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Abrams to Shatner: Drop Dead! 
Sunday, November 25th, 2007 | 10:38 am [film, news, star trek]
Oh no you di-n't! Leonard Nimoy is coming out of retirement to appear in next year's new Star Trek film, the craftily entitled Star Trek. But while Nimoy dusts off his ears to reprise his role as Spock, the producers have apparently opted to leave William Shatner to his Boston Legal and PriceLine commercials. And Shatner is not happy about it.

The story is at the WENN page at the Internet Movie Database — right here, in fact. "I've become even more popular than I was playing Captain Kirk," claims Shatner, who, prior to his leading role in the original Star Trek television series, was most well-known for playing the man who saw the incubus on the wing of his airplane on his way to be Spencer Tracy's aide at the Nuremburg Trials in the classic Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, "Nick of Time."

Shatner then seemed to express support for the film, saying "They've decided to go in another direction, and I'm sure it'll be a wonderful film." That's Shatner-speak for, "Nimoy should only get cancer!"

Your guess is as good as mine as to why J.J. Abrams and his creative team have opted not to cast a mediocre 76 year-old actor in a leading role in their upcoming multi-million dollar science fiction epic. I will say this, though: odds are pretty good this is going to be a really shitty Star Trek movie, and I would much rather watch a really shitty Star Trek movie with Shatner, than without him. Chris Pine might do just fine as Kirk, but do you really think he could take a line like "Spock, you're talking about the end of all life on Earth! Haven't you got any goddamn feelings about that?!" and work the same hammy, overwrought magic with it as Shatner?

I don't think so, either.
Sunday, November 25th, 2007 | 05:30 pm (UTC)
Even odds that it'll be a Spock deathbed POV with voice-over narration flash-backs to Academy days. No Shatner/Kirk needed for that.

Besides, I like him better as Denny Crane.
Sunday, November 25th, 2007 | 05:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm sure Kirk isn't necessary for the story, and shoe-horning him in just to toss Shatner a bone would be a mistake. And I'm with you, I'd rather see Shatner doing more of the self-parody that's been working so well for him the last ten years or so than stuffing himself back into a Starfleet costume and trying to be credible as Captain Kirk at 76 when he was hard to swallow in the role at 62.

All I'm saying is that if you're gonna make a shitty Star Trek movie (which, whatever his intentions, is probably what J.J. Abrams is going to wind up doing), do it with Shatner so at least it'll be fascinating in a slow-mo-train-wreck-full-of-children sort of way.
Sunday, November 25th, 2007 | 08:33 pm (UTC)
I don't have high hopes for the film either; it's too soon. Not enough time has passed. The Star Trek Franchise field hasn't had a full rest yet.
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