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January 28, 2003
Not I, Robot?
I just found out that the director for I, Robot "didn't respond to any" of the tapes he saw, including mine.
In the mysterious Hollywood lexicon, this can mean a number of things, but it usually comes down to one of the following:
- My interpretation of this character and his vision don't match up.
- I don't physically look like what he has in his mind.
These are both very valid, and totally understandable reasons . . . but it doesn't make me feel any less sad. It's frustrating to hear "the director didn't respond to you," because it's so nebulous. It's like being told, "You're not getting this job. Why? Because. Next!" It also has a sort of negative feeling to it, doesn't it? It doesn't help that I have heard "the director didn't respond" without any real elaboration countless times in my career .
I was very happy with my audition. I wouldn't change a single thing about it. I know that I could have done a great job with this character, and I would have been really good in this movie.
Whle I didn't sit in my living room for days, not eating and agonizing over getting this part, I was genuinely excited about the opportunities it presented. Working with Will Smith and Alex Proyas, and getting to play a robot would have been awesome.
Thanks for all the support, everyone.
The journey continues . . .
Posted by wil at January 28, 2003 11:12 AM
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Well, at least you don't get humiliated like those talentless saps on American Idol!
But seriously, that sucks. We were rooting for ya!
Learn from the past, look to the future!
Well, that just sucks. Would, or I should say, will be cool to see HMIC on a high-budget movie.
Of course, it's funny how many auditions you are getting lately for "not being in the acting game" per se... Maybe if you ignored it completely, you'll get the part of your life?
'sokay, wil. *hugs*
this just means that you will be free to take on something bigger and better... everything happens for a reason. love to you and your fam.
Bummer. Ahh hell at least TNG is in heavy rotation and there now is a spiffy DVD of Stand By Me
Maybe it would have interfered with something you want even more...which can now happen unimpeded.
Other than that it kinda sucks. Sorry to hear it.
Bad luck man. I wish ya better luck next time.
It's good to know that all actor frustrations are the same. Your humanity and openness about everything has been invaluable to me. I'm sorry about I, Robot but ultimately it just means it wasn't meant to be and there's something better on the other side of this.
Bleh, hell and blood. I was really pulling for you on this one, you would've been great.
could be worse
you could be Feldman
Ouch; that sucks. Vague and nebulous reasons for being rejected are always the most frustrating --- sort of like the totally uninformative rejection letters many editors give, or the company that just never calls you back after your job interview.
Here's hoping the next one goes better. :)
Sorry to hear you didn't get the part, Wil. I know it doesn't help to hear this, but we were all hoping along with you the last few days. Go hug your wife, play ball with the kids and walk the dog. Your time is coming!
Sorry you didn't get it, but great attitude to have. Good luck with the next audition.
Bummer, Wil! I would have really liked to see you in that part...
I'm sorry to hear that man, I was really rooting for you.
what do ann and the kids say when this happens?
Good. Now finish the damn book. :-P
(Seriously, sorry about the disappointment. Just remember: it only means there's something better waiting to happen that you wouldn't be able to get if you'd gotten this. Robot, Schmobot!)
Sorry, bro...keep the faith, as it were. Your time is coming, I can feel it. Hang in there and maintain the positive attitude!
Will, its time to take the gloves off, you need to play it like football. Injure them, Injure them all, that would steal your part!!!
I wish someone would give you a chance to prove yourself...I would much rather watch you in a cool movie role instead of these singers-turned-actors or that Vin Diesel schmuck. The robot role would be great for you!
Anyway, hopefully we can get going on your bowling shirts soon...maybe that will make you feel better...well, a little maybe!
Damn. It woulda been awesome to see you in I, Robot. It would have been particularly nice to see you in a movie with Will Smith -2 of my favorites in one movie.
Good luck with the book, though, I am looking forward to reading it.
By the way, whats up with the PAX movie? Has it already aired? Did I miss it?
That sucks. Sorry you didnt get the part Wil. Maybe you could try for a part in the new film version of "Bringing Down the House". Think of all the gambling fun you would have. Mmmm... gambling.
Sorry it didn't work out. Sounds like plenty of people have an interest in your work though, so maybe the biggie's just around the corner.
Looking forward to seeing Wil on TV this weekend!
PAX TV Friday Night Flix: Book of Days
Friday, January 31st 8/7pm
I know the feeling: I'm still waiting to hear some kind of response from a job interview I went to 3 years ago. I'm assuming they don't want me, but it would have been nice to have some feedback.
Don't worry - when The Book comes out you'll make millions. :)
Well, at least you'll have plenty of time to go out and enjoy the wonderful weather we've been having lately in Southern California. ;)
Maybe you gave too much life to the role... hehe.
Next time, man, next time...
Wil, I think you could make a kick-ass robot. I mean you are a great actor and you sat next to Brent all those years, so enough said.
That1s sad! But the TNG is going on a channel...the 4th season and a few days later there will beone of my favourite ep.:Remember me!!!!:))
In my best Krusty voice:
I agree that direct criticism is much easier to take, as you can look upon it as an opportunity to learn. I don't know where I'd be if I hadn't had *much* informative crap ladled my way over the years.
Oh, well - on to the next thing and more fortunate circumstances.
I'm sorry about hearing that, Wil. The director is missin' out by not casting you.
Better luck next time, eh?
more and more, your life and writings are reminding me of one of my favourite talents.
just like spalding was saying in 'swimming to cambodia'...
when he was investing all his time and energy into 'making' it in hollywood, he was at his most neurotic and definitely his most unhappiest..
while waiting for hollywood to make up its 'so-called mind' about his work, he started to create his own one man shows (much in the same way you have done with your writing and live stage work)
when dealing with the big movie mainstream machine, you'll always, always be dealing with the egos and flights of fancy of others, and believe me, they have their own interests at heart ....not yours..
in the meantime..
continue to create your own opportunites...
it would seem to me that the work you've been creating and indulging in the last two years or so have been not only your most creative, but in many ways the most personally rewarding aswell...
the posse of monkeys is behind you all the way!
and don't worry...
while it would have been tres cool to be a part of this movie..
its just as cool to have your book coming out, your appearances on the numerous shows you do,
your site here...
you've got a list as long as your arm of things to feel pretty dang good about..
All I can say Wil is too bad and better luck next time...also, was that man a complate idiot!?
Hi, Wil, sorry to hear it, but I have faith in your acting talent. An analog: I just came back from my third attempt to walk alone in winter across the Vatnajokull ice cap in Iceland. The first time, I was hit by an arctic hurricane. I retreated to a fishing village. The second time, I was blocked by miles of open crevasses, which in winter are normally covered by a blanket of snow that I could ski across, pulling my sled -- not that year, though, they were all open. The third time, I got so much snow that I and my experimental shelter (a 'sled-hut') were getting buried, and for the first time in 20 years of expeditions, I called for rescue. Bear with me: I have a friend just starting as an actress. You are obviously not just starting, but in the same boat, and I always tell her, remember, it's a hard world, and you have to not le the bastards get you down. So I encourage her to audition at any chance, get out there and work the problem. I felt discouraged right after the rescue, but remembered my own words, and am now planning my fourth attempt on the ice cap for 2004. Only way to preserve my self-respect. The great thing is that you already have precedent in knowing that you are in fact a good actor. That faith, like mine in my expedition on the ice, or my faith in Amy's acting talent, is a reservoir that must be kept clean of (unhelpful) critiqe; that's poison. I say good luck not because you necessarily need luck, but because luck can't hurt. So, good luck. But, more importantly, filter out the poison, and have faith in your talent. It will work out in the end. Regards from a fan and a lurker on WWDN. Cameron
I'm sorry Wil. All I can say is they are idiots.
Have you done any audio performances? Do they have auditions for readers?
I used to travel a lot by car and would buy tapes or get books on tape from the library or Cracker Barrell restaurants.
Darren McGavin, for example, does an excellent job of bringing books to life. After listening to him perform "The Bourne Identity" I just can't see Matt Damon playing the part of Jason Bourne.
You could audition by reading books to the kids!
Shitty choice on the directors part.
I'm a firm believer in fate - that everything happens for a reason. When your book comes out, maybe you'll be asked to become a writer. You'll get offers to turn other works of fiction into a screenplay - and maybe then direct. And when you direct you can also get yourself the lead if you really want it ;)
Who knows what the future has in store for any of us.
To paraphrase a fitting saying "you can't see what sights line the path of your life, you can only see where you'll step next"
Too bad about the audition. On to "Who's the Ross"??? ;-)
By the way, above I forgot to say, 'That really sucks'. It really does, and I didn't mean to preach :) Just my two cents. Cheers, CMS
I am DEFINATELY buying YOUR BOOK!!! Together with fellow Monkeyboxers and such...WE WILL SHOW THE WORLD how COOL and GREAT you ARE!!!!! You are bound to gain more with writing and publishing the book! Never GIVE UP....NEVER SURRENDER!!!
It's their loss, Wil. Their loss.
Just means there's something better around the corner.
That so truly sucks.
It doesn't just suck, it's sucks and blows - and neither in a particualry sensual or gratifying way! :-p
I was thinking about the whole 'look' thang. I used to be an actor until I slapped myself upside the head with a brick trying to bash sense into myself. Now I'm a writer. Hah - Twilight Zone parallel. But anyway... I was thinking "does Wil look the part?"
After giving a sh*tload of thought to the character, and staring at your mug, I thought "YES!!! Wil does look the part. He could more than ace this character and bring something special to it!!"
So you know what? The Director's vision is dicky. Yep. Scum encrusted dicky. The really sad thing is he's genuinely missed out on a fine actor who would have only enhanced his production.
When I read Asimov, you'll be in my mind, playing the role, and it's your voice I'll be hearing.
What is wrong with the rest of the planet anyway?..Why is it that just a select few can see the wisdom and talent in Wil?
Perhaps you have to belong to a certain ailen race
Sorry Wil..Hang in there.
"Looking forward to seeing Wil on TV this weekend!
PAX TV Friday Night Flix: Book of Days
Friday, January 31st 8/7pm"
exactly.....The journey continues
ugh. sorry to hear about that.
We're behind you and like someone earlier said... Things happen for a reason. This could just mean that something bigger is coming your way..
Sorry to hear you didn't get the part. I hope things are going well for you, otherwise!
Ouch, that bites. I'm sorry you didn't get the part, and I certainly understand the frustration of vague replies. If something didn't succeed, if I'm shut out, if I'm not chosen -- I want to know WHY. If it's something I can work on changing, I want to be able to do that.
Feh to people who can't or won't be anything more than vague.
Thier loss honey!!
We love you and can't wait till you're back on the screen!
Hey it's no consolation but i was at the gym and i plugged in and was watching you on tv while i was doing my thing! you're an inspiration in many ways!
don't lose faith, i have faith in you!
Sorry to hear that Wil. I know you would have been great. Keep the faith. The right part will come for you, you are a terrific actor. Peace and Love,
Sorry you didn't get the part. You never know what those people are looking for, but don't worry your big break will come, just you wait.
best to you and your family......
I'm glad you didn't get it. Bad Karma is a bite in the ass. Maybe you should change your self righteous attitude and then you would be considered. Who am I kidding....go get a REAL job and make a REAL contribution to society.
I don't know. They said he didn't respond to anyone so maybe he's just taking an extra long time to make a final decision. If you really want the job, I heard that persistance works, as long as you don't cross the line into annoyance territory.
Well, damn nabbit... :( :(
I'm so sorry to hear that Wil. Dang director doesn't know what he's missing.
As other's have said, there's better stuff on the horizon...can't wait for the book!! ;)
*lotsa book mojo*
And Fallulah, chill out, will ya?
If you don't have anything positive to say, don't post..please.
I need to grow up.
Think of it this way, Wil. I, Robot is a classic. People are bound to be pissed when it comes out, claiming it's not as good as the book or some other purist nonsense. This way, no one can blame you, and you're open for other opportunities. There have been a lot of great films lately and there will be many more to come. Whose to say a month from now a role won't come along that will be so great that when you get it, you'll never again hear about being the "kid from star trek"?
Good things will come.
WIL, MY MAN....IT'S ALL GOOOOOOOD!
THERE WILL BE MORE AUDITIONS. HONESTLY, I DON'T
KNOW HOW YOU CAN STAND THE WHOLE PROCESS. THE WAITING. THE AGONIZING. THE DISAPPOINTMENT. IT'S NUTS. I THINK 'HOLLYWOOD' IS LATIN FOR 'SCREWED'.
AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT ANYWAY YOU LIKE. BECAUSE IT MOST LIKELY APPLIES. DUDE, I KNOW YOU'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT WRITING. SO AM I. SO, STICK WITH THAT FOR NOW. I MEAN, YOU GOT TALENT COMING OUTTA EVERY FRIGGIN OREFICE IN YOUR BODY!! WORK WITH THAT. EMBRACE THAT. IN THE END, YOU WILL BE THE BETTER FOR IT SINCE YOU PUT YOUR HEART INTO AN AREA YOU CAN BE MOST APPRECIATED. AND THEN, HEY! WHO KNOWS! SOME DIRECTOR MAY ACTUALLY FINALLY GET A FRIGGIN' CLUE!! REMEMBER,
"A WATCHED POT NEVER BOILS." KEEP THAT POSITIVE ENERGY FLOWING, OKAY? IT'S CONTAGIOUS. :-)
Been there. I'm only doing community theatre, but still, I've been auditioning for 2 years and have yet to be cast in anything. Usually it comes down to the same thing: don't look right, don't sound right, wrong body type. Most frustrating was the one time it looked like I was going to be cast, I had to drop out at the last minute when I realized I had to perform a wedding closing weekend.
True, the major difference here is that it's a hobby for me and a living for you. Still, I can empathize, a bit. Best o'luck on the next one. Any word on John Doe? or did I miss that one already?
I'm so sorry to hear that but you'll get other parts because you're great and we're all behind you. I'm looking forward to seeing you in the movie on PAX this weekend too.
I know just how you feel.
Earlier this month, I had an interview with Amazon.com. As a web programmer with an e-commerce background, this was definitely something I was excited about. I went in, felt like I nailed the interview, and was about as confident as I was willing to let myself be.
They called back, and I think the line was "We've decided not to pursue this opportunity."
Now, I realize it's foolish to tell someone why they weren't hired, because you can be sued. But it puts the mind in a dangerous place. What did I do wrong? Was it what I wore? Were my references bad? Did they just not like me? Was I too expensive? Ultimately, I'll never know, and it's just self-destructive to dwell on, but pretty hard not to, at least for a while.
Sounds like a lot of the same inner monologue.
The postscript, for me, is that I took a few days off of job searching to feel bummed out, then got back in the saddle and just got a good offer from another company yesterday. So, it all worked out.
There's certainly a renaissance in Geek Cinema these days, what with Harry Potter, LOTR, and comic-based movies tearing up the box office (and QUALITY movies, too.) It's a good time to be an actor, in terms of fun projects existing. Best of luck in landing in something cool.
Not much to say, is there? Especially since so much has already been said by the 60+ comments before mine.
I'm sorry you won't have the opportunity this round to work with some folks you respect and on a project you would like.
The journey never ends... let's enjoy the ride.
Next time, Wil. Hope you feel better.
I say talk to your agent and see what feedback you can get outside of what you got the first time and try again. Campaign for that part! Fight to the death for it. Don't give up too easily is all I'm saying.
Well, fuck. I really think that's all that needs to be said.
Your method for dealing with this, as well as your honesty, is an inspiration to us all.
Well me at any rate *hugs WWDN mug and T-shirt*
To the Future! Away!!
Boo-uns, hon :(
I know I'm going to be like the bazillionth person to say, "Don't give up, Wil!" But yeah! Seriously. You're wicked (or "hella" as you West Coasters insist on saying ;)) talented and definitely passionate about your work.
Someone I work with says that you need two things in your life to really succeed: Passion and Truth. I think you've got those down.
Hang in there!
YES, you would've been great.
There is something better around the corner.. There always is..
all this means is you will be COMPLETELY available for that NEXT BIG thing on horizon, rather than busy making this movie.
::mojo, mojo, mojo::
That sucks man. Oh well, you'll get them next time. :)
gee wil, I must say I was hoping you'd get this part so I could see you now that you are a man. I have to be honest and say I have not seen any of your work since tng. ever since I stumbled into this site a little while ago it has become appearant to me that you are not just some stupid self indulgent moviestar. I still hope that you make 1 million dollars. and fallulah, how dumb are you? bieng cold is being cold. it's a shame that you did not crack your scull on the sidewalk when you had that "adventurous slide"
Sorry that you didn't get a call back. However, I have faith that there will be a bigger and better acting role for you.
Bummer, Wil. At least you enjoyed the audition. Guess I'll put my Asimov books back on the shelf. I'm glad you have such a healthy attitude about it.
I'm looking forward to the movie on PAX this Friday. And I'm waiting for your book. Hey, what ever happened to that NPR interview you gave? Did I miss it?
that bites you didn't get the part. but hey, this guy OBVIOUSLY doesn't know what he's thinking. well, it happens to everyone. why just today i found out that i didn't get a spot in a local theatre troupe that i've done MANY things with in the past...just because of my age. grrrr.
well cheer up, it can only get better from here. :)
My condolences Wil, I really thought you were gonna get that part.
Thanks for droppin me a line today. :)
Looks like our mojo doesn't work too well. Sorry, Wil.
Theres always the Ross show hahaha
That sucks. Well, this is pissing me off. You deserve better then this. I'm afraid I'm going to have to write a script tailored just for you and direct it myself. If it's the last thing I do on this earth, I'm going to win you an Oscar. ::::sharpening my pencils::::
Sucks, but what can you do?
On to the next.
But Alex Proyas, man! It would have been cool!
Don't know how much of the comments you read, but you never know ;)
I'm sure you know more than I do that people get looked off for *tons* of reasons, some of which relate to talent, and the rest....don't. You only get picked, though, when someone likes you (or, I suppose, you have a friend, who has a friend--but that's the same thing, sorta--just a bastardization of the idea).
So, crazy Hollywood--your performance may very well not matter. Such is life. I do know that it doesn't affect you as badly as it used to. Of course you'll always be emotionally involved; there'll always be a bit of that, as you've invested a bit of yourself into each performance.
I would have certainly liked to see you in the role, FWIW. If casting directors thought there were enough of us, that would be the trick, eh?
-Rich, who is watching Schoolhouse Rock. :)
Well, the unfortunate thing is that the final decision is all the director's. And there are an awful lot of directors that are egocentric, mean, arrogant and just downright strange! But those things are part of the reason why they're directors and why they are or aren't good. We all know that you're good, Wil. If not this film, then another one will fall into your lap!
Now that is just fucked up! I was *so* looking forward to seeing you on the big screen and they totally screwed it up! And now I have to be all mad at the director and be dissappointed!!
And Fallullah... didn't you say you wanted to go some place else? Sooo... why don't you just go do that and spare us?
Maybe it would be easier not to write about a part until the project is in the can. I would
keep it hush hush until after the premier. It is so hard to know what is going to happen in the film world. In some ways its like the sports world.
In blatant repetition of most of the 80+ previous comments, I'm sorry it didn't work out. But fear not...there will be more occasions for 'schoolgirl squeals' in the future, I'm sure of it.
I agree with everyone else who has already told you we think that sucks. I don't know if that means there is something bigger and better in the future or that one of us need to become a director so we can cast you ;)
Been There, Done That, More to come..... isn`t life grand?
Am I the only person who thought....
Wil Smith in I,ROBOT?
WHAT THE HELL?!
Who made that choice?!
That>>> guy is the one who should have got a call from his agent saying "didnt respond to any"
Oh,well....Better *MOJO* next time Wil!
My I-can-relate-because-it-happened-to-me-sorta story:
Last summer, I interviewed for a job near the end of June. I'd kinda blown an interview about a month earlier, and really prepared for this one, and felt really, really good about my performance. I was further pleased and encouraged when I heard from my references that they were being contacted, something that prospective employers usually do only if they're really thinking about hiring you. And I waited to hear from them... and waited... and started thinking about calling up my references to see if I could figure out if one of them had put me in a bad light... and finally, weeks later, found out that my job had basically ceased to exist. See, it was for an academic position at a state university, and at the beginning of the fiscal year, they had to cut their budget--and the unfilled positions got the axe. Kinda like getting laid off before being hired; the letter implied that I would have been offered the position if it still existed.
Which, of course, isn't the same thing as hearing that "the director didn't respond to you"; point being that you and I both know that we did our best and that we could do the job, given half a chance. And, that in the end, persistence matters.
It would be funny if Fred Savage gets the part
It's my first time writing here.
I visit the site very often and I really wanted that you were chosen for the part. I think you are a very good actor and in my opinion underrated. Take care.
WOW Wil you really have me surprised!
Your way of thinking has really been changing for the better from the state of mind you were last year; turning 30 has really made you grow as a person.
Keep it up!! You got 50,000 monkeys behind your back cheering for you.
That Hollywood thing about child actors not being able to make a transition to adult actors is a myth, if you were talented at 13 years old I don't believe you loose your talent as you grow up.
You're in a business where those who wield the power seem to reserve the right to be capricious as a matter of style. It doesn't always come down to ability and what's right. I'm not sure I'd be tough enough to survive that. Who knows - maybe he thought "hmmm, if they see Wheaton, they'll think Star Trek, and then they'll be sitting there comparing the robot to Data", and I can imagine that to create something new they want to get as far as possible from Data, which has been done so well and exhaustively. Who knows?! Anyway, good luck.
hey... well just wanted to add my disappointment to that expressed by those who have already written.
But it's not important whether or not you get the part... what's important is how you react to it. And you get top marks for that, man!
Due to a complete lack of any real accomplishment in my real life, I wish to attack you, Wil.
EVERYONE! LOOK AT ME! I AM IMPORTANT BECAUSE I INSULT PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET!!!11!!!
You've always have our support and love. MUAH!
hey, wil, don't worry about it. it doesn't really sound like such a great movie, anyway. (just my opinion!) if you had been in it, i would have seen it, but now there's no chance they'll get my money. i'm sure you will find something better worth your time soon enough. good luck! you rock!
That does suck. This is my first time writing here but have been a reader for a while now.
This would be my first time posting to the site, though I've been reading for several months. I just wanted to say that watching you on TNG is one of the best memories of my high school days, and that this director has shot himself in the foot. I would have gone to see the movie if you had been in it, and probably won't now. I don't get out to the movies very often, but I would have made the trip to see Uncle Willy in action again. I'm sure lots of folks feel the same way.
Well, bugger. Better luck next time.
That sucks the big one. But there are other auditions and roles out there. And there will be one that will a roll just like Gordy from Stand By Me. And it will be tailored made just for Uncle Willy
The answer is simple. Disguise yourself as Christopher Walken.
I see your Pax movie is premiering this Friday Book of Days. I'm looking forward to seeing this movie. I enjoyed your daily logs from the st of the production, so to watch the final edit will be great
Duane, that was an interesting "episode": Insult him with some cheap shots (in caps, no less), then make a non-sequitur shift of topic to saying a part in a classic SF story is embarrassing.
'Hope you take something for it.
Well, I venture to say that the fact that he didn't respond to any of the tapes, may not necessarily be a bad thing. I mean, I don't know how the whole wheel spins in Hollywood, but I'm thinking, that perhaps this may not be something to read too deeply into. I'm betting that he is just a very focused person and doesn't want to lean too much into who he likes or dislikes. That type of thing could, I think, get distracting to everyone. I mean if the casting director (whom obviously liked your audition quite a lot) were to call you and a few others and say "Yes he was excited over your tape, he seemed to like you very much" or something along those lines it could very well get hopes up, and the director probably doesn't want that kind of distraction going into this whole thing.
Other than that, I wouldn't let it stop you from trying. You know that old cliche, about falling off the horse and getting back on it, etc. Don't let a bump on the head put you down.
I wish I could offer you more encouraging words than that. But since the closest I ever came to being an actor was when I was about 8 months old and a diaper company wanted to put me in a commercial (which my parents refused, still wondering why!) I really can't come up with anything special that might make ya think. ;)
(Right now I picture Wil reading this post and thinking "What the hell is this guy talking about?!") LOL
Don't give up my friend! Good things are waiting just around the corner! :)
Well, to quote a line from one of Proyas's own flicks, "The Crow"
"It can't rain all the time. "
Now I dunno if that is ironic or what, but it happens to fit the situation. Uncanny!
Aye, Wesley. Make your own movie dude.
No worries, you'll nail the part for "I, Robot, she Jane"... although I'm not sure on your take with nude scense.
sigh. Ok. I tried counting to ten,but its not working. That guy's getting an effing horse's head in his bed tonight!...ever see Mulholland Drive? ;)
Better luck next time,
yipee kiyay mofo?(from the die hard WWweblog fan)
Wil, truly sorry that you didn't get the part, but I am very proud of you for keeping your head held high and moving on to the next possible opportunity!
Wishing you all the best!
Oh well... better luck next time. ;)
dont worry wil...like dustin hoffman in Tootsie..you will get your moment on film again!
I think you would have made a great robot. I, Robot was a great book. Would have rocked to see you in it.
But hey... at least you're doin' X3dGaming commercials :P
(Hey, we all gotta pay the bills) ;)
Most likely, you didn't get that job, because it would conflict with the better one, which is right around the corner.
You'll see Wil. You, if any one, deserves it.
if i had money, and a camera, and a "dream"... you'd star in my "talkie".
chin up, bro.
The director must have seen Andy Sirkis (in the Two Towers) once too often.
And forgotten to realize that that's mostly CGI.
He should try a few episodes of Captain Proton, to watch Satan's Robot at work, and then reconsider.
Anyway, stick with the good parts: you made the first cut, and nobody was judged better for the part than you.
I'm sorry the part didn't go as you and so many of
your fans had wished for...but...
I look forward to your MOVIE, THIS FRIDAY
JANUARY 31st ! on PAX
"BOOK OF DAYS" STARRING WIL WHEATON & others...
then... there is always the next gig...
later Wil !
Maybe he saw the X 3D infomercial, and couldn't help picturing you saying "But it's not!!! It's scientific fact!"
Prediction . . .
I, Robot will win the 2004 the coveted "B-M-W-N-S-B-W-W-W-I-I" award!
(For those who need a refresher, that's the "Best Movie We'll Never See Because Wil Wheaton Wasn't in It" award, given by Morgan and Megan at The Screen Savers.)
I got booted out of my last gig because I wasn't latino - I know, an easy accusation for a white guy to make, but we were shipping out of Puerto Rico at the time; and believe me, it's really NOT a standard accusation made by Canadians....
I played up a storm - just not right for the gig.
Then 9/11 hit, and thank god I wasble to get work ashore when the travel industry tanked.
Relax, Will - something will come along that will help & totally amaze you. Best of luck. PM
That really sucks!
Any other interesting auditions on the horizon?
Any thoughts on the MPAA and DRM these days? I really enjoyed chatting with you about DRM at the SF con in Pasadena over last Thanksgiving weekend...
Well the next audition will come and go but be happy that you have friends and family near you. I am sure we will see your face up on the big screen again soon...some one out there has got to realize what a huge following you have and will cast you as an evil arch enemy in some great comic book movie or something. Good luck in what is to come!
Awwwww, this makes me sad =( I'm sorry you didn't get the part. I love you and I love Robots, so quite frankly, this movie would have seriously kicked some ass...
Sorry you didn't get the part you would have made a cool robot. I can still watch you oon TNG though it was the warp bubble episode last night with the Traveler and tonight it is on again (not the same episode of course) Hard luck hope you get a cool part soon anyway. :[:[
Perhaps the director would respond to my shoe in his arse, or my finger in his eye. Sorry Wil...their loss.
"I was very happy with my audition. I wouldn't change a single thing about it. I know that I could have done a great job with this character, and I would have been really good in this movie."
That is all that really matters.
Let this director swim at the bottom of the ocean with his vision.
Bummer about the job, but it brings to mind another question -
We all know what a terriffic writer you are and are anxiously awaiting the completion of your novel. Why not write some screenplays next? You probably have been already. But I'd love to see you do something like that.
Just a thought.
You don't want to work on this job anyway...
I mean, Will smith...what a hack. He spells his name with 2 "L's"...
sheesh. Honestly though, that's too bad. You'd have made a good robot. All that time studying Brent playing an android.
I am so pissed! I’ m sorry that things didn’t work out as well as you had hoped. I did want to thank you! Your positive response to all this nonsense is an encouragement to those of us who have a hard time dealing with disappointments and hard times. You might not feel this way, but you are a true role model. Thanks man… remember always you have a posse.
Okay, admittedly, I've only acted in COMMUNITY THEATRE, it's a volunteer thing (have never gotten paid for an acting gig), I'm not doing it for my career, so I don't quite know what you are going through right now, but I want to say "I understand exactly what you are goin' through".
It's hard to judge what the director's in our own area are looking for when choosing for particular shows. At our community theatre, we usually also have a "director's advisory board" (usually composed of the stage manager, the production manager and members of the executive board of the theatre).
I've gotten to sit in on a number of casting sessions this past two years, since I was serving as secretary for the organization. We ALL had our various opinions about who should play what, but it all came down to one person's decision (the director's). The advisory board is really only supposed to tell the director stuff like "he has trouble learning dialogue" or "she's consistently late" or "these two actors don't get along and may cause friction within the cast". It inevitably, however, turns into the board routing for their friends to be in various roles (when you are in community theatre, almost every person who auditions in our friend/associate).
I'm going to have that hard job in a month. I'm directing my first show (a one-act play in an evening of one-acts: "On Tidy Endings" by Harvey Fierstein). I've been envisioning various people in my head for these four roles for a while. I just hope that I see/hear them when it's time for the auditions to role around.
Hey, don't sweat it. In the long run, it's just one man's opinion. It also doesn't mean that Proyas doesn't "like" you...he just wanted to go a different way for THAT character. It's nothing against you (I know that's harder to deal with when you depend on the acting gigs to feed your family...).
Wil, I have a feeling that with Megan going away on maternity leave, you may just be getting a few more frequent calls from TechTV to fill in from time to time in the near future. Heck, maybe you could pair up with Chris Perillo (sp?) on "Call For Help" now that it looks like they are grooming Cat to join "Screensavers" as Megan's replacement (as Morgan's sidekick).
ps. Whatever you do, don't take a gig on "Surreal Life II" (if they make one). That would just be sad. Corey Feldman is making such a big fool of himself on that show. I thought it was even sadder that he had to use YOUR website to plug his (and the show).
I realize that you may be friends and I'm not slagging on him. I hope the best for him and wish that he was still making movies. He's a natural comedian. He's just got to get his ass into gear and start hitting those auditions.
Ouch... Sorry, Wil. You sounded really amped up about the possibility of getting that part. It's really too bad they didn't pick you. Think of it this way: You didn't get to be in the movie, but on the other hand, they didn't get to have an actor of your calibre in their movie. I think -they're- the ones who lost out here... :)
Maybe this is one of those "sometime things happen for a reason" deals.
A few months ago, I applied to a start-up newspaper here in the Washington area called the Federal Paper. At the time, it had only been existence for about two months.
Well, two months later I'm listening to the radio -- and the news comes on that the dang thing has folded already!
I'm not saying that I, Robot will fold, but you know how weird Hollywood can be.
You'll be fine - you have your family, your health and your writing.
Keep at it Wil, I know how you feel. Good luck on the book and I shall buy a copy as soon as it comes out.
Welcome to the world, Wil. Look at the plus side...you're not getting turned down 7-10 times a week. I'm out of work and looking for a job. Someone says "Hey, we might have something for you." If I'm not accepted, I'll probably never even hear back from them. It is certainly discouraging and all you can do is keep plugging away.
Wil, I'm really sorry to hear about this. Rejection always stings, especially when you know you did a bang-up job. I had a similar thing happen to me this past summer:
I worked in radio for awhile, but I eventually left it because it's such a bullshit industry. Anyhow, the high school in my wife's hometown was looking for an assistant at their radio station. I've been wanting to escape my soul-sucking desk job for a long time, and this was a golden opportunity. I'd been thinking about a career in education, and the guy who runs the radio program is planning to retire in two years. It was perfect. I have a way, WAY more actual broadcast experience than this guy (he never worked in the field), and I could've used those two years to work towards my teaching certifcation.
I interviewed with the guy and a couple of school officials, and I thought I *nailed* it. Turns out I didn't get the gig, and I never really got a clear answer why. I think I may have scared the teacher off with my resume, along with my thoughts about challenging the kids to think critically about how we consume media (and how the media consumes us). It would've been a dream job for me, but instead I'm typing this while I should be doing some work here in the Seventh Circle of Hell.
Whoa, I'm late in this one.
Sorry to hear about the gig, Wil. I was rootin for ya. Oh, well, my movie budget is $0 a month in any case, so I'll try to get someone to tape you on PAX. (Cable budget also $0/month.)
I'd suggest making sure your readers are aware that leaving harrassing notes to get you a gig on a directors forum is probably going to get the opposite end result.
hey wil! sorry to hear about your audition. better luck next time (heard it a million times, i know) want us to beat up the director? (oh, wait, nevermind, violence is NOT the answer)
Hey Wil...I've been reading for a long time but this is my first comment. You just 'sounded' kind of down in the last few posts, so I thought I would do my little part to cheer you up.
I thought Wesley was really cute when I watched TNG in high school.
Okay, so that was lame for comfort, but it was all I can think of (it is true, by the way). Go hug Ferris! Puppy hugging always makes me feel better.
"The Hollywood Lexicon" would make good title for a book. Or web page. Or tabloid. No, never mind. It's not all that interesting after all.
Maybe he'll respond in a day or two. Could be a performance got under his skin and he just doesn't know it yet. But don't hold yer breath.
Jeez... If I'm thinking about teaching you'd think I'd do a better job editing my posts. Sorry about the two typos I noticed just now!
You need to change the rules. Create your own fortune. Get a bunch of (arts/film/drama?) students, preferably a large way off from Hollywood and make your own movie. Post it to the net. Marketing like Blair Witch project. That will get you on all the TV shows. Should improve your profile.
The first Open Source Movie!
Just a stupid idea, I guess.
Know Three Dead Trolls?
Good point, Ever Present Spirit.
Please tell me that isn't happening.
You'll get 'em next time.
There are hundreds of us here willing you on.
The posts to Alex Proyas' forum haven't bee 'too' bad, but I would probably slightly annoyed if I were the director. No worries though, I'm sure he's got enough perspective and experience to distinguish you from your fans. Anyway, sorry about I, Robot - I was really hoping you'd get it.
Their loss, Wil. I say set phasers to "fuck 'em."
sorry wil, but it does look as though a fan or two has been a tad zealous on Proya's site..
nothing rude or anything..
but a tad zealous...
You should hook up with Jeff Daniels and do something. You can reach his production co. at [email protected] ... It'd be interesting. If you find yourself in Michigan, look me up.
Quit being such a whiny bitch about it and get back to the book!
Hey Wil... I'm really sorry to hear about the director not even looking at your tape. It is a very frustrating feeling, I have felt that way with many endevours in my life... I hope things work out for you... these things happen for a reason, most of the time to make room for bigger opportunities.
Sorry to hear that Wil! But I bet there's gonna be bigger and better things in store round the corner!
I'm looking forward to reading your book :)
Hate to tell you this, but I got a part. It was my first audition ever.
Keep your chin up Wil. This just means that something better is coming your way.
U are a washed up hasbeen.
Sorry, that was just mean. I was being an ass and I won't do it again.
Life is good!
Sorry to hear about I,Robot. I think everyone here
agrees, that we would love to see more of YOU on screen and that we share your hurt.
We love your website. We love hearing from YOU.
On the bright side of life you still have
8)Your list of things to accomplish
We love you and WE will continue rooting for YOU!
I agree with a couple of previous comments. This is just my opinion! Take it or leave it. No offense intended as I also have admired your work. But, if I were in your place, I would not, in the future, post about a "potential" gig on this site (especially with some of the overzealous fans who lurk here)until I actually HAD the job.
It seems to me you will either get the part or not get the part based upon your own talent and ability and not through a few fan's post on the director's website.
Whilst the role could have been one of the best ever, it may also be one of the worst. Here's hoping the film tanks at the box office due to terrible Direction.
Good luck in future endeavours, Wil!
Congrats, you got a mention in our local (Sydney-wide) Daily Telegraph for it.
Hey now u can do other stuff Wil.
U know what you'd be good on? SNL!
Hey this story/entry thing was quoted in the Daily Telegraph here in Sydney, Australia. The daily telegraph is perhaps the second biggest paper down here, so I thought it was pretty cool.
I am sorry to hear that you didn't get the part. I am very much looking forward to seeing your work again - your book, as well as in an acting part. I wish you the very best.
On a personal note, I just had a pretty severe disappointment in my life. I thought that I had finally become pregnant after so many years of trying. However, it was not to be this time. Anyway, I understand how disappointed you may be feeling - even though you try to 'chin up'. Broken hopes or dreams hurt for a little while, and that's okay too. We pick ourselves up and move on.
Take care, Wil.
SNL? I wouldn't wish that Wil, let alone my worst enemy.
That Hella Sucks!
Look at the bright side, your not in a WB show with Vince Neil & a Survivor Spare.
Rock on Wil!
I'm glad that you're happy with the audition. I admire you for being able to look on the brighter side of things, esp. in respect to this situation. *hugs you* You rock, Wil!
At least you got a shot at it. Some of us could only dream of trying to get into acting.
I’d love a shot at even trying to do something of the sort, but alas..
it is truly a journey...and not every path is meant for you...but you already know that...but damn...i robot would have been fun.
Hollywood history is replete with examples of opportunities missed that opened doors for other projects, and previous commitments that prevented involvement in grander productions. There will always be opportunities, and opportunities denied. You'll have your share of castings and acclaim, and it'll probably come from where you least expect it.
Btw, you're the same age Harrison Ford was when he did American Graffiti. Hang in there.
Keep your head up. I know the saying of "as long as you did your best..." is cliche', but it's true. You felt good about your audition, you know you did your best. Hey I think everyone here knows you did your best, just by the energy that was conveyed through your posting about the audition.
We'll keep the mojo flowi'n your way.
It's been my experience that everything happens for a reason...
something better is coming your way...hang in there dude!!!!
I wonder how much influence Will Smith has??
It's amazing you weren't considered for a part in this movie??? ARE THEY STAR TREK FANS??? I realize, that previous roles as other characters don't necessarily have an impact on future roles. But I would at least thought that would be considered when you auditioned!
By the way, I wanted to let you know how much we thoroughly enjoyed "THE BOOK OF DAYS" (PAX)
I MUST CONFESS.. I was switching channels from STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION to BOOK OF DAYS.. (both programs were airing at the SAME TIME!!!) So I was watching you (Wesley Crusher) on one channel and you as an insurance salesman on the other channel!!!!
IT WAS FUN!!!!!!! :=))
Best of success to you, Wil
How do i contact Mali Finn?
Hi Wil, sorry to hear about your rejection. I've been writing and acting for over 13 yrs and still haven't gotten my first breaks. I've been in commercials and once in a film that got booted, I feel that giving up is the best thing for ME. After all, I, like yourself have a beautiful family who extends full support of me reguardless. Anyways, keep on doing what you do best. I remember you from earlier movies, even 'TALES FROM THE CRYPT', starring along side, KEVIN DILLON and MEREDITH SALLINGER and you could take any role in my book.
Hey VIN DIESEL IS A HOTTIE!!!!!!!!
Hey VIN DIESEL IS A HOTTIE!!!!!!!! AND VERY SEXYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've been reading WWdN off and on for a couple of years now, but I missed this entry. I only found out about it when I read the trivia page on IMDb for "I, Robot" after seeing the movie last night. I'm sorry to hear you didn't get the part, I think you would have done well. But then, I hadn't read this when it was originally posted, so I didn't say anything. By the way, I wrote about your work in Deep Core a while back. A friend of mine suggested I try writing to you, but I never did. Ah well.
Whoops, I screwed that up. It was supposed to read I wrote about your work in Deep Core a while back. A friend of mine suggested I write to you. I know HTML, sure!
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