William Shatner leaves for new Star Trek shows – The Hollywood Reporter


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William Shatner wrapped up the first night of San Diego Comic-Con in style – lots of cursing and looking back on his storied career.

In an hour-long chat with host Kevin Smith, the 91-year-old actor spoke about aging, space travel (both real and fictional) and his place in the pop culture mind.

Shatner’s age was a running joke throughout the panel, with the actor quipping that he could die at any point during the panel. “None of us really want this, sir, but that would be fucking incredible at Comic-Con,” Smith joked back. “People would say, ‘He died like the legend he was.’

Throughout Shatner’s panel on Shatner, presented by fandom company Legion M, the icon oscillated between, as he put it, “serious” and “fun” themes. He took the time to talk about the importance and power of fandom to his career and in particular to Star Trekwhich 56 years ago introduced the world to James T. Kirk, its most enduring character.

When asked to address fans of another major sci-fi franchise, Shatner quipped: Star Wars … But not Mark Hamill.”

“We love Mark Hamill,” agreed Smith.

Asked by a fan if there are any new Star Trek series that he felt rivaled his own, Shatner responded, “None of them.”

“I need to know [creator] Gene Roddenberry in three years is pretty good, Shatner said, he would roll over in his grave from some of these things.

On another occasion, he got a fan in trouble for wearing a mask because the actor couldn’t hear the man’s question. (Masks are strictly enforced at Comic-Con this year, for the first time since the coronavirus closed the conference for three years.) “Not only did I not understand what he was talking about, but I do not understand who he is talking to.” Shatner said after several attempts to ask a fan to take it off.

Shatner also took the time to talk about his real-life journey into outer space. He emphasized how important it was to soak up every minute: “I went and I swore that every moment I spent in space would not be playing in zero gravity, but looking out the window and trying to get impressed,” Shatner said of his last year Journey in Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin.

However, Shatner said that our own planet is where we really should be. When a fan asked him which planet he would like to visit, Shatner simply replied, “It’s the only fucking planet we have.”

Toward the end of the panel, Legion M showed an emotional clip from the upcoming Shatner documentary, in which the actor told the story of finding his beloved dog dead when he was just 10 years old. He described how the experience opened his mind to the fragility of life, changing his perspective and teaching him to appreciate fleeting moments with nature, family and planet Earth.

The panel ended with the fulfillment of Shatner’s promise. Early on, Shatner said that he and Smith would “curse”. “You’re a double dumbass,” Shatner said.

“Well, double dumbass,” replied Kevin Smith, a reference to the lines in Star Trek IV: The Journey Home (1986).

“What a shitty statement,” Shatner joked back. “Now you sound like my mother,” Smith said. “I’m sorry about your mother,” Shatner said, ending the panel as the microphone went off.

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