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May 17, 2004

all the voices blur

A few years ago I took the train to Kansas and spent two weeks shooting a film that I am intensely proud of. It's called The Good Things.

The Good Things, like Neverland and Jane White is one of the very few movies I've done in the last ten years that I can enthusiastically encourage everyone to go out and watch.

Hollywood Bitchslap says:

The Good Things (2001) - Sundance
Wil Wheaton stars as a lovelorn young man working in a toll booth of his small, middle of nowhere community. The love of his life is marrying someone else, and his best friend sends missives from far and exotic locations. He yearns for something beyond the isolation and loneliness of life in the booth, but he seems unwilling to reach out or make a choice toward something more. This short is very effective in creating a mood of loneliness and ennui which resonates. The whole thing hits a little close to home, as I look out the window at the same town I have known my whole life. Perhaps there is a difference between being content and being trapped, but the line is a fine one to walk. This well-made short deserves a look. The performances are good, and the writing and visuals are worth experiencing.

Much of my adult acting career is marked by movies that, quite frankly, suck. I mean, there are some that have good moments, and there are some where I'm happy with my performance, but the overall picture falls sort of flat . . . then there are the ones that I'd rather forget entirely.

As I worked on Just A Geek I looked for the answer to the question, "What the hell happened to my once-promising acting career?" Ultimately, it was pretty easy to answer: I made lots of bad choices, based partially on bad advice but based mostly on the arrogance of youth . . . I regret a lot of the choices I made, because I blew a lot of very good opportunities, and lost twice as many more when I didn't respect the work. When I grew up (literally and otherwise) I knew that I had the acting ability to give good performances, but it was too late. I didn't have the fame or Hollywood cachet that is so much more important than talent and ability when it comes to getting cast in just about anything (See: Affleck, Ben; Kutcher, Ashton and Simpson, Jessica). It was frustrating that nobody would take a chance on me, but it was doubly frustrating that putting me in a film was seen as "taking a chance" at all! Seth Wiley, who directed The Good Things, and David Latt, who directed Jane White Is Sick And Twisted both gave me an opportunity to perform for them, in very different types of roles, and their leaps of faith paid off for all of us. Jane White has won more awards than I can count (including a best actor award for me, thank you very much :) and The Good Things won best short at Deauville in 2002.

Thanks to WWdN reader Greg, I just found out that The Good Things is airing on The Sundance Channel this Friday, May 21st. It's only 26 minutes long, so if you hate it, it's not like you lost almost three hours of your life in The Hulk . . . but I would be very surprised if you guys didn't enjoy it -- Matter of fact, I can hardly ever enjoy things that I'm in, but The Good Things is a notable exception to that rule.

I encourage everyone to record it, and share it with their friends. I think it's a great movie and I'd like for it to be seen by as many people as possible.

Posted by wil at May 17, 2004 10:36 AM
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First post? That's never happened before.
I saw The Good Things when it was online and you were pointing people to it. I enjoyed it. Good work.

Posted by: Delphine at May 17, 2004 10:40 AM

Doh! No Sundance Channel.

First post?

Posted by: Jase at May 17, 2004 10:42 AM

Saw The Good Things on one of the movie channels in Canada a while ago, must be close to a year by now, and I rather liked it.
Though, I think I walked into it half way, and I might have missed something, but that's the way the movie could have been made.

Good Work though ^_^

Posted by: Bill at May 17, 2004 10:47 AM

Bill, which movie channel in Canada? I'm from Toronto and Bell doesn't give me the Sundance channel.

Posted by: Fish at May 17, 2004 10:50 AM

Don't have Sundance...I'll just wait 'till it's on DVD.

Posted by: Gary at May 17, 2004 10:55 AM

I've seen The Good Things--caught it by accident a few months ago and loved it. I was actually thinking about it a few days ago as I was going through a toolbooth. Great work!

Posted by: Frog at May 17, 2004 11:00 AM

one more reason to love the Sundance Channel

Posted by: mimie at May 17, 2004 11:01 AM

Don't get annoyed because your arrogance of youth got you in some undesireable places. Just think where your arrogance could have taken you...drugs, alcohol, obscurity, living in a shack in Alaska. If your mistakes had been THAT bad, do you really think we'd be here reading your blog now? I do not think so Mr Wheaton...just put on a happy face

Posted by: Annie at May 17, 2004 11:10 AM

you could've been big star like ASHTON KUTCHER...but you're a much bigger man right where you are...some people make all the right moves and find their place in the sun without all the frustration you've seen...but you have an experience and an outlook that someday they'll envy...mistakes may have been made for the short term...but for the long term, you did all the right things to get you where you needed to be...not where HOLLYWOOD wanted to push you.

Posted by: d. burr at May 17, 2004 11:18 AM

Someone should make a way for those of us who don't have Sundance Channel to see this work.
Tell the producers/directors.

Posted by: Help at May 17, 2004 11:18 AM

The Good Things is great. I saw it a couple years ago or whenever you posted a link to it :). I encourage everyone to watch it!

Posted by: Robin at May 17, 2004 11:21 AM

LOL, kudos to the Hulk comment. I couldn't have possibly phrased that better...


Posted by: Grace at May 17, 2004 11:22 AM

<grammar nazi>“Cachet”, not “cache”.</grammar nazi>

Posted by: Bitt at May 17, 2004 11:22 AM

I look forward to it.

By the way, I saw Stand By Me for the first time over the weekend. It was really good. Good work Wil.

Posted by: Judas at May 17, 2004 11:22 AM

I JUST got Sundance channel back in my lineup!! How cool is that!! I am definitely looking that up and setting up the ol VCR!

I have to agree with Annie too, if you hadn't made the choices you made, you wouldnt be a great writer, you'd be too busy acting. All of us who are big fans of you as a writer, might not care about you as much. I like your acting, don't get me wrong. But the way you really touch me and affect me and move me is through your writing.

Posted by: AngelGypsy at May 17, 2004 11:24 AM

Wil, Hope you get more projects like this one.

Posted by: Geoff at May 17, 2004 11:37 AM

You talked about making bad choices well:

I have this nasty little habit of setting up theater auditions with independent theater companies and then calling them off. More recently, I decided to go to auditions for shows or companies that I definitely want to participate in, rather than 'just to do an audition', but I worry that these actions have given me a bad name. I'm also very paranoid.

Posted by: Dana at May 17, 2004 11:47 AM

I saw it when it was online as part of that contest and I agree with the reviewer. It's a great little film and Wil does a great job with it. The filmmaker conveys a sense of isolation with the location of the film and it's cinematography. Wil conveys a sense of ennui and malcontent in his performance. From his past postings, it's clear he and his character were in similar situations with respect to his career and it shows.

I highly recommend checking it out, but then I guess I'm preaching to the choir here. Unfortunately, I don't have Sundance, so I can't record it. If only I had some stream capture software back then...Wait, if only I had a time machine to go back and use some stream capture software...Wait

Posted by: ttrentham at May 17, 2004 11:47 AM

wow....thanks for the heads up. I will definitely watch this movie Friday. In my own life, I feel as if I am on the cusp of making an important life choice. I hope I finally take a leap of faith and try something new versus my old habits of staying where it is safe.

Posted by: William at May 17, 2004 12:02 PM

You've probably read The Road Not Taken:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost, 1920

Take whichever interpretation you want. I just thought it might be apropriate.


Posted by: Harry Pulley at May 17, 2004 12:03 PM

Unca Willie... you'll always be a STAR in our book!!! I've been reading for a couple of months now, and I've gotta say, your writting is outstanding, and touches more folks then any role you can play.

Posted by: Fred at May 17, 2004 12:03 PM

It took me forever to check, but I don't get Sundance (332). It is available for immediate upgrade without a phone call though...so I may just have to do that just to see Wil at 12:35pm on Friday. (missed him at 9:30am this morning)

Posted by: Katryn at May 17, 2004 12:36 PM

I had many friends who worked on that and then drank beer at William S. Burroughs house with you.

Sigh. I wish I'd been there too.

Posted by: Niki at May 17, 2004 12:40 PM

I caught The Good Things last week on the Sundance Channel by accident & was so happy to see you in it, Wil. I thought it was poignant and funny (especially the end!). Your performance was impressive, not to mention you were looking good! Nice work & I hope it gets all the credit it deserves.

Posted by: Ellen at May 17, 2004 12:56 PM

/me kicks hollywood in the ass for not making Wil Wheaton movies by the dozen. =)

Posted by: Forrest at May 17, 2004 12:57 PM

Awesome, and we just got the sundance channel recently too.
I am looking forward to seeing it as I missed it last time you posted to it online.

Posted by: NephraTari at May 17, 2004 01:14 PM

Wil, you obviously know more about the ends and outs of Hollywood than I do, but it seems premature to think it's too late for you to be a big star. Your good friend Sean A. seemed to go through career issues and then he landed Samwise. He's working on all kinds of projects now and getting more press, etc. than he has in a long time. I remain positive that this will happen for you too, Wil.

Posted by: Ness at May 17, 2004 01:15 PM

I know you're getting all sorts of the same comments, but I also was one that saw it online back when you were talking about it and really thought it was a wonderful piece of work. I hope this gets it out there to people even more!

Posted by: Jon at May 17, 2004 01:19 PM

Bleh. I don't have the Sundance channel. I'll hopefully see it somewhere else.

Posted by: Sarah at May 17, 2004 01:20 PM

I saw it the first time round, and it's a lovely piece of work. All WWDN readers should see it!

Posted by: ionicus at May 17, 2004 01:22 PM

Oddly enough I was watching the Sundance channel today and "The Good Things" was on. And it was a really great movie. When I saw you on the screen I quickly went "Is that Wil Wheaton from TechTV?" I'm a geek.

Posted by: Tommy at May 17, 2004 01:25 PM

Dude, Where's My Car? rocks. And Punk'd is mostly pretty hilarious. There's nothing wrong with being Mr. Ashton Kutcher! Don't hate on him because he's pretty and rich!

Posted by: Sarah at May 17, 2004 01:41 PM

Sometimes it surprises me that something good can come out of Kansas. I was born and raised here, and have only felt like it was the black hole of death, that no one can ever get out once they've been sucked in. I'm glad you were able to do something productive here, and enjoy it at that.

I'm finally getting out, after 30 some years to the state of opportunity. Ok, so it's a state 1400 miles away, but who's counting!

My mantra... "NY State or Bust!"

Posted by: Kari at May 17, 2004 01:46 PM

Wil, realizing that you have screwed up puts you in the majority. I don't know many people who have NOT screwed up. To me, it's what you do AFTER you screw up- do you sit, and pout, and crawl in a bottle, and make infomercials(I don't see you doing this), or do you look objectively at your actions, decide what went wrong, where, and why, and determine to rock on wit' yo bad self? I think you know. If you never ever do anything else on screen, at least you will know that you pursued writing to it's Nth degree. At least you will know you have a family that loves you(which is all that really matters), and some wierdos out in cyberspace that read your missives, and are happy to THINK about what you have to say.

Posted by: Jimmie Mac at May 17, 2004 01:51 PM

I've actually seen it. It plays every now and then on Movie Pix. I really enjoyed it. Joey Jeremiah from Degrassi was in it!

Posted by: katcheya at May 17, 2004 01:53 PM

Hey Wil, This was on Sundance just like 2 weeks ago. My wife and I just happened to be watching and we both enjoyed it quite a bit. I especially liked the bit when you're practicing your golf shot and that guy comes up and gives you some lip about it. I was wondering if that was really shot in Kansas too. I guess you learn something new every day. Oh and my wife says you were "hot" ,for what it's worth.

Posted by: Scott Woldridge at May 17, 2004 01:58 PM

It's on at 9:30am.. wah! I'm at work and no vcr and no dvr and no tivo. If anyone tapes this and is willing to send it to me let me know.


Posted by: Mie at May 17, 2004 02:11 PM

May I suggest a post about an NGO in Brazil? Kepos Group is an NGO that acknowledges and supports local knowledge, rather than 'ready-to-use' development
formulae prescribed by outsiders. Could you help us? Making us known would be of great help already!

The poor says thank you!!!


Posted by: Kepos at May 17, 2004 02:13 PM

Y'kno I love ya Wil, you're like the bro I never had. Most of the time I even vibe with what you have to say in your blog but the digs at other celebs... It stinks of sour grapes and for someone as successful and accomplished as you are, is it even necessary to knock others?

Posted by: Sumdum Gaia at May 17, 2004 02:17 PM

"The Good Things" can be seen on the web...I stumbled across it on the Chrysler MDFF site here: http://www.chryslermdff.com/finalist2002_wiley.asp?ShowFinalists2002=true

Registration rqeuired...

Posted by: Dave Craig at May 17, 2004 02:19 PM

hey wil... ill definetly check out the good things... im a big fan of jane white though... its an awesome movie and you crack me up in it... i encourage everyone to see it if you havent already...

Posted by: Sarah at May 17, 2004 02:28 PM

Too bad we don't get Sundance up here. I'll have to watch for the DVD I guess. And I have to agree with Sumdum, bashing someone that is currently popular really didn't help get the message across...

Posted by: Larry at May 17, 2004 02:33 PM

Hey wil is it on vhs or dvd? If it is I want to rent it, since I don't have the sundance channel. *pouts* Wil, don't say that your movies suck, cause I saw most of them. I have been a fan of yours since Stand By Me. Ok maybe the movie "THE CURSE" was kinda cheesy, but.......
A fan always,

Posted by: morgan at May 17, 2004 02:57 PM

Hey, there, Wil.

I've only been reading your journal for a short while, having been introduced to it through LJ, but I love your writings!

I work for a closed captioning company and had the good fortune to caption The Good Things for Sundance about a year ago. I absolutely loved it. Your performance was excellent. I have always been a big fan of Stand By Me, and always wondered what became of you. (Not a big Star Trek fan, although I was aware you were on the show.) Thanks be to the internet for letting me know. I look forward to your upcoming book!

Posted by: Kristi at May 17, 2004 02:59 PM

Consider it done, fearless leader.

Posted by: Abby at May 17, 2004 03:15 PM

You can watch 'The Good Things' here : http://www.chryslermdff.com/qualifying2002.asp Scroll down a little and you will see Wil holding a traffic sign, that's it. Great piece of work Wil, I was so happy to see that it was still online, and free!

Posted by: nicole at May 17, 2004 03:21 PM

I have cable, but The Sundance Channel is not included with it in my area, dammit to hell. :-(

Posted by: Angelwwolf at May 17, 2004 03:44 PM

Ok, sorry I'm commenting again, but after someone put the link to your "Good Things" movie I had to watch it. It was really good. I wish I could of gotten screencaps off of it, but I tried and it didn't work. I thought it was very well written. So I just wanted to say. "wil, never knock down whatever you do in your life. Like someone said, you grew up wonderfully and even though you don't do much acting now I still think of you as an actor and writer. I'll probably be getting your book soon. Oh yeah I love watching you on TechTV,because you have a really cool sense of humor.
a fan always,

Posted by: morgan at May 17, 2004 04:11 PM

Well I dont even have cable, but I will ask the neighbor if they have the sundance channel. That way I can give them a video tape and ask them to please tape that for me. Cant wait to see it!
Wil, you can measure life and happiness by what you dont or do have. There are lots of people in this world that have made really bad mistakes and realized it sooner or later. But some of the happiest people ive ever met have never even seen or done the things within their lives that you have accomplished. Be happy for what you have. Be happy for family, friends etc.. But most of all be happy that you have turned out to be a wonderful person with a wonderful family and people that care enough about you to come here and give you the type of support they give you. It seems to me that you have more fans that are more like friends than most celebs. Keep your head up and make all the days count whether or not your decisions turn out to be mistakes or the best thing that ever happened to you. =)


Posted by: Lotus at May 17, 2004 04:15 PM

All the way from Australia, Im a new recruit here sending a big helloo, for ages I had wanted to know what had become of you as I have been an "admirer" for a long time so for me I'm happy to have found your site (which I read your journals) and updated on whats happening... unfortunatly I havent seen The Good Things which, I will hopefully get on dvd soon.
Hope your cats well I know what it's like when you need to spend close attention to a beloved pet...
p.s dont get a stitch exercising to much!!

Posted by: Rochelle Cini at May 17, 2004 04:21 PM


Speaking of your acting ability, there are a lot of Trekkies out here who need your HELP. Spike TV has not renewed its contract with ST:TNG and is now showing reruns of Deep Space 9 instead. If you have any pull with Spike TV please tell them there are thousands of Trekkies who want to see the handsome Wesley Crusher. PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE HELP !!!!!!

It's not too late for your acting career; you're only 31...Jeeze. We want to see your face on the silver screen.

Freeman :)

Posted by: Freeman in Louisiana at May 17, 2004 05:02 PM

I saw you in another film that I thought was just outstanding: "December". It explores the different reactions of five boys to the attack at Pearl Harbor. Fine acting by everyone especially you Mr. Wheaton. Why doesn't this film also deserve to be on a list of good/great work post TNG?

Posted by: Bob B. at May 17, 2004 05:04 PM

I'd love to see it darlin', but I don't have the Sundance Channel. Anywhere else I might be able to take a look at it?

P.S. That Fwd. Fwd. Fwd. email I sent is worth looking at. It IS a forward, but you don't have to read the forwarded part. Pass it along. Those emails piss me off something fierce and I'd love to get them stopped.

Posted by: Veronica Knight at May 17, 2004 05:22 PM

Crap, I am at work Friday at 12:30. Is it on another time?

Posted by: Webini at May 17, 2004 06:39 PM

To everyone who reads this, check out the link that has been posted a couple of times
(http://www.chryslermdff.com/qualifying2002.asp ) and register and watch. Kinda small on Low Res, but gotta do something when you don't have DSL.

The Download time was good, and didn't get any lag.

Great performance to Wil and the others who put this together.

As for the DVD, that probably won't be an option, but who knows.

Go watch it now!

Posted by: Innkeeper2097 at May 17, 2004 07:00 PM

Saw it and liked it. By the way, congrats on surpassing your fundraising goal!

Posted by: Jen at May 17, 2004 07:17 PM

My cable at home blows lemurs, else I'd be checking this flick out. Don't think I've ever seen the Sundance Channel. Sounds purty cool.

By the way, Wil, cought your article in KoDT. Way cool.

John Powers

Posted by: D7 at May 17, 2004 07:30 PM

What about for us Australians? How can we find this film?! :(

Posted by: Mitch at May 17, 2004 08:21 PM

Those folks that you mentioned might be popular today, but who knows about tomorrow? I don't know how you couldn't consider yourself a success...look at all of the things that you've done in your short life.

I'm especially jealous of your writing. I've been wanting to write for years but don't know where to start. Congrats for finding your muse and writing books. They will still be on shelves long after the TV shows and movies have been forgotten.

You've already left quite the legacy, and this is just the beginning. I hope life isn't over at 31 because I'm the same age, and I have a lot more to do! I'm finally becoming the person that I've always wanted to be.

Keep writing and reaching out to people.


Posted by: Haystack at May 17, 2004 08:32 PM

Over $25,000 Will! Good job!

Posted by: =^) at May 17, 2004 08:57 PM

There is a basic flaw in American society that says if you haven't achieved fame/big bucks/etc. by the age of 30, you're a failure. It's a fragment of the larger flaw that worships style over substance and prefers the easy answer to the hard one. And heaven forbid that you should actually want to be HAPPY while you earn your daily bread (or steak, for those on the Atkins program...).

Not that I have anything against style, mind you, but I prefer to see it backed up by talent rather than praised as the be-all and end-all.

Wil, maybe you've made mistakes, but we ALL have. (I myself am trying to figure out if I've been living MY life the last twenty years--or only my mother's idea of my life.) Maybe it's time to forgive the you who made those arrogant decisions a decade or more ago and realize that, if you hadn't made EXACTLY the choices you did, when you did...

You might never have met Anne.
You might not be a (step)father.
You might not be a writer.
Wesley might still be hated. (I don't hate the character, but you know what I mean.)
You might not have gone into voiceover work.
You might have lost more friends than you've kept.
You might even have gone down the path that claimed your friend River.

I, for one, don't believe your film career is over, but I acknowledge that it may be harder now that it might have been. But you are one hell of a fine writer, Wil Wheaton, and in my not-so-humble opinion, the voice you've developed in your writing is rich and warm and mature and well worth listening to.

Be who you are, warts and all, and go kiss your wife and your boys and play with the menagerie and be glad you made the "bad" decisions that have brought you to the life you have.

We are.

Posted by: Syd at May 17, 2004 09:13 PM

I can think of three reasons why I know you made all the *right* decisions. Two of them are teenagers, and the other is their mom.

And you don't need any more reason, justification or excuse than that.

For my part, I know my decisions in life have caused me and others pain at times (and I think it's safe to say some of them could be classified as "bad" ones). But in the end, I am who I am and where I am now becasue of the decisions I made, and to wish otherwise is to slap life in the face. I guess I decided at some point not to do that anymore.

You're a sharp guy with people that need you. And as a bonus, even more people that look up to you and respect you. Those are pretty good consequences for "bad" decisions in my book. ;)

Posted by: Greg at May 17, 2004 10:11 PM

Ummmm....I like The Hulk. Does that mean I DIDN'T waste 3 hours of my life, or does my enjoyment get outweighed by the non-enjoyment of others....?

Posted by: Xander at May 17, 2004 10:36 PM

Good Wil Wheaton hunting:

Stand By Me Tuesday May 18 2004 early morning on MOMAX.

The Buddy System Fox Movies in the afternoon Saturday May 22 and Sunday the 23rd early morning.

And the ever crappy Arena on TechTV (merging with G4TV) on Sunday May 23 in the afternoon. (Sorry Wil. It's a sow's ear.)

Posted by: Brian at May 17, 2004 10:45 PM

Well I just logged onto the website and watched the movie and I really liked it. I think it had the best ending out of any movie I have ever seen, you half expect him to be on the ship, so funny.

I agree with so many who have commented here, you have so much to be proud of Wil and I will give a few reasons which are more personal to me...

1. You inspired me to write; I have always loved writing but always thought it was beyond my grasp, now I have my own weblog and I am working on my first ever story.
2. You inspired me to read; Seldom have I ever read so many books as after I read Dancing Barefoot. I read it and afterwards just couldn't help picking up book after book.
3. You gave me my favourite website; your own. I can't even log on at a net cafe without jumping onto WWdN to see if there is an update. It's not an obsession, I just love your writing so much.

That's my two cents worth. Stay cool and congrats on reaching your $25,000 goal! :)

Posted by: Mitch at May 17, 2004 11:19 PM

I just rented "December" starring
(rented Jane White a few weeks ago & loved every minute include Wil's commentary)

WIL WHEATON & a bunch of other's
(chris young, balthazar getty....)

a coming of age story set in "DECEMBER" 1941

so I'll give anything a try..

AND! there are no leeches or running around in any underware!!! and unfortuately no greek
skirts worn by Wil killing anyone from TROY...

HEY! What has Wil have that Brad doesn't?!


(& one hellofa green lawn! TOO )

Hey Wil? when is that big TEEN TITAN 2 part gig
of your airing???

later Wil!

Posted by: Wade at May 17, 2004 11:41 PM


I am moving to Cali very soon. I am looking at majoring in Mass Comm/Film. If my career sucks as yours does-I will be a satisfied man. I guess I'm trying to say I look up to you and what you've done in your "sucky" career.


Posted by: Jason (FUTUREWONDER) at May 18, 2004 12:09 AM

I don't care what common sense says, Python is/was damn enjoyable. Between Wil's performance and Richard Clabaugh's commentary track, Python is worth at least the nine dollars that most chains ask at this point. Personally, I can't wait to take Clabaugh's effects class (that will be taught within a year or so, hopefully). I mean, he's bound to have learned something, at least how not to make a CG, y'know.

Oh me oh my.

Posted by: Random_Tangent at May 18, 2004 01:24 AM

It was one of the M Channels where I saw it, not sure which one.
It wasn't the Sundance channel that's for sure.
I'm in Ottawa and it was on the Rogers network, but I'm sure you would get the standard Movie channels on Bell as well.

Posted by: Bill at May 18, 2004 05:34 AM

Not to state the obvious, but Wil is a great writer and a great actor.
Wil, why don't you write a screenplay and produce it / act in it yourself?
I think you should go for it.

Posted by: master of the obvious at May 18, 2004 05:37 AM

I saw it the first time around too - loved it.

Wil..I think your success meter is skewed. The pretty boy actors you mentioned will have short shelf lives until the next new kid comes along. Although I enjoy a good flick with some sweet eye candy just as much as the next person.


I don't check their websites daily for a post. I am not interested in how their cat is doing or whether or not their friend Kris is in remission .....their performances don't make me think, feel, laugh or cry like your writing does.

Years from now when you have another book on the best seller list...people will be saying....Ashton who?

I only wish I could fail even half as well as you have!

Much continued success your way Uncle Willy.


Posted by: Sharfa at May 18, 2004 07:07 AM

cool, wil.

Posted by: seasnail at May 18, 2004 08:23 AM

C'mon, now. Who didn't like Flubber??


Posted by: Morgan at May 18, 2004 08:45 AM

I loved you in Jane White too, Wil, you just cracked me up! Hey you mighta wanta wear that fro to some auditions, just occasionally, to mix it up. Waddya reckon?
I seriously have loved you in every film I've seen you in. You are always the stand-out, the real talent in the room.
One movie I have wanted to ask you about is Mr Stitch. I loved it and you were wonderful, and I just wondered was that a good experience, as shoots go? You had some great co stars too.
Wish I had cable to catch your shorts! hehehe ;)

Posted by: Lesley at May 18, 2004 09:49 AM

I haven't seen "The Good Things" Wil, but I will certainly try to. I've always enjoyed your work, most recently a film about 2 roommates, the name of which is eluding me at the moment.

I can understand your frustration when it comes to Hollywood. There are so many terrible actors and actresses and it upsets me that looks is considered a more valuable asset than skill.

I also find I respect performers who give live theatre a try more than just your movie actors. While I have done film, I much prefer the stage. That is where one can truly judge acting talent. Have you done live theatre?

Posted by: Lisa at May 18, 2004 10:11 AM

Well I just added that tier, featuring SunDance to my cable line up - told cox, emailed sundance that I joined to watch the short, because of your presence and planned on sticking around.

Watched and enjoyed the shortfrom the url posted above - thanks! Looking forward to seeing it and will probably tape it.

Side bar comment, maybe there is some room for you Wil-san on the new G4 techtv lineup moving to LA. We really enjoy when we get a chance to see you doing your techie thing!

Enjoyed the post and the reflections you made about your choices, most of all.

Chop Wood Carry Water, mi Amigo!

Posted by: Kirimaku at May 18, 2004 10:14 AM

Is anybodys life is as it was planned? I can telll you mine was not. That will change soon, when i move to the BIG APPLE. And the finnally my life will go the way i want it to go.

Posted by: Terry at May 18, 2004 10:53 AM

WOW...they have trains to Kansas?
Great that you found some roles you could enjoy and be proud of.....

Posted by: pilch at May 18, 2004 11:54 AM

Did you know on River Phoenix's site it was talking about the biography that was on of him, I think it was last year but if it was the year before, man, time really flys. Anyway, they were saying Corey Feldman's part in it was sweet and sad because you could tell how much he misses and cares for River, and you on the otherhand, they said they saw no emotion in you whatsoever and thats why when I read that i was like whattttt? because I remember the day in January when you posted on your site how upset the whole thing made you and that you had to stop the camera a few times because you felt like you were going to cry, So if you were upset and everything I don't understand why they're saying your not? That's stupid. It's hard to believe that you narrated it I mean when I watched it I was like wow, that definitly is not Wil Wheaton, it sounds nothing like him! I hope you read this and write back.

Posted by: Maureen at May 18, 2004 01:03 PM

You may have made some bad choices, and these may outnumber the number of good ones - but the important thing is that you *actually MADE a choice*. It would be worse if you were still sat on your ass in some office job, reading the blog of an actor who was out there making his mark on the media, and wondering what happened to your own dreams. Too many talented people live their lives unnoticed because they are too scared or lazy to take the hard option. You're not.

Posted by: Laura at May 18, 2004 01:22 PM

You cannot know what lies ahead! Every bad choice was part of the steps that led you where you are. (Me, too!) Gotta be thankful for even the bad crap.

And...I'm sure it helps to believe in what you want for your future, right? That's faith - believing what you cannot see.

We are all wishing blessings and favor to pour on your head, young Wil.

Make it so.

Posted by: Geri at May 18, 2004 01:59 PM

Oh I loved it! Wil you were SO great!! *sigh* Now I'm all sooky!
Everyone, 'The Good Things' (as posted by Nicole) can be watched online at: http://www.chryslermdff.com

Posted by: Lesley at May 18, 2004 02:00 PM

I really hate that I missed The Good Thing, especially since I'm not as familiar with your later works......but give me a break. I live in the swamps of Louisiana and Star Trek still comes on prime time.

Just wanted to chime in and acknowledge the fact that you do still have many fans and we are still looking you up on the net......it just took some of us a little bit longer to get here.

Posted by: BrainSmashR at May 18, 2004 02:45 PM

just set my Tivo to tape it.

Posted by: Dave at May 18, 2004 04:35 PM

Good acting, but the movie was to depressing for me but i guess its part of the whole idea.

lol Wil with a g.o.a.t.e.e lol.

i don't know what you been through, erhh in fact don't know you at all besides the stuff you post in your web blog but i do know this, the past is the past . . simply learn from it, like your dear fans keep on telling you, everybody makes mistakes. you said your paranoid. . . who wasn't once in a while!!!,Paranoia comes and go . its simply means you value your career that much. Besides if your uberly famous you won't even bother talking us at this level.

cheer up hommy

Posted by: Miko at May 18, 2004 05:44 PM

I watched "The Good Things" when it first came out two years ago. In fact, I watched it several times. Great short, with a great performance by Wil. I, for one, would rather see him in a major motion picture than a lot of the no-talent hacks performing these days.

Posted by: CDL at May 18, 2004 06:31 PM

So, you're like, tollbooth Willy?

Sorry, I couldn't resist that reference, especially when you listed some other talentless actors... some of whom are enjoyable for their own reasons...

I'll keep my eyes peeled for the short, but now that DirecTV is down I'm fairly certain I'll have to... eep... download it.


Posted by: Kevin Cedrone at May 18, 2004 08:28 PM

Saw it awhile back. I have forgot where but I liked it.

Posted by: skipjack at May 18, 2004 11:48 PM

Hey there, I just wanted to thank Nicole for posting the url to The Good Things, and the many others who have as well, I am envious of all the other readers who have the Sundance channel, I have the movie channels and like 200 more, but not one of them are that great, except space, which always plays TNG, I am going to watch the Good Things now. I can't wait. I think you are doing a great job as a person Wil, how many actors find time to sit and talk to their fans as you have. Write books as great as yours. Your family must be lucky to have a man like you in their lives.

To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.

Posted by: Jennifer Maitland at May 19, 2004 12:58 AM

Tivo is set. So Friday night I'll be watching The Good Things! Looking forward to it.

Posted by: Dal at May 19, 2004 02:40 AM

hey guys, i really think wil would be awesome in bravo's celebrity poker showdown. I sent them some feedback telling them so, and maybe if others do it, they will listen!

here is the URL:


Posted by: Jason at May 19, 2004 06:28 AM

Hey! I think Affleck is a great actor. (ie Good Will Hunting and his Kevin Smith work)

Posted by: Jason at May 19, 2004 07:13 AM

:( I have the Sundance channel but will be on a plane to Cleveland on Friday. Someone want to record it for me?

Posted by: Skip at May 19, 2004 09:48 AM

Hi, Wil & Anne. I'm here on my first visit. Hope you don't mind that I added a link to your blog on my blog site. I hope it helps, even a little, with your fundraiser. Since you have met your stated $25k goal, have contributions ebbed off a bit? If so, is it possible to raise your goal? I know this sounds terrible, but I think Jerry Lewis originally set his telethon goals so impossibly high because he thought a reasonable goal would discourage further contributions for competitive givers. Otherwise, the average American mindset doesn't think a lot about doing "above and beyond the call" type of giving... They feel good enough about themselves if they've helped you to reach a stated goal. It sounds backwards, but the consumer mentality is, "If that is all he says he needs, why give much more? My money would be better spent where it is more needed." Just a thought... Best wishes for a safe and successful walk! Shana

Posted by: Shana at May 20, 2004 05:36 AM

Oh,sure...and here I am, just having killed my television.
I guess I'll need to go beg someone to record it for me ;)

Posted by: Rebecca at May 20, 2004 11:53 AM

bad choices? So you made decisions that well... didnt win you an Academy Award, or bring in 20's of 40's of millions of dollars... so what?! Your co-star, River Phoenix, he was a great actor, and he made a lot of good choices in movies and STILL fucked up.

Be glad for your bad choices... because it's your bad choices that have made you what you are and have brought to you the people that you consider friends and loved ones.

Whenever someone mentions making bad decisions or screwing up... I tend to think of an interview a long time ago with Harrison Ford. A man with money, fame, power, etc etc... and he was asked (not in these exact words) but basically, what is missing in your life? He said "peace".

Posted by: Ragin at May 20, 2004 03:28 PM

Hey, I just caught this on Sundance, and I wanted to tell you what you already know: it's a great film. I thought it was beautiful and funny and familiar yet unexpected, and I sincerely enjoyed. Thank you.

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