Jerry O'Connell has revealed his dad warned him not to talk about making the movie Stand By Me because it would never be released.
The actor, now 37, was one of the stars of the coming-of-age movie, released in 1986, which became a huge hit.
He said: "I was getting ready to go back to school in September and my father said, 'Listen, don't tell anyone at school you're starring in a movie because this thing is never going to come out. They make these movies. They never get released."
Jerry recently reunited with stars of the film to mark its 25th anniversary.
"It was really fun and exciting to see them and it brought back a lot of good memories, but very sad that River Phoenix has passed away," he said.
Jerry's latest project is comedy-drama series The Defenders, a show about lawyers which also stars David Tennant.
The actor enthused about his British co-star.
"Man, he is great. He's just really good at what he does. It's funny, we both played lawyers in the show that we did. To be honest I stole a lot of stuff that I'm doing in my show from watching him."