Jerry O’Connell had ‘no idea’ his ‘Stand by Me’ costar and longtime friend Wil Wheaton dealt with emotional abuse as child actor

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment last week, Stand by Me star Wil Wheaton revealed that a painful childhood fueled his performance as the troubled Gordie in the 1986 coming of age classic. "Through a combination of an incredible emotional abuse from my father and a lot of manipulation, using me, from my mother, it really put me in that place," Wheaton told us, noting that his actress mother forced him into a childhood show business career.

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