You may know Anne from her appearance on Table Top.
But you SHOULD know Anne from her work with #Vandal Eyes, which she created along with Bonnie Burton.
“Me and my friends, we are those characters,” Wheaton says.
His other passion is the web series “Table Top,” in which he films himself playing board and role-playing games with friends.
“It’s a clip show of me setting up things that happened on ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Orphan Black’ and all the superhero shows, then running clips and making jokes, and maybe talking about cool comic books and things we’ve seen online.” The California native started acting at age 7, appearing in commercials and TV and movie guest spots before landing the role of Gordie Lachance in the 1986 hit “Stand by Me,” alongside River Phoenix.
He then spent four seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” But Wheaton grew disillusioned with Hollywood and followed his love of technology to Topeka, Kan., where he spent four years helping to develop a video-editing program called Video Toaster 4000, before the acting bug brought him back to California.
When he was about 10 years old, Wil Wheaton, who would soon co-star in the movie “Stand by Me,” received a Dungeons & Dragons game as a Christmas gift from his great-aunt. That game led Wheaton, who says he was “shy, bookish [and] weird” as a child, to embrace his geekdom — a move that has worked out spectacularly well.
At first he was hugely disappointed, as his cousins had all received the newest and coolest in hand-held video games. “She said, ‘This is a game for people who like to imagine things, and you have a great imagination. Flash-forward 30 years, and he can boast 2.6 million Twitter followers, a recurring role as himself on television’s most popular sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Table Top,” a popular board-game web series, not to mention the nerdiest of bona fides — playing Wesley Crusher on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” And now he has “The Wil Wheaton Project,” a weekly Sy Fy network show premiering Tuesday that’s a mash-up of “The Soup,” “Talking Dead” and “Attack of the Show.” “I’m reviewing the things that we, in nerd culture, really love,” he says.
“Being a nerd is not about what you love, it’s about the way you love it,” he says.
When I see River at his best——I see some of Marlon Brando’s noble reticence.
Like Brando, River seemed to always be listening, even while speaking; his cadence—halting, then gaining speed, then suddenly stopping—suggested he was making it up as he went along, which is not the same as improvisation. I’m aware of how presumptive that sounds, as though he belonged to us—but isn’t that the implicit agreement made between actor and audience, and aren’t we most attracted to the actors whose private personas seem to mirror their professional ones?
Unlike Brando, River never prowled onscreen—that longshoreman swagger would have looked ridiculous on such a young kid—but there was something about him that made his co-stars uncertain. He acted in 13 films, most of them frivolous, more than a few unwatchable. Getting older creates its own variations; given a modicum of talent, an actor gains gravitas as they age. The of River Phoenix’s death was best answered a long time ago by Martha Plimpton, his ex-girlfriend: “He was just a boy,” she said.
Wil Wheaton said River was a “raw, emotional open wound all the time” on the set of What else do we know about him? Friends and some critics say River was poised to be the greatest actor of his generation, but the closest we got to a vision of River Phoenix as mature actor (i.e. “A very good-hearted boy who was very fucked-up and had no idea how to implement his good intentions.” It’s a great answer that reveals the absurdity of its question.