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October 28, 2002

Day Five, and some Pimpin'

Today was a very routine day working on a film, and the only really interesting thing that happened wasn't even related to the movie!

There's a great show on NPR called "Marketplace," and one of the producers emailed me a few weeks ago, asking if I'd be interested in participating in a program about how child actors deal with the money and fame that comes with success.

I told her that I'd love to do it, and she asked me, quite charmingly, if I had heard of a program called "This American Life," which she also produces.

Heh. No, really. She asked me that.

So I geeked out, and we scheduled the interview for the tuesday following the conclusion of the Avon 3 Day. Trouble was, I booked the job on the movie while I was gone, and I wasn't going to be able to get into a studio. I thought that I was going to lose the opportunity, and we spent the last week or so emailing back and forth, trying to pull together some sort of plan...and we hit upon one over the weekend: she'd send an engineer out to the set with a DAT, and I'd call her. She'd sit in her own studio and record herself, I'd be recorded in my dressing room, and they'd put the two together later.

Isn't technology cool?

So today I did my interview, and it was really great...it went on and on, for close to three hours, broken up by my calls to the set to do my scenes. The engineer, a really nice and patient guy called "Skott" was at the set for nearly 6 hours, and never complained once.

So what's the cool thing, you ask? In the interview, I ended up telling her this story about my childhood...that she said has a very good chance of making it onto This American Life.



Talk about dreams coming true!!

Tomorrow I am in everything, so I'm off to learn pages of lines...but before I go, I want to pimp out my friend Sean.

Sean and his wife Caryn are opening a really amazing gallery in downtown Los Angeles this weekend, and I want to let everyone know about it. If you're in LA, or know people who are into the art scene here in town, please come over and check it out this weekend. You can "read more" to get the address and times.

I hope to see some WWDN readers there!

The big week is finally here. Please join us this Saturday, November 2nd
from 7-10pm for the Glen E. Friedman exhibition reception and for the grand
opening of the new gallery! There will be nearly forty photographs on
display (including new additions) along with laminated proof pages, books
and much more. All of his books will be available and Glen will be in
attendance to sign them and answer your questions.

Glen E. Friedman "Fuck You All"
An exhibition of photos from 1976-1995
November 2 - November 30, 2002
Reception - Saturday, November 2nd from 7-10pm

549 West 23rd Street in downtown Los Angeles (between Figueroa and Flower
Streets just south of the Staples Center and north of USC...for complete
directions visit our website). We have a free parking lot next to our
building in addition to plenty of street parking.

Posted by wil at October 28, 2002 09:47 PM
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WHOO HOO!!! I'm on the top.

Pretty soon we're gonna have more Wheaton then we can take. Good to see you up and running again brother. Now we just need to bitch at the powers that be to put you back in Nemesis.
I'll be first in line to poke 'em with a spork.

Posted by: Kane at October 28, 2002 09:57 PM

Good job on the interview, Wil. Can't wait to see it air!

May check out the gallery this December, when I next plan to be in L.A.

Posted by: Clara at October 28, 2002 10:02 PM

TAG would be quite an accomplishment. It's definitely one of the coolest things going on radio right now.

Posted by: johnp at October 28, 2002 10:03 PM

Excellent, Wil. Let us know when it'll be on the air!

Boy, it never rains but it pours, eh? Here's to the universe being unfair in your favor. :)

Posted by: catie at October 28, 2002 10:11 PM

When will the madness end?
Cool beans.

Posted by: Dank at October 28, 2002 10:23 PM

remember a few short months ago...
how everything just seemed to be getting crappier and crappier?...
nice to be on the other side, eh wil?
we always believed in you wil...
and we're all happy as hell to see things working out so well for ya!

i'd say something like 'happy nekkid otter but dance'....
but i get the feeling someone else will probably say it soon...
and i wouldn't want to steal anyone's cool tag line...
tho...if i was the type to steal somthing like that...that would be the one i'd choose... :)

Posted by: Tyson at October 28, 2002 10:30 PM

So let me get this straight.

The exhibit is called "Fuck You All"...and you hope to see some WWDNers there...

How appropriate.


*me contemplates torching an arc of kindling*


Posted by: Cherish at October 28, 2002 10:36 PM

Maybe it's the whole sense of "how cool to say 'Fuck' in my [something]" that goes out to the public thing.

But, personally, if someone put on a show like that in Chicago, I'd say, "Fuck you, too" as I drove by toward the Mr. Beef.

But, what I wonder is, truthfully, how many people see it for what it really is.

Including the guy blogging.

Posted by: Roughy at October 28, 2002 10:42 PM

VERY cool!

Posted by: mcfoo at October 28, 2002 10:52 PM

Lookin forward to hearing the interview!

Posted by: Kman at October 28, 2002 11:31 PM

Wow...technology is cool. So, it's going to be one of those things where the lady is shaking her head in the affirmative & having these weird expressions on her face & then a flash back to you. I hope they add a little canned laughter & fake applause too.

Well, my friend sounds like your kicking ass in the creativity department.

Posted by: Retrorandy at October 28, 2002 11:45 PM

Ok...I'm retarded it's an interview for NPR as in National Public Radio so there won't be any expressions being broadcast over the radio. Sheesh...this time change thing sure makes a guy spacey.

Posted by: Retrorandy at October 28, 2002 11:48 PM

Can't wait to hear it Wil!!!

Best on and on,


Posted by: Brock at October 29, 2002 12:09 AM

Sounds like things are finally starting to go your way again, Wil. You deserve it.

And I completely agree with Kane, we should poke TPTB with sporks until they put you back in Nemesis. I don't think there's anything that can't be solved with sporks.


Posted by: Katie at October 29, 2002 01:00 AM

You'll have to keep us posted, Wil.

Career advice: If a director tells you to shoplift for a role, don't do it at Saks. Poor lying or stupid Winona.


Posted by: BBock at October 29, 2002 01:02 AM

3 words:

That's so cool!!

Posted by: NickW at October 29, 2002 01:15 AM

I am an NPR junkie, and have actually been known to postpone my Friday night activities until after "This American Life" is over.

PLEASE let us know when your segment is going to air. I'll be listening!


Posted by: Julie at October 29, 2002 04:54 AM

Whats NPR???...ha ha..


Posted by: bluecat/redblanket at October 29, 2002 05:43 AM

WAY cool, dude! Way To Go!! Keep us posted as to date and time and everything. Keep up the good work! DUDE!!

Posted by: Tom Nichol at October 29, 2002 06:12 AM

What a busy bee you are, Wil.

Success comes to those who wait, someone once said to me.

OOhhh, someones knocking on my door.

Well, hello there, Mr. Success.

Ahhhh!!- It just stab me in the eye.

Posted by: Electric Monk at October 29, 2002 06:33 AM

The engineer, a really nice and patient guy called "Skott" ... yeah, right.

Posted by: Jato at October 29, 2002 06:50 AM

You're going to be on TAL!?!?!?! With Ira and everything! OH DEAR LORD - you have now lived my fantasy....mmmmm........ira.... hehe - went to the congregation across the street, went to my college, but all shifted about 15 years from me - *sigh*

he's such a hottie.

Posted by: jarrett at October 29, 2002 07:35 AM

A little devil. How cute. Or is it a sunburned viking? No skates, so it can't be the 3rd line left wing for the Devils. This modern art stuff confuses me.

Posted by: Fred Fowler at October 29, 2002 07:51 AM

Eventually your life will become a movie of the week...prepare. Imagine: scandal, pressure, the "pigs in a blanket" incident. Wow!

Posted by: ze-mag at October 29, 2002 08:05 AM

Cherish: do you think I will see you there?

Posted by: ze-mag at October 29, 2002 08:07 AM

That looks like my kind of gallery!

Posted by: Divana Redforest at October 29, 2002 08:14 AM

how rad is that? congrats! can't wait to hear it.

the tech you spoke of is what my pals and co-procucers over at NRP (not npr) call a "double-ender," a very handy and often relied-upon tactic for getting better-than-phone-quality interviews from remote locations. especially when you've got multiple voices on a show already on phone (as was often the case with the shows i produced on prison issues). as fun as that was to do, i didn't get to geek all the way out til i did the digital editing of audio that had come in from a remote studio over the ISDN router.

i'll send my LA pals to the showing for sure. go wil! oh by the way, did you know that your title tag for the archived page is pulling in your h tags? see what i mean at http://www.wilwheaton.net/mt/archives/001133.php#001133

Posted by: eli at October 29, 2002 08:25 AM

oops. my links didn't show in that post.
NRP is the National Radio Project, producers of the progressive weekly public affairs program, Making Contact:

Posted by: eli at October 29, 2002 08:28 AM

Not sure what TAL or that other program are, but congrats Wil. Keep those updates coming as it's getting mightly slow here at work....seems we have all the computers up and running properly and us tech support guys have nothing to do :(

Loyal monkey #24601

Posted by: Ryan_W at October 29, 2002 09:07 AM

Wil on NPR. For some reason it's one of those things that JUST MAKE SENSE to me. Hell, boy, you should produce your own program on NPR, if not occasionally read your own essays there. I'm looking forward to seeing you on Saturday Night Live with those two dysfunctional and ultra-soft-spoken NPR ladies... Take care.

Posted by: Amit C. at October 29, 2002 09:13 AM

Looks like I am coming to L.A....Good for you on the interview..

Posted by: candace at October 29, 2002 10:16 AM

Hey Wil,

I sure hope your story for This American Life will be an upbeat thing. In general, I feel more like offing myself after that program than I do at any other time.

"I'm Joel Glass, and you're listeneing to 'This American Life.' This week, people who feel like killing themselves after our show. Act I..."



Posted by: Drakensykh at October 29, 2002 10:20 AM

duh, "Ira". Duh.

Posted by: Drakensykh at October 29, 2002 10:23 AM

HOLY CRAP...NPR and TAL!! It gives you depth, a soul...soooo highbrow, all this from OUR Will Wheaton?????

Posted by: colleen at October 29, 2002 10:54 AM

Heya Wil,

Good to hear things are going well for you.

I might be in LA in the next few weeks, if so, I'll try to make it to your friends gallery. Being an artist and a photographer, it would be great to support another artist.


Posted by: Rev Xaos at October 29, 2002 11:09 AM

That's too weird. I was just listening to an old This American Life episode when I read this post! I discovered the TAL a couple of weeks ago, so now I listen to one or more shows a day at work all the time. Can't wait to hear yours.

Posted by: Philip at October 29, 2002 11:53 AM

If Wil were to be on SNL's NPR, what kind of food should he talk about on 'Delicious Dish'? The thrilling world of breakfast burritos?

Posted by: Kristen at October 29, 2002 11:56 AM

So you love giving interviews. Some people in the business scamper away from the press for various reasons. You are really brave. Good luck with the rest of your film shooting.


Posted by: Fabian at October 29, 2002 12:02 PM

Odd. Being from Canada, I've never heard of TAL...so I decided to take a look at Wil's link and get a feel for the kind of show this is. First thing I see: this week's show is about LIARS. Compulsive liars. Talk about superimposing totally disparate thoughts.... Anyway, looks like an interesting show (needless to say, I don't believe Wil's segment will be this aired week.... =P). Too bad I can't get it. (Seems we can't get any of Wil's recent stuff up here....)

Here's another congratulations to add to the ever-increasing pile, Wil. I'm glad things are finally looking up for you! =)


Posted by: Em at October 29, 2002 01:13 PM

I will be in LA this weekend (I currently live in DC)...but I'll be at my high school reunion during the opening! What about Sunday?


Posted by: Shannon at October 29, 2002 02:24 PM

That will be cool that so many people will be able to make it out to the gallery, thanks so much! Thanks a ton wil for the plug.

Sorry the gallery is CLOSED on sundays & mondays....

Posted by: sean at October 29, 2002 02:39 PM

Hey, Em. You can hear the programs in RealAudio on the site itself. So you don't have to get NPR on a local radio station to listen.

Posted by: loretta652 at October 29, 2002 03:30 PM

That's very cool Wil!!

I wish I could hear the interview but I don't get NPR, so tell people like a little about it, if you don't mine

Thanks and Congrads!

Posted by: Brandon at October 29, 2002 03:54 PM

So Wil, did I read it correctly?
Are you going to be on both "Marketplace" AND "This American Life?"
Can you PLEASE let us know when both segments are scheduled to air, if they let you know?

Posted by: dake at October 29, 2002 04:05 PM

wil: when the sun shines on you, it really shines...can an A & E biography be next!...congratulations on all the good stuff coming your way!.

Posted by: d. burr at October 29, 2002 05:22 PM

I'm a total NPR junkie. I think I've started more posts at my blog with "I was listening to NPR and they were talking about..." As everyone else has already said, you have to tell us when it'll be on!

And I have a request for someone out there in WWDN land. PAX isn't available where I live so... can someone send me a tape of Uncle Willy's movie when it airs? Thanx!

Posted by: Sunidesus at October 29, 2002 05:58 PM

Congratulations Wil!!

I would really like to hear your story on the radio and see your new film but I live in Toronto and I don't think my cable (or radio) will broadcast them. Does anyone have any suggestions??

Posted by: Haley Comet at October 29, 2002 07:03 PM

Cute sight. I'll definitely be back to read this more often.

Posted by: Becca at October 29, 2002 08:29 PM

Hey Will,
My name is Zander, and you actually met me once. I was a very little kid though, because I'm 15 now. Glad to hear your going to be in a movie soon. Let us know when it will be on. I thought you are in Nemisis or am I missing something here?

I always loved you in STNG but of course you hear that all the time, but let me tell you, watching you got me through some really really bad times with my parents. Abusive kind of stuff that I won't go into. So now I am living at a boarding HS and I demand that all STNG reruns are watched in the TV room. LOL, I can do this because I'm obnoxious enough. I also linked your blog in mine. So seeya around the net.

Zander author of www.zanderkind.blogspot.com

Posted by: Zander at October 29, 2002 08:48 PM

Hey Will,

Thanks for the update. Check out my band, Gingerbread Nightmare, if you get a chance. We'll be playing live at Cole's Bar in Los Angeles soon. Hey, do you play bass? We're looking for a bass player. Let me know.

Good luck.

Posted by: Tony - Drums at October 29, 2002 09:19 PM

Marketplace and This American Life!!!! Oh my god!! That's so awesome... I'm totally addicted to both shows! I hope your interview makes the cut. They'd be crazy not to include you!

Can't make it to the opening on Saturday. But I will defintely make it out to the gallery another time!

Posted by: frances aka starboardfrannie at October 30, 2002 12:27 AM

I can hear the nice snicker you probably let out when she asked if you've heard of american life.

Why did you link to the entry where you relayed your story to us? or is it kaput?

Posted by: jodilyn at October 30, 2002 05:20 AM

I think you you should be lucky to be on Nemesis for 30 seconds, really what does your character offer to the movie? A boyish charm and innocence? And whats with the people on your message boards, i can understand the women kissing up but guys kissing up is just plain gay!

Posted by: Johnny BOy at October 30, 2002 06:17 AM

Hello, Wil.

I've never met you personally, and have never been a huge fan of your acting (not that it was bad, or anything, just that I am roughly the same age as you, and was partial to schwartzenegger flicks :-D). I'll probably also get flamed for saying that I never liked even one series of star trek, not the original, next generation, or any of the other crappy offshoots.

However; I read FARK.COM every day, and I have seen your link there. Up until today I thought it was a big joke. I actually read some of your stuff here, and this isn't a bad site at all. I wasn't aware that you were an avid gamer, or what you were really like in person. I always thought of you as the storyteller boy on "stand by me".

Perhaps one day I'll have the pleasure of playing some counter-strike with you...

BTW, that "ray brauer" body scared the absolute crap out of me when I was a kid :-p

Posted by: 4nick8 at October 30, 2002 07:12 AM

NPR - quite possibly the only radio station worth listening to in the CT region. I get all my news from them and thank God otherwise I would be totally ignorant of the rest of the world.

Cgrats Will - good to see things going your way for a change.

Posted by: Bratag at October 30, 2002 08:54 AM

Hey Will,

Great site you have here. I'm a fellow actor/writer/director and I run a wesbiet dedicated to comedy, drama, art, music, culture, philosophy, love and creativity and it's at http://blackout.com

No I am not a crazy new age person. Grin. But I am crazy.

I do a live internet show on Thursdays and would love to have you on some time as a guest if you can ever find the time. Please check it out and drop me an e-mail at [email protected]

and keep up the good work and you will endure..

- Michael Biggins

Blackout from Blackout's Box (http://www.blackout.com)

Posted by: Blackout at October 30, 2002 12:15 PM

Congrats on the American Life possibility. That's great. On the subject of how they record the show, they did a great show about exactly that topic a couple of years ago -- about how they conduct interviews over the phone but record them on tape at both ends, so that the sound quality is high. They also talk about other aspects of writing and production. It's a great look into the way they make radio go. I poked through their archive, but couldn't find the specific show (it *might* be the 1998 pledge drive show, but I'm not sure), but I did fine a good transcript at http://www.current.org/people/p809i1.html of a talk Ira Glass gave about how they structure and produce the show.

Posted by: alan at October 30, 2002 02:36 PM

your an idiot, you were a sissy boy on st/tng...you still look like a girl these days

Posted by: . at October 30, 2002 10:59 PM

Wow! Wy favorte actor on my two favorte NPR programs. I cant wait.

Posted by: Mr.Price at October 31, 2002 11:44 AM


Do you really not know what NPR is or were you being sarcastic? :P

WOOHOO WIL!!!! GREAT GOING!!! I can't wait to hear your interview.

*Happy Nekkid Otter Butt Dance* in your honor.

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