Jerry O’Connell starred with Wil Wheaton in Rob Reiner’s 1986 film Stand By Me, but regrets not standing by his castmate when the cameras weren’t rolling.
“I heard before you talked about some of the fights you had during ‘Stand by Me‘ and you know, when I was 11 at the time, that’s an excuse. I want to apologize for not being there for you when you were younger,” O’Connell told Wheaton. “But I want to say that you never know what someone’s going through when you’re with them. I don’t feel guilty, but I just want to say I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you more.”
Wheaton said he “deeply appreciated” O’Connell’s apology, but added: “You were 11. How could you know that? Also, anyone in the audience who has survived trauma knows we’re really, really, really good at covering up what we’re going through.”
You can see the exchange below:
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jerry-oconnell-wil-wheaton-apology_n_6259d77ee4b0723f8018e79c Sorry Jerry O’Connell for not being there for Wil Wheaton on the Stand By Me set