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Ask William Shatner

CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the picking-the-roddenberries dept.

Television 1097

At long last William Shatner has volunteered himself to be strapped into the Slashdot Interviewee Victim Chair. You know the gig: Post your questions for the man, the moderators do their thing, and in a week or so we post the answers. So here's your chance to ask questions to the star of Iron Chef USA, Miss Congeniality and TJ Hooker!

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How did it feel going out like a chump in ST? (0, Flamebait)

Viewsonic (584922) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698058)

Bleh. Talk about worst-movie-ever...Ruined the series for me.

On Sci-Fi (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698060)

When you host the movies, what's that bartender really like? He seems pretty cool on TV, but I get the feeling he's a real jerk off camera. Am I right?

P.S. I loved Tek War!

Awesome! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698063)

This thread has the potential to be one of the most active of all time! Slashdot rocks!

MY ...GOD....MAN!!!!! (2, Funny)

fataugie (89032) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698064)

Where did you go to school for acting?

Re:MY ...GOD....MAN!!!!! (1)

fataugie (89032) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698206)

Troll? I kinda thought it was funny. I am actually a fan (sort of) of his Iron Chef USA, Miss Congineality (sp?) roles, as well as of course setting the tone for Captains everywhere (where else could diplomicy be accomplished with a phaser and a smirk?).

Who was that blonde? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698072)

Who was that blonde woman you were hangin out with on Larchmont Boulevard (Los Angeles) some weekend evening, back a couple of months? The 40-ish one, trying unsuccessfully to look like a 20-something sex kitten.

Showtime (2)

MyHair (589485) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698079)

LOL, I just saw Showtime on DVD last week. Not the best movie, but it was hilarious to see William Shatner try to give Robert Dinero advice on how to act like a cop.

Can't wait to see the funny comments in this thread.

Trekkies (5, Interesting)

anthonyclark (17109) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698082)

Mr Shatner,

What is the scariest experience you have ever had with one of your adoring fans?

How sad would you rate Trekkie fans ? (5, Interesting)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698083)

You appear to have a healthy level of distain for "Trekkies" who become obsessed with the series. Where does this stem from, and what would you recommend that these people do instead.

He's already answered the last part. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698155)


Mancow (in Chicago) (0)

krashish (311511) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698085)

So what do you really think of Mancow? I bet you could kick his ass, just like you did in the painball fight.

question (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698086)

Mr. Shatner, do you ever participate in sexual role playing with your wife, with you as James T. Kirk or T.J. Hooker? What roles does your wife play?

Re:question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698132)

His wife died mysteriously in a pool accident...

That's what *I* wanna know!

I can answer that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698169)

Not because I watch or anything, uh... anyway...

Wife plays Orion Slave Girl (with paint of course), or Officier Stacy Sheridan. What's really wacky is when Capt. Kirk meets Stacy, or T.J. Hooker meets the slave girl!

Re:question (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698184)

Was there ever a scene on TJ where you were on vice patrol, and your partner got to say over the radio, "Hooker hooked a hooker!"

What if... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698088)

Wil Wheaton asks William Shatner questions on SLASHDOT?! It'd be like... Slashdot: Generations! My head might explode!

The Transformed Man (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698089)

I'd love to hear William talk about the Transformed Man LP. How seriously did you take the project at the time, and how do you feel about the way it's metamorphosed into a camp classic?

How do you feel... (5, Funny)

KirkH (148427) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698090)

...about being reponsible for the nickname 'captain' being given to all of us named Kirk in real life?

Hey William, (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698091)

Why... ... do... you... *TALK*... ... like... that...?

The obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698097)

What was the name of that sci-fi show you were on in the late 60's and do you think that it could've been popular if it had a more enthusiastic fanbase?

Why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698099)

do you think the rest of the cast of Star Trek dislike you so much?

"The Defenders" (3, Interesting)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698100)

I (and my family) really thought you were good in "The Defenders." Any plans to revive it?

cult vs. normal (4, Interesting)

tazochai (213288) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698101)

If Mr. Shatner had the choice, would he prefer to have his current acting status as a main character in a cult classic? Or would he rather have been a consistently good actor in "normal" tv-shows/movies/theatre?

Has he started using pricelie.com YET?

Re:cult vs. normal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698193)


Was the pun intended?

Do they let you use... (3, Funny)

scrod98 (609124) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698103)

the Priceline.com server? Judging from all those lights and monitors it must be wicked powerful!

Two questions... (5, Interesting)

droopus (33472) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698106)

A) What was your personal favorite episode of the Original Star Trek series and why?

B) What did you honestly think of TNG, not as as a tv property but as a continuation of the philosophy of your original series?

Iron Chef USA (2)

Tebriel (192168) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698108)

WTF? I mean, why in the world did you do it? Iron Chef was fine as is...you didn't need to take it and add more cheesiness.

360 degree view (5, Interesting)

Nomad7674 (453223) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698109)

What has it been like to move from acting in front of the camera, to writing for the small and big sceeen, to directing, and then to novel-writing? While I don't always think you have achieved everything you set out for in each endeavor, I have always been impressed with the amount of different forms of creativity you have tried and done at least reasonably well in. And which creative outlet do you enjoy the most?

Prediction - all questions will be modded +5 funny (3, Funny)

Jeppe Salvesen (101622) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698110)

I predict all questions to William Shatner will be the ones modded +5 funny (unless +5 insightful due to Trekkie mindset).

Q: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698111)

Are the rumors of your love affair with Leonard Nimoy true? If so, are there any videotapes?

Re:Q: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698220)

You may have mistaken Slashdot with Slash-Fiction. Easy enough mistake to make I gather based on some of the questions.

What happened to all those tribbles?? (4, Funny)

ledbetter (179623) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698117)

Did you get to keep any tribbles? Or did they just burn them?

Priceline.com (4, Interesting)

Petronius (515525) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698119)

How many shares of Priceline.com do you own? Any comments on the whole dot-com thing?

Do you take yourself seriously? (5, Interesting)

Ezubaric (464724) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698123)

It seems that much of your fame today continues to be good-humored self-mockery: the Star Trek Futurama episode, playing yourself in Showtime, singing for Priceline. I'm sure this brings in the bucks, but what are you doing today that challenges you creatively and for which you would rather be remembered? Of what are you most proud? What have you done that's just for the money?

Overacting???? (5, Interesting)

shftleft (261411) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698124)

Over the years, much parody has been made of your apparent "overacting" on the original Star Trek series. How do you feel about this, does it bother you?

"Shatner, I'd fight William Shatner." --Fight Club

Enterprise IT policy (4, Funny)

melonman (608440) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698125)

Does Starship Command run Open Source? How about the Klingons? I think we need to know who we should be rooting for.

Was he a doctor . . . (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698126)

or a bricklayer?

How much of a Geek are you, anway? (5, Interesting)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698127)

Will Wheaton has showed up on /. several times, and proved himself to be as geeky as any of the slashdot editorial staff.

How much of a geek are you, Mr. Shater? Do you build your own PC from scratch and put Linux on it, or do you not even pay attention if your PC is Windows or Mac?

how does it feel (5, Interesting)

digitalsushi (137809) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698133)

How does it feel knowing that you, amongst others, have helped to inspire four decades of technically minded people to apply themselves to bring some portion of reality to the fiction you have portrayed?

Getting a life... (5, Funny)

daeley (126313) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698134)

When you said on episode #18739 of Saturday Night Live: 'Get a life ... will ya, people? I mean, for cryin' out loud, it's just a TV show.', were you really reprising 'Evil Kirk' as Phil Hartman's (RIP) character suggested or did your motivation run deeper than that, say to 'Amok Time' when you had to battle Spock? ;)

Hole in the CV (0, Redundant)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698140)

So here's your chance to ask questions to the star of Iron Chef USA, Miss Congeniality and TJ Hooker!

So, Mr Shatner, did you ever feel like taking a role in, say, a sci-fi series?

Looking back over your career (5, Interesting)

Desmoden (221564) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698142)

What work would you say you are most proud of? And then what do you wish you hadn't done or could redo?


Now that you're dead... (3, Interesting)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698145)

Since they've finally killed off Captain Kirk, how do feel about not really being able to be part of any new Star Trek movies?

Rug or REAL? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698148)

Can't belive nobody has asked yet.

Is that thing on your head REAL or a rug?

Why priceline? (2)

sab39 (10510) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698152)

Why, oh why, advertise priceline, of all companies? That cost you a lot of respect in my eyes, at least.

That and the, er, singing (for want of a better word).


Your input (5, Interesting)

los furtive (232491) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698153)

Since Star Trek you've written a great deal of sci-fi novels. Did you have a leaning towards science fiction before your career as captain of the USS Enterprise? What are your most important sci-fi influences?

The new-guy-in-the-red-shirt formula (4, Funny)

iamwoodyjones (562550) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698157)

Seriously who's idea was it to come up with the new-guy-in-the-red-shirt dies every time you, Bones, and Spock went to the surface?

Was it one of you guys or was it a writer? If so, which writer/writers was it?

Music Career (4, Funny)

MyHair (589485) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698159)

Are you planning on releasing any new songs soon?

(Anyone ever heard him sing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?)

Niche Popularity and Affliction (5, Interesting)

kenp2002 (545495) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698160)

2 Part question really, with a renewed popularity and, from what I gather, a content life, how has you affliction (I have forgotten the name) that causes the ringing in your ears been? I had heard that stress can cause it to act up. As of late has presence of the ailment been reduced or eliminated?

Esperanto? (4, Interesting)

xyzzy (10685) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698161)

Did you really learn Esperanto for your role in "Incubus"? If so, do you still speak it?

Priceline (2, Funny)

ISPTech (76854) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698170)

Do you find the priceline commercials that you do just as annoying as we do? ;-)

Fandom (1)

cisko (35325) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698174)

What's the most unusual (hopefully amusing and not dangerous) encounter you've had with a fan?

If you weren't part of Star Trek... (5, Interesting)

Whispers_in_the_dark (560817) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698176)

how do you think your career would have been different? (Not that the career that you have is bad in any way, just curious what you were gunning for originally.)

Shakesperian Influences? (5, Interesting)

sampson7 (536545) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698177)

We all know you started out as a Shakesperian actor, and I wonder what you learned from those rolls that you later applied in your science fiction career? What do you think of Shakespeare's place in the acting canon? Do you still stage act?

Endorsement money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698181)

PLEASE tell me you got cash instead of Priceline.com options?!?!?!?!?!?

Incubus and Esperanto (3, Interesting)

sciuro (97151) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698182)


I'm interested in an early film you were in, called Incubus, in which all the dialogue was in Esperanto.

Did you have to learn any Esperanto for this? If so, how much did you learn and do you still remember any? If not, were any of the actors speakers of language, or was most of it receited by heart from the sounds?

Favorite Movie Roll (5, Interesting)

Marx_Mrvelous (532372) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698183)

I have to say that my one of my favorite characters you've been was the villian in "Loaded Weapon." Of your many rolls, which was or which were some of the most fun or most satisfying? Do you have a particular genre (sci-fi, comedy, drama) that you most prefer?

The Hair (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698185)

Is it real, fake, transplanted?

Honestly, what do you think? (5, Interesting)

11thangel (103409) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698187)

What do you think of that T-Shirt on Wil Wheaton 's site, with the name tag, "Hello, my name is William Fucking Shatner".

intelligent life (5, Interesting)

smd4985 (203677) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698188)

as a actor you portrayed the leader of a crew that got to do an AMAZING thing - explore the galaxy/universe for new forms of life. what are your views on intelligent life? do you think there is OTHER intelligent life in the galaxy/universe? do you think humanity will last long enough to ever be able to explore the galaxy/universe? if so, do you think the 'star trek' universe captures that process accurately?

OK (5, Interesting)

4of12 (97621) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698191)

  • When you started out in acting did you ever have even the slightest notion you'd be where you are today?
  • What would you have done differently during your career?
  • Is acting getting to be less creative in the classical sense for sci-fi as special effects technology becomes more pervasive?
  • How much tension is there between actors of the classical school and "successful" actors who have "sold out" for TV, etc.?
  • I've heard you're doing charity work lately. Tell us about it.

P.S. I enjoyed your portrayal of the talk show host on Columbo!
White Commanche, OTOH, I didn't finish seeing - sorry.

Roles (5, Interesting)

Z4rd0Z (211373) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698197)

As a young actor, you showed great promise in such films as Judgment at Nuremberg. Ever since Star Trek, however, it seems you have never stepped out of the role of Captain Kirk. Do you ever regret the decision to take on that role?

SNL skit (4, Funny)

runenfool (503) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698202)

Did you really mean those things you said in that famous SNL skit?

It took several years of therapy to get over those horrible comments.

Hood Ornament (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698203)

What is the longest period of time spent / top speed reached while riding on the hood of a bad guys car ???

Hunter just made a comeback, can Hooker be far behind ...

My Favorite William Shatner moment (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4698205)

MTV Movie Awards, singing Color Me Badd's "I Wanna Sex You Up." One of the funniest things I think I've ever seen in my life.

BTW, I used Priceline for groceries... sorry their stock didn't work out so well for you.

how old are you really ? (1)

waldo2020 (592242) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698207)

I'm guessing over 70 but less than 80, as it's so hard to tell with so many plastic surgeries stretching your face &eyes ;) Please, please please! no more Tekwars!

Your connection with John Carpenter's Halloween.. (4, Interesting)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698214)

There is one! After looking through several masks to use for Michael Myers, John Carpenter settled on the William Shatner mask! Any comments?


whosit (176149) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698216)

How me horse do you have on your ranch????

Does that include the colt that was born this morning?

Family Ties? (1)

Standfast (36916) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698218)

Dear Mr. Shatner,

I have been wanting to ask you this for years: can you reveal any reason for your uncanny resemblance to Patty Duke?

Will you be doing any more rapping? (2)

Saint Aardvark (159009) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698219)

I loved the heck out of your performance in Free Enterprise [imdb.com] , and I have to ask: any more rap stylings coming out? Will you be guest starring on Eminem's next? Has Nelly asked you to give a shout out? Are you and Chuck D planning a world tour?

Times change (4, Funny)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698221)

Mr. Shatner,

Do you ever look back on your show with regard to how your character treated women and find it offensive? Kirk boinked anything with 2 legs and a pretty face, often pursuing them in a cave man-like fashion.

And if you didn't find it offensive, do you think you're cursed to have been born way too early and not had your chance to lay the kirk-mack down on 7 of 9? Hell, cursed my ass, God singled you out for that heinous joke.

Funniest foe... (5, Interesting)

mulhall (301406) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698222)

Mr.Shatner, may I call you Bill?

Which alien/enemy/foe made you laugh the hardest on set when you saw it?

My personal favourite was the 'Pizza' that ate people - I think Spock mind-melded with it to save the day.

Seriously it must have been a wheeze on set for Star Trek! Spock in dungarees!

what is??? (1)

cca93014 (466820) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698223)

What the fuck is all this [amazon.co.uk] all about?

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds? Dear oh dear. Phasers to kill, isn't it?

What's the secret of your Mojo? (4, Interesting)

Irvu (248207) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698224)

Seriously, Kirk just got many more women than any other ST character in any series. Where did that mojo come from, and where can I buy it online?

BTW his official site is: www.williamshatner.com/ [williamshatner.com] (predictably). It answeres many of the "what have you been up to" questions.

Favourite Parody (5, Interesting)

hero (25043) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698226)

Mr. Shatner,

Star Trek has been parodied many times in many different formats; other television shows, movies, comics and so on. You yourself have probably been parodied as much or more in people's "Captain Kirk Impression" stand up skits and the like. My question is, do you recall a favourite parody for it's comedy or cleverness of either yourself or the series?

Thank you.

What's Next? (5, Interesting)

tarsi210 (70325) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698230)

After all this Star Trek biz and such, what's up for you in the future? Do you see yourself continuing your relationship with PriceLine and other commercial opportunities, or do you envision (or have planned) a larger project? Do you have plans to lay back and relax or to push forward into something else?

spin offs? (5, Interesting)

FuddChuckles (581257) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698232)

There must be an incredible sense of pride at having been associated with a series responsible for so many high quality spinoffs (Next Generation, Enterprise, etc). What did Trek have that other TV shows didn't to make it so ripe for evolution/adaptation into other series? Do you like/dislike any of the series in particular?

Thanks. We're big fans here.


Golden Throats reunion? (2)

Fastball (91927) | more than 11 years ago | (#4698233)

Is there any hope of a reunion of the Golden Throats? Your rendition of "Mr. Tambourine Man" is outta sight!
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