The History Behind “Evil Wil Wheaton” On The Big Bang Theory


Wil Wheaton’s Nemesis Origin Began With A Tweet

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Many of the running jokes on The Big Bang Theory come from fact. Wil Wheaton, who plays a “delightfully evil version” of himself on the series, actually got this role due to a tweet he sent out.

Wheaton told Larry King, “I was talking on Twitter about how much I loved the show and how I thought it was really funny.” Steve Molaro, one of the show’s producers, saw the tweet and reached out to the Star Trek actor.

Luckily, this got the ball rolling for Wheaton to come to set.

The Actor Originally Thought Offer A Prank

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Mental Floss writes:

“One of the show’s executive producers, Steven Molaro, saw the tweet and told Wheaton to let him know if he wanted to come to a taping. A few days later Wheaton received an email from Bill Prady’s assistant about appearing on the show. “I just thought the email was a joke from one of my friends, so I just ignored it,” Wheaton said.”

“When Wheaton realized that the email was legit he phoned up Prady, who explained they wanted a nemesis for Sheldon. “It’s always more fun to be the villain,” Wheaton said. Even though the character has evolved into Sheldon’s ally, Wheaton said, “I still call him Evil Wil Wheaton.”

Wil Wheaton’s Previous Roles And Voicework

River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton | Photo Credit Stand By Me

Before The Big Bang Theory, Wil Wheaton has been described as an actor, voice actor writer, and blogger. His major role consisted of Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation but he was also in the famous film Stand By Me as a kid.

Wheaton has done a ton of voice work on reoccurring roles as Aqualad in Teen Titans, plus Cosmic Boy on Legion of Super Heroes in addition to playing the well-known, fictionalized version of himself on the CBS series.

What’s your favorite Wil Wheaton episode?

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