After seeing “Stand By Me” in 1986, it was pretty clear River Phoenix would/could become a major star. At the age of 15/16 when the movie was filmed, he displayed incredible sensitivity. Sadly his life was cut short.
Corey Feldman in some ways lived an extension of his character’s life. As the “bad boy” of the group he went on to suffer from drug addiction.
Wil Wheaton had a geeky sweetness about him and his career in Star Trek Next Generation, animation voice over work, gaming, and appearances on “Big Bang Theory” seem like something similar his character might have done.
But no one could have predicted that the fat kid played by Jerry O’Connell would grow up to be a stud muffin with 6-pack abs and a super fashion model for a wife. That is truly unexpected mystery of “Stand By Me”.