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January 17, 2003
Auditions 2: Electric Boogaloo
I called my manager this afternoon, to see if there was any news from my auditions.
"Hi, it's Wil Wheaton for Chris," I told the receptionist.
Chris immediately picked up the phone. "This is so weird. I just told Hank to put you on my list to call."
Hearing this didn't surprise me. Things like this happen all the time. If I could translate this amazing psychic ability that I have for phone calls into slot machines or dice, I could have myself a Rainman Suite.
I asked him if he'd heard anything about I, Robot
"Yes!" He told me, his normally calm and reassuring voice filled with excitement. "The casting director called me twice today, because he was so excited to give me feedback about you!"
My heart began to pound, and I felt my face flush.
"What did he say?"
"He said, 'Wil was really, really, really, fucking incredible!' He was very happy with what you did, and told me that he was very impressed."
I let out a girlish squeal. "Really?!"
"Yes. He said that you were phenomenal, and he sent your tape this morning."
Chris told me that we haven't heard anything about the other audition, but I didn't care. Getting feedback this quickly, and this positive, hardly ever happens. The director will look at the tapes of all the actors who read yesterday, and he will read notes that the casting director has prepared to go with each performance. If this casting director was so excited to tell my manager how happy he was, that he called twice, I am confident that he presented me to the director with similar confidence and praise.
A year ago, I wouldn't have even had this audition, let alone a real chance at making it into the movie.
Posted by wil at January 17, 2003 09:12 PM
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That is most excellent.
Wil Wheaton and Issac Asimov together at least. A hushed awe befalls the world of geekdom.
Thats wondeful news - best of luck to you! Hopefully we can all share in the "girlish squeals".
You rock will.. Youll get it, im sure. I can feel it. Now wheres my photo??
Your photo went out in today's mail, Godzilla. :)
I believe this is the part where the director gets the tape and says, 'Wil Wheaton... Didn't he use to be an actor?' ;)
This is *great* news Wil. Now all they need is to cast Brent Steiner in one of the main human parts...
Boo farking yah! Congratulations!
Even if you don't get the part (and you know, I get the feeling you're at least a strong contender), it's great that you're getting a good response like this.
I feel that this newfound blessing has come from your reprioritization of your priorities. By putting the biggest things first, you have stabilized and grounded yourself. I'm very confident that you will enjoy even more success as you continue your journey along your chosen path.
W00t!! Go Sire HMIC!
Kudos to you regarding your audition and the *way* positive feedback, Wil. Break a leg and keep us posted (as if you wouldn't). I'm anxious to see you acting...the last time I saw you was in that Outer Limits episode (which was splendid, btw). Looking forward to hearing how it all pans out.
Waiting is hard but you have done it many times before and you will do it again. It is a great feeling when something like that goes your way. Its almost like being a kid again and waiting for your parents to say you can or can not go out to play. At least now you do not need a baby-sitter. Or do you?
That's cool, Wil. I hope it works out and you hit the big time again. Hollywood loves a comeback, (don't take that wrong...I just mean it in the sense of the shallow, showbiz concept; we all know you are fine as is and don't have to "comeback" from anything) especially for someone with talent and who projects a certain sort of sweet vulnerability, and that seems to fit you.
Dude, you rock!
Best of luck getting the part. Who needs those assholes from G4 anyway?
Congratulations Wil! Keep us posted. We are rooting for you!
Have a great weekend!
That's great news!! Congrats all around. I'm sending major good mojo your way! It'll come around I'm sure!
Shelly, from the Mid West
Sweet deal :) Now if you get this part ...will you go out and reread the books? One of my high school book reports was on those series of books. ;)
When you are relaxed and focused, any goal(s) and anything is attainable and possible. :) I am so happy for you Wil! MUAH!!! :P
I'm not a performer, but I have had that "Mine" feeling you talked about. Nothing beats that, but to have others recognize that is just icing on the cake. Congratulations!
P.S. I mentally add "Electric Boogaloo" to everything that ends in "2", so it was pretty funny to see it as the entry title.
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay for Wil!!!!!!!!
Man, that rocks Wil. Positive feedback is....well...umm...positive!
Best of luck to you! I'm sure most of us will be sending mojo your way!
I also want to say I agree with what Aaron Potts said previously. You're attitude about things has changed so much over that past year and some odd months that I've been coming here. You're much more positive and that's going to flow into your work. If you're feeling positive with your life, you're much more likely to receive positive results. (Did that just sound like a line from a self-help book, or is it just me? ;) )
Congratulations Wil. Best of luck. It would be awesome if you got to be in the movie.
that " WIL" do pig...that " WIL " do.
"BEST *MOJO* WISHES"!
Sounds wonderful! I will keep my fingers and toes crossed for you that things continue on this positive path. Yay! Yay for Wil!
About fucking time. Dont'cha think?
Willy gets a great part!! (crossing fingers)
BOOSH! That RAWKS! I'm sending continued mojo. Hope all is well with you and Anne and the boys.
From the feelings you relayed about your experience at your recent audition and from the good news relayed to you I'm sure your job is in the bag. Congratulations and hope you have a blast with your new up and coming adventure.
Rock on Wil!
I look forward to hearing more positive stuff.
What ever happened with that infomercial thing?
You seem like a good person, and I wish you the best. I think you would do a fine job in the role.
* boyish squeal *
Congrats Wil. Lets hope the gigs keep rolling.
I still have fingers crossed for the other one.
Take care, everybody.
mojo mojo mojo ... ... ...
This is kind of embarassing, but I'm so happy for you I've got tears in my eyes.
This calls for one of the best songs ever:
Happy happy, joy joy
Happy happy, joy
Happy happy, joy joy
Happy Happy, joy
Happy happy happy happy happy happy joy!
(So it's not entirely accurate, but who cares?! It's all about the spontaneous moment, maaaaan!"
Alrighty, I'm getting carried away here.
let me speak for...um...me... when i say...kick ass!
I'm glad things are looking good for you, Wil. If it doesn't work out for you, go back to that Celebrity Lookalikes thingee and say, "Don't you think I look like an older version of that kid on Star Trek?"
Great going Wil!
I hope its another example of when you hear right away about a job, you've got it!
Wish, wish, wish!
So that's where the missing heat in the east went to. It all got sucked into your performance.
You can give it back now.
I'm getting cold.
Wil, you da man! Yay! Go, celebrate!
And when you start hobnobbing with the likes of Will Smith, don't abandon us, 'kay?
f**k, yeah, wil!
can't wait to see that movie! must be patient - but it will be tough: you're a cool dude, and asimov was just incredible. can't wait.
Keeping my fingers crossed.
Exxxxxcellent! Done in my best Mr Burns voice possible.
Shall keep positive thoughts running around my head for you!
I really hope you get the part, but as a reader of your blog, I know something bad could happen next. I hope the other shoe doesn't drop, or something. I need to get some sleep, as it's 7 am, or else I might think I'm typing up a hate mail to Bill O'reilly.
I've been to some auditions myself and god knows I totally know what you feel like right now.
Most respect and even more wil-must-get-this-one-vibes!!!
That's great! Keep your hopes high!
Sounds like you're, "Getting Jiggy with it".
Damn, that Breakin II title will stay in my mind forever. Whomever thought of that was a damn, good, sneaky Marketer.
Sort of like some other vague commercial that states, "Don't get caught with your hair up."
Or "You and Betty Crocker can bake someone happy." which always seemed to have a bit of a sadistic serial killer edge to it.
Anyway, I hope you get the rule. Sounds like you've got some good Mogo. Asimov rocks!!!!!
ok...I'm up way too late I mean role not rule.
Yay for you, Wil! Getting that kind of feedback about a job you care about is always a buzz. Good luck and I hope you get the part!
you're gonna be in a classic!...what can be said...but, well done!
Will Smith?! They are STILL giving him movie leads after MIB II? Actually, he was good in the Ali thing. My biggest dread about Will Smith in I, Robot is that they'll let him record another one of his (c)rap songs to tack onto the sound track.
Wil smith! That was the Empire article that I couldn't find.
It all becomes clear. As clear as it can on a staurday morning.
Mojo has been sent although US Customs may put it in a field and blow it up first.
If they do this I will send MORE and MOOOOORE.
Nothing will stop you this time! The part is YOURS!!!
You’re starting the new year with the right foot :)
Keep that positive attitude and the auditions going, sooner or later Hollywood will take notice of you.
Good luck Wil! Glad to hear its already looking good!
wow Im still trying to wrap my brain around them actually doing the I, Robot movie... Congrats Wil I hope everything goes this well for you in the future, we're all rooting for you here in Jackson
Watch out for the floor beneath you, Wil.
But keeping my fingers crossed
Sorry, keeping them crossed that you get it, not that the floor drops out.
Your brazilian fans are cheering for you!
Good Luck Wil, I can't wait to see you in a movie again. Actually, I can't wait to see you in anything new again, it has been far too long for me.
Keeping fingers crossed Wil gets the movie,
That's awesome man, hope you get the part. :)
This is some seriously fucking cool news, Wil!!
*Happy Nekkid Otter Butt Dance* :D
*Get that Part MoJo!!!*
Good things DO happen to good people. You WILL get the part! I'm sending positive energy, mojo, chi, whatever you call it...
Girlish squeal... heh, that made me laugh out loud. I wish we could all have more of those moments that maks us let out a girlish squeal.
But... :::slaps Wil::: now I'm going to have this SONG going through my head all day... It's probably not even the right one, but I'm stuck with 'we're gonna rock on through Electric Avenue... and you can take me higher..."
Cripes, I probably even have the lyrics wrong.
Getting old sucks.
Wow. Mucho Mojo for ya Wil.
Congratulations! Will be hoping and sending the "bag the gig, baby" mojo for ya! :)
That's GREAT, Wil! You know, I had always wanted to be a child actor, but by the time I moved anywhere where I could do something, I was too old. Well, at least I was an extra in a Sally Field movie.
Oh, did you ask Brent Spiner for advice on playing an android?
Just proves what we all know...Dude, you fucking RAWK!!!
::::: movie mojo... movie mojo ::::::
I've called the director Wil. Your getting the part.
Get's cut out Nemesis (and it flops)....and on the road to getting I, Robot (blockbuster?).
You know Wil like others have said if you don't get the part we are still all so proud of you just like you should be of yourself. I think that part of this feeling and perhaps even the praise from the casting director is all based on attitude. Like you have said before you were so wrapped up in getting the part, counting on it as if it were everything. Now you are back into it for the fun quality, your attitude is more relaxed, at ease, and I think that comes through in your audition. Perhaps I am way off key, but it is a thought. I know things have gone better for me when my outlook has been more laid back and relaxed.
Damn good for you, Wil, best of luck :)
I am so excited for you my face is splitting with an enormous smile!
*Does the dance of geekish joy* Go Willy... go Willy... go go, go Willy!
Great stuff, Wil.
What's a bit wierd to me about this is the feeling like I'm excited about a friend of mine who just got some good news. The writing you share on your site, the *you* you share on here, is really honest and that makes it inspiring. As a positive side-effect, I feel a little bit like I know you, and connection like that always makes me feel good, no matter who the other person is.
I remember a job interview I had once (actually a series of 5 interviews, the last three of which included no less than 3 lawyers each) where I just reached a place inside where I *knew* they were hiring a person, not a set of credentials. All the bullshit fell away at that point and I spoke with calm and honesty. It was a pretty cool experience, and totally unlike anything else I'd done to that point. I did get the job, but honestly, the payoff was in the process, not the result.
Good things come in 3's
I bet you get more good news soon :D
Congrats, you deserve this.
"A year ago, I wouldn't have even had this audition, let alone a real chance at making it into the movie."
Here's some SpaceWriter Audition Mojo comin' at ya!
You will get it man, I know it. `8r)
That is great!
Wil, you were "really, really, really fucking incredible" 15 years ago, and that's something you don't lose over time. It's like riding a bike. What does change is perspective, and that it shaped by the exogenous forces, the dick producers, the idiotic fans, all those negative forces that attempt to erode the morale of an actor. Your ability never waned, it was just beset by adversity borne out of the ignorance of others. It appears the tides are turning in your favor. Turn this spark into a flame. Go get 'em, Wil!
That is f**kin' awesome!! Only wishing for the very best...
( Cue: My first girlish squeal of the day). There you go. Good news after only 24 hours? Hell yes!
Congradu-fucking-lations Wil! I sure you hope get this--you REALLY deserve it!!
Way to go, Wil!!! Maybe you're on a roll!
That is awsome Will I am a new reader of your site but have been completly consumed by it. I think that it is odd that I feel such a connection to you throught your site. Everyday I go to your site and check to see what has happened. But anyway what I am trying to say is that I wish you the best of luck and I am happy for you.
Sending over lots of good thoughts for you...
I'm curious if you can pinpoint what is different from one year ago that makes this audition possible today? I think that Aaron and others who have already posted are probably right on... but I'm wondering if you think it might be something else, too...
I can see it now: A battle of the Wil(l)'s... who can attract more female fans? ;)
But seriously, that's awesome. As an aspiring author, I have enormous respect for Asimov. It must be amazing to have the possiblity of making one of his works come alive for millions more people...
More mojo coming your way from the other side of town. No one deserves it more than you. Just don't forget us monkeys when you are on the "A" list again. :)
Quick, somebody grab all of Jimmy Kimmel's cousins and keep them from auditioning!
ITS THE MONKEY MOJO"..I'm telling YOU!!!
MOJO MOJO MOJO.................
I am so glad you have a great shot at getting the part. **Doing the happy send mojo your way dance**
As always Wil, best to you and your family...
Rock N ROLLLLLLLLL
-Everytime Wesley saves the ship he squeals like a girl.
-Would you rather he didn't save the ship?
-Its a toss-up.
In all seriousness. If you had asked me last year if I thought Wil-farking-Wheaton would become a household name and a consistantly working actor; I'd have laughed uproariously. Snowball in hell would've popped to mind, but now I'm think'in - He's good, he's smart, he works hard. Why not?
Hooray! Glad to hear that your audition went super well... cheers, Wil!
SWEET FANCY MOSES!!!
when i read yesterday about the audition for I ROBOT, all i could think of was, 'man...wil wheaton in this movie would be SOOO awesome'...and now i read that it's one step closer to reality...
all i can say now is that i'm really pulling for you to be in this...
i've long been a fan of yours, and i think that your involvement in this flick, frankly, is what would make it for me...
cheers man...and tons of mojo...
What he said was chopper sick em.... but what i heard was chopper sick balls! LOL sorry i know this has nothing to do with the thread but Stand by Me is on and That part alwasy cracks me up soooo bad!
I love days like these.
What song will be going through your head if you get to work with Will Smith?
Wow! Congratulations! And best of luck/break a leg in getting the director's approval!
I'm very happy for you. :)
Wil, where can we send emails to your manager so that he can forward them to the casting people showing how much the geeks on the internet want to see you in this and other parts?
Hmm...I'm starting to visit this site more and more often...you write cool. Haha. Anyways, good news with "I, Robot" auditions! Isn't Will Smith supposed to be in this movie too?
Congrats!! Can you describe for us the difference between your two takes at the audition? Did you really act like a robot? Or a human? Were you more like Data from your favorite show, or the Terminator? We'd love to hear your details.
Someday you'll find it, the acting connection:
The Lovers, the dreamers and Wil
Best of luck! :)
"girlish squeal" *snicker*
That all that praise was not followed by the word
You will have to get a signed by the cast poster for eBay!
Dude, I am sending you all the mojo I have. I loved reading I, Robot, and can honestly see you in it.
"Posted by Vancouverisland at January 17, 2003 10:45 PM"
Ooh. Ah. Okay. Sounds like me, types like me, thinks like me. So I'll say: What (s)he said.
In the same accent.
***Asimov rocks but it'll be better with WIL! mojo***
O.O Dude. That is so freaking awesome!!!!!!!!
Like I need to tell you that, though. I really hope you get this part, Wil. You deserve it and I've been wanting to see you on the big screen again for a long time.
*Wil getting great roles mojo*
Sending you the MOJO!
I can picture you in the part as Daniel, I believe. I will have to dig out my copy....hmmm., or was it the other robot? You will still do a credible job....Congratulations!
Since someone has already posted Ren and Stempys Happy Joy song, I thought that the ultimate display of dorkish celebration would be in order-
Larry and Balki's Dance of Joy! Doing it just for you!!
Rock on, Wil!
Katie in TN
Hey Katie...Wadda ya tryan ta du?
*JINK's* Unka Wilie by mentioning 2 act-toors who aint even around no moore?
I got to admit I did snicker @ the rememberance
of "Perfect Strangers".
By da way,use age is showin ;0)
Good luck! I really hope you get this. It sounds like it could be an interesting movie.
HELLA!!! Hella, hella, hella great, Wil!!!!
The satellite links are all recalibrated, and my newly developed "anti-fscking" ray is focused on Hollywood. This should scramble the neurons of that one other guy who always gets the part when it comes down to you and one other guy. This time, that other guy will instead be hired to host a show called "Celebrity Lookalikes Caught on Tape."
My boyfriend squeels like a little girl when he sees mice in his trunk...or anywhere else. Then there is his tough mouse kicking girlfriend! At this restaurant I used to work at they had a mouse lose inside the lobby and I was guarding the door to the Dining Room in case the mouse ran towards it, as they tried to lure it outside. Well the owners were so scared of it and they had it to one side of the door and they moved the table it was under and it ran out into view towards the other side of the door....so I booted the sucker right out the door. YAY for me..Saved the day!
And congrats on the successful interview!
I sincerely hope that you'll be picked for the part. You deserve it.
That's fantastic! Congratulations, you deserved it.
That's great, Wil! Back on the horse!
I think it was Harlan Ellison who said that people have a maximum of three unusual, but innate, talents; one of his was to be able to find a good restaurant for ribs anywhere he he traveled. Yours is anticipating people's phone calls. May all the calls be as promising as this one was!
Well, I'm definitely glad that I've read the first four "Robot" novels this past year (_I, Robot_, _The Caves of Steel_, _The Naked Sun_ and _The Robots of Dawn_) and I'm very much looking forward to this movie version. I'm assuming that we're jumping straight into _Caves of Steel_, since I've heard that Will Smith is playing R. Daneel Olivaw...
Mojo coming right atcha!
On a separate note...our movie theatre, DeMarco Cinemas, in Vineland, NJ, may finally be getting some of that mojo that was sent our way...
We've just picked up "St:Nemesis" this weekend (so I finally saw it). I'll reserve my judgement until I see the stuff that got cut out (like your scenes) on the DVD. As it is, this wasn't really good TNG. I thought that the set-up/exposition was way too fast/coincidence filled. I didn't like that there wasn't even mention of Lore when they found B4, etc.
...on top of it, most of the crew, with the possible exception of Gates, looked like HELL! Michael Dorn looked a bit puffy, Jonathan Frakes could have packed his entire wardrobe in those bags under his eyes, and Marina Sirtis looked desperately in need of a Botox treatment...
However, I haven't seen THAT many people coming in on an opening weekend of a film in a while (and it was deadly cold outside yesterday...it was under 20 degrees most of the day and had sunk to under 10 degrees after darkness fell). So, there may be SOME good to come out of this movie afterall.
HEY WHEATON! I bought one of those friggin X3D's from your damn infomercial, and when I got it, it wouldn't work! The company wont return it and now I'm stuck with this piece of shit that cost 10 "easay payments" of $9.95. I bought it for my kids birthday and he was so upset when it wouldn't work. Our family can't afford things like this, and we just wanted to make his birthday special. THANKS A LOT.
Awesome! There's no feeling quite like the one you get when you get kudos for a job well done. I haven't gotten it often and not for a long time, but remembering the few occassions makes me feel good. I hope you get the job!
Oh, speaking of jobs.. I was typing away at my computer when I heard your voice on TV talking about a video game or something. It was some kind of commercial. I turned to look just before my father flipped the channel. My mother was like "Hey! That was Wil Wheaton!" My dad didn't quite get the change-it-back tone in her voice and continued flipping til he got to something about marine life or something. It was cool to see you in a commercial though. You have a very soothing pleasant voice in commercials. You could do bedtime stories for children. heh. And I don't mean that in a bad way.
Anyways, have fun and best of luck!
ps. Since you like video games, any chance you could give Everquest a try? They are just adding a 5th expansion pack called Legacy of Ykesha in which you can play Frogloks. If you get on The Tribuanl Server I can power level you with my lvl 54 cleric. :-)
uh oh obviously i am a dork, and not in the good "knows computer stuff" way...
Post was meant to say,
(i guess that'll teach me not to preview, EH?)
i thought you might like this article:
that marina surtis is a bit strict though!
G'luck, Wil. Sounds like it might a fun role for you.
I really hope you land this one. I love Alex Proyas' work, so it would be really cool for you to be in this movie.
Wil Wheaton doing an Alex Proyas film.
Good luck, man!
Right on, the WWDN MOJO is working! lets keep it goin. Don't stop the MOJO yet!
Congrats, Wil!! Much good luck to you in getting the part!
I'm excited about this. "I Robot" is one of my favorite books, and I was psyched about the movie even before I knew you were up for a role.
Are you reading for Robbie?
dude.. i would soo camp outside the box office if you make this role. ive read the book by asimov and ellison's script. even though they wont be using it. hope you make it!!
i'm so happy for you wil! for the happy audition-thus-far process and really just because you said 'electric bugaloo'. i remember people actually cheering... yes cheering... when that came up at the end of breakin.
I'm happy for you! Good luck! We're all pulling for you!
Wil, sending you southern-fried mojo with extra cheese on top!!!
that is so great Wil! good luck!
Man, go away for the weekend and become response number 152. Congrats on the good news. I can't believe how excited I am for you and I've only seen you at conventions. But because you've let us see so much of yourself on this site, I know more about you than I do about a lot of other people.
How can I wait until 2004?
Am sure you'll get the part, well done
That sounds so great and here's hoping you get the part! Some friends and I were so excited to hear they were working on this movie, we became even more interested after reading that you were auditioning.
Congratulations Will...I was a fan of your work on TNG and have only tonight have found your blog...
and I find I have become a fan of yours all over again.
Best of luck to you and I send positive energy to your for success in all endeavors
*belated happy awesome audition dance for Wil!*
*blush* I'm such a geek...
But I'm happy for the dude! :D
Well, I don't visit the site all that much, but after reading about your audition, Wil, I think I might just have to make more stops here. Congratulations, and hope everything goes well.
Hopefully you'll see more posts from me. I enjoyed the Emilio/Coppola story fully.
I'm sad. Please pay attention to me.
Will you are my role model and i watch ever movie you are in... i even loved fresh prince as a little kid. Thinking about it now i should have played Nicky i would have been perfect for that role, well i do look up to yuou as an actor and i want to acomplish my dream by filming a movie with you so hopefully that does happen because it will be a great experience for me!
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