Waiting to promote Stand By Me on Good Morning America in 1986

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    I forget what day this picture was taken, but it was 1986, right after Stand By Me had been released. There we are, sitting on chairs in the green room, waiting to go be interviewed by (I think) Ron Reagan, Jr. It was my first trip to New York, and I remember how excited I was to go to that huge, almost mythical city, see Times Square, ride the subway, visit the Statue of Liberty, and hang out with Jerry in his home town.

    This photo captures our personalities perfectly: River and Corey are focused and serious (Corey is even wearing a tie and drinking coffee!) I am listening to the same person they are, but I'm not even trying to contain how excited I am to be going on a television show that I had been watching with my Aunt Val since I could remember, in front of the whole country, no less.

    My favorite part of this picture, though, is Jerry. It's almost like he caught my mom or dad taking this picture of us, and decided to strike a pose, just to be silly. I just love that he isn't taking the thing too seriously, and that he's just having fun and enjoying the whole thing. As I got older and began to feel like the teen magazine publicity stuff was taking over my life, it stopped being fun, and it started to feel like a chore. I always envied that Jerry seemed to take it all in stride, keep it in perspective, and just have fun with it.

    (There's more in my blog.)

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    1. andrewgatlin 57 months ago | reply

      That shirt you are wearing is beyond awesome sir.

    2. T. Jason Wright Photography 57 months ago | reply

      Very cool. That movie is in my list of all-time faves... one of the first DVDs I purchased when building my movie collection. Thanks for the insight on everyone's personalities. Jerry doesn't look as chubby here as he did in the film.

    3. radmegan 57 months ago | reply

      Fantastic. Thanks for sharing. To this day I love that movie...

    4. Dilava 57 months ago | reply

      Thank you for posting this, Wil! Stand By Me is a movie that changed my life (although I was 12 at the time) and will remain my all time favourite movie until I die).

      And I fell for all of you boys from this movie.
      Hell, even watched TNG cause you were on it.

      and I was one of those little girls who got Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, Big Bop, etc...just so I could have pictures of all of you to plaster on my walls.

      Also love you explaining how your different personalities shine through in this picture

    5. R.Sanque 57 months ago | reply

      Great pic made all the cooler by your comment. Thanks for sharing, Wil.

    6. HockeyBrad 57 months ago | reply

      Behind-the-scenes shots like these are my favorites. Thanks for posting it.

    7. Ocean.movie 57 months ago | reply

      A classic photo and a great piece of "time" and history...

    8. AlieSlavin 57 months ago | reply

      Wow, crazy. It's amazing how pics like this can just catapult you into a different time in your life. Hope you still keep in touch with everyone, sounds like you really enjoyed your time on this film...

    9. jdwheaton 57 months ago | reply

      River and Jerry were super fun, but Feldman was the biggest douche ever. I hated that SOB and stopped watching his movies altogether. Jerk face.

      Sorry, this is a brother's perspective.

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    10. JamesLongPDX 57 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Supreme Awesomeness! Post some, award none!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      What a neato and special photo. I was about 19 when SBM came out. One of my all-time favorites, and I even saw it in a real theater. God that time went by fast...

    11. Jo and Paul's pics 57 months ago | reply

      This is such a great candid photo and it's lovely to read the story that goes with it.

      I bet you all had loads of fun filming it - although the bit with you all going through the river and having leeches attached to you can't have been much fun.

      I just LOVE the film (and Stand By Me was the song we had as our first dance at our wedding 6 yrs ago today 30/08/03), it is one of my all time favourites.

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

    12. drsphoto 57 months ago | reply

      Very cool!!

    13. hollie v r 53 months ago | reply

      amazing, thanks for this!

    14. jordanm90 53 months ago | reply

      This is definitely one of my FAVORITE movies of all time. First time I saw it was on CMT this summer (wasn't born in the 80s). I can't wait to get the DVD online. There's just something about this movie that I love, to the point where I just can't explain it. So much more I could say, but I think I'll stop here.

    15. saintjason 51 months ago | reply

      Loved the book, loved the movie even better. I hated Kiefer for the longest time after that. (lol being a kid and all)

    16. Tejo Crafts / MissMomo 51 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing !

    17. That Pettigrew Girl 47 months ago | reply

      that is truly the best thing I have seen in awhile. The best part, however, is your description.

    18. anyaradford 42 months ago | reply

      thank you so much for sharing the pic and ur thoughts :)

    19. e_alnak 25 months ago | reply

      Interesting photo, even more interesting description.
      (I came across this photostream by searching through the 'classic games' tags oddly enough)

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