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Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like

timothy posted about 3 years ago | from the make-it-count dept.

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He's Canadian, he's proven himself a successful comedic actor and writer, filmmaker, and musician, but (no matter what else he does) in many people's minds he will always be James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise. Now, William Shatner has agreed to answer your questions. We'll pass on to him a selection of the best reader questions; you might want to read up on Shatner's official home page (and the Wikipedia link above) to knock out some of the most obvious ones. We'll pass on to him a selection of the best questions. Note: it's tempting to pile them on, but please try to follow the interview question guidelines by posting one question per post — ask as many questions as you'd like, though. Shatner is on vacation right now, but will work on answering your questions when he gets back.

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I've got a question (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591526)

Hello Mr. Shatner. I was wondering, having lived under a rock for the past 10 years, I'm new to this whole internets thing. I'd like to go a vacation, but I'm not sure I can afford one. Is there any website out there that can let me name my price instead of them giving it to me?

Pls be candid... (4, Interesting)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 3 years ago | (#37591970)

Mr. Shatner,

What was your reaction when you saw Galaxy Quest for the first time?

Do you think young actors today have it easier? (5, Interesting)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#37591546)

In your early days, there were only a few major television networks, and it was much more difficult to move back and forth between television and movies. Today, with so many cable shows, the internet, and with actors moving much more freely between movies and television, do you think young actors have it easier? Or do you think that the proliferation of reality television and the "noise" of so many channels/series has actually made things harder for scripted actors?

That whole "get a life" thing... (5, Interesting)

dgatwood (11270) | about 3 years ago | (#37591552)

How bad do the fans actually get? What's your most bizarre anecdote about annoying Trek fans?

Re:That whole "get a life" thing... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591694)

Yeah, Episode 25, that's where you and the crew of the Enterprise get attacked by these spores? And started acting real weird, like hippies and stuff? Well um, I was wondering if you could settle a bet for me and my friends, okay? Um, like, when you... um, left your quarters for the last time? And you opened up your safe? Um... what was the combination?

Re:That whole "get a life" thing... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 3 years ago | (#37592104)

In Star Trek 5, when rocketing up the Turbo Shaft, why did the Enterprise suddenly have 72 decks numbered from bottom to top? I hope somebody got fired for that!

Damn you are old! (0)

Jeng (926980) | about 3 years ago | (#37591558)

How old did you expect to get?

How old do you hope to get?

Time for the truth (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591562)

Mr. Shatner, time for the truth please.

Regarding your crazy hair from Star Trek:TMP onward: is that a rug, or is it hair plugs?

SRSLY, the internet wants to know.

Everyone knows... (2)

arcite (661011) | about 3 years ago | (#37591650)

It was a stuffed Tribble.

Typecasting: boon or bane? (5, Interesting)

paiute (550198) | about 3 years ago | (#37591564)

For good or bad, your professional image is forever stamped by your brief portrayal of Kirk. If you could go back and remake your career into that of an actor who has a successful career in smaller, more varied roles, would you?

Re:Typecasting: boon or bane? (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 3 years ago | (#37592008)

Somehow I don't think WFS is the kind of guy who spends much time regretting the past.

Re:Typecasting: boon or bane? (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 3 years ago | (#37592066)

He has, plenty of times.

Just because you only remember him for Trek, doesn't mean he hasn't have a wide and varied career outside of Trek.

Re:Typecasting: boon or bane? (1)

phorm (591458) | about 3 years ago | (#37592078)

To add to that,

There was a lot of talk in the industry in regards to interpersonal conflicts, and - in regards to you (Shatner) in particular - taking oneself a bit too seriously. You can see a lot of this stereotype portrayed in the parody "Galaxy Quest"

It seems that in more recent history, you've done pretty well at taking in jokes regarding your previous "Kirk" role, and even making many yourself. IMHO a bit more humility (i.e. Boston Legal) seems to have done well for the latter part of your career. Often, a bit of self-effacing humor seems a staple of many famous Canadian-born actors.

How do you feel you've evolved as a person during your film career, and what influenced that change personally and professionally?

Also, if I can sneak in a 2-in-1, what's your opinion of "Galaxy Quest" ? :-)

Career Question (4, Interesting)

retech (1228598) | about 3 years ago | (#37591570)

What single moment do you look back upon with the greatest pride/satisfaction? And which one do you wish never happened?

yo shat! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591578)

Through the years, you've gotten a lot of ass. And seen a lot of different pussy grooming techniques, from the 70s (what's a razor?) to the trim of the 80s and 90s to the bald pussy of the 00s and 10s.

So, what's your favorite pussy?

What is Betty White really like in the sack? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591582)

Details, man, I want details.

In the bedroom (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591586)

Have you ever been in bed with a woman and accidentally yelled Khaan?

Car Racing (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591588)

How did you become interested in it, and what is your favorite track? [ I saw you do the "celebrity race" in Washington D.C. during the ALMS weekend a while ago. ]

Uniforms (5, Interesting)

milbournosphere (1273186) | about 3 years ago | (#37591598)

Mr. Shatner: I recently watched my way through The Original Series and you were constantly pulling your uniform shirt down. I've also heard that the red uniforms from the movies were quite cumbersome to design and wear. Which was more uncomfortable to you, the uniforms from the original television episodes or the red command uniforms from the movies?

Quick equestrian question (5, Funny)

Lieutenant_Dan (583843) | about 3 years ago | (#37591602)

If you had a pony, what single trick would you teach it? Do you think said pony could make a living out of it for forty long years and how would you recommend they go about it?

Favourite non-Star Trek roles? (5, Interesting)

loftwyr (36717) | about 3 years ago | (#37591606)

Outside of the Star Trek series, you've had a large number of regular, one-off and recurring roles. What would be your favourite role prior to the beginnings of Star Trek and after the original ST series run? If different, what was your favourite one-off?

Re:Favourite non-Star Trek roles? (1)

uniquename72 (1169497) | about 3 years ago | (#37592024)

Good question. I loved him in The Devil's Rain and The Twilight Zone when I was a kid - I'd love to see his reaction to either role.

Best meal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591608)

What's the best meal you ever ate?

More Sci-Fi writing? (5, Interesting)

CaptSlaq (1491233) | about 3 years ago | (#37591614)

In the late 80s/early 90s you penned the TekWar series of novels that spun off a few different franchises. Did you consider this a success and do you intend to do any more sci-fi writing in the future?

Re:More Sci-Fi writing? (1)

morcego (260031) | about 3 years ago | (#37591654)

I'm also interested on an answer to that one.

Favorite Track from "Transformed Man"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591618)

What is your favorite track from "Transformed Man"?

"Musical" career (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591624)

Do you honestly believe that people enjoy your unique brand of "music", or do you just to it so people can laugh at you? Do you know that everyone sees it as "goofy" and awful, or are you living in some sort of reality-distortion field?

Re:"Musical" career (2)

wazzzup (172351) | about 3 years ago | (#37591720)

Has Been was a very good album. For real. Check it out.

Re:"Musical" career (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about 3 years ago | (#37592054)

That may be the case, but his upcoming release "Seeking Major Tom [] " is a special tongue-in-cheek kind of awful. I just previews all the songs on Amazon and couldn't decide whether or not I wanted to laugh or cry...

Global Government? (0)

frith01 (1118539) | about 3 years ago | (#37591626)

Should we aspire to a global government or just nuke them from orbit ?

Question (3, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 3 years ago | (#37591628)

Mr. Shatner, how did you get to be The Man? I mean, let's face it, I can't speaker for the younger generations, but as a kid who grew up on Star Trek reruns in the 1970s, your portrayal of Kirk made you The Man. Heck, I watch you on Raw Nerve, and you're still The Man.

Mr. Shatner (1)

arcite (661011) | about 3 years ago | (#37591630)

In Star Trek: Generations, when you find yourself in the Time ribbon and are suspended for eternity in the reality of your choosing, were you able to meet Guinan whilst inside the ribbon? Did she have anything helpful to say?

Is there any role you regret? (5, Interesting)

UberOogie (464002) | about 3 years ago | (#37591632)

Given your rather unique history in show business, and the myriad of projects that you've worked on (who can forget Incubus?), is there any project in your past where, even now, you look back even now and say, "What was I thinking?"

Thanks, Captain.

Fanbase (5, Funny)

wazzzup (172351) | about 3 years ago | (#37591636)

So what are the fans like at the T.J. Hooker conventions?

Re:Fanbase (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37592050)

So what are the fans like at the T.J. Hooker conventions?

Fat and wearing girdles to hold it all in?

Typecasting (4, Interesting)

kimvette (919543) | about 3 years ago | (#37591648)

Mr. Shatner, as we all know, you've been typecast due to the campy acting on Star Trek, TOS. I've read that you trained a classical shakespearean actor, and having seen some of your earlier work (including the somewhat campy Twilight Zone episodes you starred in) it is obvious you are a competent actor. As a casual Trek fan I enjoy your work - even, as, campy as, you had to play, your role as, Kirk. ;)

My question is this: Was it a struggle for you to be typcast in that manner and being the brunt of jokes, and as result did you struggle then begrudgingly take on roles which parody the acting style on ST:TOS, or did you immediately see it as an opportunity to capitalize on - and expanding upon your answer, do you ever regret having done so, and if so in hindsight, what would you have done differently?

William Shatner James Kirk (2)

gwstuff (2067112) | about 3 years ago | (#37591652)

Q: How much of James T. Kirk's mentality do you share in the real world? Did playing the character change you as a person?

khaaaaan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591656)

you come to my birthday party?

Being Awesome (2)

Trapick (1163389) | about 3 years ago | (#37591662)

Is it difficult to be as consistently awesome as you are? Is it ever a burden?

The secret of the universe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591666)

Many--if not most--people are comfortable with the idea of time being infinite, at least as the the future. In other words, even if our solar system goes away something will always be here. This leads to the hidden secret of the universe: if time is infinite into the future it has to be infinite into the past as well. Therefore all creation stories are beside the point. There was no beginning because everything has always been here. Don't you agree? That's my question.


janeuner (815461) | about 3 years ago | (#37591670)

Have you met him?

Do you play World Of Warcraft? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591684)

I really like your World Of Warcraft commercial. Do you actually play? Please share some details. How'bout other games, including Star Trek Online?

Why did you allow Kirk to be killed in Generations (1)

jmcbain (1233044) | about 3 years ago | (#37591690)

I want to know how and why did you allow Kirk, one of the greatest characters in all of fiction, to be killed off in the Star Trek: Generations movie.

He must have forgotten about his last /. interview (1)

fliptout (9217) | about 3 years ago | (#37591696)

..Which doesn't surprise me, given how crappy it was. Lame questions, terse answers.
Hopefully the editors have the sense to filter out the trite but highly rated questions, so big Bill doesn't get insta-bored.

Please people, ask something interesting.

How to rise beyond.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591712)

....a definitive role?

Q: Many performers in sci-fi become trapped by their own success in characters who they are permanently identified as. Due to that, their professional careers stagnate and several (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher) have exceptionally difficult personal trauma. How do you feel you've coped with "Being James T. Kirk," while maintaining an independent personal and professional identity?

Amazing Success (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591716)

Mr Shatner, you have had some amazing successes. Few actors are able to have so many successful runs on tv series in North America. Your recent attempt, Shit my Dad Says, did not work out. How did you react to that cancellation? Were you able to put it in perspective given your other experiences and is that likely your final shot at TV?

Most bread taking vista (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591722)

In your travels, moment and place you looked upon the landscape that was the most breath taking?

What started the feud between yourself and Takei? (3, Interesting)

BRock97 (17460) | about 3 years ago | (#37591724)

It seems like you two have been fighting for quite a while now and I was curious how it started, how long it has been going on, and, as a follow up, what did you think of his bit at your Comedy Central roast?

Yeah I've got a question: What gives? (0)

Weaselmancer (533834) | about 3 years ago | (#37591730)

Yeah, I got a question for you. Why did you have to be a jackass to Wil Wheaton? [] He was just a kid for chrissakes.

I know you get sick of this whole geek worship thing you've got going on, but come on. It seems like you treat your place in history with a mix of protectiveness and contempt.

So which is it?

Re:Yeah I've got a question: What gives? (1)

morcego (260031) | about 3 years ago | (#37591812)

Did you really just link SG on Slashdot ?
Not on SG Army, are you ?

Planning a reunion show? (1)

Xunker (6905) | about 3 years ago | (#37591736)

I mean, of course, a T.J. Hooker reunion show?

Animated VS Live Action (3, Interesting)

FranktehReaver (2441748) | about 3 years ago | (#37591740)

Do you enjoy doing voice over work for animated series more than live acting or vise versa? If so then why is one better than the other?

Hypothetical... (2) (1000138) | about 3 years ago | (#37591748)

If a deep, engaging, well written script were to fall in your lap, would you take a role in a Star Wars movie or TV show? Why or why not?
Personally, I think you would make a great Jedi.


Thud457 (234763) | about 3 years ago | (#37591750)

on your horse farm... alright? How many saddle-bred horses do you have?

Transitioning from Trek to.... (2)

AZScotsman (962881) | about 3 years ago | (#37591752)

Mr. Shatner, In your biography you mentioned that after Star Trek ended, you struggled to find work as an actor, even living out of your vehicle to travel to find work. Do you feel that this experience was a setback or an asset to your career?

"Dramatic Pause" (5, Interesting)

poofmeisterp (650750) | about 3 years ago | (#37591754)

When you told Jon Stewart the pauses in your delivery were due to "...forgetting [your] lines", was this an actually true answer or was it a way to avoid the question; if avoidance, could you give the real answer now?

Raw Nerve... (1)

pottymouth (61296) | about 3 years ago | (#37591758)

You talked to a pretty wide variety of people over the span of shows I've seen. Some of them were pretty much what you would expect but several really impressed me as far different than I would of thought. Of all the interviews you performed in this series who surprised you the most and why?

Graphic Art Style (not a troll, I swear) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591772)

This might come off as rather mean, and possibly trolling, but my question is this:
Is the look and feel of your website, and other material, part of a carefully crafted style, or is it more... haphazard?

I ask because your official website [] has a very busy and disorganized look & feel. It is reminiscent of the early days of the Internet, where amateurish self-taught web designers would throw something together rather quickly (sometimes called "geocities style", involve animated gifs, mismatching colors, etc.). Similarly the cover of your latest album [] ( Seeking Major Tom [] ) looks like a Photoshop Disaster [] , with the perspective of your head not matching the space suit, and various objects clumsily composited together.

Overall this looks somewhat rough and sloppy, especially considering how wealthy and well-known you are as a celebrity. Surely you must be able to achieve a higher production value if that were something important to you. Is this look and feel intentional? A way to seem less grandiose and therefore to connect with fans more closely? Or is it something else?

Do you still practice archery? (5, Interesting)

WillAdams (45638) | about 3 years ago | (#37591782)

(back in 1995 or so you were still noted as an archer: [] and had been for quite a while -- photo here: [] )

If so, how often, using what equipment? Still using a compound or have you gone back to using a recurve or longbow?

If you do still shoot, do you travel w/ your archery gear? Any issues in doing so? Or amusing anecdotes?


Was this not done before? (1)

RNLockwood (224353) | about 3 years ago | (#37591788)

I thought that SNL covered it pretty well some years ago.

Boston Legal (5, Interesting)

gurps_npc (621217) | about 3 years ago | (#37591792)

You seemed to have a great relationship with Mr. Spader - was that all fantastic acting, or did you become friends - as in you still see/speak with him even after the show ended?

star trek vs boston legal (1)

slothman32 (629113) | about 3 years ago | (#37591798)

I was thinking, you might have been on Boston Legal, your less famous character, for more hours than Star Trek.
Did you like that role more?
Did Denny Crane have some weird fetish for saying his name every time he could?

Some Terrible Programming Interview Questions (1)

eljefe6a (2289776) | about 3 years ago | (#37591800)

How would you answer some terrible interview questions that we programmers are subjected on every interview: What is your biggest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? If you were an animal/a can of soup/some other random object, which one would you be? What would your past managers say about you?

Rocket Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591802)

What convinced you that this was a good idea at the time:

Back on stage (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591810)

I frequently see classically trained TV and film actors continue to perform on stage, even when they've "made it big" and no longer need to financially. For example, Patrick Stewart and David Tennant recently co-starred in a production of Hamlet. Have you considered going back to perform at Broadway, Stratford or the like?

George Lucas (1)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | about 3 years ago | (#37591816)

If you were like George Lucas, what would you "improve" in the original series?

No question (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about 3 years ago | (#37591824)

Just my thanks for countless hours of entertainment.

The Question: (0)

the_other_one (178565) | about 3 years ago | (#37591838)

Kirk or Picard?

Re:The Question: (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 3 years ago | (#37592154)

Why was Picard not given the rank of Commodore?

Favorites (1)

digitaldc (879047) | about 3 years ago | (#37591858)

Which is your favorite Star Trek enemy of Kirk?
Which is your favorite Star Wars movie?
What is your favorite music band?
Thanks for all the years and places we have never gone before...

Which William Shatner (3, Interesting)

DustPuppySnr (899790) | about 3 years ago | (#37591860)

What are the biggest differences between William Shatner (the man) and William Shatner (the character)? Do you always do interviews as William Shatner (the character), or do we see some of the real man behind him?

My question would be... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591868)

"Did you know you helped 'better influence' my life via StarTrek, Capt. Kirk?"

(As well as countless others I'd imagine as well!)

* &, there you are...


P.S.=> By "better influence" above, I meant in a good way too - StarTrek from the 1960's, great show!

(Basically a "morality play" each episode: Better than "modern muuzik" of today & other media & the "shoot the police", "women is ho's" crap imo @ least)

I.E.-> Mr. Spock & Capt. Kirk were 2 of my "boyhood heroes" who also helped my mastery of English too (a "big wordy" show to a kid I think/felt @ the time) & interests in sciences (put it THIS way on this account/note - GarySeven Holding ISIS the cat in the transporter-room near the start of episode "Assignment Earth" was my SETI forums & account icon I used circa 1999-2007 or so for Team Microsoft -> [] )

My signature in that thread, if not the icon/avatar I used there & since 1999?

"The object's hull is made of SOLID neutronium: A single StarShip cannot combat it!" quote Mr. Spock, Star Trek original series, episode title: "The Doomsday Machine"


Same on computing then as well as in the past decade-N-a-Half++ for a large part of my livelyhood (computing's paid off pretty well I felt so, thanks for the indirect impetus to "get into them" in a way - More to Mr. Spock here though, lol, sorry Mr. Shatner (gotta give credit where it's truly due on that particular account))...

... apk

New Star Trek (3, Interesting)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | about 3 years ago | (#37591872)

If [insert whoever owns the rights to Star Trek] called you on the phone and said;

"We're starting a new Star Trek series, centred on the later years of Captain Kirk and we want you to resume the role"

Would you? I realise that this would contradict the story line of the movies... but nonetheless, would you jump at the role of playing the character again? If he offered plenty of passionate scenes with 7 of 9 would it change your mind?

Re:New Star Trek (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | about 3 years ago | (#37591888)

Oh, and we're assuming the studio does give you the opportunity to name your own price.

You and George Takei (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591880)

Did you guy's ever get it on

No questions, just thanks. (1)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | about 3 years ago | (#37591890)

No real questions Mr. Shatner, just thank you for helping Mr. Roddenberry and the other actors giving me a chance to day dream about going places where no one has gone before when I was a kid and even to this day sometimes when life gets dull.

Sexual adventures? (1)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | about 3 years ago | (#37591926)

Mr. Shatner, you (not the characters you play) give the impression of a Byronic figure, a man of insatiable appetites and open-minded sense of fun. I mean, very few people have both James Kirk and King Bacchus in their ouvre.

So I'm just curious. Have you been as sexually adventurous as your outgoing persona implies? Any bisexual curiousity or strange fetishes in your past? A 'yes' or a 'no' answer is fine, I won't press for details if you're uncomfortable telling them.

Your last sitcom... (4, Interesting)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 3 years ago | (#37591930)

You were in "$%&! my dad says" (I probably misspelled that) and now it seems to have gone away. What do you feel caused it to fail, and why did you chose to do that?

Re:Your last sitcom... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37592084)

Also what do you think about their canceling of the show after it got decent ratings and won a People's Choice Award?

Shatner Dude! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591936)

I need to score some Tek, man. Where can I some?

Inspiring the next generation? (5, Interesting)

techmuse (160085) | about 3 years ago | (#37591972)

Growing up, Star Trek was one of the things that got me interested in engineering and the sciences. It made me want to see the future, or create it myself. What do you think should be done to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers?

The Captains (3, Interesting)

doramjan (766519) | about 3 years ago | (#37591976)

Do you have any insights from your interviews with the other Captions from the documentary "The Captains" that didn't make the cut? Please share, if so. I found that documentary fascinating and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

mod do3Nn (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591984)

SEhare. *BSD is

Outside of the superb writing, (2)

spads (1095039) | about 3 years ago | (#37591988)

what was the creative process (ie. dialog, filming, set design, etc.) like at TOS? Did it follow specializations (regimented), or was it more of an open format, collaborative effort? Best TV show of all time. Thanks.

His website (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37591992)

is awful.

Two questions (2)

gunnarstahl (95240) | about 3 years ago | (#37592044)

Two questions:
1.: When you now look at the stars, sitting in your chair at home in a warm summer evenening, what do you dream about?

2.: If all of a sudden technology would advance and real spaceships with the ability of interstellar travel would be constructed and they offered you a real captains seat on a real spaceship, would you take it?



Diverse Cast for TOS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37592048)

When Star Trek was first being taped, did you realize what sort of effect that a multi-racial, multi-national cast would have on television?

Communicator (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | about 3 years ago | (#37592052)

I never got the communicator.

You tap on the badge and say "Engineering" - and someone in "Engineering" would hear you saying "Engineering"- the show never gave any indication that there was a delay- it's almost as if the communicator knew who you were going to call before you even called them.

How does it do this and when will Apple make a communicator like this?

William Shatner Sings (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37592056)

Could we hear your singing rendition of "Still Alive" by Jonathan Coulton?

Dear Mr. Shatner, (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37592072)

Did you drown your wife in the bathtub and throw her body into the swimming pool to make it look like an accident? I saw a Columbo episode about that. It looks like it worked for you


Siggraph 2010 (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 3 years ago | (#37592074)

I went to Siggraph last year and Mr. Shatner and Dick van Dyke were at the Newtek Booth introducing the new version of Lightwave. A few days later I called my mom, told her about seeing those two guys up close, yadda yadda yadda. I made a comment about how it'd be cool to have lunch with either one of those dudes, but I figured it'd be easier to strike up a converstaion with Dick van Dyke becuase we both use Lightwave.

And my mom goes: "Well, if you had lunch with Dick van Dyke, you could talk about Lightwave. If you had lunch with William Shatner, you could talk about William Shatner!"

Biggest flub or improv? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37592080)

What's the biggest flub or improv moment during the making of Star Trek that made it onto TV?

If Kirk wasn't from Iowa, where would he be from? (1)

JCCyC (179760) | about 3 years ago | (#37592102)

Let's say you were asked from input when the writers were delineating the character way back then. What would you suggest as his origin?

Mythical fight between Capt Kirk and Tyler Durden (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37592136)

In a street fight between Fight Club's Tyler Durden
(played by Brad Pitt)
and Star Trek's Jame Tiberius Kirk (played by a
young William Shatner), who would win?

Xbox Live Handle (1)

wazzzup (172351) | about 3 years ago | (#37592138)

I once saw a XBL gamertag that was Shatnermouth [] . Is that you? If so, wanna play some Star Trek Legacy sometime?

More collaboration with Henry Rollins? (1)

pz (113803) | about 3 years ago | (#37592140)

Are you planning any more collaborations with Henry Rollins?

Why have you refused to be on "The Simpsons" ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37592142)

Apparently, you are one of the few celebrities who have refused to be a guest star on The Simpsons. Why?....

Galaxy Quest (2)

tekrat (242117) | about 3 years ago | (#37592144)

The similarities between the Original Star Trek, and the fictional TV show that was the basis for the spoof "Galaxy Quest" are well-known.

Star Trek has become more than a TV show, it's now a bona-fide cultural icon -- something that just doesn't make films of its own, but influences other films, as well as real-life science and technology.

What's your opinion of a role you created, being, not just picked up to continue by actors like Chris Pine, but lampooned by actors such as Tim Allen?

And on a larger scale, how that role has actually changed the course of history, as it clearly has influenced a large number of scientists and engineers to make Roddenberry's vision a reality?

Roddenberry (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37592156)

What was Gene Roddenberry like?

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