On 1 September this year, the kids from Stranger Things began appearing on the talkshow circuit. The first up was The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Finn Wolfhard (Mike),Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) all appeared on Fallon’s show twice.
Initially it was to talk about filming the runaway hit and then it was time for a silly game. “Stranger Strings” was a good bit of fun with silly string and Brown did a Nikki Minaj rap.
It seemed that this quartet of young stars would be appearing on all the available talkshows. However, on the Netflix talkshow Chelsea, it was a trio that appeared. Three of the group sans Wolfhard. No explanation was given as to why the young actor was absent.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! opted for Wynona Ryder and Gaten Matarazzo, each on a separate episode leaving Caleb, Millie and Finn out in the cold.
While the main cast, including Finn, have been running the gauntlet of television interviews, the “big” ones, late night television in the form of Fallon, Kimmel, Myers and “others” like Chelsea Handler as well as The Late Late Show with James Corden have been a bit hit and miss.
Of course Corden and Myers may be a bit too late for the youngsters to appear on so that would explain their absences. (Although a pre-recorded segment would be nice…)
Perhaps with everything going on, such as podcasts and local telly appearances, along with various “net” programs the quartet have tired out. Although Gaten Matarazzo is still going strong, the others may be flagging.
It is odd, though. The sudden no-show of Finn on Chelsea is puzzling. Although Gaten appearing alone on Jimmy Kimmel Live! may be down to Kimmel not being keen on all of the kids showing up at once.
Searching the Internet shows only The Tonight Show and Chelsea having more than one young actor on at a time. At first glance it could seem like the youngsters have had a falling out. Looking at IMDb, though, provides a clue as to just why young Wolfhard may be AWOL on the rest of the talkshows on offer.
The remake of Stephen King’s It.
Finn has been cast as Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier, the young version of the man of a thousand voices who has a quip for any occasion. “Beep beep, Richie.”
On a sidenote: It will be interesting to see Wolfhard in this new role. Tozier was a motormouthed kid whose tendency to speak first and think way later is the polar opposite of Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things.
Still, the Netflix hit of the summer proved that this youngster has acting chops for days. It seems that there is a good chance that Finn is working those chops while his friends and colleagues from the television show hit the talkshow trail.
It (Part One) is due out 8 September 2017. Looking at the cast list Finn’s name is listed above the new Pennywise, Bill Skarsgård. This is completely indicative of Hollywood and its publicity heavy pecking order.
Wolfhard, and his costars from Stranger Things are the hottest things going in terms of child actors right now. Hence, his name precedes that of the Skarsgård who plays the “killer clown.”
So it seems that the reason Finn has been absent from other talkshows is that he is busy working on the Stephen King remake.