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October 23, 2002

Boise? WTF is that?

Copuple of updates on the movie:

I'm having a really good time. This director is just awesome, the crew is friendly, professional, and all the actors I've worked with so far have been great.

There is this one strange thing, though...the movie isn't being called by it's title on the call sheet, or our signs to location, or the slate, or anything...theyr'e calling it "Boise," like it's a codename or something.

I wear lots of suits, so I walk around talking into my cuff, telling people "I'm on Project Boise," and looking mysterious.

Hey, without WiFi at work, I have to find ways to entertain myself, right?

Yesterday was Day One and it was a typical First Day On A Movie(tm). Most of the actors had gotten their material late Monday night, so they were having a tough time with the lines. Luckily for me, I had the studio email it to me as a .pdf, and I printed it out.

I shit you not, that laser printer paid for itself on Monday!

So I knew my lines, had worked out enough of the character to feel really comfortable living in his skin and stuff. Since we've all really hit the ground running, I'm being forced to trust my instincts and make quick and deliberate character choices, which is actually good for me, I think. If left to my own devices, I have a tendency to overthink things, and complicate the hell out of stuff. Since I don't have the ability to do that on this picture, it is a good test of my acting skills.

Speaking of my acting skills, I was paid a very nice compliment by the director late in the day yesterday. We were between scenes, and we were talking. I mentioned to him that I hadn't done any real acting jobs in over a year, since I'd been working primarily as a writer.

He looked at me, his face showing real surprise, and he said, "Wow! I would never have known. You're performance has been so wonderful, I thought you'd just come off of another movie, right into this one. You'd never know that you've taken a year off."

Shortly after that, the producer came over to me and told me how happy they all were that I'd been cast, and that he'd been watching me work. He told me that I was doing great things with the role, exactly what they'd wanted.

It felt good to be told that I was doing a great job, without it being followed by, "but we're going with another, bigger actor."

My character in this picture has suffered a terrible and tragic loss, so he is never too far from tears, covering his pain in various ways. He's ironic, he's angry, he's sarcastic, he is occasionally vulnerable...boy, it is grueling work.

At the end of the day yesterday, I was physically and emotionally exhausted.

Today was much easier. I was only in 2 scenes, and I was mostly reacting in them...but I was so tired from yesterday, I was having an insanely difficult time focusing and staying present. I'd forgotten just how tough it is to not get distracted and let my mind wander...it seems that in every spare moment I am thinking about the book, or how I'm going to write about the day when I get home.

The next two days are pretty much like today. I don't talk too much, but I'm there for each scene...Patrick Stewart called it "Face Acting."

I was able to break away from the set long enough today to call Screen Savers when they aired my segment. I haven't seen it, but Anne tells me I didn't look like a total dork...even though I was wearing what she calls "Your Croccodile hunter Shirt."

Yeah, there's nothing quite like gettin' dissed by your wife, you know?

So that's it. I'm bleary-eyed and having a hard time staying awake.

More tomorrow.

Posted by wil at October 23, 2002 09:33 PM
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Can't wait to see it wil!

Posted by: rob symington at October 23, 2002 09:35 PM

That's very awesome, Wil...There are a lot of times you know you're doing a good job, but it's still nice to be told by someone not living in your head. Keep up the good work and updates =)

Posted by: Michael Doss at October 23, 2002 09:40 PM

Boise. Har.

Rock on with the iBook, dude. \m/

Posted by: Courtney at October 23, 2002 09:41 PM

dude I thought I was te first poster! Is it indy or big studio production?

Posted by: Alana Banana at October 23, 2002 09:43 PM

Great, Wil. I suspect we'll be seeing you for many years to come. My mind does nothing but wander, but then I'm jobless so there's less need to focus.

Posted by: Donna at October 23, 2002 09:44 PM

I can't wait to see the movie!

Is it gonna have a theatrical release? if so, what areas? I'm really looking forward to it.

Posted by: Danial at October 23, 2002 09:45 PM

I'm glad the movie is going well for you.

Once again, it seems your hard work is paying off for you.

And get thee to bed, Wil. ;) Go on, now.


Posted by: ezzvaldez at October 23, 2002 09:48 PM

work it, baby, work it.
chin up, dude.
it all pays off in the end...and just think, there'll be something of you left for ages hence ;)
good luck.

Posted by: missy at October 23, 2002 09:53 PM

Wow, you manage to give us just a little glimpse, just enough to make us want more. I can't wait to see this movie!

Posted by: Jay at October 23, 2002 10:01 PM

I am a firm believer that the minute you have resigned yourself to the fact that you will have to live without something, that's when the cosmos drops it right in your lap.

This is just too cool. I can't wait to see the flick. Congrats!

Posted by: amanda at October 23, 2002 10:10 PM

Sounds like a laugh-a-minute comedy, possibly the best film since Goodburger.

Of course, when reading this entry I still picture you as Joey from Toy Soldiers and the director as Peter Swan from The Dead Pool.

Posted by: David Grenier at October 23, 2002 10:14 PM

Your character sounds very intriguing. I hope the folk in charge of distribution can get it to smaller cities like mine. Continued luck on the film, Wil.

Posted by: Reena at October 23, 2002 10:15 PM

Boise uh? That is near Montana.

Closer to Utah or Oregon.

But much closer to Montana than say California.

But who cares?

Posted by: Keith in Montana at October 23, 2002 10:19 PM

Wil, good to hear its going great! Is this a big studio pic or a indie? Good luck with it. Is the code name thing typical for location productions?

I was in Hollywood today attending the Pocket PC conference. In the parking garage there were a lot of signs referring to "Hollywood Homicide" or "H. Homicide." Momentarily, I forgot where I was and got scared, considering the insanity in the DC Beltway area. But then I realized it was probably a movie shoot. I think I would have felt better if they had called it "Ventura" or "Long Beach" instead.

Posted by: BBock at October 23, 2002 10:20 PM

loved the screensavers house call.... made me laugh when you went to the 'screw' drawer ,looks about like the one at my house . So when will 'Boise' have a real name? Some days fortune cookies work for all of us. Can't wait to see you on the big screen.
ciao all

Posted by: lookin for the sun at October 23, 2002 10:23 PM

I don't have PAX, I don't think, though I have basic cable. Well, good luck and hang in there!

Posted by: Angelwwolf at October 23, 2002 10:29 PM

Yeah! Wil's working on something I can see him in!

Umm, what was the final tally on funds raised for the Avon walk? I can't seem to find it on the site anymore. (Someone else answer this. Wil needs his rest!)

Posted by: Eva at October 23, 2002 10:31 PM

just checked out the imdb to see if there was anything there yet, and I noticed that Unca Wil worked with (gasp) RON JEREMY?!! Must have been a humbling moment ;)

Posted by: rust at October 23, 2002 11:12 PM

Congrats Wil.

(first time poster, like its a big deal). I saw Screensavers. Made a point of making sure I saw it, and I loved your entire part. I think the part where you were all sitting watching the fake MJ was the funniest part.

As for your call in part, it was really good. Pimp'n it up Uncle Willy style.

Oh, just wanted to tell ya, that I liked you as Wes in STTNG. You were kind of living the fantasy I had growing up. I always dreamed of being the brainiac kid stuck on a starship full of adults.


Posted by: Adam Baker at October 23, 2002 11:13 PM

Well, just saw the ScreenSavers. Who the HELL was your Michael Jackson? Did you let Anne out of her oxygen tent?

Wil, now that you are again a Mac Geek (yay for you!) you can take your Atari 2600 games on the road. Actually, you can take a lot of ancient consoles on the road thanks to emulation. Take a look at Stella:


And you can play Combat!

The only think I wish is that someone would create a VCS to USB adapter so I could hook up those oh so high-tech Atari joy sticks and paddle controllers to my mac.

Posted by: BBock at October 23, 2002 11:15 PM

A well earned tired is one of the best feelings one can have.

Posted by: Fred Fowler at October 23, 2002 11:40 PM


you talk into your cuff too?

great! now everyone will copy!

oh, and, dude, you're getting a

Oscar! I just know it...

Posted by: wade art at October 23, 2002 11:59 PM

rust,... humbling moment for Wil, or for Ron?

Posted by: Jato at October 24, 2002 12:07 AM

"Just when I decide that I'm not going to be an actor any more, I go and get cast in a movie."

referring to an earlier post...

Well, I knew you were gonna land a job... but maybe that was the important lesson you had to learn first. Can't cheat the Tao of the universe, dude. Life is like water... the more you try to hold on to it, the more you will squeeze it out of your fist. If you let go, it will flow right into your open hands. Can't receive life until you let go of it...
Takes time sometimes. But the universe has its own pace.

So when will we see this movie?

Posted by: Patty at October 24, 2002 12:29 AM

besure to rest when you can, WE are all pulling for ya!!! Continued- Mojo CHANT---

Ibook- i want a mac-
I agree with Anne-- you didn't look to dorkish--nahh just teasing, you were cool!!!:P
can't wait to see the movie!!!!

Posted by: Andie-Gypsy_girl at October 24, 2002 12:32 AM

Hope you're having fun!

Posted by: dK at October 24, 2002 12:42 AM

*So* glad it's going well and you're enjoying it.
The Lady Fate has a very weird and twisted sense of humour sometimes.

Posted by: NickW at October 24, 2002 01:16 AM

Now that deserves a congratulations :) Good surprises that catch you completely unawares are the best surprises of all. Keep this up, and by Jove you'll have yourself an iBook promo spot where you get to have fun with your previous roles.

I'm now miffed that I don't get TechTV :) Sure, I still get to see things like Ruby Wax and Sharon Stone running around in disguises being silly, but I miss all the computer-savvy icons ;)

Didn't discover your site all that long ago - I am suitably impressed. And now I know why the Farkers were so kind when you came up for Photoshopping.

P.S. Atari 2600 joysticks were lame ;) I'd take my old pin-compatible stubby Kraft joystick and make you all eat the ease of my diagonals ;)

Posted by: Ritchie Annand at October 24, 2002 01:53 AM

I actually caught you on ScreenSavers tonight. I just happened to walk into the room when they said you were on the line. It's what actually led me back here tonight.

Good luck with the movie!

Posted by: Gina at October 24, 2002 03:25 AM


Posted by: tj at October 24, 2002 04:13 AM

How exciting! I can't wait to see it when it comes out! Have fun!

Posted by: Anne at October 24, 2002 05:17 AM

Project Boise is a go. I repeat, project Boise is a go.
Can't wait to see the movie Wil, hopefully it's a big Hollywood deal, get your name known to those uninformed masses. If it's an indie movie, and since you have the lead, do you think there'd be any chance you could have the director release it in Ottawa, Ontario (that's in Canada for those who don't know).

Loyal Monkey # 24601

Posted by: Ryan_W at October 24, 2002 05:45 AM

I am soooo curious as to what this movie is about....curousity killed the cat...well thats not the only thing that killed the cat.....um

Posted by: James at October 24, 2002 06:14 AM

"I'm bleary-eyed and having a hard time staying awake."

I have the exact same problem... besides sometimes being dissed by my wife that is.. *L*
My reason though is more for the simple fact that my 12 days old baby girl is still on a 3 hour Eating/Sleeping rotation...

Me and my wife cant wait until the movie hits the cinema. It's good to be able to se you in a movie again.. :)

Posted by: Glenn Fallhorn at October 24, 2002 07:06 AM

Give yourself another day or two and you'll fall back into the swing of things. I left radio for a long time, came back, and after a while it was like I'd never left...

It's kind of like falling off a bicycle, you never forget how (sic)......

BTW, it's funny how when you let go of something you thought you really wanted to do, and THEN it starts to happen....kind of like learning a new skill...the tenser you are the more difficult it is to learn....

glad you're back acting..

Posted by: bernie at October 24, 2002 07:44 AM

Yay for wil being in a movie, yay! Also, the spot on _Screen Savers_ was fab; really enjoyed it.

Congrats on the movie!!

Posted by: mccharen at October 24, 2002 07:55 AM


Posted by: bluecat/redblanket at October 24, 2002 08:13 AM

I am glad you had Feldman to lend you Michael Jackson for a day. I believe Wil is becoming a Machead.

Posted by: ze-mag at October 24, 2002 08:43 AM


[Qoute The Director From Wil's Blog Entry] "Wow! I would never have known. You're performance has been so wonderful, I thought you'd just come off of another movie, right into this one. You'd never know that you've taken a year off." [Qoute\]

You know that is super sweet. So sweet that I won't even mention that some people might get caught up on the fact he said "Off Of". *wink*

Damn, but to be dissed by the WiFe? Hell, I only make fun of the fark shirt myself. I'll have to be on the look out for your "Steve" shirt. Mwhahahaha!!! I'm evil. I'll stop. No really I will. *wink*

This sounds like a really rewarding project for your Soul. *Happy Nekkid Otter Butt Dance*

Feeeeeeeel The Frenzy!!!!

Posted by: Stargazer at October 24, 2002 08:52 AM

Congrats on the work dude!

I'm sure it's going well and don't worry about us readers of WWDN. We can wait if it's between us and sleep.

I mean, what kind of fans would we be if we made you write here and not sleep so that you sucked in the movie and got fired forcing you to close the site forever???

Phew....talk about wandering minds.

Good luck.

Posted by: Tim at October 24, 2002 09:02 AM

As a resident of Boise, Idaho I wish to congratulate you on the choice of codename for your film! That makes you an honorary citizen, so get ready to pony up those city taxes you haven't paid in a few years.

Love the site, Wil!

Posted by: Todd at October 24, 2002 09:51 AM

I'm never happier than when I am on a set. You must be totally pumped...even through the fatigue and over-active mind. :)

Wishing you the best,


Posted by: Renpiti at October 24, 2002 09:59 AM

That's really awesome, Wil.

Face acting, though...heh, my roommate for the longest time kept getting told her greatest strength was in her facial expressions when she was acting...and then she was cast in a greek tragedy and had to wear a mask.

Good luck, can't wait to see "Project Boise"

Posted by: Clara at October 24, 2002 10:06 AM

Project Boise? Wearing lots of suits? Sounds like Wil's working with David Lynch...

Congrats on the project, and cool for you getting an iBook! I have one and I love it. Goes with me everywhere. It fell out of a car once at 70mph and survived with just a few little scratches.

Posted by: Schwaero at October 24, 2002 10:15 AM

Worried about acting skills? Need I remind anyone that the creator of this page is same guy who played Wesly Crusher? ;-D

Posted by: Neil at October 24, 2002 10:30 AM

As soon as I saw that you were going to be on Screen Savers I set my TiVo to record it.

That was just... Odd. But cool, you should do more stuff with them.

Posted by: Year Round Produce at October 24, 2002 10:43 AM

Mac geek? Did I miss something? Anyway, cool!

Posted by: Gette at October 24, 2002 11:13 AM

Great Wil! As an actor you should never give up the limelight..just like you have done..keep pursuing other things as well and you become a Jack of all trades! Experienced in all areas and love what you do! You are great in it all! Good luck on the book.

Posted by: Candace at October 24, 2002 11:22 AM

Hey Wil,

Great news about the new project!

I just saw The Good Things and The Girls' Room and I thought you were great in both of them. I can't wait to see "Boise".

Posted by: Haley Comet at October 24, 2002 11:39 AM


Can't believe you let Marty into your house. Your a brave man. Screensavers was awsome and it was good to hear you talk what little you could about your movie. Can't wait till it is being advertised in theaters and of course all us monkeys will be at it opening night!

Lots of movie Mojo.


Posted by: Ostheimerd at October 24, 2002 11:44 AM


i'm so ecstatic!!!! yayayayayay Wil!! yay "Boise"!!!! yeeeehaaaaaaawwwww =D =D =D

sounds like a great movie!!!! yayyayayayayyyyyy *jumping of joy and shouting yay Wil!!*

i'm sooo glad that you're acting again!! :) :) :)

hehe sorry, i'm a little hyper... :P

Posted by: suzy at October 24, 2002 12:05 PM

Congratulations Wil!

Posted by: Ellen at October 24, 2002 12:14 PM

Glad to hear things are going your way, Wil. I look forward to when the movie comes out, as I don't have Tech TV, so I don't get to see you in that medium any longer. Keep those of us interested updated when you can...don't lose sleep or time with Anne and the boys for us! : )

All the best,

Posted by: Mark at October 24, 2002 12:39 PM

Boise's not too bad. I lived there a year. My hubby grew up there. :)

Posted by: Ness at October 24, 2002 12:53 PM

Project Boise?

Interesting name.

Since your light on content on what the film's about and who the director is and why Full House lasted 8 seasons ('cause the show sucked), we'll just have to fill in the info.

Boise, the tale of a lonely spud lost on the mean streets of East Tanker Street in Tell City, Ind. How did this spud get there, were is he going and why is he afraid of the red ketchup bottle at Al's Pork and Barf Cafe?

Wil Wheaton, in his most dramatic role since his guest turn on Doc (PAXTV) plays the spuds best friend. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman costar. Directed by the same guy who helmed many episodes of the last show that aired after Friends.


Posted by: Electric Monk at October 24, 2002 01:13 PM

sounds pretty awesome wil

the character sounds pretty interesting, what with all the emotional content...
can't wait to see the movie!!!!!!

If any other casting directors see this...take note...
we want wil in more movies!!!
the posse has spoken!

Posted by: Tyson at October 24, 2002 01:17 PM

Congrats on the new movie, Wil! Can't wait to hear more about and I shall make it appoint to see when it gets release.

Posted by: Michelle at October 24, 2002 01:40 PM


You've earned the billing. You've put in so much time to get the world to give you a fighting chance, and it's great to see people noticing you for who you really are.

Wil Wheaton Psychogroupie / Llama Caretaker

Posted by: Christopher Feyrer at October 24, 2002 01:46 PM

What I want to know is are you in Boise filming? ugg... I'm dying to know.

Posted by: froggie at October 24, 2002 01:52 PM

Ego-stroking can be so very good, especially if you're working on something that gets a codename.

I mean, think of all the movies that have gotten codenames, the most famous of which would be the the Star Wars movies (Blue Harvest, anyone?).

You're working on a codename! Sweet deal.

Posted by: KJB at October 24, 2002 02:03 PM

I thought that you were great on the Screen Savers. Funny too.

Posted by: angry penguin at October 24, 2002 02:51 PM

Great job on getting the movie Wil! Can't wait to see it.


Posted by: Jase at October 24, 2002 03:07 PM

Crocodile Dundee is cool. A

Posted by: stalker at October 24, 2002 03:10 PM

Woo hoo, I'm after a nice comment from "johnny" Bet that's gone soon. oh well.

Hey Wil,

You know despite reding yer blog for some time, I never got the idea that you were through with movie acting or that movie acting was through with you... where the heck did that come from about turning your back on acting? You're an actor who writes, and a writer who acts. Or a techo geek weenie who acts like he's writing.

Point being is that people are complicated.

Anyway, you deserve nice big juicy roles.

Mmmm. Roles.


Posted by: Drakensykh at October 24, 2002 03:12 PM

Hey, Wil, this is pretty cool. We get to read a little bit about how a movie is made while you're making it.

It's great that you fell back so easily into acting mode that the director didn't even know you'd "been away". Acting is story telling and you've been telling us stories on this site for quite a while now, so I'm not surprised.

Wonder if you'll have some good location work for this movie?

Have Fun! We're rooting for you.

Posted by: loretta652 at October 24, 2002 03:33 PM

It seems that with a good director, cast and crew that film acting is just like riding a bike for you. Keep up the good work and try not to think to much.


Posted by: Fabian at October 24, 2002 04:29 PM

Hey - I live in Boise - don't knock it until you've been here! So, is there a location shoot here? I can show you to all the great bars...OK - to the one great bar...OK - to the local biker bar...OK - to one of the local biker bars. But still, it isn't that bad here...

Posted by: Andrew at October 24, 2002 04:49 PM

Heavy Sigh.. some kids... You buy them books, You send them to School and all they can do is chew the covers off of them. Nice going spew-chewer! May the fleas of a Thousand Camels infest your armpits!


Posted by: Alacrity at October 24, 2002 04:59 PM

your cheering section is behind you!...looks like it'll be awhile before you'll be on "where are they now".

Posted by: d. burr at October 24, 2002 05:11 PM

Admit it, Wil: "Boise" is actually pr0n, isn't it?

Posted by: Gwalchmai at October 24, 2002 06:16 PM

Glad to see you got a real job finally, whatever happened to that video game channel? Tell me that idea passed the face test. Serious question though, when you finish a role, have you ever confused your real identity with that of the character?

Posted by: sfotw at October 24, 2002 06:25 PM

Congrats, Wil! Really great you have a film lead. (Not sure if it was spelled the same, but hey, wasn't "Boise" the nickname of the lad who was Oscar Wilde's lover?) Have fun and keep us all posted on the film's progress. Cheers.

Posted by: duchess at October 24, 2002 07:00 PM

I saw you on Screen Savers!!! It was great!
I live in Canada...so I cant get your wiked game station....I love seein ya on tv again

Posted by: David at October 24, 2002 07:30 PM

Gwalchmai -

You betcha it's porn. There are SO many not-quite-A-or-even-B-list stars out there who resort to soft-core or sometimes hardcore porn out there.


Just look at Lou Diamond Phillips' CV.

Posted by: KJB at October 24, 2002 07:30 PM

For those of you who don't get Tech TV or who missed Wil or for those who want to see Wil share his Family Curse with Kevin, the computer geek, you can see video of it on TechTV's site:


Posted by: BBock at October 24, 2002 11:58 PM

Enjoyed you on TechTV the other night! But you didn't REALLY need help installing that drive, did you?

Posted by: Bruce at October 25, 2002 04:34 PM

in sports, there is a phenomen known as "surcompensation" (in French, I don't know the word in English). It points to the progress you made during a break. it is not all unusual in sports to make great results from coming back from a break. It's as if your mind and body didn't have time to digest your progress when you were training all the time.

maybe it's the same thing with acting?

Posted by: Stephanie at October 26, 2002 11:37 PM

I live in Boise to. Just don't let them portray us like they did in 3000 Miles to Graceland. Boise is the Little Silicon Valley of the Northwest.

Posted by: Tecil at October 27, 2002 11:16 AM

Screensavers was fun to watch...I was on the phone w/my best friend, and zoned out on her, lol. 'Boise' sounds like my kind of movie, can't wait to see you in it!

Posted by: weathergal at October 28, 2002 01:24 PM

Tonights the night! Can't wait!!!

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Watching it right now and thought of the site!

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