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Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton

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Appendix A. The WWdN FAQ

THE FAQ IS BROKEN DOWN into the following categories:

  • Star Trek

  • Stand By Me

  • Other Movies and Television

  • The Site

  • Other Questions

STAR TREK

Why’d you quit?

The following is reprinted from the best interview[17] I ever did:

Here’s the absolute truth why I left Star Trek. I left Star Trek because it was seriously interfering with my career in feature films. I was in a situation where I was constantly having to pass on really good movie roles because I was on the series. I had a film career before Star Trek. People knew me before Star Trek. As a matter of fact, at Comic Con, a lot of people came up to me and said, “I started watching Star Trek because you were on it and I was fan of yours from Stand By Me. I stopped watching it after you left.” I had a lot of people say that to me.

After something like this had happened a lot of times, I finally had the last straw: I had been cast by Milos Foreman to be in Valmont. I had gone through lots and lots of callbacks, I had met Milos personally a number of times, and he was really supportive of me and told me, “I want you in my movie.” I was going to go to Paris, I was going to be in this movie and stuff, and we were going to shoot it during the hiatus. The shooting schedule for Valmont would have carried me over about a week into the regular season schedule into Star Trek. I would have had to sit out the first episode of the year, right. That’s not a big deal, it’s not like I’m the fuckin’ Captain, you know. At that point, ...

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