Is this the toughest role yet? Playing yourself might be harder than you think, but one thing remains true: actors pull it off all the time. With that said, let’s talk about actors and actresses who play themselves on television.
This time around, I’m going to focus on the fabulous Wil Wheaton - who first caught my eye in “Stand by Me” as Gordie - but I’m not here to talk about that movie role. Rather, I’m here to discuss his stint on the CBS hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory.” He’s only appeared in six episodes, but Wil has hit it out of the park as himself. It’d be hard not to have a geek-filled comedy without mentioning some of the top actors and actresses appearing in popular sci-fi productions. Enter Wil Wheaton, who is mostly recognized by Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and his friends for playing Wesley Crusher on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Despite portraying himself, Wil is still playing a part. He appears as a more darker version of himself, especially when he’s antagonizing Sheldon. In the beginning, the two have an ongoing rivalry, but eventually they form a unique friendship. Their relationship showcases some of the greatest moments throughout the series. Let’s take a look at each Sheldon and Wil - or as I like to call them “Wildon” - moment and admire Wil Wheaton’s greatness as Wil Wheaton.
1. Sheldon and Wil Wheaton Finally Meet
There’s nothing better than watching Sheldon and Wil Wheaton play a tournament of Mystic Warlords of Ka’s, at the comic book store. This is the first time Sheldon comes face to face with his archenemy, who he has despised ever since Wil skipped out on a convention. He didn’t even sign Sheldon’s Wesley Crusher action figure! Well, Sheldon intends to take Wil down, during the card game, but things don’t go exactly as planned. Wil turns the tables and shows his true colors - his darker side - when he tells Sheldon a fabricated dead grandma story aka the reason he didn’t attend the convention. This greatly influences Sheldon - he loves his own Mema very much. When all is truly revealed, let’s just say Sheldon’s hatred skyrockets.
2. Sheldon and Wil Wheaton Strike Out
They meet again. Goodbye card game, hello bowling match. Wildon just loves to compete. During a bowling match against the comic book store, Sheldon is all set to go head-to-head with Wil Wheaton. Ever since Wil’s grandma story, Sheldon feels the need to destroy Wil even more, which he plans to do with bowling. Sheldon goes above and beyond. He even designs shirts with the team name “The Wesley Crushers.” Soon enough, Wil’s dark side reveals itself - again - when he uses Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) “I love you” argument against Penny. Everything pretty much falls apart - for Sheldon and Leonard. Once again, Wil is victorious.
3. Sheldon and Wil Wheaton Enter a Dark Tomb
Apparently, all it takes is Harrison Ford and a movie line to really push Sheldon over the edge. While waiting in line to see a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which includes an extra 21 seconds of never-before-seen-footage, Sheldon and the guys bump into Wil Wheaton. Despite arriving late, Wil is ushered to the front of the line and straight into the theater. Disaster strikes: Sheldon and the others don’t get in, but that doesn’t stop Sheldon from stealing the film and fleeing the theater with an angry mob, including Wil, chasing him and his friends down the street.
4. Sheldon and Wil Wheaton Become Bosom Buddies
It’s been a long time coming, but Wildon officially become friends in Season 5. Hallelujah! Before they become bosom buddies, Sheldon tries to stop Leonard from going to Wil’s party. Eventually, Sheldon arrives - and good thing - because Wil ends up giving Sheldon an autographed, mint-condition, limited-edition Wesley Crusher action figure aka the very thing that caused Sheldon’s hatred. Friends at last!
5. Sheldon and Wil Wheaton Party Together
Now that they’re friends, they can party together. During Howard’s (Simon Helberg) bachelor party, Wildon get along amicably. This time around, Wil doesn’t really act out against Sheldon, but more towards Howard. Wil almost ends Howard’s engagement to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) by videotaping - and posting online - Raj’s (Kunal Nayyar) drunk speech that divulges all of Howard’s sexual escapades. Yikes!
6. Sheldon and Wil Wheaton Talk Flags
You know you’re on Sheldon’s good side when he invites you to discuss flags on his video podcast, “Fun with Flags.” Well, this time, Wil Wheaton becomes Amy’s (Mayim Bialik) enemy. The two just can’t get along - she’s like her boyfriend in more ways than one. Amy continuously criticizes Wil’s persona and acting skills, while Wil talks down to Amy and calls her all sorts of not-so-nice names. At first, Sheldon doesn’t stand up to Wil. Eventually, Sheldon visits Wil’s home - drunk from Long Island Iced Tea - and gets an apology. Then, he vomits in Wil’s bushes.
I can only hope Wil will be back as himself very soon. What is your favorite Wil Wheaton or Wildon moment?