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October 24, 2002
I learned something today: having no lines can be just as exhausting as talking until your throat is sore in every scene.
It's surprisingly hard to just sit there for hours, trying to focus on the other actors, react to what they are doing, and not get bored.
Oh man, is it easy to get bored...because of the lights, it's close to 85 degrees on the set, and the air is very still. We spend a lot of time on each scene, so we get to hear the same lines over and over again, and it's easy for the mind to wander and the eyelids to fall down.
Now I understand why Levar fell asleep on the bridge behind his VISOR so many times in the early years of TNG.
I didn't expect to feel wiped out when I got home, you know? I expected it to be a really easy day...but I am beat right now. To be honest, it feels really good.
The lack of dialogue did give me some free time during the day...I watched some Simpsons on DVD on the iBook, and played a few games on MacMAME.
My day started at 5AM, and we shot nearly nine pages, which is really, really, really a lot in films. When I was on Trek, we'd average about 6.5 pages per day, and when I was working on Mr. Stitch, I once managed something like 15 pages in one day.
So now that you know more about page count than you ever wanted, I can give up some details:
- This project is a Movie Of The Week for the PAX network, and it will air at the end of January in 2003. When my friend Keith found out that it was on PAX, he teased me that I was in one of those stupid "Left Behind" piles of crap...but I assured him, and I can assure you, that it's actually a pretty cool story. =]
- Included in the cast is an actor you may have heard of..."Chef" himself, Isaac Hayes! He plays a mysterious guy who give me this mysterious, ancient, powerful book. The story is about how I deal with it.
- Also in the cast is my friend Richard Grieco. We've done three movies together before this one, and it's the first time he's not kicking my ass. I really like Richard. He's one of the sweetest guys who ever lived, he's very generous and funny...and it bugs me that he has this image as a real cheeze*wiz.
- The actor who is playing my best friend in the movie is Maureen Flannigan. Mo and I have been friends since forever, and I absolutely adore her. I think that our personal history will cascade into our performances, and make the film that much deeper and richer. The cool thing is, the producers didn't know that we knew each other when they cast us.
Tomorrow I talk and talk and talk, so it will be the polar opposite of today. Should be interesting to contrast the two.
I'm having a really good time. It feels good to be on a set where people know what they're doing, and there aren't any incompetent a-holes with huge egos farking things up. I didn't realize how much I'd missed that.
Time to learn lines.
Posted by wil at October 24, 2002 08:44 PM
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Finally a reason to watch PAX! :) I'm looking forward to seeing it!
So you're an actor again? Beats working!
Woo! Yay! Houpla! for the head monkey!
Exciting stuff. I hope you'll have the time to keep us updated like this. Break a leg tomorrow!
Kinda hard to memorize lines when you're playing swell games like Aztec, Conan, Swashbuckler and Ultima IV on that new Apple //c you've got there, eh Sparky?
Wil, you've done something for me that no one else has done so far! Given me a reason to watch PAX that is. But heck, I'm looking forward to seeing you in a movie, no matter what channel they show it on!
I really like you and am happy for you, but you offend me with the "stupid "Left Behind" piles of crap" quote. I guess those of us who believe in it are really stupid to you, huh Wil? Ignorant jerks that we are. Maybe I don't like you so much after all.
Wil, it appears you're keeping it real. That is crunk. Peace.
Howcould you??? I thought you preached tolerance towards other religions other than your own. VERY disapointed. :-(
so for us poor canadian suckers without expensive digital cable, how do we go about seeing this?
Can't wait to see that one!
Today, at my rehearsals, I got berrated cuz I couldn't get this thing right and it pisses me off to have to keep doing it over and over again. How do you (in general) keep from getting so frustrated that you wanna swear and kick things (esp. at the director)? Any tips?
But anywho, good for you Wil.
I love Maureen Flannigan! She was on "Out of This World" right? Awesome show...
another canuck!...i was just going to ask the same question....how do we get to see this thing?..
maybe one of our cable channels will pick it up...
and honestly angelwwolf...
i don't think he meant anything seriously bad by what he said....
i'm pretty sure he wasn't out to dis you or what you believe...
i think he just meant to say that 'left behind' was (and lets all be honest here) pretty freakin bad...
it's not exactly going to go down in history as a great quality flick, is it?
it's not like it was Ben Hur..or the Ten Commandments...
it was Kirk Cameron for cryin out loud ;)
way to go Wil!
break a leg...
*perk* Wil has an iBook? And here I thought he was just chock full of Linuxy-goodness...I had no idea there was a OS X (BSD Unix) glaze, too!
Umm.. Angelwolf? Bashing Left Behind is not bashing religion. I'm a Christian, and I think Left Behind is totally lame and stupid. Left Behind is not the Bible. I think it's rediculous the way Christians try and treat it as such. "What, you don't like Left Behind? GASP.."
Excuse me for liking quality books that are theologically sound as well. And the movie sucked donkeys, I'm sorry. But don't call Wil intolerant simply for disliking Left Behind. That is rediculous.
--- Tea with lemon --before the scenes--
---Tea with Honey after them---
Helps to ease the throat after a long day of singing or doing lines.
Stay away from tea w/ mints of anykind i.e.(spearmint) they can cause too much phlem.
Have fun and try not to Snore.........
--or at leat snore too loud--
har har har
You have an iBook? Very cool. I like you even more now.
I hope that the rest of the shoot goes as well as it has started out.
Oh yeah... Sign my guestbook you bastard.
Well I happen to like PAX, and Left Behind. I took no personal insult in what Wil's friend said. And I'm totally excited about seeing this!:)
BTW: A lot of people might say, it had Wil Wheaton in it for cryin' out loud! Kirk Cameron isn't all that bad!
I think its great that its on PAX, that means I will actually get to see it! Unlike Good things and Jane White which I still havent seen.
AngelWolf, I have to agree with Wil and everyone else. I have heard that the books are great but I dont think the movie did them justice. I was not impressed. I did not see him saying that it was crap because it was based on tenets of the christian faith. For the record, I am not a christian but I am tolerant of their beliefs if they are tolerant of mine and I would hope that everyone can remember that it doesnt matter what you have faith in, just that you have faith.
Wil, You rock. I can't wait for the movie and I'm just *vibrating* with joyousness about the book!
The Left Behind series is not Christianity. It is the dreams and fantasies of Christian conservatives who believe that come the revelation all the good little Christian conservatives will dissappear and go to heaven while us poor liberals, atheists, agnostics, non-protestants, gays, and non-Christians suffer here on earth at the hands of satan and his minions. Meanwhile they laugh at us from heaven with "I told you so" smirks on their faces.
I don't have a problem with fantasies of this kind. But I do have a problem when people try and treat this kind of fiction as pure Christian doctrine.
Man, Richard Grieco kicks ass... why in the world did UPN cancel "Marker"? Gates looked mighty fine in that show...
Anywa, way to go Wil... this may actually make me switch on PAX for more than 6 seconds...
Left Behind isn't the bible.
Sheesh I'm an atheist, and even I know that.
I'm glad to hear that you're in a movie again. I read the other day that Berman said you'll been seen in Nemisis, and not heard. What kind of bull shit is that?
Sounds like your having a great time. How about some information for us "Film Geeks"? Is it shot on Hi Def video, 16mm...35mm...Super 8. Yes there are films for TV done on Super 8. I almost fell of my chair when I found out the first two seasons of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" were shot on 16mm. Not even SUPER16. Let us know.
OK stop laughing and pick yourself up off the floor. Conservatives can like Buffy too ya know.
Ah, I love reading your entries. After some of the days and times I've had lately, it's nice to just get out of my world and into a bit of yours for a change and not think about, however long it takes to read, things. Continue forth. :)
Sounds like you're having a really fun time. :)
Oh, and please can you persuade them to export it to the UK?
Wil, What can I say but that I'm proud of you and very happy for you. This isn't just a break for you. It's a break for all of us who appreciate who you are and what you do. Best, Rob
OK. As a UK spod still living in 600BC (Before Cable) I had absolutly no idea what PAX and Left behind were.
But that not important right now. (Surely you can't be serious! etc etc)
Whats important is that its my home boy Wils first movie in ages and I don't get to see it!
Someone start bootlegging the film as soon as it airs!
Before Cable... HARHARHARHARHARHAR!!! :D i've got tears running down my face!!! X-D TOO FUNNY!!!
ehehe...ehehe...he... stomach hurts... hehe...
Wil that is so cool that you got friends there!!! :) i hope tomorrow goes well!!!
i hope some channel here airs it so i can see it too... will it be released on video and/or dvd?? that'd be cool.
whatever this movie is it wont compare at all to left behind,...
Geez, "that's it, I quit acting!" and they offer you the starring role in a movie...
...on a wholesome, patriotic and Christian-type network, no less.
And you being Evil and all...
You must have insulted a genie with a twisted sense of humor.
"In an infinite universe, anything can happen" - Douglas Adams
Congrats, Wil, I'm looking forward to seeing it.
haha..I thought I was the only one to use the term "Cheese*wiz" ..
congrats again on the gig. Sounds like you're having lots of fun..
When did Wil get an iBook? Dammit, I was all set to get an IBM A21 and now Wil has an iBook. This always triggers my envy chip.....
Hmmmm... Mac OS X
WTF is PAX???
Must be some fancy-schmancy digtial cable or US only station. Anyways, hopefully one of the limited Canadian stations I have will carry it...or maybe if PAX is on digital cable/satellite, I can convince a member of my family on the other side of the country to record it and send it up to me. Any chance you could work a deal with the director to distribute copies of the movie through your site? (i doubt you could get DVD unless it was being released to the general movie stores)
Loyal Monkey #24601
I don't know if it's just me, the way he writes it or what but reading that made me shiver with excitement. (I almost said 'Jiggle with excitement' but that isn't what I meant, it was just too funny to leave out though)
Wow, who woulda thought that I wished I still had PAX.
::Does a happy waiting-for-the-new-Wil-movie dance::
I saw one of the movies that you and Richard Grieco were in (heehee)I am glad he isnt kicking your butt in this new movie.I will be sure to look for it.Yay for you!
Oh, so that's why Levar looked so spaced out sometimes! I always wondered...
I'm looking forward to the movie. And hey, I happen to like PAX. Where else can you watch so much Diagnosis: Murder?
Next time you see Issac, ask him if he's ever considered doing a takeoff of "Shaft" called...
That is, if someone else hasn't already done it.
Methinks something like that could be hilarious:
"Who's the black school cook
Whose got that hot sex machine look?
Ya damn right!"
Just have to ask...
Is the "mysterious, ancient, powerful book" titled "Dianetics"? ;-)
And now that you've mentioned that Richard Grieco is in it, my wife will definitely sit through the movie with me.
Well, a job is a job.
I work two jobs, and my part time job is with Borders. I tell you, those Left Behind books fly off the shelves. Yeah, there are people who enjoy the series for the adventure (like my sister, who likes them because they are here in the Chicago area. And while she's religious, she is not a nutso Right Wing Conservative like my sister-in-law is) but there are too many out there who think these books are the Word. For those of the weaked mind -ones who need others to their thinking for them -are easily manipulated by these titles. I'm not saying they should never be published, but what I ask is take these books with a grain of salt.
Wow, something to watch on PAX besides "Miracle Pets"? (heh heh)
About that falling asleep bit...I totally sympathize. This past year, I was in a play called "Whose Wife Is It Anyway". For the first act, I had to play a dead body (my character is actually passed out, but the other characters don't find out until act two)...whom they do "Weekend At Bernie's" type stuff to, posing me and stuff...
I'm normally a very kinetic individual, talkative, etc. I took it on as a big challenge. Normally, the majority of acting is reacting. In this case, it was NOT reacting.
WooHoo!! Chef and The hottie known as Richard Greico!! How freaking cool, Wil!!
I hope you got some rest after your long day of Face acting. *wink*
I can't wait to see this movie. Just think Sweet Uncle Willie will be some emotional wreck on the tube. Very interesting. :O
*Happy Nekkid Otter Butt Dance*
I am so happy for you that you are getting to work with people that are your friends! FRIENDS
THATS what makes the world go around..(and not those way over paid ones..etc..)Lots of love!!!
Crap. PAX = really bad reception. I'll be watching through a blizzard of snow.
I get really agitated when people comment to the effect that acting isn't working. Precision driving coupled with five hours on an EMT back-board certainly SEEMED like agonising work to me.
Glad to hear it is going so well for you. You deserve and earned this opportunity. I see more doors opening for you after this. Good luck.
:::perk::: Richard Greico?
As if seeing Wil in a flick wasn't enough... oh man, I'll be in old-drooling-lady heaven! ;)
I can't wait to see the movie!
Maureen Flannigan rocks...I'm sure the flick will be great, and if I can find a tv and figure out what channel PAX is on, I'll check it out.
Wesley Crusher and Evie Ethel Garland in the same movie??!! I can hardly wait!
Yeah, Wil, it's surprisingly hard to do nothing. Actually, you're not doing nothing. Active listening takes a lot of effort. And that's when you don't know what's going to be said.
Folks, this isn't Wil's first foray to the PAX network. He appeared on an episode of "Twice in a Lifetime" which just repeated this past Sunday. And he'll be on PAX again on Nov 5 at 10pm on an episode of "Diagnosis: Murder". Trek trivia aka Six Degrees of Separation - that "Diagnosis" episode was directed by Lou Antonio, who played "Lokai" in an original Star Trek episode (the one with Frank Gorshin and the black and white faces).
For something spooky, Wil is on an episode of "Tales from the Crypt" on Wed Oct 30 at 5pm on SciFi.
Let's hear it for reruns. Wil did "Twice" in 1999, but he did the other 2 shows in 1993! Hope he's getting residuals.
I used to watch PAX all the time... it was the only place that had Remington Steele reruns on daily... (Shut up. It WAS SO the greatest show ever.)
Then I moved, and the affiliate here doesn't carry them... GRRR! Bastards!
To paraphrase Dennis Miller:
Richard Grieco starred in "If Looks Could Kill"
Somebody get this guy a mirror!!
And about the movie, Wil...
My brother is a huge trekkie (trekker?) and he says "I'd rather watch a bad Star Trek movie than a good any-other movie"
(He obviously never saw "The Final Frontier") but what I'm saying, even though it's a PAX movie, it beats not working at all.
And I have NO idea what "Left Behind" is and I still think Angelwwolf sounds crazy!
Wil, congratulation to the movie!!:))....What is PAX? I want to see your movie!! A new movie with you!!! I just watching the TNG on one of the hungarian channels...and today was the Haven....I WANT A NEW MOVIE WITH YOU, WIL HERE IN HUNGARY!!!!!! OK...it is not your fault that I can't see that kind of movie!:(
Wil, congratulation to your new movie!!:) What is PAX? I want to see your movie, but here in Hungary and specially here in my town (Karcag) I can't go to the cinema and see a film with you!:( And in one of the channels there is going the TNG today was Haven. ....no comment Have a nice weekend everybody!!
At first I couldn't remember what Left Behind was, then I remembered reading about it in a pamphlet a local corner evangelist handed to me when I walked through downtown.
Ah, yes, the novel series based on the Revelation to John.
I didn't realize that had been made into a movie. When I read about the novels, though, I thought the concept was interesting, if not downright clever.
I'll have to pick one up and read it now. Thanks Wil, thanks Angelwwolf.
For those wondering what PAX is, check out http://www.pax.tv/
From its About page - "PAX TV reaches 86% of U.S. television households via nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems. Paxson owns and operates 65 stations. PAX airs its own original programming including dramatic series, movies, sports and special events."
It also airs programs in syndication that originally ran on other networks, like "Diagnosis: Murder", which I believe was a CBS show.
You know PAX isn't, necessarily a cable show. I live in Orange County (Southern California), and we don't have cable, but we do get PAX. I think it's channel 17, or something like that. Check out your public access channels.
And for those who don't know, PAX is somewhat of a Christian channel. They play re-runs of Seventh Heaven, Touched By An Angel, Diagnois Murder, and things of that nature. Wholesome family shows! :)
I am glad to hear that you are having a good time. You sound so excited and enthusiastic. I wish only the best for ya man.
Best to you and your family......
Tell Richard what a bummer it is that Booker got cancelled!
Yes. I actually remember the show and saw it a few times.
Wil Wheaton Psychogroupie, Llama Caretaker and watcher of early Fox TV
I'm soooo excited!
This entry is really cool. I love it when you take us onstage with you and behind the scenes. My favorite part of performing is the blocking and rehearsals (well, we're speaking mainly theatre here). I would love to have been able to get into film acting to test out the difference. I always thought it would be easier in a way... easier to be natural without over doing it. Camera is closer than a live audience, you can make more subtle expressions... gestures... but with no dialogue?? That WOULD be exhausting I imagine! I can't wait to see this.
it's GOLD! GOLD!!!!
Wow, 9 pages? I script supervise for student films sometimes, and we usually shot about 2 5/8 to 3 on a good day. And I thought that was long!
i love evie from out of this world!! can she still stop time?
your friend richard is HOT. tell him sarah says hey.
PAX network? Man, i dont get that many channels ;(
I always thought that Maureen Flannigan was cool. I actually remember Out of This World even though it was short lived 15 years ago. I also saw her in Last Resort with the Coreys and 7th Heaven (That show is bad but I can't seem to stop watching).
And Richard Grieco- 21 Jump Street.
Congrats on the gig, Wil. I don't know if we'll get to see it in Canada but I'll be looking forward to the updates.
How Lovecraftian! I hope it comes out better then The Farm. :D
OK, OK. I didn't realize that Wil was talking about the movie. I never saw it quite honestly. I thought he was dissing Christian beliefs. I should have known that that is not like Wil. Apologies...
The scary thing is, a friend of mine mentioned "Left Behind" the other day. I can't remember if he liked it, but one of the girls who was talking about it with him said she hated the cliffhanger ending and that she really enjoyed... what was it... well, I can't remember what it was, but it was an AWFUL movie.
The gist being, it's a small world, and even hardcore Catholics thought it was an amusing piece of fiction.
You WILL get laughter the PAX Network bit, but at least you're not making something with Bill Shatner and Cher.
Waitaminute waitaminute waitaminute… What I meant was that I hope it’s better received then The Farm…
I didn’t mean to insinuate that The Farm was bad. . .
Err. . . .
Uh . . . Well…
Let me get back to you on this… It turns out to be a more complicated sentiment then I originally anticipated.
As another Canuck, i really doubt that we'll be seeing that movie, so if we don't, someone who gets Pax, should update those who don't. I say that in a very nice please?
Dude, I'm curious to see how Maureen looks now. I was totally into when I was young and she was on that show where her dad was an alien. I'll have to check her out!
sounds like a great story wil...earlier this week i was wondering whatever happenned to richard grieco...thanks to you, now i know.
Well, Wil, if I didn't know better, I'd think that last paragraph was referring to ME!! ME, Chuck DeBus, the first and last name in quality film-making. Long Live me, Chuck DeBus.
Hey Wil, Incase I missed it...are you actually in Boise? If that is the case...I would love to have an interview with you for the launch of a new news site. Let us know. (we are just outside of Boise)
5 pages is work. It is a good thing that the kids got you to run around and play with them not so long ago. I dare you to hollar something now. Do a good job and have fun without hurting yourself.
Well, I didn't see you bash a religion. I saw you bash some poorly written books that have been "bandwagoned" (no it's not a word) so much that they are now best sellers. It is almost as if you are not Christian if you don't buy them. Can you guess that I haven't bought them and had one nearly forced down my throat by my own sister? Go get 'em. I loved you on STNG. But then... grin.
Hey, Arwen, I made a mistake. I apologized for it. Sheesh.
Let's get back to the subject of Wil's post. It's only fair...
Wil, I'm glad you are having such a good, if not tiring time. We can't wait to hear the next update!
You can make fun of Keith for being host of beat the geeks. That show was worse than Win Bin Steins Acting Ability. I even tried to like it, 'cause I'm a geek.... yuck.
Well, as a thinking pre-mil fundamentalist Christian (yes, believe it or not, we exist!) who appreciates well-written literature and well-made films, I have to say for the record that I could not get past the first, very poorly written and characterized chapter of the first LEFT BEHIND book, and that I've absolutely no desire to see the movie. In my experience, Sturgeon's Law applies even more to the "Christian" book, video and music market than it does to the secular world (I don't know *why* this is, but it's true). So, far from taking Wil's comment about "stupid LEFT BEHIND piles of crap" as an assault on my faith or an attack on the Bible, I thought it a pretty savvy aesthetic judgment. :)
And after watching last week's abysmal ENTERPRISE, I have to say that I really, really miss TNG. Including you, Wil. I can honestly say that you were never one of the TNG characters I wanted to throw out the airlock, and a couple of the Wesleycentric episodes were actually quite terrific. Which is better than anything ENTERPRISE has managed to produce to this point, though I keep hanging on in the hopes that it will suddenly become brilliant...
Dear Wil and Angelwwolf,
Actually, I really hated the Left Behind movie. The books are interesting but totally blasphemous because there is no scriptural basis for the series. It's all conjecture and myth about what might happen if the prophecies in the book of Revelations were to come to reality right now. I think of the books as a kind religious fantasy/sci fi. Interesting, but not what I was intending when I wrote the bible. I have no proof but I think Satan is behind the whole Left Behind series. I mean, he admitted to creating revisionist World War II books that are hugely popular in Japan. In case you haven't heard - these are fantasy books where Japan wins WWII and is the world's super power now.
(#1 Fan of Wil Wheaton, never existed as a primate with a typewriter, only as a celestial power)
I reckon you can be a very devout Christian and still think of "Left Behind" as shear nonsense...just because lots of people buy it and relate to it does not make it good literature...or movie material, at that
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