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January 16, 2003


I just walked in from my I, Robot audition. I think I did well, and I really had a good time. The scene I read felt very familiar to me. I think the writer took it from one of Asimov's robot books, but I couldn't tell you which one. The scene had a robot being questioned by a detective, who accused the robot of placing his owner in danger, then allowing his owner to die. Sound familiar to anyone?

I prepared the audition perfectly: I knew my lines, so I didn't need to refer to the sides (that's what they call the part of the script they give us to read) at all, and I was able to make some bold character choices. I didn't feel nervous, anxious, or uncertain at all when I went in. I felt excited! I couldn't wait to play this robot.

After one reading, the casting director, who also knew his lines and had clear character choices -- an extreme rarity in Hollywood -- gave me some direction, and we did it again. The difference I felt between the two performances was striking, and gave me a jolt of excited euphoria when I left. I had that feeling I talked about back when I was working on Boise, that thing I call "Mine." Whether I get the job or not, I got to have that feeling, so it was a successful call in my book.

It's funny, the way the entertainment industry works. I haven't had an audition in forever, and I've had two in two days. I, Robot today, and a call for a pilot called "All About The Andersons" yesterday. The best part of yesterday's audition was this sign I saw on my way out. I passed by the production office for some new show called "Real Celebrity Look-Alikes Caught On Tape!"

WTF? I laughed out loud when I passed it.

Hollywood is out of ideas, indeed.

Though both of these jobs would bring in good pay checks and help raise my profile a little bit (well, a lot if I book the movie), I didn't feel the tense, pinched, "oh my god I must get this job or I am a total failure" feeling that so overwhelmed me last year. I think this is because I stoppd defining myself by my acting success or failure, and turned my creative focus onto writing, and my emotional focus onto my wife and stepkids. Seems really obvious, I know, but I had to spend a lot of time trying to climb the mountain before I learned to sit at its base and just enjoy looking at it.

Updates have been sparse recently and haven't said much. When I finish the rewrites on my book, I should have more good stories to tell. Thanks for sticking around.

I'll update when I hear feedback on the auditions.

Thought for today:

"One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak."
--G. K. Chesterson

Posted by wil at January 16, 2003 04:14 PM
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Wow, im the 1st. This is my 1st. YAY

Posted by: Lisa Marie at January 16, 2003 04:16 PM

Best of luck on the results of the audition! Couldn't tell you the name of the book.

Posted by: Michael Demmons at January 16, 2003 04:19 PM


Lisa Marie

oh yeah and i just watched "December" for the first time. Next up...The Last Prostitute!!

Posted by: Lisa Marie at January 16, 2003 04:19 PM

Wasn't it "The Caves of Steel?"
Urk. It's been about 30 years since my Asimovian quests. There were a lot of robot novels, and some were wonderful whodunits.

Posted by: zorgon at January 16, 2003 04:20 PM

Or maybe, you looked at what is being offered and said, Ahh, no can we try again?

Posted by: Jadair at January 16, 2003 04:21 PM

sending you lots and lots of "callback mojo", wil!
*tick tock tick tock*

Posted by: christy at January 16, 2003 04:21 PM

Ha! Mojo.

I love it.

Posted by: Michael Demmons at January 16, 2003 04:22 PM

"Real Celebrity Look-Alikes Caught On Tape!"
I swear I can be your twin!

Posted by: mcfoo at January 16, 2003 04:25 PM

Rock on, Wil. I'll think good karma for you and that you get the jobs.

Posted by: Sally at January 16, 2003 04:26 PM


I hope it works out for you ('specially the movie gig). That would be sweet!

Posted by: Gwalchmai at January 16, 2003 04:27 PM

"I, Robot" is the title of a collection of Asimov stories about... robots!

Posted by: Zenjive at January 16, 2003 04:30 PM

Hey Wil! Hope you get into I, Robot!

I read that Will Smith is in it!

It's time that our own Wil hit the big time!

Posted by: glovefox at January 16, 2003 04:30 PM

It was good just to get the audition. I'm sure you did the best that you could and that is all that you can do. Yes, you know, there will always be other auditions no matter what the outcome of those two were. You may as well have fun while your there.


Posted by: Fabian at January 16, 2003 04:30 PM

Hey Wil,

Any news on when us geeks might see your book on shelves?

Posted by: Jewell at January 16, 2003 04:31 PM

Woohoo! Good luck on the auditions Wil, 'specially that 'I, Robot' movie. :) Would love to see ya up on the big screen again. *big grin*

Lotsa book mojo your way too...can't wait to read it! *cheers*

Posted by: Moonie at January 16, 2003 04:37 PM


Posted by: Drakensykh at January 16, 2003 04:40 PM

Glad your audition went well and wish you the best of luck with both parts. Good for you on finding where your focus should be and getting there, many people never get to that place. Since I've been visiting your site, I've strongly believed that you doubt yourself quite a bit more than you should (though, I have noticed that changing over time). I'm sure that very vulnerability is what has drawn all of your fans to you over time, but also think you're far more talented than you (or entirely too much of Hollywood) have recognized as of yet.There's a line from a Winnie the Pooh movie, I think it was the Search for Christopher Robin, that I've always felt was quite profound (yes, I am a Mommy, just read on) "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think". I'm quite certain your day will come and people everywhere will be wondering why they didn't see you for what you really are before.
Holy shit. Where did all of that come from??? Guess I'm having one of my "ramble and type whatever comes to mind" days. Sorry!

Posted by: shauna at January 16, 2003 04:45 PM

Cool quote. Love Old GKC. Wishing you every success in your auditions and such like.
Go Robot!

Posted by: Timbo at January 16, 2003 04:47 PM

Wil - Long time reader, first time poster. (thats right, this is my first post! =)

The robot movie would be a pretty good thing for your career. One summer I read the Foundation Trilogy, only to discover there were about 3 more Foundation books. After I read those, I found out there were a total of like 15 books in that universe/timeline spanning millennia -- and R. Daneel Olivaw is in every single one. Good luck man, I hope you get it, and all the sequels.

For the record - When you were on TNG, I wanted to be you. YOU ROCK. I can't wait for the DVD of Nemesis; I'm psyched to see your scenes.

Posted by: Ben at January 16, 2003 04:48 PM

I'll send you mojo for your audition yesterday/today if you'll send me some for the audition I had yesterday.

On second thoughts... *sends some unconditional mojo*

Good luck man

Posted by: EofS at January 16, 2003 04:53 PM

Good luck Willard hope everything goes good! Your going to be the next DATA!!!!

Posted by: Steven Z at January 16, 2003 04:56 PM

I love Chesterson... great quote. Have you ever read the Father Brown mystery series written by him? Very fun, witty and smart.

I'm glad you had a great time at the audition. I had a similar sensation with a client last week. I was completely impressed with their line of work and had an incredible time just talking with them, brainstorming, sharing and so on. I went into the meeting having it be about something more than just whether I landed the project or not. I left not knowing if I got the job -- but totally inspired and jazzed regardless. Like you said, it was totally worth my time, even if I didn't get the job. By the way, I did get the job! Here's hoping you do too! :)


Posted by: Janece at January 16, 2003 04:59 PM

You da robot!

Posted by: Pat at January 16, 2003 05:23 PM

Much Mojo to you! I hope you get the movie.

Posted by: Shawna at January 16, 2003 05:23 PM

How much ya wanna bet some WB kid gets the part?

Posted by: Michael Demmons at January 16, 2003 05:23 PM

Wil wrote: "Seems really obvious, I know, but I had to spend a lot of time trying to climb the mountain before I learned to sit at its base and just enjoy looking at it."

Wil, I remember that same ray of light finding it's way into my psyche. Even though we've all been *told* the lessons of life since forever, we still have to discover them, discover ourselves, in our own time and way. It's the difference between "knowing the path, and walking the path", to quote wisdom from a movie everyone will readily identify.

Keep up the self discovery, regardless of the outcome of these two short term goals (although, sending positive mojo!) :)

Posted by: Silmarillion at January 16, 2003 05:32 PM

Good luck! Nothing more to add that hasn't been said already.

Posted by: menolly at January 16, 2003 05:36 PM

I, Robot? I love that book! I really hope you get it. I can't wait to see you in it.

Posted by: JayWolfie at January 16, 2003 05:42 PM

*mucho mojo for the audition dearie*

As soon as you mentioned Isaac Asimov, I went 'Aaaaaaaaahhh'. I received the DVD of 'Bicentennial Man' for Christmas and its soooo in my top ten of fave movies. I'm sure its based on 'I Robot' but dont quote me.

Posted by: Foxychik at January 16, 2003 05:45 PM

I just want to thank James Wilkins who offered tech support in the January 12 th post "Press any key". Thank You James for the quick solotion to my problem.

[email protected]

Posted by: redrhinox at January 16, 2003 05:50 PM

So if you get this Robot gig, are we supposed to call you Data?

Posted by: Chris at January 16, 2003 05:52 PM

Did you do the audition with blue hair? :)

Posted by: rani23 at January 16, 2003 05:52 PM

"I just walked in from my I, Robot audition. I think I did well, and I really had a good time. The scene I read felt very familiar to me. I think the writer took it from one of Asimov's robot books, but I couldn't tell you which one. The scene had a robot being questioned by a detective, who accused the robot of placing his owner in danger, then allowing his owner to die. Sound familiar to anyone?"

Sounds like a scene in Caliban, which was a book in the Asimov universe but not by Asimov. It's about experimental robots that lack the 3 laws.

Wow. Any chance you'll update this (whatever software you're using) to allow blockquite and p tags??? :-)


Posted by: Vladinator at January 16, 2003 05:57 PM

My blue hair is but a memory.

We buzzed my head shortly before xmas, and it's slowly growing in. I think it looks rather nice, myself.

Posted by: wil at January 16, 2003 05:58 PM


That's great to hear about the auditions -- especially the feeling that you got from them. I recall an old acting teacher of mine who always talked about that "moment" that every actor strives for, no matter if in performance or rehearsal or wherever. Awesome.

Posted by: Bill at January 16, 2003 06:02 PM

Nice hair? You gonna update that picture in the corner of my computer screen now??

Posted by: shauna at January 16, 2003 06:03 PM

Hey kiddies with all this talk about ROBOT's here is a web site I think all you monkeys will enjoy!


" watch out for the angry robot "

Posted by: redrhinox at January 16, 2003 06:04 PM

::::sending good luck mojo::::
Hope everything works out for you, Wil!

Posted by: Michelle at January 16, 2003 06:14 PM

Good luck, and whole lot of Mojo to you on your auditions, and the book. I hope your drought will be over soon, along with mine.

Posted by: terry at January 16, 2003 06:23 PM

Geez...that robot guy sounds like the Robot from Futuremania? Anyways...who's up for the last can of Anchovies?

Posted by: artisticspirit at January 16, 2003 06:29 PM

OOOoooops! I meant Futurerama not Futuremania Ha ha ha ha! *Yoinks* http://www.coolstuffcheap.com/bendertherobot.html

Posted by: artisticspirit at January 16, 2003 06:31 PM

I remember those auditions last year... wait did I say last year... have you really been doing this that long and have I really been reading this that long?

wow. time flies. I still get my hopes up with you every time, so good luck.

oh and I hope the Anne the wife (tm) is doing well.

Posted by: jodilyn at January 16, 2003 06:42 PM

Ever since I was a teenager, I'd write fan letters to Wil, and he always wrote back.

No matter what you do Wil, if it's this website, or a major movie, I'll still be a fan!


Posted by: Ray at January 16, 2003 06:43 PM

I have heard that Will Smith was going to do "I, Robot", so maybe that's the project. "All About the Andersons" is the sitcom that Jerry O'Connell's costar from "Kangaroo Jack" is doing (the large fellow from "Me, Myself and Irene", not the rappin' kangaroo), loosely based on his own life.

This scouting report is brought to you by PBS. PBS...commercials are underwriting.


Posted by: inturnaround at January 16, 2003 06:44 PM

Ok. Maybe I'm completely lame, but doesn't that scene come out of the I, Robot book.

I haven't read a lot of Asimov, but I do remember thinking this is a GREAT book when I read it.

Isn't I Robot also the book where they call some other Robot or character they call Tobor (Robot spelled backwards).

Anyway, either way I hope you get the role. You'd be incredible in it.!

Posted by: RetroRandy at January 16, 2003 06:51 PM

First post! :) Tons of good luck your way for the audition outcomes. But even more so, it's so uplifting to hear you enjoyed yourself, feel proud, and have overcome your previous worries. I think that's something many people (like myself!) can aspire to -- to be so healthily satisfied with oneself about one's creative endeavors -- one day. Thank you for sharing, all of your journal entries, but that little moment in particular!

Posted by: Pluto at January 16, 2003 07:03 PM

Sending good vibes your way.

Posted by: delphine at January 16, 2003 07:13 PM

Wow, this could be a really big movie! I love the director Alex Proyas, he directed and wrote one of my favourite movies of all time, Dark City. It was a spectacular movie. For anyone interested go to this link http://us.imdb.com/Title?0343818 for information on the movie "I, Robot" There isnt much their as of yet but it does have Isaac Asimov under the writing credits(obviously) and Will Smith is listed as being Cast in it.

Anyway, good luck Wil!

Posted by: Paul at January 16, 2003 07:29 PM

Good luck on the parts. :o)

Posted by: Reena at January 16, 2003 07:32 PM



Posted by: Susan H at January 16, 2003 07:39 PM

:( OOPS. *pout*


Posted by: Susan H at January 16, 2003 07:40 PM

I never read I, Robot, but the description of the scene reminds me off an old Twilight Zone with, ironically, Leonard Nimoy playing a reporter when a robot is put on trial for the death of his creator. The robot is sentenced guilty, and at the end of the show sacrifices himself to save some poor person from being hit by a truck.

Posted by: Matt at January 16, 2003 07:53 PM

Wil, First of all thank you for not being on the Sereal World.

I love you web site. You make us all relize we go through the same crap every day.

Best of Luck on the Jobs.


Posted by: James Wilkins at January 16, 2003 08:12 PM

Here's sending you and the Robot some Mojo!


Posted by: Rick at January 16, 2003 08:15 PM

Massive good luck mojo being sent your way!!! Good luck dude.

Posted by: Jer at January 16, 2003 08:26 PM

It's about time someone based a movie/series (whatever it was, i didn't read too carefully) on the Alan Parson's Project smash hit "I, Robot". The Foundation series, incidentally, is, in my opinion, one of the all time greatest book series.

Posted by: E1st at January 16, 2003 08:28 PM

hey, nice website Wil. It's been a long time. Good to hear your doing well. I know your on the verge of major success again. Have you seen me on the "Surreal Life"? you have to check me out. It was a trip when we filmed. My god you've got Vince Neil, webster, hammer, 90210 chick, and some other bimbo's. I'm reading alot of scripts and will be blowing up big time. I also have a website, wil. We should make a movie together in the future. Maybe a cop buddy movie, We'll get jerry o'connell and The "Haimster"(I think he's available). We're BACK Wil and no one is going to keep us down. Cool. Give me a call. Take care, Corey Feldman.

Posted by: Corey Feldman at January 16, 2003 08:37 PM


"Anthony Anderson, from "Barbershop" and the upcoming "Kangaroo Jack," gets his own sitcom pilot, "All About The Andersons," in which he plays a single father who lives at home and dreams of a better life for him and his son. Anthony's barber father Earl is a cranky Archie Bunker-type without the prejudices, his mother Pearl runs a local hair salon and his eight year old Tuga is a precocious young man who also acts as his father's emotional anchor... "

Interesting. But it could be a place to showcase the fact that you can do comedy. :)

Posted by: TankGrrl at January 16, 2003 08:51 PM

Wil, I believe it was the book of short stories titled 'Robot Dreams'. Lots of good short stories in there by Asimov. If anyone here hasn't read it I reccommend it highly.


Posted by: Squints at January 16, 2003 09:09 PM

I must say my "Intuition" wrote a story with Jerry in mind...but if you guys get back together, you HAVE TO let Wil write it. It should be something Mr. King would be proud of.:) For old times sake?

"hey, nice website Wil. It's been a long time. Good to hear your doing well. I know your on the verge of major success again. Have you seen me on the "Surreal Life"? you have to check me out. It was a trip when we filmed. My god you've got Vince Neil, webster, hammer, 90210 chick, and some other bimbo's. I'm reading alot of scripts and will be blowing up big time. I also have a website, wil. We should make a movie together in the future. Maybe a cop buddy movie, We'll get jerry o'connell and The "Haimster"(I think he's available). We're BACK Wil and no one is going to keep us down. Cool. Give me a call. Take care, Corey Feldman."

Posted by: Corey Feldman on January 16, 2003 08:37 PM

Posted by: Susan H at January 16, 2003 09:10 PM

With all the very, very best to you my friend. You deserve it all. I believe that you can do anything you set out to do. That big guy watches out for you, you know. Once more, all my best. Stay safe.....as ever, Donna

Posted by: Donna C. at January 16, 2003 09:23 PM

I'm impressed by the level of clarity you've developed at such a young age. I've got a few years on you, and I still haven't gotten there.

Posted by: Vanessa at January 16, 2003 09:36 PM

That would be cool Wil, to see you, Cory and Jerry together again. hehehe maybe a 24th century cross between Gonnies and Sliders? LOL

Wonder if someone really did have an idea for a Goonies sequel, as this page suggests:


hehe Ya never know I guess :}

What does one say for a successful audition, "Good Luck" or "Break a leg"? Either way I hope you get the part Wil! :}

Posted by: WebNuT! at January 16, 2003 09:43 PM

Was the police detective named Elijah Baley?
The Robot would be Daneel or Giskard.
I wonder if Gladia will be in the film.
As far as for the books:
Caves of Steel
The Naked Sun
The Robots of Dawn
Robots and Empire



Posted by: Teal Bee at January 16, 2003 09:45 PM

Interesting reading, what you've been doing since trek. And it was a pleasant surprise to hear someone is going to do a movie with Asimov's work. Great! I hope all goes well for you.

Posted by: daleJ at January 16, 2003 09:52 PM

I seem to recall "I, Robot" being the plot of an episode of "The Outer Limits," which was based on one of Asimov's many Robot stories. As for which one... you've got me stumped!

Posted by: kendoka at January 16, 2003 10:02 PM

>> Hollywood is out of ideas, indeed.

Channel surfing past E! right now and they actually had some generic spokesmodel interviewing a roomful of frat guys sprawled on couches talking about who they thought was hot.

Spokesmodel: "Cameron Diaz?"

Frat Guy: "Oh yeah. Hot."

Spokesmodel: "JLo?"

Frat Guy: "Yeah! Hot."

Spokesmodel: "Halle Berry?"

Frat Guy: "Hot! Yeah."

Spokesmodel: "Venus Williams?"

Frat Guy: "Yes. She is SO Hot."

Spokesmodel: "That chick from 'Alias'?"

Frat Guy: "Man... Hot! HOT!"

Spokesmodel: "Hot?"

Frat Guy: "Very hot."

Spokesmodel: "Very hot?"

Frat Guy: "Yes! Hot."

Spokesmodel: "Hot!"

Frat Guy: "Hot!"

Spokesmodel: "HOT!"

Frat Guy: "Hot-HOT! HOT!"

(All high-five).

Somewhere George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are loading sacks of unmarked bills onto an Iran-bound tanker, and President Bill Clinton is getting his dick sucked AGAIN!

Spokesmodel: "Tutsi women hacked to death with machetes?"

Frat Guys: "HOT!"

Posted by: Spudnuts at January 16, 2003 10:03 PM

I am out of patience, motherfuckers.

Posted by: Spudnuts at January 16, 2003 10:04 PM

I said...











Posted by: Spudnuts at January 16, 2003 10:07 PM

Somebody buy this for me.


And then let's burn this fucker the fuck down. Fuck.


Posted by: Spudnuts at January 16, 2003 10:35 PM

That's sweet Wil.

Any news on that Polar Express audition??


Posted by: Jeffery Borchert at January 16, 2003 10:35 PM

Wow, glad you got that audition down, Wil. Good for you. Those feelings are the keepers.

I haven't thought about Asimov's books in ages, even though they sit on my bookshelf. Now in one week, I have 2 encounters with them. The current choice of a book club I belong to is The Foundation Trilogy. I look for signs, so I have good vibes about the audition!

Let me know if I have to read I, Robot too. Oh, wait, I see I have time. They plan on releasing this movie summer 2004.

Posted by: loretta652 at January 16, 2003 10:46 PM

Today is my B-day! the big 14!
posted 1/16/03

Posted by: Jared at January 16, 2003 11:18 PM

Any one familar with Harry Harrison's work?

He is the author of "The Stainless Steele Rat"

If you have never read the adventures of Slippery Jim De Grizz,I stongly urge you to check it out,you will NOT be disapointed.

Harrison also wrote a short story called
"The Fourth Law of Robotics" it is in the book "Foundations friends:stories in Honour of Issac Asimov"


Posted by: redrhinox at January 16, 2003 11:32 PM

You might make a fine robot but you're no Julie Newmar.

Posted by: Fred Fowler at January 16, 2003 11:36 PM

It seems the link in my last post is not working,just type in your browser
www.harryharrison.com to get to the site.

Posted by: redrhinox at January 16, 2003 11:37 PM

Wil, Is Robot, I Auditor

I hope you get both parts Wil.

as for celebrity - look-a-likes, caugt on tape...

maybe one day I can tell you about your
look-a-like.... caught on film...???

Posted by: wade art at January 17, 2003 12:05 AM

I remember reading some story like that, by Asimov; but I thought the detective was a robot too (Daneel, the one who returns in Nemesis, and in Foundation and Earth); it must have had something to do with the reason behind the three laws of robotics. But I read it a long time ago, and it's just a scene in Asimov's vast universe.

Good luck on getting those callbacks.

Posted by: tjeu at January 17, 2003 12:05 AM

Yeah, that sounds like one of the short stories from "Robot Dreams". The first one in the book, IIRC (though, of course, I can't remember the name of the story).

Posted by: Duncan at January 17, 2003 12:05 AM

The scene you describe is definitely from Caves of Steel. I, Robot, is a collection of stories introducing the three laws of robotics. Oddly enough, also the term 'positronic brain', which is used to describe Data's brain in TNG.

It sounds a lot to me like they are gathering the Robot world of Asimov, splicing, and putting it together into a movie. gosh, to see R.Daneel would be way funky, with his human partner Elijah.

part mojo to you wil.

Posted by: romana at January 17, 2003 12:32 AM

Cool! Glad you had fun
*sending mojo*

Posted by: ionicus at January 17, 2003 12:37 AM

Good luck Wil! I hope you get the role/roles

Posted by: Eric at January 17, 2003 12:49 AM

Good luck!

Posted by: Nadia at January 17, 2003 01:30 AM

Hi Wil,

Nemesis opened here in Germany last night, and it
was strange to see you on screen in the banquet scene after all I've read on here...

It was nice to see you on the big screen again
(no, we don't get any of your current work over here),
but you were on the far left of the screen, so you may be cropped in the "fit for TV" version ;-)

At least you made the credits! When Rick Berman's name came up I had to think about him not inviting you to the premiere and I thought "A..hole". Weird, isn't it?

Back to read only mode...


Posted by: Oliver at January 17, 2003 01:48 AM

The movie is based on the short story antology "I, Robot", but apparently only loosely as the script originated as a crime thriller kind of thing and was reworked with material from Asimov later, so don't expect it to be too much like the original.

My guess is that it will be less true to the original than Bicentennial Man was - and I'm saying that even though they completely changed the focus of Bicentennial Man from being a story primarily about what makes us human to being a soppy love story. Not that I don't think it will be a good movie, just don't expect too much Asimov.

As for the robot guilty of letting owner get harmed or die theme, that occur in several Asimov shorts and a couple of novels (at least "Caves of Steel" and "Naked Sun" I believe).

Essentially most of Asimov's robot stories revolved around the consequences of the three laws and how they can give unexpected consequences, or how they could be circumvented intenationally or unintentionally.

A robot with the laws couldn't kill on purpose, for instance, but what if you trick it?

Posted by: Vidar at January 17, 2003 02:16 AM

let's start by sending you lits of positive mojo our way, although you sound as though you are on top of the world at the moment. It's a nice feeling, it's been a while since I was there but still good nonetheless.

As for I, Robot I am asking my friends at the sci fi and fantasy society will get back to you on that one soon.

Posted by: Spike Beastly at January 17, 2003 04:01 AM

"I haven't had an audition in forever, and I've had two in two days." It's because Wil has a Posse!

Posted by: Just_Dave at January 17, 2003 04:19 AM

hey man...
how totally cool that you got to read for a part in I, Robot.
thats pretty freaking awesome wil!
my mom was and is a huge sci-fi fan, and my brother and i were raised on the books of Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke...
(which in turn of course made my bro and i huge sci-fi fans.)
any how, glad you got the 'mine' feeling, and even more glad that you have the right attitude and perspective now...
to me, THAT is the thing i was most pleased to read about...that you have a new found appreciation of yourself as a writer...
cuz believe me, as good as you are as an actor (and you rock) your writing talents are just as good, and thats what keeps us coming back here everyday!
cheers wil


Posted by: Tyson at January 17, 2003 05:36 AM


Can you do all of your crazy "Smoking Monkey's" a favor and start calling you stepkids-just your kids.

Ye get the fact that they might not have your gene's but you have a say in their everyday life- Right?

As much as we can all tell you care about them, as much happiness is in your voice when you talk about them, as much emotion is voiced in your words here on WWDN. From one father to another, you've earned that right. If not in your own eyes at least in mine...

Posted by: Eichybahn at January 17, 2003 06:53 AM

I was twelve years and I went into the library. I had heard of this science fiction thing and I was dying to give it a try.
I borrowed two books that day: "I, Robot" by The Good Doctor and "The Last Command" by Keith Laumer. These books changed my life. They made me think about the world in ways I would not have dreamed of before.
I hope you get the part, you were great as Wesley Crusher, you'll do great at this job too. Success!

Posted by: Igor at January 17, 2003 07:35 AM

Congrats, dude! Hope you get the parts. Maybe if they'd left your lines in NEMESIS, it would be doing better at the box office.

Posted by: Tom at January 17, 2003 08:33 AM

romana sez

" Oddly enough, also the term 'positronic brain', which is used to describe Data's brain in TNG."

In "Datalore," Natasha Yar notes that Dr. Soong (sp?) was the first to achieve "Asimov's dream of a positronic brain." Lore later threatens to phaser Wesley into a "torch." Wil looked good and scared in that one.

Posted by: Drakensykh at January 17, 2003 08:44 AM

Congrats on the auditions Wil.
I guess what we told you all along was right. Forget about the pressures of the audition, you've got this site and your army ;), but more importantly your health and family. Big pieces fall into place easier when the surrounding pieces have the right grooves. I made that up (as far as I know), but it's a pretty fitting analogy. (sp??)
Anyways, keep on the roll.

Posted by: Ryan_W at January 17, 2003 11:24 AM

"I, Robot" is actually a collection of short stories by Asimov about robots and the 3 laws of robotics. IT was also an episode of the original "Outer Limits" series back in the 60s. The inventor of a robot is killed in an accident, and the robot is accused of killing him, no one believes the robot is innocent, and he is convicted and sentenced to death. The robot throws itself in front of a runaway truck to save the life of a child, though.
(Thank you, SciFi channel). I hope you get the part, Wil. You know who else would be an awesome robot: Brent Spiner! The guy plays an awesome android, so a robot should be a piece of cake.

Sending mojo your way...

Posted by: Godwin the Good at January 17, 2003 11:33 AM

Wil, did you get to meet the director, ALex Proyas? What is he like? Having written and directed Dark City and directed The Crow, he's one of my favorite directors and can't wait to see his take on this kind of story. I hope he stays true to Asimov's ideals though. Any hint of that in the bit of the script you got to see?

Best of luck!!! I hope the I, Robot role comes through for you.

Posted by: Jason at January 17, 2003 11:40 AM

Sounds great! Hope you get the gig. Need to see more of you on film, etc. : ) Best of luck!

Take care,

Posted by: Mark from TX at January 17, 2003 11:45 AM

What can I say after spudnuts took over the whole comment section...

Posted by: ze-mag at January 17, 2003 11:52 AM

*Sending major call back mojo*

I totally believe that what you're experiencing now is because you are truly comfortable with yourself and your many talents.

Rock on!

Posted by: Ness at January 17, 2003 12:39 PM


Sending you some serious mojo, Jojo. I hope you get the part! That scene you described does sound familiar. I haven't read Asimov in so long...

Whatever happened to Polar Express? That audition wasn't that long ago. Perhaps you're trying to repress the memories of that blue hair and poison oak. :-)

Posted by: Shaun at January 17, 2003 01:15 PM

I sucked on the Polar Express audition. I thought I wrote about that. Hrm.

Well, I was in severe pain, suffering from major tendonitis after we put in our new lawn, and I just couldn't focus.

So I sucked. Hard. Never heard back, but tried to get word to them that I knew I sucked, and hoped that they'd see me again.

Posted by: wil at January 17, 2003 01:26 PM

Why is THIS man not fabulously wealthy?




Everyone on here bitches about that piece of shit Rick Berman, but every one of you slinks back to service him orally.

Submissive! Soft! Compliant!


Why do you follow the Cult of Jared? Why do you insist upon emasculating yourself at the drive-thru three times a day and FOUR on Saturdays?

Berman is a fucking zero, but he is a fucking zero sustained by an army of fucking zeroes. Cut him off. Cut him down. Send his ass packing. How much of your resources have gone to Berman? Somewhere this very moment, Jim Woodring is eating cheddar cheese.

Because he can't afford the FANCY FRENCH KIND!

Shame on you.

Shame the fuck on YOU!

(Yes, I am talking to you, you "trendy," "counter culture," "beatnik" FUCK! YOU! Not the guy sitting next to you at the light in the Aerostar. Bitch, I am talking to you.)

How many trips have you made to Best Buy this WEEK? And how much money have you given to Jim? I rebuke you. I turn my back on you. NONE of you are my people. I don't know you. Talk, talk, talk, talk, TALK.

No more mouthy bitch action. I want an overnight transfer -- reallocation, m'kay -- of resources. From the dark side to the side of light.

I don't own any Star Trek DVDs and I haven't seen Nemesis and I am still almost completely Bakula-free. Now...

YOU go look at your shit-shelf and tell me what you see.


What do you see?

A fucking, overflowing crap-shrine to Rick Motherfucking Berman.

Well, fuck you.

Get in the game, motherfucker.

Posted by: Spudnuts at January 17, 2003 01:27 PM

I imagine this is the first audition you have been to where you wanted the director to think your performance was stiff and emotionless.

Good luck on getting the part, hope to see more of you on the big screen in the future.

Posted by: paul at January 17, 2003 01:31 PM

Good luck on the auditions!!

btw why do you always refer to your kids as "stepkids" ? is it really necessary to remind them everyday that you don't consider them yours? get over it. accept them as your own. love them. life is too short for these types of distinctions. even though I don't know them, I'm sure they would respect and love you for it.

mine do.

Posted by: AdoptiveParent at January 17, 2003 01:50 PM

Dear Adoptive Parent,

I am incredibly offended by your post.

I love my stepkids intensely, and I have spent several years raising them as if they are my own. However, their father is heavily involved in their life (if not the paying of child support) and they love him very much.

There is a very good chance that they will read this someday, and probably my book too, so I have chosen to respect THEIR limits, and not claim them as my own.

I do not have to remind my stepkids of anything. They know I love them. I know they love me. To call them "mine" would put them in an awful and uncomfortable position. Their father puts incredible pressure on them to call their stepmother "mom," and it's very upsetting to them. I will not do that to them.

You have _NO RIGHT_ to tell me to "get over" anything. You do not live in my house. You are not raising my stepkids, and you do not have a magic window into my heart and soul to divine how I feel about them.

Posted by: wil at January 17, 2003 01:58 PM

I'm so happy your auditions went well and that you got a good feeling out of them. :-) Last month I rediscovered your site and went back and read all of the blog entries (I was on vacation...poor college student...easily amused, y'know the drill). It really makes me happy to see how far you've come since the start of it all.
Yeah, I obviously don't know you but still. It's nice to see some one who seems like such a genuinely good person doing well for themself.
I really enjoy visiting your site and reading your insights on life and the world at large.
Keep of the excellent work, Wil!
*mojo for all that is good for the wheaton family*

Posted by: Jenny Finster at January 17, 2003 02:04 PM

From http://www.theouterlimits.com/noflash/episode.html


Dr. Charles Link, a small town research scientist constructs a robot. Link's murdered. The robot, Adam, is blamed and declared to be a Frankenstein monster. Grotesque in size and make-up only, Adam has a computer-like brain that affords him a gentle personality and most human capabilities. Apprehended, the robot is threatened with destruction by authorities. Nina, Link's niece, gets a defense attorney, Thurman Cutler, to force the matter into court for an official judgment in trial without precedent.

Directed by: Leon Benson Written by: Otto O. Binder


Leonard Nimoy was in it too. I remember watching this last semester. Quite a good episode too!

Posted by: Krissbeth at January 17, 2003 02:08 PM

wil, re stepkids vs kids.
you and anne and the offspring seem happy with the current situation. you have certainly built a relationship with them such that they would tell you if it was an issue. so fret not. you know whats best for your famiily hmic.

Posted by: romana at January 17, 2003 02:11 PM

Wil, I appoligize. I posted when I was in a bad mood. if I could delete the post I would.

every home is different---what works for me is not always right for everyone. if I caused any grief for you I am truly sorry.

please ignore me and my offencive comments.

I will shut up now.

Posted by: AdoptiveParent at January 17, 2003 02:27 PM

Hey spudnuts...wake me when your funny.


Posted by: redrhinox at January 17, 2003 03:31 PM

It was an outer limts episode, there was the old one, and the new one.

Wil could you please do something about the fonts on your website?

They run together in Opera and Mozilla. It makes it a pain to read.

Posted by: mike at January 17, 2003 03:32 PM

Mr Wil? Has spudnuts gone mad?

Major audition mojo.

I was reading about this film in Empire magazine (will point out the article if i find it) and it seems quite exciting.

Big Screen Wil (TM) is an exciting prospect.

We shall see.

Still have the first post problem I see.

*sends more mojo*

Posted by: EnglishBen at January 17, 2003 03:33 PM

The site renders fine in mozilla for me, but I haven't checked Opera in awhile.

Check your local settings.

Posted by: wil at January 17, 2003 03:34 PM

holy cow that was fast, I'll send you a screen shot. It's not exactly run together so much as very crowded.

Maybe I could fiddle with the font settings on my end.

Posted by: mikesum32 at January 17, 2003 03:39 PM

Hey Wil,

Maybe your agent should remind the casting people that you carry significant weight with the geek market? After all, that's got to be one of their core demographics on an Asimov adaptation.

If only "Johny Mnemonic" didn't ruin the concept of Gibson Adaptations. Mr. Keanu "I can carry 50gigs of data in my head" Reeves kinda soured what was a wonderful short story. *Sigh* I fear Neuromancer may never come to be.

Posted by: Jeff at January 17, 2003 04:07 PM


Im a crazy monkey

Posted by: john at January 17, 2003 04:15 PM

I'm reading Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton right now. He has a great style.

Posted by: Chad at January 17, 2003 04:25 PM

i hope you get the part in the asimov story...i loved his FOUNDATION books...you could be involved in the making of a classic...something we'll be watching over and over again for years.

Posted by: d. burr at January 17, 2003 04:25 PM

forgot to mention...another great thought for the day...it is true that the joy is the adventure on the way...once you get there...it's all downhill.

Posted by: d. burr at January 17, 2003 04:28 PM

Posted by: UNDERTAKER FRED at January 17, 2003 06:38 PM

Posted by: JESUS at January 17, 2003 08:36 PM

Excellent news, this post. Well wishes all around.
Oliver: I must say I feel the same way. Damn Rick Berman. But seriously, have you checked out www.roddenberry.net? This site has the integrity that Trek now lacks....

Wil: Excellent response to the stepchildren situation. You have my utmost respect.

Posted by: Karina at January 17, 2003 08:41 PM

Hey did anyone notice this?

If you go to the I Robot listing at imbd.com, then click on the bio for Issac Asimov it says that he contacted HIV from a blood transfusion during a heart bypass in 1983... poor Dr. A! that can't have been a nice thing to have to live with for the last 10 years of his life... :o(

Also, on a completely different subject; Happy Birthday #14 to Jared who posted way above me in here, hope you had a good day!

I'm afraid i don't have anything much more to materially contribute to this conversation; other people beat me to the observations about the Elijah Bailey/Daneel Olivaw books, and about the origins of the title "I, Robot", although I think there was (maybe?) an actual Asimov short story that used the title too...

I am impressed with the speed and quantity of posts that you get Wil...

Greetings to you if you ever get this far down the scoll, lol :o)

Posted by: alex/ca at January 17, 2003 08:51 PM

Sup Wil

Why haven't you commented on the latest Trek movie yet? Was curious to hear your thoughts as well as your opinions on "The Surreal Life".

Good Luck big guy!

Posted by: Nitelite at January 18, 2003 03:30 AM

Okay, I posted here once already, but the thing about the stepkids has been grating on my nerves.,,

Wil, I applaud you for the way you ststed your position. Sure some other arrangement might work out for someone else, but what's yours is yours. And for someone else to presume to tell you what kinds of relationships to have with anyone else in your life is truly and simply offensive.

Wil is not the dad. Sure, the kids can look up to him and say to themselves "I like this about Wil and I'd like to be that way" just as they can with their father. If they have two halfway decent role models in their lives -- that's more than many people have.

Okay, I'm starting to ramble a bit as my hackles come up. The advice was presumtuous, and forcefully so.

Wil, here's some good-stepparent mojo for ya.

Posted by: drakensykh at January 18, 2003 08:59 AM

Could it be? Has Wil Wheaton finally started to get over his lack of self-confidence? Could he really just be relaxing and enjoying life? Is it possible that 'that feeling' is really enough?
Folks I think so! :)

Posted by: Annie at January 18, 2003 10:57 AM

>> redrhinox: {yawn}

(Spanks fist-sized batch of monkey batter).


Posted by: Spudnuts at January 19, 2003 01:36 AM


I'm talking to you.

I just ladled a heaping portion of spud-chowder onto the front of your Old Navy size medium boys jet-print camo short sleeve (100% cotton, machine wash, Indigo, SKU #185533) and all you can do is stare at the stain?

I'm calling you out, sally.

Show yourself.

Posted by: Spudnuts at January 19, 2003 11:59 AM

The story may be "Little Lost Robot", from the collection "I, Robot". This is not a trial story, but it is a story about a robot who has had the First Law modified by removing the "or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." clause.

In the story, the robot - outwardly identical to 62 other robots of its type - was told to "go lose yourself", and it did. Worse, its brain was unstable and it was developing a superiority complex over humans; the humans were desperate to find it, but could not afford to destroy all 63.

A brief quote (Dr. Susan Calvin is speaking):

The psychologist said, "If a modified robot were to drop a heavy weight upon a human being, he would not be breaking the First Law, if he did so with the knowledge that his strength and reaction speed would be sufficient to snatch the weight away before it struck the man. However once the weight left his fingers, he would be no longer the active medium. Only the blind force of gravity would be that. The robot could then change his mind and merely by inaction, allow the weight to strike. The modified First Law allows that."

I hope to God that if this movie gets made they get someone good for Dr. Calvin. Someone like the Weakest Link lady would be great :)

Posted by: Ross Presser at January 19, 2003 07:26 PM

Thank you for not putting your stepchildren through the hell that is dealing with two sets of "parents". I have had to live with that for the past 13 years and it is terrible. My parents were _always_ putting pressure on my brother and me to like them better than the other pair. They would even act like nothing was wrong and claim that they weren't trying to badmouth the other pair AS THEY WERE DOING IT! I was probably clinically depressed for that entire time and that is no way for a child to live. Thank you for doing what my parents refused to.

Posted by: Dylan at January 20, 2003 10:04 PM
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