UPDATE: Amy and Sheldon wedding clip with Wil Wheaton
The twist for The Big Bang Theory’s season finale is even though Wil Wheaton (playing himself) was to officiate for the wedding of Sheldon and Amy, Wolowitz arranged to have Mark Hamill (playing himself) do it, as an special “upgrade.” Watch the clip below.
In the season 11 finale of The Big Bang Theory airing tonight, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton returns for his 16th appearance on the hit comedy. Wheaton plays a somewhat darker version of himself on the series and has often played antagonist to Jim Parson’s Dr. Sheldon Cooper, however for Sheldon and Amy’s wedding episode (titled “The Bow Tie Asymmetry”), Wheaton has a surprising role, officiated the wedding.
Executive producer Steve Holland explains the role to ET:
Well, when we were talking about the wedding, we were trying to think of who would officiate it. I mean, obviously, it would not be a minister for Sheldon and Amy and then we thought maybe there could be some fun, science people who could do it, but then Will just seemed like such a good fit. He’s a friend, so it would make perfect sense for him to do it, and for Sheldon, the chance to have someone from Star Trek to officiate his wedding, seems like a dream come true
ET also has a clip of Sheldon and Amy talking about Wheaton officiating, with Sheldon thinking back to how his younger self would have preferred William Shatner.
Wil Wheaton talks about playing “Wil Wheaton”
In an interview with CBSLocal, Wil Wheaton talked about how the show’s version of Wil Wheaton feels about being given the honor of officiating the wedding:
He’s really excited to be part of the wedding. It’s one of the very few times that the Wil Wheaton who I am in real life and the Wil Wheaton who I play on “Big Bang Theory” really overlap into almost a perfect circle.
The actor also opened up about what it has been like playing a version of himself on The Big Bang Theory over the years.
It took me a long time to get used to playing a version of myself. I had a great conversation with Mark Hamill about this, because Mark is playing a version of himself as well. He was saying, it’s hard to wrap your head around playing a version of yourself because you almost feel like, I am giving my actual real-life endorsement to the things that the character version of is saying and doing, and that might not necessarily be the case. I got to tell him, you just sort of commit to the fun of the fiction of it all, that this isn’t actually who we are in real life. What I didn’t tell him is that it took me almost 8 years of playing Wil Wheaton on “The Big Bang Theory” to get to that point, where I’m playing a character who just so happens to have the same name as me and much of my biography.
Wheaton also says he he “geeked out” to be on the set with Mark Hamill, something he also shared on Twitter back in April.
I got to work with one of my life-long heroes today, and I managed to only hyperventilate, instead of fainting, when he told me that he knew I existed. pic.twitter.com/y1wqyJd98V
— Wil 'this account mocks fascists' Wheaton (@wilw) April 18, 2018
The 11th season finale of Big Bang Theory airs tonight at 8/7c on CBS.