Jerry O’Connell sincerely apologizes to Will Whitton, saying ‘sorry I wasn’t

By Beka Longmayer.

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Jerry O’Connell apologizes to his “Stand By Me” co-star Will Whitton in the latest episode of “The Talk”.

Last year, on the occasion of the film’s 35th anniversary, Whitton reflected his experience as a child star in the 1986 film.

In an interview, he opened up about how his childhood abuse brought strength to his onscreen work. Yahoo! Movies.

Without going into too much detail, O’Connell told Whitton this week: “Will, I just wanted to say, I heard before you talk about some of the fights you were going through during ‘Stand By Me’ and you know, when I was 11 years old. Age was, it was an excuse.

“I apologize for not being there for you when you were younger. But I want to tell the bigger picture, you never know what situation someone is going through when you’re with them. I don’t feel guilty, but I just want to say I’m sorry I wasn’t too much for you. “

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Wheaton insisted, “I deeply realize that … you are 11 years old, how did you know?

“Also, everyone in the audience who is a trauma survivor knows this, we’re real, real, really good at covering what we’re going for.”

Whitton’s mother was an actress and his father was a medical specialist. At present he is separated from them.

Talking about how the abuse he received at the hands of his parents in the past affected his portrayal of Gordy, a young boy whose parents were dealing with the loss of their eldest son (John Cusack), said Whitton.[It] Put me in the right place to play Gordy.

“Because Gordy’s experience reflects my experience. We both disappeared from our homes, “he explained. “We both have a brother who is a golden child. We are both scapegoats in the family. So when I see ‘Stand By Me’ now, I can’t ignore the incredible sadness in my eyes. And I can’t ignore the fact that it was that sadness, that isolation that gave me what I needed to get into Gordy’s life, and I think Rob Rainer saw it. “

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O’Connell and Whitton received a surprise message from Rainer, the film’s director in “The Talk.”

Rainer said, “This is your 75-year-old director, thank you for the best film experience of my life. We did this picture a long time ago and as the film says, ‘You never have a friend like you when you are 12 years old.’ Will, you are 12 years old. Jerry, you’re 11, and it was an incredible experience. Now at that time, we all knew that Will, you are very smart, but Jerry, we never knew you would be as handsome as you are now. Thank you. “

Wheaton responded, “It’s a really big deal. Rob has done some of the most amazing movies and some memorable movies and he doesn’t have to say what I’m saying. That was amazing. “

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Meet the new hosts of ‘The Talk’ Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gabazbimila

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