression with a "very special episode" or some incredibly mundane situations.(ex. geordi laforge failed romances) For this reason I feel the omission of the scene does not only the character a disservice but also star trek because wesley was a member of the next generation crew like it or not. If this is to be the final movie outing for the next generation franchise then an acknowledgment of the character was necessary and i feel something will be missing.

Mark

Posted by: Mark at August 18, 2002 12:46 AM

heh...
"She hands me the receipt for my Fila track suit.

I tell her that I will really enjoy my Fila track suit.

I look over and see a child has just dropped his ice cream on the floor of the food court, right next to the T.J. Cinnabuns. An elderly woman is asleep in a chair watching an advertisement for Vanilla Coke."

I love somethingawful

Posted by: nictse at August 18, 2002 04:00 AM

"Somewhere in Brooklyn, Wesley Crusher falls silent forever."


\o/

Posted by: Onion at August 18, 2002 09:59 AM

Hey Wil!
Sorry to hear about the you being cut from the film. That's gonna save me money bc I was going to see it in the theatre but now I'm just going to wait for it to come out on DVD.
Maybe you can talk to Rick Berman about having cast and crew interviews to put on the DVD. I'd really like to hear you talk about this on the DVD. And they better put your deleted scene on the DVD.
Since you're no longer in the movie, can you tell us if you had any speaking lines or anything?
Maybe they will get wise and put you in the next film-- if there is a next. Or you could do a voice in a video game. They should have Wesley Crusher in a video game..
luv,
-Su

Posted by: Su at August 18, 2002 10:20 AM

just had to say that I admire your attitude to this news, it would have been way too easy to just bitch about it. Unfortunately with the way the hollywood money men work I can see why they want to cut the film:- 2 hour movie = more showings per screen per day than a 3 hour movie and therefore in theory more money taken. The thing that worries me about this is that they have only realised now that the film is nearly an hour too long with less than 4 months to the release date. i fear this will mean that scenes will be cut purely to shorten the film and as a result the movie will look incomplete and messy. Hopefully the cut scenes will be restored in a future DVD release but I'll bet that won't happen until after the movie has been released on VHS and DVD in the theatrical version to try and get people to buy it twice!

Posted by: ringmaster at August 18, 2002 12:04 PM

Hey Wil Im also a writer. I never knew you were a writer, I dont think I would have taken intrest if it wasn't for Soju. Hey
Anyway I handle things through my lawyers and agents. Yes it seems a little demanding, that one has to twist someones arm to get noticed but hey, a little bit of pushing never hurt anyone.
Besides, your in the entertainment industry, and although I may not know you as well as some of your fans do. I still feel I should advise you to have a little bit more ego. Its show business, people expect it.

Posted by: Pukka Naphtha at August 18, 2002 12:22 PM

ouchey.

Posted by: JK at August 18, 2002 01:33 PM

Pity about the cut - especially if it was going to elaborate something about where Wes has been in the space-time contiu-whatsit for the last seven/eight years (probably playing chess with Q...)

btw this is the 1st time I ever visited this website (how bizarre and refreshing to see someone like yourself take such an active interest in addressing fans)

As an actor struggling to make it (in Ireland) I admire the attitude - and hope that the blissful suburbia you've described is as authentic and fulfilling as it sounds.

I'd agree with the rest - it probably should and wil (excuse the pun) make the dvd.

LOB

p.s. I always was jealous of Wes' foray with that cute ensign played by Ashley Judd. Maith an buachaill.


Posted by: Liam at August 18, 2002 02:04 PM

What a well-written entry.


You have a wonderful talent for painting the scene with your words. That is probably the most poignant story I've read in a while. Thank you.

Posted by: Matt at August 18, 2002 02:50 PM

Spudnuts wrote:

This is like Woodstock.

Except no one is getting laid.

"WHAT?!?...Woodstock got LAID?!?

Does Snoopy know???" lol.

Apologies to Spudnuts. I couldnt resist.

Posted by: Foxychik at August 18, 2002 04:51 PM

Damn!

Tough break, but excellent outlook.

You da man.

-Rick

Posted by: Rick Castello at August 18, 2002 04:59 PM

Man, Wil, that sucks.

You've handled it remarkably well. If it were me, I'd just be sitting on the couch, Eric Cartman like, mumbling "so... pissed... off.. I hate you guys... so much...".

Well, they can't write you out of TNG, can they?

Ask Berman if he can stick your scene on the DVD release. I'd buy it.

Posted by: Nick Blackmore at August 18, 2002 08:16 PM

I am sorry that your scene was cut. I am looking forward to this movie though. I'm not going to let this get me down. I hope that they put the 48 minutes on the dvd that comes out.

Posted by: Jim at August 18, 2002 09:49 PM

Like the other 500 or so comments here, I was looking forward to seeing you in Nemesis. I just saw the trailer today, and then came home to find out you got cut. A friend said to me "Did you hear about Wil Wheaton?" and I panicked. I hadn't read your weblog in so long, and it reminded me of coming home from prom at 4am to find that Douglas Adams was dead. It was almost a relief to find out that you'd just been cut.
I've enjoyed reading your site, as it's allowed you the transition from just another actor to someone that I can relate to. You like Cake and Hitchhiker and a dozen other things that I like, and you write with emotion. It's been good getting to know you, Wil.
And maybe there'll be cut scenes on the DVD, eh?

Posted by: Ethan at August 19, 2002 12:19 AM

We will absolutely see Wesley Crusher again in the pay-cable version, Sci-Fi Channel edition, or Director's Cut Special Edition DVD of Nemesis. These days, the Cutting Room floor is not at all the end of a scene, sequence, or actor's contribution. It's only the beginning of variant versions that play in "exclusive venues." What I want to know is, what the hell makes the first release of a movie worth 8-10 bucks in a theatre, when the cable tv or DVD editions are almost guaranteed to be more complete and feature-laden?

You're right about one thing, pal. Your real home and family are the true gold in your life. If you keep that in mind, your gifts and talents will find their proper audiences and full expression, almost without you even trying. Why? Because the home will amplify the positivity that the family generates in you (and you in them). With that going for you, you can't be stopped. Best wishes.

Posted by: James Merritt at August 19, 2002 01:33 AM

Wil:

Glad you posted. However, I know you probably DID have a tizzy AFTER speaking to Berman. I know I would. It is the classic case of front stage and back stage behaviour. Two thumbs up for keeping cool!

Fred

Posted by: Fred at August 19, 2002 02:09 AM

Hi,

you being cut out of the film got you in our
German net-media on "http://www.intern.de/news/3322.html"
and me to visit your page.

While I never liked your show character, from what I read you seem to be way more fun and I hope to catch you in some non-SciFi movie.

All the best
Martin

Posted by: Martin at August 19, 2002 05:47 AM

I was really looking forward to see you! damn

Posted by: Tanja at August 19, 2002 08:23 AM

Forget about Star Trek, my man. Whether the franchise has run its course or not, you should stay as far away from it as possible. Of course you were in the show, and you should milk that if it can be milked, but forget about anything happening in the future with that crowd. The people pulling the strings don't really want you, and its their loss.

Posted by: prolix at August 19, 2002 09:52 AM

Thanks for the positive outlook on things. I was hoping to see your character again and see how he progressed so far but oh well... hey could you work your magic and maybe produce Stargate 2 with the original cast? That would be cool!

Posted by: Brian at August 19, 2002 10:30 AM

Ain't Life Grand?

Sounds like you're doin' ok Wil Wheaton.

Carry on ;)

Posted by: RevXaos at August 19, 2002 10:55 AM

It would have been a lovley scene.
We've all met Jimmy Kimmels cousin... or rather.. seen him get what we want.
Well... we all know that somewhere in tha aplha quardrent Wesley Crusher really wanted to get to the (place of scene) but ... had a flat tire and couldn't make it.

Why do I imagine that wesley crusher eventually grew up to have a life simular to.... you's Wil.

The kid musta grown up to be happy.
TO love his kids.
To love a women.
To work on his experiments as you do with your writing.

Posted by: Jonathan Boozateal at August 19, 2002 11:28 AM

That really bites, Wil. I hope the DVD includes those scenes because I was really hoping to see a not-so-annoying Wesley on the big screen. I probably won't bother seeing this movie on the big screen because you were the only reason I was going to bother. I'll wait for the DVD. (I haven't seen a ST movie on the big screen since ST: The Motion Picture, and I was only six then). Maybe you'll get to reprise your role in a future, because you just KNOW that the ST:TNG franchise is continuing!! Heh.

Posted by: Kimberly Lazarski at August 19, 2002 12:09 PM

>> Spare us the cutter

http://www.mothersagainstcirc.org/jewcirc.jpg

Baby Ben: "Hey, TV Boy... you got problems? You don't know problems, bitch, until you've crawled a mile in MY booties. OW! Jesus Christ, Menachem, you're not baiting a fishhook. Amateurs."

Posted by: Spudnuts at August 19, 2002 12:53 PM

Well that kinda sucks. For one, I'm still upset that they reduce movies to two hours. I mean really, they might as well have just done a two-parter episode... I for one feel a little jipped when I find out that three hour movie was reduced to whatever the final cut is.

And I'm extremely disappointed that Wesley won't get to return in a movie. I've been keenly interested in finding out what he's been up to (and am still patiently awaiting the DVD release so I can actually see his last episode).

They darn well better add your scene with the DVD release.

Posted by: Shaun at August 19, 2002 01:58 PM

Hey Wil !

Wesley Crusher may have fallen silent forever somewhere in Brooklyn...but I'd rather see Wil Wheaton as someone beeing proud of what he did and how he did it than see Wesley Crusher in that movie...one is reality, the other one is fiction...and you did find out which one matters and which one doesn't. Cool ! ! !

Posted by: Sires at August 19, 2002 03:20 PM

There's always the DVD. Godspeed, Wesley.

Posted by: b0mbay at August 19, 2002 04:20 PM

oh god spudnuts...that picture reminds me why i don't peel carrots with my pants off!...one little slip and the ballpark won't plump...no matter how long you cook it!

Posted by: d. burr at August 19, 2002 05:02 PM

I am so disappointed! I wish I would've known when I was at the Star Trek convention in Vegas this month. I would've loved to ask him about this. I was so excited when I read on the official Star Trek site that you were going to be in Nemesis. I'm thinking a special DVD with your deleted scenes? I mean this is the least they could do for the fans!

Posted by: Jeanette at August 19, 2002 05:09 PM

One word on Wil;

Noble.

Dev.

Posted by: Dev at August 20, 2002 07:11 AM

Hey wil. I was just wondering if this also means that ashley judd won't be returning either? I heard she was supposed to play your wife in the movie?

Posted by: Jason at August 20, 2002 09:39 AM

I hope this doesn't sound cheesy or insincere, but your scene was what I was most looking forward to in Nemesis. I was a kid when TNG first aired, and Wesley Crusher was my vicar into life on the Enterprise. I've missed him for years, the boy who could do no wrong, the boy living a life I could only fantasize about. I've long felt that the character of Wesley Crusher, who for several years was a (sometimes under-) valued member of the Enterprise crew, needed to be brought home, even if only for a few moments. This recent exclusion saddens me after finally getting my hopes raised. I admire you for taking it so well, and I wish you all the best.

Posted by: Darren at August 20, 2002 10:23 AM

Since the scene has been cut, is there any possibility you can let us in on what it was all about? =)

Posted by: Steve at August 20, 2002 12:34 PM

Personally, I think they're making movies far too short these days. It's like movie-goers have the attention span of a gnat. I rather liked W. Crusher, too.. and was kind of looking forward to seeing if they made mention of his jaunt with the trav'ler. :> Like others have mentioned, I'll be looking forward to the DVD. :)

Good luck in the writing business!

Posted by: Ly at August 20, 2002 07:50 PM

Well, as disapointed as I am that Wil won't be in the cinema release, there is still hope that his scene will appear on the DVD when it eventually gets issued - as long as it appears on ALL Regions! (No putting it only on the Region 1 edition!)

Au Res.,
Paul

Posted by: Paul Bines at August 21, 2002 06:23 AM

Nice to see how soberly you have been taking things in your life. I wish I could do the same.

Posted by: Marko Stojovic at August 21, 2002 09:17 AM

Since so many hundreds of ppl have written here saying that you should be put into the movie, you should (maybe) start up an Online-Petitiion of some sort... and even if it doesn't get you on the big screen at the end of the year when the film is released, it *should* at least prompt the ppl that make the DVD version to include yr "cut" scene.

BTW, why'd you decide to have Wesley "fall over" in BKLYN? Did somebody shoot him in the back of the head?

Posted by: FatMatDuhRat at August 21, 2002 09:47 AM

Well, screw that. I've seen EVERY single movie opening day and I am personally NOT goning to see this one in the theater... I'll wait for DVD and the extra scenes.

Posted by: Martin at August 21, 2002 10:05 AM

wil,

I'm sorry.

Posted by: R Berman at August 21, 2002 10:42 AM

Hiya Wil.

I applaud your maturity and confidence in hearing the news that you wouldn't be in the movie. I'll get the DVD and check you out there.

Karen

Posted by: Karen at August 21, 2002 12:39 PM

I like your outlook on life, its one I have had on and off for the last few months.
I myself will be turning 30 in January and have had too let go of a lot of career ambitions that I worked for but did not come to bear. I find myself thinking about other things that are important. I have strange luck and tend to have odd things happen to me. Mostly its bad luck but once in a while something wild are rare will happen. For a long while I would feed the negative stuff in my life more than the rare but more important miracles we see everyday in life. Good for you for not letting RB Get to you and I am sure it will pay off in the long run. He will call you back for something I am sure.

Maybe we will see you on that other star trek Show? I really think its great that you write your journals on the net for all your fans to see. Cheers And All the Best Wil

D. Soebagio

Posted by: Duane at August 21, 2002 01:04 PM

Hey Wil,

Long time reader, first time poster. (Sorry, I had to say that.) :-)

I, too, am disappointed that you will not be in the movie. That TNG episode of you and the shapeshifting governess was on TNN last night, and I remembered how cool you can be (in that deer-in-the-headlights kind of way).

You are a phenomenal writer, and I teared up at the end of the post. Keep this up, and you might unseat Orson Scott Card from my Favorite Authors list. Any plans to write some fiction? I am pretty confident you'd reach the bestsellers list...

Hey -- maybe if we fans campaign hard enough, you might star in the next ST series (God knows how many people are waiting for TPTB to put the dog that is Enterprise to sleep.) How's this for a premise:

"Tired of sightseeing, Wesley the Traveler decides to become Wesley the Commandant! Follow Crusher as he turns Star Fleet Academy into Star Fleet Academy of Buddhist Studies. Forget about battle tactics; watch as Crusher teaches future generations of captains ideas such as:
* How to find solace in defeat
* Experiencing the oneness of the universe
* Why everyone hates the arrogant Federation
* Seeing from the eyes of our enemies -- and understanding the similarities that exist between us"

Well, maybe not, but it's fun to dream, ain't it?

Keep up the excellent posts.

Your friend,
Matt

Posted by: Matt at August 21, 2002 04:16 PM

That actually touched me. It says a lot about you and about (jackass!) Rick Berman. I personally think he's done more to ruin Star Trek than William Shatner did with Trek 5, but he's probably a good man.

Whatever. Good luck to you, Wil. I didn't care for the Wesley character, but it was the writing that sucked, not your performance.

Posted by: SKUT! at August 21, 2002 06:09 PM

You were gonna be in the movie?? D'oh.. oh well, like everyone else said.. I'm sure there will be a director's cut sometime.. can't wait to see it if it comes out.. :D

Glad you took the news well.. :)

Posted by: Amber at August 21, 2002 08:30 PM

Damn! So why didn't they just release the film as 3 hours long with an intermission to go pee and get more candy?

Wasn't "Out of Africa" long with an intermission? Sheesh.

Well, I'll be sad to go to the flick and not see you in it.

What's the scoop on the indie film you're in?
Any way normal kids like us can see a screening of it, or is it one of those films that only makes it to LA and NYC?

Posted by: bonnie at August 22, 2002 12:35 AM

You are a talented, compassionate, and honorable man taking the high road on this journey of life. Your fans will miss you terribly in the new Star Trek movie. This movie signals the end of an era in which you paid no small role. For you not to be in it is a serious loss.

I am so glad that you share yourself and allow us to partake of your life and musings in such a personal way. After getting to know you on the internet, you are totally different that what I had envisioned. Wesley may be deep, but you appear even deeper.

May blessings flow to you, Wil, for you are indeed deserving.

I will continue to support you and will keep watching for your next chance to shine.

Sincerely,
Anjou-Soulette

Posted by: Anjou-Soulette at August 22, 2002 12:55 AM

Bah, this is a Scam to get all WWDN Fans to buy the DVD for the cut scenes.

A scam I say..

Sorry Wil.. Was looking forward to the movie too..

Posted by: MrCasao at August 22, 2002 02:53 AM

yeah...why don't they make the movie 3 hours long...fill up us with soft drinks and charge us to pee?

Posted by: d. burr at August 22, 2002 03:09 PM

This piece was beautifully written. I haven't gone to see a Star Trek movie first run in years, but might have gone to see this one, though I think the character of Wesley merits more than a cameo, anyway. If the scene turns up in the DVD, I'll be renting it.

Hang in there, Wil. You are an excellent actor and one day the tide will turn.

Posted by: kyla at August 23, 2002 04:47 AM

Wow, what a disappointment! In one way. Yet in another, you found out something great about yourself. How satisfying.

About the movie itself, I would love to see a three-hour-long Star Trek movie. Perhaps, as so many others have said, the DVD will have the deleted scenes or even perhaps a longer version of the movie, complete with Wil. It could happen.

Posted by: Marina at August 23, 2002 05:00 PM

I THINK THEY SHOULD OF KEPT YOU IN THE MOVIE.
IT WOULD BE COOL TO SEE WESLEY AGAIN. IT IS A GOOD CHARACTER, AND YOUR A GOOD ACTOR.

Posted by: Jimmy at August 23, 2002 07:45 PM

Wesley was such a good character that my little brother has harboured a desire to kick his ass since the age of eight. I'm so annoyed that you're not going to be in the film, the fun has just been completely eliminated from taking him to see it, I really hope you will be on the DVD.
Have a good one!

Posted by: Nina at August 24, 2002 08:02 PM

Very upset to hear this news. I guess you jinxed yourself with that question in your Star Trek faq about when we could see you in a Star Trek movie.

Posted by: Trudy at August 25, 2002 04:22 PM

wtf??
usually, i hated star trek.
my parents brought me up on it, they're huge trekkies.
the only reason i would watch it was to see you, cos i thought you were cute.. heh.
but anyway,
i was actually looking forward to this movie a little bit.
but now that your scene is cut, i'm killed.
this is gonna be some hard news to break to mum and dad...
"um, mom? dad? i know i said i'd go see star trek with you but wesley's not in it anymore like i heard so i don't want to now."
hmph.
so yeah.
you're such a great actor, and many people were looking forward to you.. i'm very sorrie.

Posted by: muffy at September 6, 2002 07:21 AM

Dear Wil,

First, as a fan let me apologize for the childish remarks some others here have made.

I'm extremely disappointed and had wanted very much to see you along with the entire cast reunited. I just wanted to tell you that.

I admire your positive perspective and the wonderful things you told Rick Berman when he called.

I think there's no question that the character of Wesley still has a future in the Trek universe, although we can't see that future yet. For God's sake, the character was on for 3.5 years, is the son of the doctor, a friend of Picard's, etc. Certainly the character will be revived in some form.

As a fan, I hope you'll retain your excellent attitude and that we'll see you in Star Trek again soon.

-- James

Posted by: JJ at September 17, 2002 06:00 AM

It is very good that you found what is most important in your life and no one can take -that- away from you. Movies and jobs may not always work out, but your family will always be there when movies don't. You have discovered what most people, especially movie stars, take there whole lives to understand.

Posted by: Amber at September 21, 2002 02:57 PM

I'm sure no one is reading the comments anymore, but I hate all this "they just saved me $8" talk.

If this movie does well, then they might just go "oh right, we can finally put Wesley in the next one". If everyone's decision is "WIL'S NOT IN IT! WELL THEN I'M NOT GOING TO SEE IT! HA! THAT'LL SHOW 'EM!", then there won't be another one. But not seeing a movie just because a brief section has been cut defies reason.

Posted by: Cameron at October 16, 2002 07:25 AM

Mr. Wheaton,

First time I've ever responded to any online anything.
I can say I'm a casual fan of Star Trek, and always enjoyed your character. I'm not big on "die hard - sign my body part" fanning, and never understood a lot of "fan" craziness. I suspect you've got a good set of values and great friends. Unfortunately, life has not handed you a stacked deck of cards, just a good playing hand.

However,
That's not the reason I'm writing. I wanted to share that I think you've got quite a talent for writing. If I ever come across anything you've written, I'll be sure to buy it and check it out. Also, it sounds like your family is great and you've got a great attitude.

Thanks,

Jerry S.

Posted by: Jerry at October 17, 2002 10:37 AM

I stumbled on this site while looking for a Star Trek costume for my 7 year old son! I have always been a NG fan, and now my son watches the re-runs with me and is hooked! Anyone who is a true fan knows that the cast won't be complete without Wesley. What a bummer! Look forward to seeing your work in the future.

Wendie

Posted by: Wendie at October 18, 2002 05:11 AM

That's darn devestating! Would have been cool to see Wesley in one of the movies. It was meant to be!!
Though if he was gonna make a comeback, he should have been part of the enterprise again, like the good ol' days. Worf's always at it!

Posted by: zenon at November 7, 2002 03:23 AM

I just stumbled onto your site while looking for a graphic of a sign post..? You certainly sound together and it seems you have learned what is most important in life. Sorry to read you were left on the editing room floor, that is sad. But that's Hollywood and you're going to be just fine! Just Saturday, while visiting a sick family memeber, "Stand By Me" was on cable, I bet that feels like a million years ago. Good Luck in whatever you do and take care. :)

Posted by: Tom at November 11, 2002 08:40 PM

Glad you've realised whats important in life. :)

Posted by: matt in New Zealand at November 27, 2002 02:31 PM

I am SOOO disappointed! I was looking for a confirmation to an early rumor that you'd be in the next ST movie & I found this. I won't bother to see it. (The only one I enjoy anyway is IV.) BUT if the DVD has that lost scene in it I will DEFINETLY buy it.

Yes, it was brave of you to air that scene, it was almost as satisfying as seeing you in the film for me. BUT it is a GRAVE disservice to TNG fans to deprive us of Wesley grown up. (I REALLY like the idea of Wesley the Traveler showing up in the First Enterprise!)

Thanks for letting us peek in on "the last scene".

Corona

Posted by: Corona Rivera at December 5, 2002 07:11 PM

Well, you are in the opening sequences of the movie, but no lines. Would have been nice to see more of you in it, but what the heck??? Isn't Wesley an energy being or something? Why was wesley even in a uniform? Didnt Wesley leave star fleet????

Posted by: steve at December 13, 2002 09:15 PM

Nice scene at the table, Wil. It was a welcome surprise to see you there given the news you relayed in August.

Posted by: Schmutzig at December 14, 2002 12:43 AM

Wow...

Caught Nemesis on Friday... caught you @ Riker's/Troi's wedding. As glad to see you back -- also Guinan -- if not more than Guinan. I was thinking: "Wes is back.. in a Starfleet uniform/ how/where...? Why?

Continuity. Here you are, w/o rhyme or reason and then you go "poof". Wish a better job had been done with the the continuity... Glad to see you again, tho.

Definitely glad you are taking things in stride. Hope to see you soon -- take care, and have a great Holiday!

~ Patricia Southard

Posted by: Patricia Southard at December 14, 2002 11:41 PM

Hey Wil I wrote you privately but I think you should call Berman back and ask him about doing the voice overs on the interviews for the DVD.

I always liked Wesley Crusher. Couldn't stand that character who was of a similar age on deep space nine.

But the thing is in the mythology of star trek Wesley is the 2nd generation of 2 illustrious Star Fleet officers.

Somewhen in time Wesley Crusher will be the Captain of some version of a future Enterprise.

Posted by: Ric Tate at December 16, 2002 01:02 PM

You were one of the actors that I wanted to see in this film. It is a bit late for this post, as I don't keep up with internet gossip, but anyways, I went to see it opening night and was obviously dissapointed at your not being in it. I am not even a Trek fan really: I just liked Data, Picard, and Wesley. They got my 6 bucks for the ticket, and I wish that I could have a third of that back now.

Posted by: J Ramos at December 17, 2002 11:47 PM

Hey Wil,

Found this website trying to figure out what Wesley was even doing in the movie since he turned Traveller Apprentice back in Journey's End...I watch this show way too much but I like the character...Like steve said one minute you're there the next you're not....I missed half the movie trying to guess where you were and hoping to see you on the E-E. I think I'll get a copy of the book before the DVD comes out to watch the deleted Scenes section.

Posted by: Jag at December 20, 2002 06:26 PM

I was wondering how you were going to return after "evolving." But then again, the character Daniel Jackson is returning to Stargate so there is always the possibility of a miracle in scifi. Yes, the DVD should have the cut scenes. Yes, 3 hours would not have been too bad. My mother went to see Leo in Catch Me If You Can so I went for true escapism (hey I'm in Alabama and need it) with a show I love. Hopefully we have not seen the last of Star Trek. I don't care what the critics say. They never like the original show. It was always about us fans. Good luck in your future and get your agent to work harder to get yourself some good roles in the meantime. You discovered there is more to life than one character. But it is good to have character.

Posted by: Curt at January 8, 2003 08:22 PM

Sorry to hear about the hack work on your scene Wil but you responded very well. Haven't seen the last few Star Trek movies 'cause YOU were not in them and you have saved me 13 Aussie dollars that I otherwise would have spent on the opening of the movie here. Best luck for the future. Please keep acting because you really have the gift.

Posted by: Sam at January 13, 2003 08:33 PM

Friend of mine noticed you in the movie and I caught you for that brief moment. Whether you know it or not, you were an inspiration to a lot of us. I also just turned 30 this past year and you reminded me a lot of myself while watching the show. (Even accidently crashed the computer systems at Clemson University due to STTNG, but that's another story). Thanks for the story about how you found out, that's amazing writing.

Posted by: Bryan at January 14, 2003 05:54 PM

Wil:

While it was good to see the (almost) entire cast from TNG in this last movie (Denise Crosby anyone?), I must say that I'm a bit confused at your appearance in the movie at all. Didn't Wesley "evolve" into an ethereal being in one of the last TNG episodes?

What's really too bad is that I read that you were snubbed at the premiere of the movie. Damn that Rick Berman and his ilk for that. You did deserve to be there as much as anyone else.

Anyway, I do like your appearances on "The Screen Savers".

I sincerely hope to see more of you in the movies.

Ray

Posted by: Ray at January 14, 2003 08:02 PM

wait a minute...your 30 and you son is 13? so you had kids when you were 17?!

Posted by: stewmander at January 14, 2003 11:37 PM

Doesn't matter. Data died and that ruined the whole movie.

Posted by: Fred at January 16, 2003 10:24 AM

Maybe you have learned of this already, but Morgan and Megan at TSS mentioned you in their Golden Geek awards.

You are right. Star Trek is a part of you and those are memories that deserve to be treasured forever.

Posted by: Dale at January 16, 2003 09:23 PM

Are they nuts? I'd much rather have seen your scenes that all that brain dead non Trek action crap. They could have cut 48 minutes of blowing up things, and put some dialog in instead - that might actually have been worth watching...

Berman go away - let someone else take over.

Posted by: Angry Viewer at January 22, 2003 09:37 PM

That sucks!!! However, on the positive, the movie blew chunks. Glad you were not in it. Although, you would had made it more interesting. Just thought you dropped out the 4th Dimension with the Traveler to see your friends wedding.

Posted by: JC at January 31, 2003 04:57 PM

It really sucks. So many things were left unexplained in this movie. It was great as it was, but I can only imagine how it would have been with those 50 minutes plugged back in. Anyone watching this movie without knowing about the cuts would wonder "Wait, where did Wesley come from?", "Why isn't Worf a diplomat anymore?", or even "Geez, this movie feels like it is missing a little somthing." Sadly, this appears to be the last film for a few years, if ever again. And with Enterprise floundering in the ratings, that show could also be over by the end of it's third season. Still, Star Trek will live on in the hearts of its fans, and with any luck, shall return again as it did in The Next Generation. And who knows? Maybe Mr. Crusher will find his way to the Captain's chair.

Posted by: CR at February 3, 2003 01:24 PM

I have to admit I was excited to see you in the ready room, then puzzled to see nothing more the rest of the movie. I guess this explains it ....kinda.

Posted by: Admiral Rich at February 3, 2003 03:27 PM

Wil- I can honestly say that I feel that since this was, more or less, the final TNG movie (Unless Berman lies. Again.), it would have been far better if you had gotten your scene. I really wanted to know why and how you got those Lt. pips, damnit! You are still young (To most. You're a bit old to me, though; I'm 18), have still have a job that you love, Anne and Ferris to keep you company, and legions of loyal fans to follow your every career move with awe and respect. Remember: Ad astra per aspera. If everything were easy, then it wouldn't be any fun to come out on top!

Posted by: Charlie at February 6, 2003 05:48 AM

You know what I think is sad? The fact that a studio feels it has to cut 48 minutes out of a film in order for an audience to accept it.

I loved Nemesis. And I could have easily sat through 48 minutes more of it.

Here's hoping ALL of the scenes will be restored when the movie hits DVD.

Phil.

Posted by: Phil Thompson at February 16, 2003 01:11 PM

Well, it was bad they cut your part iff, but I enjoyed nemesis. But it would've been better if you were in it. Your acting for the episodes of TNG were great.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 25, 2003 05:25 AM

I just bought the DVD of Nemesis and you are in the wedding scene at least twice.
Did you know?

Posted by: Julie Jones at June 17, 2003 07:12 AM

I just saw Star Trek. We bought the movie from the guide on the T.V. When I saw Wil Wheaton on the credits, I playde the entire thing over and kept rewinding parts to see if I'd spot Wesley Crusher. Sorry they cut you. It would've been grat to see your character again.

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"But I choose not to. I choose instead to focus on the positives"

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Posted by: bharvey_80 at March 22, 2004 05:19 PM

Hey wil, I just saw Nemeis the other day on DVD. I love DVD. Because I saw someone sitting next to Dr. Crusher and I didn't know who it was.. so I zoomed in and.. it was Wesley! OMG like holy cow! That was the coolest!! Out of nowhere Wesley shows up for the wedding!

Tne character of Wesley was last seen departing with the Travler.. and he came back for the weeding!

So cool...

Posted by: xucaen at March 23, 2004 08:22 PM

This is probably a good thing. Because you have been out of the Star Trek scene, bringing you back in a cameo role just doesn't do the character of Wesley Crusher justice. Bringing back Wesley is a big deal, and would require an entire sub-plot, if not a main plot, of its own. If they make another movie, Wesley Crusher should be a major part of it.

Posted by: Mike at March 23, 2004 09:06 PM

Thats weird, I'm pretty sure I saw Wesley Crusher at the wedding when I watched Nemesis in the cinema. But I'm in Australia, maybe we get a different version?

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