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William Shatner Replies

Roblimo posted more than 11 years ago | from the brevity-is-the-soul-of-wit dept.

Television 750

You ask, Bill Shatner answers. (It seems just about everyone calls him Bill, so we might as well too.) A nice series of glimpses at the man behind the TV and movie face.

1) your reputation
by tps12

I happened to have seen both of your Twilight Zone episodes (the famous "something on the wing of the airplane" one and the less-famous-but-no-less-interesting one where you are obsessed with a prophecy-dispensing toy in a diner) recently. I have to say that in both episodes I was taken aback at the unexpected quality of your portrayal. Even though everyone associates your face with Captain Kirk, the characters in the TZ episodes came through loud and clear, drowning out my preconceptions.

For this reason, I'd like to ask what you think of your humorous reputation for bad acting. Would you blame some of the egregious hamminess of some of ST on the perception that TV (or SF) wasn't "real" acting or was it directing? Or some other thing?

Bill:

Of course, I don't hear the bad reviews or see them. All I know is the glowing notices that people read to me that some reviewer thinks I'm wonderful. So I've slowly come to think that I'm wonderful.

2) Favourite Parody
by hero

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 its comedy or cleverness of either yourself or the series?

Bill:

I think John Belushi probably did the best.

3) First Interracial Kiss
by Irvu

What was it like to do the first on-screen interracial kiss? How much effort did it take to make the studio go along with it, and how much of an effect did it have on you and the show as a whole?

Bill:

I think the whole interracial kiss thing has been overrated. Nichelle Nichols was a beautiful woman and her lips were full. I merely sought to make an impression.

4) Saturday Night Live
by billmaly

Years ago, when you hosted SNL, you participated in the now classic Trekkie sketch (actually, one of my all time favorite SNL sketches).

Was that sketch a catharsis for you, a means of finally casting off some chains and letting the world know what you think and feel, or was it just a sketch? I am not dissing you, your work, or Trek fans, but, let's be honest here, some people do need to, in your words, "Get a life!". Do you/did you feel that way, or was it just an act? Come on, be honest..... :)

Bill:

Ok, I'll be honest. It was a laugh. Pure & simple. You should have at least been mildly amused. It seems to me that you need to get a life.

5) MPAA
by jhines0042

Concerning the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Do you consider them to be a boon or a bane to actors and actressess?

Bill:

Actually, I don't think that actors think much about MPAA. They're more concerned about AARP.

6) Galaxy Quest
by vrone

I will preface this by saying I am a mild trekkie and as such, I immensely enjoyed the 1999 film Galaxy Quest.

I think everyone who has seen Galaxy Quest will agree that the show that it is based upon is, in essence, "Star Trek". It follows that Tim Allen's Character was essentially meant to be you.

So my two part question is this: Did you enjoy the show, and, how accurate was their portrayal of life after Trek?

Bill:

Yes, I enjoyed it. I think Tim Allen was very funny. As for accuracy, not at all.

7) Time at McGill
by peg0cjs

It's fairly well known (at least here in Canada) that you attended McGill University for some time. They even went so far as to rename the Student Union building the Shatner Building.

I've heard that you were invited to the renaming ceremony, but refused to attend. I've also heard that you generally speak very poorly of your time at McGill. What was it about McGill that was so dreadful/horrible/annoying/etc that has made you so sour on the subject?

Bill:

Oh Contrare. That's French, in case you need it, for 'to the contrary.' I had a great time at McGill. I did go to a ceremony at the student union building and my feeling about McGill is that it's a great university and it produced many great students. Unfortunately, I was not one of them.

8) Nerine Shatner Memorial Fund
by Tsar

After the tragic and untimely death of your wife Nerine, a recovering alcoholic, you took the courageous step of establishing a fund in her name to benefit Friendly House, an organization for recovering alcoholics. How is that work progressing, and has your involvement with this effort helped you work through this loss?

I know that this subject must be painful for you, but I'm sure there are many in the slashdot community who would benefit from your experience and insights here.

Bill:

Thank you for asking about Nerine's fund. It benefits a rehabilitation place called Friendly House. They do wonderful work. Nerine has a rehabilitation home with her name on it and my hope and sympathy is for these recovering women.

9) Seriously...are we cool?
by CleverNickName

Hey Bill,

Are we cool, or what? I mean, I always thought you didn't like me, but I had a good time with you at Weakest Link watching the World Series.

So are we cool, or was that just pre-game strategy?

Wil

Bill:

Dear Will,

We are so cool, we're beyond cool. We are in orbit man. I don't do pre-game strategy.

I look forward to some personal time with you.

10) The balance between Hollywood and Real Life
by Geek In Training

As a normal everyday guy from Canada, it seems hard for "the public" to grasp the diparity between "Bill Shatner, age 61, three adult children, loves horses" and "Actor/Singer/Producer/Writer William Shatner blah blah blah fourth wife ... blah blah blah personal tragedy .... blah blah blah inside scoop" that Hollywood and the Tabloid press seem to turn everyone's life into.

At the end of the day, has the fame been worth the price? Is knowing that you've raised three daughters and entertained people for several decades worth the cost of your privacy? Do you feel that overall, you've gotten a fair shake, even after all the public airings of your alleged failings as a person? Are you going to continue to live in the limelight during your golden years, or settle in and call it good, letting the cards land where they may?

Do you feel you've finished your professional legacy and are ready to leave it for media history, or do you fret over whether or not that legacy is "good enough?" And the same regarding your personal legacy as a man, a husband, a father, a son? What advice can you give to others so that they don't have any regrets?

Bill:

Regret is the worst of human emotions. There is no going back with regret. There is no future with regret. Regret is not something I live with. If there is something I wished I hadn't done, I don't do it anymore or I forgive myself and try better.

My life is my statement and I try to be true to myself and thusly to other people. Whatever my failings are, they are human and I try to perfect it each day.

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Spot Rifts, Sport Sift, Fort Spits, First Post! (-1, Troll)

FirstPostRobot1 (631217) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818680)

Though I have pledged to be civil, I must take this opportunity to say...
All your First Posts are belong to us!
Take that, Mr. Hidden Goatse Link.

Generated by FirstPost! version 1.1.0

Re:Spot Rifts, Sport Sift, Fort Spits, First Post! (0, Troll)

LordKazan (558383) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818729)

shatner rules :D Thanks for your time Will "Dammit Scotty, next time beam my clothes up with me!"

asdfasdfasdf (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818682)

i failed my exam today. damn nigger spooks.

dear bill (-1)

IAgreeWithThisPost (550896) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818683)

will you lick my asshole and roll around in my feces? thanks!

French approximation :-) (4, Funny)

mirko (198274) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818695)

Oh Contrare. That's French
He actually misspelled "Au contraire".

But I appreciate he suggest some slashdotter to "get a life" :-)

Re:French approximation :-) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818732)

Hey! Reading slashdot all the time could be considered a life, right?

Re:French approximation :-) (2, Insightful)

Lendrick (314723) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818739)

I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that was probably on purpose.

Re:French approximation :-) (1)

Empty Threats (543523) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818740)

...followed by a joke on his poor performance as a student. It was deliberately misspelled.

Jackass.

Re:French approximation :-) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818780)

Yeah, if you take a French lesson from him, it'll be just the bare minimum to get laid.

Re:French approximation :-) (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818782)

Bill provided spoken answers to the questions. Captain Taco, who transcribed what Bill said, is the one who can't spell.

And, no, I should not have used the goddamn Preview mode first.

These are awefully short answers... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818701)

I thought he could a little more, um, effort into those answers

Re:These are awefully short answers... (1)

tigertigr (610853) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818720)

Yeah, I was disappointed that he didn't go into more detail. Are his interviews normally like this??

You're right, but... (5, Funny)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818734)

He's Bill Shatner. You're probably not anyone important.

That's it in a nutshell.

Re:These are awefully short answers... (3, Funny)

flyingember (555991) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818773)

What, he's only human. do you expect prefection from him?

Re:These are awefully short answers... (5, Insightful)

JesusPGT (624264) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818874)

I thought he did a rather good job of answering the questions. Quick, short, and to the point. Some people don't need two or more paragraphs to reply to what is in essence, a simple question (or questions, whatever; you know what I mean.)

In Soviet Russia... (2, Funny)

mini me (132455) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818702)

...William Shatner Replies to You!

Re:In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818752)

I've seen this joke alot recently, can someone please explain it because I don't get it.

Re:In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818807)

yakov smirnoff. comedian. says shit like "in soviet russia, cars drive YOU!"

Re:In Soviet Russia... (1, Offtopic)

KoopaTroopa (549540) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818827)


in SOVIET RUSSIA, joke doesn't get YOU!

Re:In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818843)

Shouldn't it be "you reply to William Shatner?"

Or perhaps "Jackbooted KGB agents kick down your door and overturn your pot of cabbage soup while they rape your daughter Svetlana and haul you into Lefortovo for selling Levis on the black market?"

His singing career? (3, Funny)

Blacklaw (311963) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818705)

I'm amazed no-one asked about his singing career.

Although I guess that his cover of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' is a crime against sound that we're all trying *very* hard to forget...

-Blacklaw

Re:His singing career? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818781)

I thought it was hilarious myself.

The man has a great sense of humour, and does
the _BEST_ Captain Kirk impression I've seen!

Re:His singing career? (2, Insightful)

llamaluvr (575102) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818852)

I thought his Mr. Tamborine Man was even better.

"Mister Tamborine Man! MISTER TAMBORINE MAN!!!!!!!"

Re:His singing career? (5, Insightful)

gosand (234100) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818861)

I'm amazed no-one asked about his singing career.

Would it have mattered? He would have just given a short, uninformative answer anyway.

Honestly, this was the most boring interview on /. ever. I am no fan of Star Trek, but jeez Bill, why agree to an interview if you are just going to give these types of answers?

hehe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818709)

Damit Jim

Re:hehe (2, Funny)

the_skuncle (443942) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818745)

he's dead, Jim.

No, wait...That's just his career!

Short Replies (5, Insightful)

sp3c1alK (604261) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818711)

Mr Shatner seemed a bit rushed didn't he?

Re:Short Replies (1)

MikeDX (560598) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818762)

I say fair play to the man, he could have just replied with a single "beep" :)

Re:Short Replies (1)

IndependentVik (582582) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818814)

I was quite surprised as well. Most of his answers were funny and/or insightful, though, so I'll let him slide :)

Re:Short Replies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818819)

Well I guess he has a life!

Re:Short Replies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818821)

Oh Cont Rair;
Mr. Shatner wasted far too much time on this project, didn't he?

And No, I do not use Preview buttons.

Re:Short Replies (1, Funny)

Duds (100634) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818837)

Yes

Re:Short Replies (5, Funny)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818860)

I thought so too at first. But then I went back and reread the replies as if he were actually speaking them (in.... that slow..... and..... choppy voice).
The replies were much longer that way.

Cool interview. Good to see "Clever" chime in too.

cool, 5th beam ;) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818716)

not a first post, but anyway..

Wow -- (2, Interesting)

Hayzeus (596826) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818721)

"Bill" would certainly seem to be fond of brevity of reply, wouldn't he? This has got to set some kind of /. record...

Re:Wow -- (5, Insightful)

MaxwellStreet (148915) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818815)

There's something to be said for brevity.

Anyway, considering that a lot of the questions that were proposed in the original "request for questions" tended to be the ones that everyone always asks; and that he has nothing to gain by divulging copious stuff to Slashdot; and that in general there were a lot of people asking questions designed to bring up (potentially) embarassing stuff from his past - I can't see why he'd go into a lot of detail for us.

I for one really appreciated the brief, but sincere, answers about his wife's foundation; and his policy on regret. Simple, clear thoughts. Nothing wrong with that.

Hey Bill! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818724)


What does green pussy smell like? Does it stink more or less than regualar human pussy?

You decide for yourself. (5, Funny)

Saint Fnordius (456567) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818725)

Is it amazingly cool or amazingly sad that Mssrs. Shatner and Wheaton communicate through Ask Slashdot? I dunno. I'll go with "cool for Slashdot" for now...

Re:You decide for yourself. (3, Funny)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818757)

I'm starting to get the impression that telephones might not have yet been installed in the Hollywood section of California.

guess bill doesnt like to type. (0, Redundant)

Zurk (37028) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818727)

maybe we can have an audio interview next time ? the answers were shorter than the questions.

Re:guess bill doesnt like to type. (2, Funny)

Ella the Cat (133841) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818871)

He's had a talking computer for 35 years and his typing skills may have suffered.

Computer! control-A meta-cokebottle!

Computer! fill-paragraph!

Computer! dabbrev-expand SPANG!

Ah... (2, Funny)

neutron2000 (409922) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818733)

Dammit, Jim, I'm a slashdotter, not a trekker.

Seemed a little short and rude to me, but what do I know. Still, I appreciate the answers and the person behind them. Maybe he just had to pee really badly or something.

Re:Ah... (5, Insightful)

elmegil (12001) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818770)

Short? Yes. Rude? Where the hell did you get that idea? He mostly seems to be trying hard to be amusing, with some success.

Re:Ah... (1)

neutron2000 (409922) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818838)

Rude? Where the hell did you get that idea?

From the hell (huh?) where he tells the dude to "get a life" for asking a halfway reasonable question.

No need for you to be rude too, ya' don't get any extra karma points or anything.

Re:Ah... (2, Informative)

MaxwellStreet (148915) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818866)

It was a continuation of the joke he started in the SNL trekkie skit. It was nothing personal. Sheesh.

A bit short (3, Insightful)

WPIDalamar (122110) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818735)

This is one of the shortest replies we've had for a slashdot interview. Too bad, it could have been real great. I guess the myth might just be better than the man.

DAMNIT JIM! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818736)

I'm a DOCTOR not an anal plug!

Stop, Bill! I can't read that fast (2, Funny)

LawGeek (104616) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818738)

That man just rambles on and on. How did he send his answers? Morse code?

/. Waste of his time? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818742)

I don't mean to be a troll, but that "get a life" thing made him sound like an arrogant asshole.

I guess it was cool of him to do the interview, but his answers seemed patronizing at best.

He wasn't just short and to the point, he answered questions like he really didn't give a shit about what his fans think. Which is cool in its own way i guess.

Re:/. Waste of his time? (2)

_Neurotic (39687) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818839)

I think it is was supposed to be a joke, just like the SNL skit was. Get it?

Not that cool... (4, Funny)

themaddone (180841) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818755)

Dear Will,

We are so cool, we're beyond cool. We are in orbit man.


You'd think that if Bill was actually down with Wheaton, he'd take care to spell his name right...

News Flash: Shatner blows off Slashdot (4, Interesting)

dlb (17444) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818759)

Sounds to me that this is "just another interview" and Bill is being as polite as possible to say "leave me alone".

At least he isn't as bitter as Alec.

That quote about regret was nice through...

~dlb

That last response... (5, Funny)

Viewsonic (584922) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818760)

Was it me, or did anyone else have a mental image of Kirk sitting at his computer in a replica Enterprise captains chair wearing nothing but some undies and mouthing his response in the "Kirk Voice"?

Re:That last response... (1, Offtopic)

TheMostBob (538122) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818855)

It was just you.

Shocking insight! (5, Funny)

brutusbuck (192303) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818761)

I never understood the depths of this man until now. That you Bill (may I call you Bill?), your clever anecdotes and witty banter is refreshing. Great interview.

P.S. I liked you better when you were Kirk.

Uhmmm...? (3, Insightful)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818763)

Billy boy did as good as he could with the lame, suck-ass questions that were presented to him.

Why couldn't we come up with some halfway DECENT questions? ("Seriously... are we cool?")

Query by committee, I guess, produced borked results like these above.

Re:Uhmmm...? (1)

neutron2000 (409922) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818793)

Why couldn't we come up with some halfway DECENT questions? ("Seriously... are we cool?")

Wil can ask whatever he wants, darnnit... I thought it was cute that he posted a question :)

Re:Uhmmm...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818809)

that was wil wheaton aka teenage boy on TNG.

Was it just me... (3, Insightful)

Cap'n Canuck (622106) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818765)

...or did he manage sound flippant? He seemed to treat this whole thing as a joke.

Good show, Bill!

Goddamnit!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818767)

"Federal prosecutors in the United States say [bbc.co.uk] they have smashed the country's most powerful whites-only prison gang."

When will this oppression end?! For those who do not know:

History of Aryan Brotherhood (AB)
1964: AB formed by inmates at San Quentin, California
1973: Federal faction formed
1980-82: Two "commissions" set up to rule federal and California factions
1981: One of AB's leaders, Tommy Silverstein, kills DC Blacks member Raymond Smith
1987: Silverstein convicted of killing prison guard and sentenced to "no human contact"
1994: AB's Donald Riley given life for murder of black Desert Storm veteran
2002: 40 AB members indicted under RICO Act; 23 face death penalty

I read this (3, Funny)

starfighter_org (530923) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818771)

At the bottom in the quotes bit...

"He's dead, Jim."

Quote rigging. (1)

Thornae (53316) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818875)

Me too. Yup, current quote at the end of page is He's dead, Jim.

That's gotta be rigged. I'm willing to believe in coincidence, but no way that could've been pure chance.

A bit disappointing (2, Insightful)

binaryDigit (557647) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818772)

While he answered all the questions, his answers were certainly terse. I realize that he is probably a busy man, but if you're going to agree to do something like this, I would have hoped he would have put some more of the ole "William Shattner that we know and love" into it. Of course that the bothered at all was certainly nice of him.

That said, I wonder how much of the way he replied had to do with his not fully grasping what /. is? Not that we're some all powerful force or anything (well except for unsuspecting websites) but I wonder if he thought that we were just a group of a dozen pimply faced nerds not very far removed from Trekies/ers?

God forbid! (4, Funny)

roystgnr (4015) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818865)

I wonder if he thought that we were just a group of a dozen pimply faced nerds not very far removed from Trekies/ers?

That would be a sad mistake to make, when in reality we're a group of a hundred thousand pimply faced nerds not very far removed from Trekkies.

Re:A bit disappointing (1)

Duds (100634) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818872)

but I wonder if he thought that we were just a group of a dozen pimply faced nerds not very far removed from Trekies/ers?


You mean, you wonder if he had it right?

To WIl (5, Funny)

Henry V .009 (518000) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818776)

I look forward to some personal time with you.

Is he calling you out or what, man?

Theatrical Pauses (2, Insightful)

Zerbey (15536) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818778)

My suspicions are confirmed. William Shatner even has theatrical pauses when he writes! (Don't ever change, Bill)

What was the CleverNickName question all about? Maybe the poster could explain? I almost fell off my chair laughing at the reply.

Re:Theatrical Pauses (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818802)

Wil Wheaton

You may remember him as the kid on star trek who got abducted by the time-travelling child molestor.

Re:Theatrical Pauses (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818848)

CleverNickName = Wil Wheaton [wilwheaton.com] , aka Wesley Crusher on Star Trek TNG.

If brevity is the soul of wit... (2)

PHAEDRU5 (213667) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818779)

...then the answers were actually written by Oscar Wilde.

No offense but these were some boring questions. (4, Insightful)

zaqattack911 (532040) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818785)

Except for the one about his wife, none of those questions seem vaguely interesting to me.

I don't mean to flame, but could someone PLEASE explain questions number 9 to me?! I don't follow Bill's every move.. so I might not (along with others) understand inside jokes.

Also, questions asking actors about when they were called bad actors are USELESS. What the hell are they supposed to say to that? Of course Bill is going to give you a bunch of wisecracks... what else could he do?

And none of you asked ANYTHING about his personal life!?! I didn't see a single personal question there, aside from "what do you think of this", and "what do you think of that".

Christ.. at least ask when he lost is virginity or something.

Ok... I've flamed, take it.

Why? (0, Flamebait)

LittleDustPuppy (588678) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818787)

Remind me again just WHY people make a big deal about Shatner? He makes millions for bad acting. And I would think that any professional would want to see the bad reviews as well as the good. One could possibly get some worthwhile constructive criticism. It is always good to aim for improving one's skills.

Brevity (1)

sxltrex (198448) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818788)

Damn, and I thought Whitney Houston was a bad interviewee. Doesn't Bill realize that a few hundred thousand geeks (probably a good portion of his fan base) reads Slashdot? I suggest he go and read the Cathy Rogers Q&A for an example of how to do it right. Sheesh.

Wow. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818789)

This is one of the best slashdot interviews i've ever read. I think the fact every single response was a single cryptic sentence just makes it that much better. Explicated answers would have been neat but still, it's impressive that to get that much neatness most other interviewees had to talk for like a page per question. William Shatner, meanwhile, man, that cat is dense.

Maybe it's a zen thing.

short and simple (2)

netwiz (33291) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818795)

I'm kind of disappointed by the brevity of the answers. I was hoping for Mr. Shatner to go into some detail regarding the questions asked. IMO, the whole thing smacks of "oh, the little people have deigned to interview me, I suppose I'll humor them." It's like we don't matter.

Although, I wouldn't be terribly surprised if that's the case; assuming Mr. Shatner's stayed on top of his finances, he's probably quite well off, and doesn't need to work anymore.

Priceless (2)

Waab (620192) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818797)

Some of the replies, while short, were absolutely priceless.

Maybe it helps that in my head I heard them all delivered in classic Cpt. James T. Pause-and-Shout style.

William Shatner (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818798)

Does anybody know if NetBSD has been ported to this yet?

glad he spent 5 minutes (1)

Lt Razak (631189) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818803)

Great 5 minutes he spent there replying...

two 'L's? (0, Redundant)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818804)

Wil,

Contrary to what "Bill" might have said he slapped you in the face by mangling your name. I think that despite what he says the two of you are not "in orbit".

Your friend,
John

Porn Trek? (2)

Anonymous Cowtard (573891) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818806)

I look forward to some personal time with you.

Maybe Wil and Bill *are* beyond cool with each other? Imagine the Kirk and Wesley holodeck dating scenes as they walk arm in arm on a beach. ;-)

Coolness (1)

aagha (130742) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818811)

The coolest thing is that the man has a good sense of humor. I'm glad to see that will all their dirty laundry being exposed, some people out there keep it real.

Disappointed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818812)

Bill,

I would have expected a little more effort on the responses.

Editor,

this is one story you should have sent back to Bill for a rewrite.

Very disappointing!

An extremely valid question for William Shatner (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818818)

You seem to have no problem making fun of yourself and are able to take a joke, so why are you still wearing the hairpiece?

I mean it's no secret that you wear a toupee. Why not just get rid of it? I think everyone likes William Shatner. Regardless of whether you are bald or not.

Wesley/James stories (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818823)

Dear Will,

[snip]
I look forward to some personal time with you.


Jeez, those Wesley/Dianna...uh..."stories"...had it ALL wrong :-)

"Related Links" (1)

Fideaux! (44069) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818826)

How the hell is "Compare the best prices on: Consumer Electronics/Televisions" a related link?!!

Is Andover's stock that worthless now?

Las Vegas Odds... (0, Offtopic)

Cap'n Canuck (622106) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818830)

Current line in Vegas for number of replies to this story by 3:00 p.m. EDT are
100->499 50:1
400->499 5:1
500->599 4:1
600->699 2:1
700->799 2:1
800->899 1:1
900->999 1:2
1000+ 1:10

Just my opinion.... (2)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818831)

I think the questions that got sent to Bill were lame...and the responses were pretty lame too...I am not sure if its becuase the questions were damned lame or what....perhaps he just didn't put any effort into it....

In anycase there were alot better questions which were posted i wish more of the better ones had made it to him...

There were several postings, asking him about his writing, and also what he would do to fix ST:5 that would have made for much more interesting fare for an interview...

I guess thats just another mark for bad moderation!

Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818832)

It seems Mr. Shatner probably does better with a microphone than a keyboard.

Consider that, when you consider the brevity of his response.

Wow I can't believe this!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818835)

William Shatner actually spent more time with his responses on this interview than he ever did memorizing lines for his absurd acting.I know i might offend some die hard nerds here but to quote the "man" himself I'm going to say this-------- GET A LIFE!!

My... god... Spock... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4818836)

Those are... some... short... answers.

Oh well, atleast we got to see him answer Wil Wheaton.

Huge Respect (3, Funny)

DaytonCIM (100144) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818841)

I still giggle at the thought of Shatner sliding off the hood of the police car in "Showtime."

So I've slowly come to think that I'm wonderful.

I merely sought to make an impression.
Damn wouldn't we all seek to make an impression on Nichelle Nichols... emmmmmmm.

I look forward to some personal time with you.
Whoa. A little too much info there. :)

Sorry Mister Shatner (2)

GT_Alias (551463) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818842)

Didn't mean to take too much time out of your busy day dude.

Witness:
It seems to me that you need to get a life.

Oh Contrare. That's French, in case you need it, for 'to the contrary.' (To a Canadian, no less!!!)

But I guess it's hard to tell how someone is responding without seeing them in real life. So he's either a pompous asshole or a sarcastic hellion worthy of the Slashdot crowd.

How Bill Shatner responds... (5, Funny)

Slashdolt (166321) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818846)

Slashdolt:
"Mr. Shatner, I was wondering blah, blah, blah, blah (5 paragraphs later). So what are your thoughts?"

Bill:
I really don't think about that very much.

Brevity taken too far? (5, Informative)

ajs (35943) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818847)

That really wasn't much of an interview, and as far as I can tell, it was no fault of the Slashdot crowd. Some of the questions were very interesting and informative, but he engaged only two of them, and only as briefly as he could possibly manage (one with a link and one with a quick pat on the back to Wil).

Man, my opinion of him has always been mixed, but it went down a couple notches today!

TOS cast (1)

djtrialprice (602555) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818853)

Yes, I enjoyed it. I think Tim Allen was very funny. As for accuracy, not at all. Not accurate hmmm. Yeah, because Bill and all the other TOS cast get on sooooo well (especially Bill and James Doohan).

Nice, William. (0, Flamebait)

InterruptDescriptorT (531083) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818858)

I was willing to give Shatner the benefit of the doubt--I had heard he was somewhat terse and a bit of an 'asshole', but I thought I'd wait for the replies before I made up my mind.

Then I read his blow-off reply to the question about the charity he set up in his wife's name. The information he gave in his reply, which was more or less nothing more than its name and what it does, which was already brought up in the question, did nothing to expand on the information or reply about how things were progressing.

That's just cold. Something he ostensibly cares about and he flips back a reply that shouts out, 'I really don't give a damn'.

Usually, celebrities would be a hell of a lot happier answering questions about the charities that they support or helped form rather than your standard 'what was it like working with X on the set of Y?' set of questions, but I guess Shatner cares about neither.

People are right--you are an asshole, Shatner.

Was he in a hurry? (1)

Mr Fodder (93517) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818859)

He didn't really appear to put any effort into the responses, kinda disappointing.

I wrote a two page essay about it but decided to go with the theme of 1-2 sentences instead.

typical shatner responses.. (3, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818862)

Contrite and direct. no extra useless fluff thrown in just to rub egos.

I really wish people would have asked about his writing and if he would like to do television writing again.

Slashdot ?'s = Galaxy Quest Parody (1)

gregger (156275) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818867)

I dunno... it seems that /.'ers asking him these questions is an *exact* portrayal of life after Star Trek as shown in Galaxy Quest. That might explain his brevity.

Although I'll never forget CNN interviewing Bill Shatner after they thought there were "signs of life on Mars." He took the time to plug his Tek Wars books.

How cosmic!

TTFN

i'd be short too... (0)

dukarukus (68326) | more than 11 years ago | (#4818869)

question 1... how do you feel about people making fun of you because you're a shitty actor ?

at least we could've planted that one later on, after he had warmed to the whole slashdot interview idea.
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