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January 30, 2003
The Book of Days
In October of last year, I worked on a movie which was code-named Boise. This movie carries a very important distinction in my career history: it's the first lead I've had in ages, and it's the first movie I've done since deciding to focus more on writing and my family than acting and the hollow pursuit of fame. It was very strange, but not unwelcome, when I dug my actor pants out from under the bed and put them back on. Initially, they weren't very comfortable, but they did feel familiar, and when I got used to them again, I decided that I'd never be able to fully take them off -- I feel incredibly naked without them.
Wow. That was an extended metaphor from hell.
Anyway, I was really happy with the work I did. My satisfaction on the set, was matched by the joy and satisfaction I took in writing about my experiences on the set each day. Everyone who reads this lame website has been so supportive, and ridden the violent ups and downs with me for so long . . . I felt like something good had finally happened, and I really enjoyed sharing those experiences with you. (If you want to relive it, follow that link, and click the >> to get to the next day's entry.)
Tomorrow night, the movie will air on the PAX network, and we get to see if the work I did on the set translates to the screen.
Before one of my projects is released, I'm always apprehensive -- I feel unsure about how the music is going to play, how the director cut the scenes together, things like that. I also feel apprehensive about my performance. Will the audience see what I intended? Will I get caught "acting?" I don't feel all that apprehensive about this project, which is surprising and rewarding. I feel very confident in the work I did on the day. I'm sure I'll find things in my performance that I don't like, and I bet many of the things I find will be found only by me. Some people say that I'm ripping myself off when I do that, but if I don't look for those flaws, I never improve.
My gut feeling on this film is that it's going to be pretty good. It's not going to be spectacular --there's some badly written courtroom drama in the middle, where I think it really slows down -- but I think audiences will enjoy it.
They're calling it The Book of Days. Check your local listings for details.
Posted by wil at January 30, 2003 09:42 AM
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Why the name change???
You RAWK !! WIL WHEATON!!!
I'm there Wil! I've been waiting!
Hot Dawg!! now if I can just figure out how to rewire my vcr to actually record...
I don't get PAX in Canada - and we have a satelite service. Perhaps another channel will carry it... I'm sure you'll RAWK! (to echo someone before me). And you're so right about learning from your own mistakes - to presume otherwise would be mighty arrogant of us.
Hey, 4th post!
Wil, I'm gonna be sure to get someone to record it for me, and I'm looking forward to seeing you in your "actor pants" again. I understand how you feel. For me it's the rush I get after doing a great show. It's better than any drug.
So, if your actor pants are not fully on, but not fully off, does this mean the crotch is like two inches from the ground. God how I hate that style. How do you reach your wallet?
Anyhow, good show Wil! If I had TV hookup (which I did away with about six years ago) I would watch the movie.
Best of luck in future endeavours. Just another geek cheering for you from the sidelines.
I will most definately check it out! Can't Wait!!
I am so psyched about seeing you in this movie!!! It sounds like you had fun & that probably means people will have fun watching you in it. I'll definitely be watching!
Only for you, Wil, would I voluntarily watch PAX TV... :)
Wooot! Gonna have to record it...got work until 8:30. *laugh*
For those that live in or around the Seattle area...'Book of Days' is on at 8pm on PAX (channel 3 for people who have cable).
*dances around, not able to wait*
The movie comes on here at 8:00p.m. on PAX. I am looking very foreward to seeing you in the movie. I am sure, as always, you will not disapoint. Best to you and your family Wil.
Oh I was wondering, I was talking to Bill Shatner over at www.williamshatner.com and he was telling me advice on writing. He said you start with 1 line then that becomes 2 and soon you have a paragraph and then you have a page. Was that how it was for you? writing your book or did you have it all pretty much mapped out from the start? Just thought i'd ask. Good luck with it.
hee hee thank you moonie :D i was about to look it up myself, but you so kindly saved me the effort :D
I won't be able to see it as I live in the country and don't get cable :( However I am in your corner rooting for ya Wil! I know the movie will get good reviews!
Your worst critic is always yourself. I do (bad) amateur theatre, and everybody tells me how wonderful I was (of course, they aren't actors). Then I watch the tape and think "Gawd, that was horrible. Wait, that bit was funny. That coulda used more energy...good god, Steve, you're an actor, not a tree!"
And so on, and so forth.
Hmm... I don't suppose there's any word on a Canadian network picking this up to be aired here?
Sometimes we just get these things later
This is one of the few times I miss having cable TV. We have so much that we are interested in doing in life - that sitting in front of the TV falls low on the priority list. Yet, there are times that it would be cool. I miss little things like The Simpsons, Discovery Channel, PBS, etc. I've heard there is an Indie Film Channel, that would be cool. I'm sorry I'm going to miss seeing The Book of Days... maybe I can get someone to record it for me. There - there's an idea. ;)
Yay!... I get PAX... but... but... John Doe comes on at 9...damn it! Hmmm.... looks like I'm gonna miss an episode of JD :) I need to get a Tivo. Anyway, I read the synopsis and it looks like a cool story...looking forward to seeing you in action tomorrow night.
800 flippin' channels, not one of them PAX...
Do Pax movies ever make it to video/dvd?
You may have a book worm virus that is sentient, it likes you naked with out your actors clothes on, Follow the little voice of the Book Worm and the 50,000 monkeys with typerwriters will follow and serve you the rest of your life.
Ah, this is great, i'm so stoked. i'll definatly be watching and *prepare for the lamest joke ever*
I'll set my VCR to stun...er...record...
*at least i gave you preperation time?*
love you man!
Gotta hand it to you for livin' life "out there" in front of us all. Sharing your thoughts about your work, how it's perceived, etc. You've been there and done that and it's interesting to read about.
I was thinking as I read your latest entry that we've all gotten very used to coming here and reading these thoughtful, sometimes humorous, sometimes sad or worrisome, sometimes provocative things from you. I'd miss having that and I'm glad you do it.
FWIW, on your thoughts about I, Robot: as a writer I try out for different projects. Some of them I get; some I don't. As I work on a project, I go through a lot of angst about the work -- is it accurate? Is it well-written? Can I do it better?
Then, after it's published, I almost hate to read it because I'm afraid I'll see something that I could have done better -- but it's published; set in stone; can't be changed.
That's what keeps us sharp in our respective professions. I admire acting ability; I think I might have it in myself to be an actor, but I'm afraid to try -- and right now I'm busy as a writer. But, maybe one of these times I'll try the acting route. And ya know what? I'll have those "self criticism" skills honed to a fine art by my experiences as a writer!
So, keep on keepin' on Wil. We're with ya all the way!
TiVo is set to nab it. :)
Rock on, Wil!
Cool. Too bad I will not get to see it because I have no TV. Perhaps someone can digitize it for those of us who are TV impaired? Or maybe it will get released at blockbuster next to the Dune, V, and Merlin MiniSeries :-)
Can't get PAX here in Baltimore, really want to see the movie, too.
It's up against a really kick-ass block of TNG on TNN. ("Starship Mine"? Rocks.)
Must see if I can get my friends to tape it for me (alas, I am without cable) without sounding like a dork for wanting to tape something on Pax.
I'm looking forward to seeing it! I have it scheduled and timed on my palm pilot. :)
ARGH! my friends get PAX but they are so clueless about machines I doubt if they'll be able to get thier VCR to record the movie. They are so clueless I had to go to thier house to program thier fancy new 5-disk CD player, I couldn't figure out why they would bother to buy one with all those bells and whistles when I know they'll never know how to work it.
We know not of this "PAX" of which you speak here in merry old Ingerland but it sounds like it's going to be good.
We have faith. So does your gut apparently.
What a clever intestinal tract you have...
If only I could see it here in Merrie England.
I can't wait to see the movie. Unfortunatly I have to work all night, but the VCR is set and ready to catch it.
I am positive you did a bang up job Wil, congrats!
TiVo, Baby! Here's something neat-TiVo selected it as a 'Best Bet' on my machine, and it would have been recorded anyways, even if I didn't already set it to record. Pretty cool, huh?
TiVo also suggested other movies and shows with you in them. Too damn cool. Even the little black box likes Wil!
Comfy Sofa: $500.00
Getting to watch Wil on PAX: PRICELESS!
I agree, it would take the force of Wil Wheaton to make me WANT to sit down and watch something on PAX...
On a side note, has anyone else ever noticed that like, 9 times out of 10 when you surf through PAX it's someone getting their ass kicked? I mean, isn't this a little weird for a network who's name means "peace."
I've read a few blips about "Days," and I'm stoked on seeing it!
Point of interest-Corey Feldman was in Santa Cruz, CA, on Saturday sitting in front of a small movie theater. They were showing "Goonies" and he was charging people $20 to come talk to him and get his autograph. We walked by and gawked for a wee bit, but it was all too sad. Killer movie, though. Ah, well.
hm. 'pants' and 'writing' in one entry.
secret message, anyone?
Okay, someone tape it and send some copies north of the boarder.
I read about it enough, I've GOT to see it.
Here's hoping my sister's friend really does get Pax.... If she does, SpaceCadet, then it would appear that you *can* get Pax in Canada...
Creation is a strange critter....you never really let go of it, and you never really stop wanting to fix, alter, change, or try to make it better, even when it's out of your hands. Hell, George Lucas was still working on Star Wars 20 years after the bloody thing hit the screens.
I'm gonna find it, and watch it....thanks for the heads-up. I've always enjoyed your work, and you wear the actors pants well, my friend. Take care.
LOL @ the actors pants! :p
We don't watch PAX normally, usually because it is 90% infommercials but this movie does sound extremely interesting.
Me and the Hubby will definately be watching PAX tommorow night. ;)
After enjoying your website for several weeks I just couldn't not post to wish you great raves on your Pax TV project. I'll try to search on my online guide to make sure I view it. Best to you.
don't think i'll be able to see it up here in toronto ......but I'll be looking in here later tonight to see if any of the posse have some reviews...
seriously gang...if any of ya see the movie tonight, come back here and let us unfortunates know how it was....
see ya then!
I allready had it programmed in the tv. I'm sure you did great and I can't wait to see it. Well I guess I can wait because I have no choice in the matter but I'd rather not wait. Anyway... I'm rambling now. Yay, Wil is gonna be on tv!
We'll Be Watching To See You Shine!!!
Where's the monkey who's going to tape it for those of us that can't get PAX?
I wanna see my Uncle Willie!
I can't believe it. Not a single troll has posted a "Book of Daze" remark yet.
Given the poor reception I get on the PAX channel here, it will be like reliving the snowy, pre cable tv of my childhood.
Way to go, Uncle Willy! I will try and watch
yo' gaw-juus mug tomorrow night on PAX!
Thanx for letting us "monkeys" know when to
tune in. :-D
Wish I had Pax. You'll be great. I also have to say thanks, for sharing with us.
I have checked up and down...and round and round on my tv listings and I am figuring that Canada will get that movie after the fact. :S Oh well. Anybody willing to record it and sell it to the canadians?? Wil... Help?
VCR set, friends told, wishing like hell there was no such thing as commercials and the freaking movie would be break-free.........
It really does sound interesting, not just "oooo wil's going to be in a movie, must watch *drool*". Ya know what I mean.
Thanks for the heads-up, Wil. We'll be watching!
Anyone with PAX are invited to attend the premiere; from your own couch of course!
Sounds like a real winner, cant wait to see it!!! NOT!
Wil! I know The Book of Days will be great. I've got a lot of faith in you.
Ok, you really made me laugh out loud at your comment on your metaphor.
I can't wait to see you in this film, Wil! I usually work evenings (like you care, lol) but you can bet my vcr shall be taping it for future enjoyment. ;-)
Date noted and calendar cleared... I will be setting my ol' VCR for this one! I'm sure the acting will be awesome. As I recall, we are all hardest and most critical of ourselves. Most of those around us don't notice a thing, but we can see every flaw and goof up. Been there, done that...
I'm sure the mojo vibe is running strong here today. We're behind ya, Wil.
My Wil Wheaton Wishlist on TiVo picked up the broadcast as soon as the listings came out last week. I'm looking forward to it.
Well, if anything would make me regret not having PAX as part of my Poor Man's Cable Package, it's this. Perhaps my sister will tape it for me.
And, lest I forget--three cheers for HMIC!
What do you say to someone who is about to have their movie played on PAX? "Break A Leg" doesn't really work cause you've already done the performance. Anyway, Best of Luck to the productions success!
Yay! Okay, now to go check listings -- I'll be looking forward to seeing you screen again Wil! I hope you'll be happy with how it all came out.
I will tell my TiVo to record it. I'm looking forward to watching it. :)
I wish I could watch it, but of course there's no PAX here in Germany. Sucks.
Can't wait to see it. I'll be getting the popcorn ready and settling in around 8 pm for a good night of tv.
Its listed on Internet Movie DataBase site:
There's button to submit a review of the movie.
For all of the critic-wannabee's...here's your chance to give Wil two thumbs up!
sometimes it sucks to be british!
Sounds like Wil (or someone) should tape it and set up a "lending library" through the site. Whomever has a copy can post and accept emails from those wanting to watch, and the borrower will pay the postage going and coming. I don't have a TV or a VCR, but I would borrow the tape from someone and watch it at work after hours. Or maybe Wil can find out from PAX if it's going to be available on DVD or VHS. If they're in disbelief, Wil can send them the link to this comments page to see that the monkeys really want to see it!
hehehe...extended metaphor from hell.
I have a lifetime pass for that handbasket.
Everybody gets PAX. Its the default "family friendly" station. Christians made sure everyone has it. You can't get rid of it. Its channel 2 on my cable system (ATT Broadband, formerly TCI)
Think there's any chance they'll ever show it in Germany?
Nah, didn't think so.
I guess that means I'll have to find some nice American to record it for me.
*wanders off to check her mailing list*
Wil, I know it is going to be great. By the way, check out Leo Laporte's blog from yesterday about the speech he gave. I think you will find it interesting.
So are you going to be shooting anyone in the face in this movie?
Start lifting some weights, bulk up and be an action hero.
Words fail me, so: w00t! :)
Go! Danny Hartland Go!
While PAX is a network, and believe it our not, one of the biggest network's in The United States. It is also an affiliate program damn it!
And then [JENESISUS] Around here, loving sports have decided to over ride PAX programing for a freaking basketball game. I can not blame them too much, since the area I live in is OVERLY sports fanatics! (seriously, I am not being over hard just because I do not enjoy WATCHING sports alot, and do not get it) I totaly get why they like it, but they are WAY to serious around here, it is scary!
Hopefully I will beable to catch it in re-run...freaking SPORTS! ARGH!!!
i am so glad that you wore your ACTING PANTS in the movie...i shudder to think that you might have done the whole movie in your FUNKY PANTS!...i'm looking forward to "the book of days"...it'll be like seeing an old friend...back in his element...and loving it.
If I can figure out which channel is PAX here at school, I will be watching it! Good luck!
Why would you submit to a movie that airs during the Kings-Lakers game. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!?
I can't wait!! It's like hearing that an old friend is going to be on TV. I was also planning on renting Stand by Me this weekend and watching it with the step-kids. They've seen me visiting this web site before and asked about it, so I told them that we'd rent a movie with Wil in it this weekend. It's going to be really good to see you back on TV, Wil!!
From TV Guide: "An insurance agent (Wil Wheaton), whose wife died on their wedding day, receives a book containing the dates on which people will die, but when he uses it in his job, his boss suspects him of murdering his clients. Frankie: Maureen Flannigan. Jonah: Isaac Hayes. Amelia: Deborah Raffin. Sister Grady: Pamela Reed. Finch: Richard Grieco."
Will Wheaton, It would be fine to see a movie you made or even the modern space stories too.
In Cuba, we have not luxery TV and the shows are very old with James Kirk foolishly leaving ship and falling for obvious trap. I too am ship captain! Is water ship of course. Still, I know not to leave for very long or crew of drunken and bad outlaws would steal and take to Florida with dog and chicken. Ok, good acting to you.
We hope for many more shows to watch on ship vcr and will wait in patient understanding.
Capt. B. Texino
MV Todos Los Santos
Baracoa, Cuban Peoples..& so on.
Want to tape it for me Wil?
Unlike most above Wil. I do have cable. And yes I do have PAX.
But I am as nervous as a parent watching their 4 year old in his first christmas play.
The knots in my stomache. Along with the pain and pure agony I felt when seeing you in NEMESIS with no lines.(you looked great laughing with no sound)
I don't think I can stand to watch you on t.v.
I was so worried you might mess up a line on the info-mercial. That it made me call in sick to work the next day. So please Wil. Make it good for recording. I don't know if I stand it if I have to stuff my face in pillow everytime you have a line hoping you don't screw up.
Just kidding. I hope it does well. You deserve it. Best of luck.
Livin large on the PAX network.
Pls, pls somebody digitize and post.
Wil I dont know if it was posted anywhere in the upper posts but do you know what time this movie will air? Eastern Time to be more specific haha. If so thanks!
Fri Jan 31 08:00P PAX- Pax TV
Found it :-)
Thanks for the heads up. The plot outline sounds like it could be interesting. Deborah Raffin has always been a little spooky to me, but Pamela Reed has turned in a few "gutsy" performances I really liked.
anybody else go to the bozo texino site listed up there? it has some shaky translation, but it's interesting
oh yeah, i'll be watching, wil
I am gonna watch, and catch hell from my wife for watching PAX. Why couldn't you make a movie for the Playboy Channel? LOL
Looking forward to it. What time will it be on? And here is some more MOJO for you and your family.
is this Wil Wheatons' Egos' playground or whut ?
Don't worry Wil. If either you or the movie suck at any point, you can count on me to give you the honest "every man's" opinion. MWAHAHAHA...
PAX list this movie as >>> "Book Of Days" Movie, Suspense(2003) Wil Wheaton, Maureen Flannigan, Richard Grieco. A courier gives an insurance agent (Wil Wheaton) a mystifying book that lists the dates of when people will die. Premier. >>> Does the word "premier" mean that this is the possible start of a series (assuming good numbers)?
Wow! I can't get that channel here in England and that sucks the movie sounds like it would be cool. You never really said what the film was about and if it would be released in England oh well good luck.huggles and kisses from me to you.
you mean !
THIS FRIDAY !
BOOK OF DAYS!
STARRING; "STAND BY ME STAR, WIL WHEATON!"
WILL BE ON THE PAX TV LINE UP !
I DID NOT KNOW THAT! (just kidding :)
well then, I'll be taping it and give my rating
Coolness! An actual reason to watch the PAX network.
Now if only you could have had it written in your contract for them to turn off their annoying logo in the bottom right corner of the screen during airing of your flick.
This could be cool.
PAX viewers will spike from 25 to 33 for just one show!
Behold, the power of the monkey! :)
D'oh! What a stupid time to be on the wrong side of the Atlantic! I'm pretty sure that Sky doesn't carry PAX, but a quick tip for British monkeys: The one channel here in Merrie Olde England that it'd be most likely to be on is the Hallmark Channel (which *is* on Sky!) Hopefully soon...
Another dissapointed Candian here. No Uncle Willy for me. Will have to wait for it to show up on CITY TV on a Sunday afternoon in a couple years. Or perhaps fox will pick it up to run with craftmatic bed commercials and I can watch it on the Buffalo affiliate. :(
I, too, shall be watching!
In fact, it may be the first time ever that I watch something on PAX. ;-)
My DVR is set. I'm skipping my weekly viewing of "Cook's Tour" to record this, so it better be good. :p
The synopsis sounds interesting. I know others have already posted it, but here's what my listing says: "A courier gives an insurance agent a mystifying book that lists the dates of when people will die."
I tried to post yesterday, but once again, I have AOL and this site wouldn't let me.
Hey, I didn't even know that I had the PAX channel until I used the search engine at TV Guide online for The Book of Days! It's on channel 31 where I live in NJ at 8:00PM. I'll be watching!
Don't be nervous, Wil. I'm sure it'll be great! :-)
Damn, no PAX and I can't get anyone to tape it for me! Can someone post it up on the net so I can download it?
"Book Of Days" does not show in Memphis tonight, it is replaced by NBA basketball, New York Knicks & Memphis Grizzlies at Memphis.
And you know, with this crowd, that fark will be photoshopping your apperance and that it will be on filesharing programs labelled as "Hot teen action.avi".
Right on Wil! Finally we will be able to see actual proof that you were making a movie and not just haning'in out with the "Chef" this whole time.
Looking forward to seeing the movie.... keep up the good work!
Old traveler make sure you watch Jason Williams in action hes a good kid
It must be strange to see how the movie will turn out. I mean, you were just one of the lead characters. Eventhough you worked in it , you will be seeing it for the first time too. I'm sure it will turn out fine.
OMFG! Wil in a suit! That is just too cool! You know, I have to admit, I've never seen you in a suit. Well, not a normal present day business suit. That "spacesuit" really doesn't count I suppose.
Heh. I've only seen the first half hour so far, but your performance has been damned good to this point. I was impressed in the first few scenes. I know that crying on camera has never been your favorite thing to portray, but the the tears looked pretty darn real! IF you managed to muster the real thing up, that just proves how good of an actor you are. If they had to use onion juice or whatever they use, well, the thought of that alone would be enough to bring me to tears.
I know you won't read this before the flick is done, which is cool, but if the first few scenes can be taken as an example of the rest of the movie, all I can say is damned good job man, *damned* good!
Incidently, I had the choice tonight, between watching 4 episodes of TNG or this movie. I think by this post it is obvious which the winner was :)
One last thing, your costar is a cutie ;}
Hey, Wil, you look handsome when you cry! Not too many people do. :-)
OK, we're getting close to halfway through, and I am *quite* enjoying the movie. And I think your acting pants are fitting just fine--I've actually been able to forget I'm watching Wil Wheaton for fairly long stretches at a time. Then the way you utter some line sounds just so "Wil", and I get kicked back to reality :-)
But it's driving me crazy who the actress playing the nun is. I'll have to look it up later.
Enjoying the movie. Excellent job, Uncle Willie!
I'm watching the movie now. So far, I think its really good.
I'm at the court room scene now...so far so good! I'm happy to see you on screen again.
I just turned on the TV so I've missed most of the Book of Days. But Wil, you're really cute! I love the short hair. And such pretty eyes... Seeing you again on the television makes me miss Wesley. Nice job, Wil.
Okay, I feel bad now Wil. I referred to your long-time friend Maureen Flannigan as "your costar" in my earlier post. My apologies! That was not a nice thing for me to do.
Feel free to scold me as you see fit...
Anyway it is cool that two real-life friends got the chance to work together. The two of you really hit the mark in this film. Kudos to the both of you!
There is only one thing better than a happy ending. A happy ending with Wheaton++
And Isaac Hayes.
I loved the movie. You rocked. So did your co-stars. You should be very proud.
Nice work, just finished.
Just watched your whole movie on Pax. It was fun. It's great to see you back in the game!
Just finished watching the movie. It was really, really a nice movie... take that as a compliment. I like really nice movies! I hope you make more!
Great job Wil! Richard Grieco was another matter, however. I have rarely seen a worse performance. Being a criminal defense attorney myself, it is utterly inconceivable that an elected D.A. would look or act like he did in the movie. D.A.'s are not supposed to look cool, they are supposed to be dull and boring and mean. It wasn't just his looks, though, he is just a bad actor, period.
Thank goodness you and Maureen were in this movie, Wil. Otherwise, it might have been killed by Grieco. I consider this a triumph for you, Wil. Good job.
OK, I cried. And I'm not quite the type to cry at the drop of a hat. The birth scene especially got me as I went through a difficult labor with my now one-year-old, but I was also crying when your character was trying to finish what he'd started (don't want to spoil anything for those who taped it or otherwise haven't seen).
Great job, Wil. Kudos all around to you, your fellow actors, and the writer, etc.
"Kindergarten Cop"! Pamela Reed! That's where I knew her face! I can now rest easy :-)
That was a great episode of the Twilight Zone/Outer Limits/Amazing Stories.
Really hope it gets you more work.
I just finished watching the movie. It was great. Wil, you did a fabulous job. You had nothing to be worried about. By the end, I'll even admit that I had a tear in my eye. The movie did give me a chance to think. None of us know when our time, or the time of a loved one, is up. We should cherish every moment we have with them and have no regrets. Live life to the fullest everyday and accomplish everything that we set out to do. We are all here for a specific reason, otherwise, I should have been dead a long time ago, find out why and work to achieve it. In closing, I'm going to be a complete Trekkie-geek and quote Patrick Stewart because I think it fits. "Time is a companion that goes with us on the journey. It reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived it. After all...we're only mortal."
I liked it...just finished watching. Very nice job!!
My SO always teases me for reading WWDN and makes snide remarks about Wil Wheaton being "your little boyfriend". (What can I say, SO is not the most mature person on the planet, neither am I) So I was surprised when I walked in at 8:05 tonight and SO was watching Book of Days. We watched it together and enjoyed the show. :)
Sorry for hording space here Wil, this being my third post in the last hour.... but:
"My gut feeling on this film is that it's going to be pretty good"
You have a gift for understatement, Wil. It was more than just "pretty good". I think it was damned good! Hella hella good!!!
You can't see this, but I am giving you and Maureen and everyone else a standing ovation. Bravo!
A REVIEW AND THOUGHTS ON BOOK OF DAYS (please read):
I must say that after watching the movie and having just watched the whole first season of star trek on dvd i am happy to see that the talent and potential you showed then has really evolved very well.
you have a very natural disamrin and charming quality to your acting. The very thing that made you so "cute" in your work on TNG has made for a very interesting quality in you as an adult actor.
There were moments of true effortlessness were i truely forgot that i was watching wil wheaton the guys who's blogging i've followed since i first heard about it almost a year and half ago.
some of the most subtle points in the movie made me realize how much of yourself you put into the roles.
the end when you look up at the actress who plays your wife and say nothing summed up so eloquently all the love and appreciation that your character felt for her and the chance he now had at a life with her.
I truely congratualte you. Its was an enjoyable movie and you carried the lead of it very well.
I can now understand the sort of physcological challenge it must have posed to play the part of a man with knowledge of life and death,
not an easy feat.
On another note your chemistry with the cast was very good, you and Issac Hayes looked well together on camera ( a comment speaking as a photographer)
I hope the movie does well ratings wise and that it opens the door for more acting work...correction not just acting work but challenging roles that really allow you to felx that acting muscle.
I was sorry to hear about I, robot being a fan of asimov i would have loved to see you in that role.
I think you would have done well in it aswell for many reasons.
alas this has gone on a bit long so i'll wrap it up.
goodluck and bestwishes.
I want to tell you, Wil, that I was totally drawn in by the movie - it was excellent! You and Maureen were spectacular; the scene where she admitted her love for Danny had me in tears. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you again on the screen, and the biggest compliment of them all is that I quickly was enrolled in watching Danny, not Wil. Wonderful! Thanks so much.
Wil.....What cant I say...........I laughed, I cried, I peeeeeed my pants! Two thumbs up from me great job!!! You had to like making that movie(that lady was pretty hot I think!). Anyways nice job proud of ya!
I was flipping channels, saw the movie. The topic intrigued me. About half way through I recognized Wil Wheaton, an actor I have admired for his talents, and it made it more special. I thoroughly loved the movie, the message and the acting was great. Great work!
I must commend you for the wonderful job you did in the movie. If the "Powers That Be" in LA don't respond favorably to this movie, then, they don't know what acting is. You carried a leading role against other fine actors and got the job done.
I posted in the thread WWDN too, but I wanted make sure :) You were wonderful, Wil! It doesn't even seem like you ever left acting... you are just a natural and true on screen as you ever where, and it's nice to see you back!!
I hope that this opens the door for many more opportunities! Lots of love, Wil!
Okay, I'm definitely not a "fanboy" so here's a little honest criticism of the film. There was not enough development of the relationship between Danny and the doomed wifey (although she was awful cute - maybe a bit much so). The opening was rushed and I felt nothing when Mr. Drunk plowed into the newlyweds. Since I felt no emotional impact from the crash, it was hard to identify with Danny's subsequent tear-squeezing. Another byproduct of the rush to tragedy was that it occurred before I had time to get over the "Hey, it's Wesley Crusher!" aspect of the film. The rest of the story flowed pretty well from my perspective - possibly helped along by liberal consumption of Guinness. "Wesley" eventually transmogrified into "Danny" and I was able to experience the story without focusing on Wil the actor. The story was compelling and, in the end, I cried (again, possibly related to alcohol consumption). Hope this leads to bigger and better things. I keep thinking of John Travolta and his years of post-Kotter obscurity before finally bursting onto the scene as an "adult" actor. With any luck, your's will be a similar fate.
Wil, dude, they spelled your name wrong in the credits!!!! What's up with that?
Good job in the movie, though. The directing left a little to be desired but you and Maureen were excellent.
Wil! I thought you did a jolly good job on the movie. It was great to see you acting - you do such a wonderful job. Gush, gush. The good chemistry totally showed on screen, too.
You definitely succeed at the things you set out to do: the acting, the writing, the being a general nifty person. Much luck and happiness for you in the future. You rock, Wil.
Just watched The Book of Days. I want you to know that i hardly ever watch Pax. I'm out in an area that doesnt get cable, and i dont like Sat. TV, so I only have what my antena can pick up, and one of those 5 chanels is Pax.
Dude... You Rock! The show was awsome. I hope the director of I Robot watched the show, and changes his mind.
Okay Uncle Wil'ly, here it goes. As I missed the first 1/2hr of it, I will give you my thoughts on what I saw.
Not bad, my man. Your warning that the courtroom drama was a bit overplayed was right on, until the end. The last portion of that courtroom sequence was slammin though. An added plus was the way your character reacted and tried to save the pregnant lady. It was rough to watch and I felt for him. If my wife had seen that, she'd be a crying mess all night long. Luckily, it was just me here, sobbing like a little girl with a skinned knee. (Don't tell anyone I said that) Anyway, the rest of the actors were great. The judge played out well, as did the character played by Isaac Hayes. Also, that closing monologue/voice-over about him taking your place was powerful. Pretty moving stuff. (Sniff-sniff. Dammit. There I go again) Anyway, since I am not an actor yet (I am headed to Santa Fe in the morning to try to be an extra in Ron Howard's new western flick), I won't criticize your or any of the other actors. Kick ass job, bro. To you and all the others from that film.
Peace, love and Cheez-whiz,
Congrats, Wil! You're acting was believable and the show held my interest throughout. Great job!
Wow. Something good on PAX besides Miracle Pets.
Go you. Not bad at all... the editing was a bit clipped in places, causing your emotional reactions to be a little erratic, but I thought the performance was excellent.
Whatthehell? I set up my DigitalVCR to record the movie tonight while I was out, even checked tvguide.com to make sure I got the time and channel number right, and instead of your movie, they had on some ancient black and white movie I've never even heard of. I was really looking forward to seeing it, too. Hope they do an encore presentation of it so I can catch it then.
Wil, just saw the movie. I was truly into the story of the movie which was done by some great performances, and I liked the story. On a more comical moment, I had to laugh every time you said fricken, haha how times was that now. I know a clean cut pax show, but still had to laugh. I did love it though, and by the end of the movie I new The Chef's character was going to sacrifice himself...........what a great story! I watched it at work with some of my co-workers (I work ambulance duty so we can watch tv at work and get paid for it, haha) and it led to a big discussion if we would want to know if we were dying. The consenses, possible knowing we would die years from now, but not the exact date. Awesome job will, it took me a bit to put you into that role but once I did I loved it and thought you did a fabulous job. Congrats! Be proud of your work!
good job wil. it's good to see you on tv again. look forward to seeing more.
just finished watching Wil bust it out on pax (alright, i missed the first half hour- but it was TNG on TNT!!). I must say Wil, your performance was very good, as well as the performances of your costars (quote from my brother- "Oh my friggin gosh! It's CHEF!!"). The acting pants must be fitting quite well now, because your performance was very nice. the only bit of criticism i have isn't even for you, but for....whoever this applies to...(i know, my extensive knowledge of the business is amazing)- I, personally, didn't like the soundtrack of the movie. I felt that the music didn't really go with some of the scenes that it played under. just my opinion though. thought you were good.
Hey Wil! The movie was pretty good and you did an awesome job. I didn't expect too much from PAX but hey, with the right actors anything is possible ;) I hope this leads to bigger and better things. You certainly deserve it.
So, just finished watching the movie...um, not bad, Wil.
On a side note, I kept waiting for Maureen to put her index fingers together and freeze time like her character could do on that cheesy 80's sitcom "Out of this World".
Wil - "The Book of Days" was excellent. I hope it leads to other acting opportunities for you. As a long-time Asimov fan, I'm hoping you get reconsidered for the "I, Robot" role because of the timely release of this movie.
The movie really hit home. My younger brother died a year ago (heart condition), right before his 16th birthday. I definately felt that he deserved a longer life, so the Nun's words were really comforting. I hope my dad saw this; he's a sucker for this kind of drama. Congratulations on the fit of your pants Wil.
Wil, the scene where Maureen asks you "They took your ring?" and then you break down was truly moving. You should be proud.
Wil, Good job on the movie. It was a good flick.
Now the question I have is, "Was I the only one that noticed the ObeyGiant tshirt you were wearing in the scene in Danny's apartment right after the funeral?" I know it was supposed to be a moving scene, but I saw that shirt and just hadda laugh.
A good watch nonetheless! Congrats. I, too, would like to see you in more movie roles. :-D
PAX aired Grizzlies basketball instead of "Book of Days".
Cable in Arkansas sucks.
I'm sure you were wonderful, Wil! I'll have TiVo find it next time it comes on.
You were fantastic! I really enjoyed the movie :)
Way to go Wil!
I was surprised by you in the movie. It was very good and I didn't see a bit of Wesley. You have really grown and matured as an actor - I hadn't realized.
I kept expecting the traveler to show up. ;)
Other than it being obvious it was a made-for-pax movie, it was good. Mostly because Wil was in it. Only for Wil would I skip watching "John Doe".
Good job, Wil. Hope you get more gigs soon.
Damn! I had a problem at work and had to stay late. Of course I didn't have the forethought to set the vcr. Does anyone know if the movie will be re-broadcast? PAX is always showing reruns, you'd think they would show this movie a couple of times, ala TNT.
From the site, it doesn't look like the movie is on again this month.
Congrats on the movie. I really enjoyed it, and so did my husband (he's not a big fan, but he thought you did very well)!! The two best scenes you had, in my opinion, were when Danny and Caroline were driving away after the wedding, and the expression on Danny's face right before the accident was awe-inspiring, and also, when Frankie admitted her feelings for Danny in front of his mother...that was SO convincing! You did such a great job, Wil. Thanks for giving us a truly entertaining and interesting performance.
First things first, you and Maureen did an incredible job on the movie. Your friendship really showed in the way you two interacted with each other. Second, I think Richard Grieco is still mad at you for 'stealing his girl' in "It Was Him or Us". HAHAHA!! I know, that was bad.
Like you mentioned, the courtroom scene left much to be desired. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more in the beginning about Caroline. It gave me the same feeling I always got when someone passed away on me (Nursing has advantages as well as disadvantages.). I felt empty and dispondent because I didn't know them. I didn't know Caroline, so I had that same feeling. I know, it sounds crazy... Maybe if the movie developed Caroline even a small bit more, I would be balling my eyes out on the couch.
Disappointments aside, I'd give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars overall. You and Maureen deserve 5 out of 5 stars.
Good to see you in the spotlight again! :)
Yeah, I saw it.
Channel surfing last night and saw TVsWW on PAX (who watches that channel... like EVER?). So, I checked it out for about 30 minutes (came in when the insurance guy (David?) got his book in the mail).
The Book of Days!
First thing I want to know is...
When's my day?
What does it say under "Spudnuts?" You could also find me under my real name, but there are only a few fucking million of those. How about Chinese people... is there a different book for them? Is there a Pet Book of Days? When is Raymond going to die? Or Jared?
I'm really curious about those two.
You know what I liked about the Book of Days? When they did a close-up on the date, you could see that it was printed by a very cheap inkjet printer. Like if Jonah the Holy Delivery Dude were to leave the Book in the rain, all of the dates would run and he'd have to make a last minute trip to Kinko's.
Kinko's Guy: "What's this?"
Delivery Dude: "The Book of Days. Listen, don't ask questions, just print the fucker."
I mean... how come God doesn't have his own laser printer? They're cheap! Somebody (the Catholics, let's say) ought to pitch the fuck in and buy God his very own laser printer. The Pope could go on Fatwallet and find God a really sweet deal on a laser printer. Free shipping too. Shit, I'd do it myself this afternoon except: A) I don't believe in God, B) I wanna play Xbox instead.
So, fuck God.
Get your own printer.
TVsWW did not embarass himself.
TVsWW did NOT embarass himself.
I mean the whole thing was your standard PAX pseudo-Christian morality tale. Which creeps me out. And the episode itself was one of those Twilight Zone retreads that Hollywood seems to love reincarnating in every show they put out regardless of genre. But having said that... TVsWW was better than okay.
He was rusty, but overall much better than the last time I saw him (Trek). Let's call him... um... Mychal Thompson circa 1987. He's maybe lost a step, but with a little conditioning he can be an effective member of a championship team. No Kareem, but he'll get his points when it counts.
Book of Days? C
Just got finished reading the comments...
Richard Grieco was in this?
I shoulda watched the whole thing.
Well, crap! My f'ed up VCR didn't work right and now I've missed it. do you know if they're planning to rebroadcast it?
I emailed PAX with the same question. Of course getting a response from them is about as likely as winning the lotery.
Ah well. If anybody taped it and is willing to make a copy for me, I'd appreciate it. Email me.
Great job Will !
I watched it with the wife a second time this afternoon (Tivo) . She loved it as well.
Ok, I admit, I just got a chance to watch it tonight (had to record it).
*jaw drops* Holy cows dude! What an awesome movie! If I had had a thought to record it on a real tape that I could keep around, I woulda! Now I want a good professional recording of it!
*lifts her jaw up* Wow...great job man. It was good to see you in a movie again...and you did absolutely great it in. :)
*goes off to see if she can get it burned onto a dvd*
I have you programmed into my Tivo, and was happy to find Book of Days in the list of things to watch this afternoon as I tried to escape the Columbia tragedy. The movie premise looked intriguing, and you seemed to be doing a good job, but I'm sorry, when it became clear that it was a religious "why does god let bad things happen to good people" movie, I couldn't stomach it and deleted it: religion has done far more harm than good over the centuries, and I just can't watch something like this. I look forward to seeing you in your next endeavor...
Just chiming in here to say that I noticed the Obey the Giant t-shirt too and mentioned to my spouse that they let Wil choose from his own wardrobe.
I saw it and thought it was outstanding,
for the most paht. Agreed on the courtroom
sequence. A pleasure to watch something
good arise from tragedy without being
maudlin or predictable.
Nice work, man.
DH in snowy north-central VT
P.S. R.I.P., Columbia astronauts.
Outstanding job!! I used to watch Out of this World when I was littler, so it was neat to see you both in something again. You did wonderful and my husband and I both watched it. I personally could have done without all the religion crap, but was worth sitting through to see you in about every scene. I recalled in your journal from shooting that you said you had to cry alot, and I couldn't help remembering that and giggling when you did.
Can't wait for the book. Will you sell them on your website and offer autographed copies to your loyal Monkeys??
Ooooooh! Slick Wil on da telly. :)
Twice in a Lifetime (episode is called "The Choice") is on channel Ten here in the Sydney area. :)
I notice you in the 'guest appearance' credits for the show but it doesn't show up in your IMDB credits on your 'actor' page. :/
Congrats to you, Wil. I'm not a PAX kind of girl and honestly would have never stopped channel surfing to catch anything on Channel 38 here in Chicago, but Friday night was an exception. Book of Days was certainly not my cup of tea, but I thought you did a great job with what was given to you. My favorite Wil moment? The very last scene of the film, between you and Maureen. Very real, very natural. Excellent work.
Maybe someday the industry will realize that Wil Wheaton has a posse that's eager to see more of his work (be it on PAX or elsewhere)...
I'm usually just a lurker here, but wanted to write and say that I enjoyed Book of Days ... though like many of your posse, I'm not a regular PAX viewer. Glad you tipped us off to the view date/time, since I certainly would have missed it otherwise. Thought you did a good job, and my husband was even willing to watch most of it with me.
Coming late to the party Wil, but congratulations! You did a fine job in the bit I saw (I forgot it was on and only caught the last 45 minutes or so). Like everyone else, I hope this opens the door to more roles.
Can I be honest though? I thought you were good, I thought the cast was good (even if Grieco looked awful), but I thought the movie itself was weak. The writing I mean, and just the whole concept of the film. I wanted to be more of an X-Files or Twilight Zone thing, but (being PAX) it was more of a heavy-handed relgious piece. I don't mean to offend anyone here, but it just wasn't my thing. I mean, if there is a God why would he/she/it do things like take a young pregnant woman's life? Why are things like 9/11, the Bush (p)residency and the Columbia disaster allowed to happen? Again folks, I don't mean to offend. It's just the skepticism I've always held to. Perhaps I missed the point of the whole thing by tuning in late.
Still, you got to work Isaac Hayes! How cool is that? I had to listen to "Chocolate Salty Balls" afterward, just to even out all the churchy stuff. That was after I watched the first few minutes of Diagnosis Murder, out of hope it would be the episode you and other Trek folks were in, but that wasn't the one they aired. Oh well... Good job, man. May this lead to bigger and better things.
I guess I'm in the minority here (I liked the Judeo-Christian values stuff). I wouldn't have watched the movie if Wil wasn't in it though. Have to say that he did a great job and he looked sharp. I REALLY want to see you get more work. Because of your site, a lot of us feel like we sort of know you. Kind of like a guy from the home-town making it big or something. So, great job Wil!
PS - Would everyone just stop acting so surprised that PAX had a movie about good wholesome subject matter that involved God. What did you expect? It's not going to hurt you to watch a movie like that every now and then. I thought it was refreshing.
Ok, so better late than never. I worked late on Friday, so I finished watching "Book of Days" this morning (Thank you TiVo!).
Love the "Obey" and "Kung Fu Records" shirts you were wearing...I'm a HUGE Vandals fan, so the Kung Fu one really made my day. Who'd have thought the Vandals would be on PAX?
The movie was very good. Yes, it was religious, but then again, it was on PAX. You did an amazing job - I really felt your pain in some of the scenes, and everyone did an incredible job. Someone else mentioned the "I love you Danny" scene of Maureen's as being their favorite, and I have to agree - I've been there before!
Hope this leads to bigger and better things. Some of us miss seeing you.
i loved it if it came out on DVD i would buy it
Shaun - do you remember me saying that little phrase thousands of years ago - 'Free Will'
I did not say it for my enjoyment.
I MUST CONFESS.. I was watching "BOOK OF DAYS" & STAR TREK:THE NEXT GENERATION... (I was switching channels... back and forth because both programs came on at the SAME TIME!!!)
Truly, I became rather emotional when your life span was being cut short because of your kindness in saving others!! I didn't believe that I would ACTUALLY CRY during some of the scenes!!
GREAT JOB...and you should be proud!!!
I like you wil, so ill just say, you had a movie on tv...thats cool. I thought u did alright, i was just watching it cuz it was muthFu**in uncle willie.
Good job on the movie, Wil. I liked it.
Hey, I know this is way late, but I just saw the movie tonight (we don't get PAX so my mother-in-law taped it for us). You did some really nice work there. Really nice. You should be proud.
I really enjoyed your perforance in Book of Days and I thought that you've really grown as an actor since your stint on TNG. I also think it's great that your willing to share some details about your personal life on your website. And lastly, thanks for all the laughs I've gotten reading your website
Pamela Reed es la mejor actriz que he visto en mi vida. Lástima que las películas en las que actúa no estén a la altura de su talento.
I was flipping channels last night and came across "Book of Days" at the wedding sequence. It caught my eye since you were in it, like a long lost acquantaince on the television. I absolutely loved the movie! It really makes you think, and yet, it never really makes it that obvious because it had me hooked from the very beginning. Great work!
I really enjoyed this movie, and have been thinking about it for weeks now. If it comes out on DVD, I will definitely buy it!
I've enjoyed following your career (lo these many years), and it is refreshing to see an actor take a role in a wholesome movie. Frankly, I wasn't going to watch the movie because I thought it would be another faith-bashing work (like Arnie's movie of the same title). I was pleasantly surprised ~ guess I should have had more faith in PAX! AND: I didn't know you were in it. To be honest, when I learned you were playing the key character in the movie, that's the only reason I decided to watch it. :) I am certainly glad I did!
Keep up the fantastic work, Wil! I would enjoy seeing you in some more thought-provoking stuff that I can actually watch with my family. You have a great gift. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!
im 12 and i love you acting.but my tv doesnt have the channel PAX. I really hope it airs on another channel. If it does please e-mail me and tell me!
Just watched BOOK OF DAYS today.
I rented it on DVD and was it worth it... Definitely!
Thanks Wil.. You acted real great in this movie. I hope to see you in more movies, plus in more Star Trek if that is possible someday.
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