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William Shanter says J.J. Abrams is “Being a pig” for taking on both “Star Trek” and “Star Wars”

William Shatner has a few choice words for J.J. Abrams

Shatner famously played Captain James T. Kirk on television and movies, and he is not pleased with that J.J. Abrams has decided to direct the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ movies.

“No, he’s being a pig,” Shatner told the website Movie Fanatic about Abrams pulling double duty with the “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” franchises. “He’s collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest. He’s probably the most talented director of that ilk that we have, but he’s gone too far this time.”

Abrams was hired to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” earlier this year. The news came as a shock to many and not just because Abrams is already employed by the “Star Trek” franchise (his latest series entry, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” arrives on May 17). The director said on numerous occasions that he wouldn’t direct “Star Wars,” before changing his mind.

Shatner and Abrams have had a somewhat contentious relationship since Abrams took over the “Star Trek” franchise. Back in 2008, there was speculation that Shatner’s Captain Kirk would appear in “Star Trek,” but Abrams and the star could never seem to come to an agreement. From an interview Abrams did with AMC in 2008:

We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing, but the truth is, it didn’t quite feel right. The bigger thing was that he was very vocal that he didn’t want to do a cameo. We tried desperately to put him in the movie, but he was making it very clear that he wanted the movie to focus on him significantly, which, frankly, he deserves. The truth is, the story that we were telling required a certain adherence to the Trek canon and consistency of storytelling. It’s funny — a lot of the people who were proclaiming that he must be in this movie were the same people saying it must adhere to canon. Well, his character died on screen. Maybe a smarter group of filmmakers could have figured out how to resolve that.Shatner responded to Abrams with a YouTube video and claimed he was never asked to appear in “Star Trek.” That’s all water under the bridge, however, according to the star.

“I think of him as a buddy of mine. I’ve taken him out for sushi. I think it’s time for J.J. and I to have another sushi and let me put him straight about two of the largest franchises,” Shatner said to Movie Fanatic, before joking, “not employing me in either one of them is just foolhardy.”

In my opinion, William Shatner’s just a crotchety old man. He will find any reason to bitch and moan. Who cares if J.J. Abrams is doing both? Who cares!!


Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 8:08am
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William Shatner: “I won’t be remembered”

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Veteran actor William Shatner is convinced he will not be remembered after his death – because his acting feats are no comparison to those of Hollywood’s biggest legends.

The 77-year-old gained a cult following for his role as Captain Kirk in 1970s futuristic series Star Trek, but insists the entertainment industry is so fickle, his award-winning performances won’t be enough to keep his memory alive.

He says, “I’m not going to be remembered any more than anyone else. Maybe on the day there will be a little more fuss than, say, some guy in Poughkeepsie (New York). Fame and remembrance are so fleeting. None of us is remembered. Some of the great names I grew up with, five years after they were dead, no one remembered them. No matter what age you are, you are liable to die. But the older you get, the odds go up that it’s going to be very soon. It’s not going to be very long. But I’m having such a good time with the world that I live in, I don’t want to go anywhere.”



Posted Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 3:15pm
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William Shatner denies near death surgery story

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Legendary Captain Kirk actor William Shatner has denied reports that he nearly died while undergoing routine hip replacement surgery. A source at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said that his heart was beating erratically and that he might die on the table.

He said on his official website Monday, “I’m in absolute perfect health, I’ve never felt better in my life. Somebody made up an absolutely foolish story.”

Good to hear it William!


Posted Friday, February 8th, 2008 at 7:07am
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William Shatner’s routine surgery turns into life or death drama

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The 77-year-old Captain Kirk, William Shatner, has reportedly developed heart complications on the operating table following his procedure for a hip replacement on January 25th.

“The hip replacement surgery went fine,” the source said. “But William’s heart started beating erratically. For a few seconds, it looked like he might die on the table.”

He was quickly stabilized, but “he was pretty shook up when they told him about the heart complication,” the source said.

“Until now he’s had no real medical problems, but he’s overweight and out of shape, so hearing he had a heart problem scared the hell out of him.”

Now recovering at home, “William feels fine and he’s already walking,” the source said. “William said he’s going to drop some weight and start taking better care of himself.”

Posted Monday, February 4th, 2008 at 4:16pm
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