Former Star Trek co-star George Takei called William Shatner an “evil old man” in a new interview, marking the latest salvo in the showbiz heroes’ ongoing feud.
said the 85-year-old actor Watchman on Monday that he did not want to continue communicating with Shatner, 91, after the Captain Kirk actor said his former Star Trek co-stars slammed him for the publicity in a barbed interview earlier this month.
“I know he came to London to promote his book and talked about my desire for publicity using his name,” said Takei, who played Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek. So I decided I didn’t need his name to get publicity.
Feud: George Takei calls former Star Trek co-star William Shatner an “evil old man” in a new interview, marking the latest criticism in the showbiz star’s ongoing feud (Takei was shot last month and Shatner portrayed R in July)
Takei, who reprized the role of Sulu for several films and shows in the Star Trek franchise, told the outlet that he had a “much more important topic” that he sought publicity for.
I’m not going to be referring to Bill in this interview at all… although I just did. He’s just a grumpy old man and I’ll leave him to his own devices. I will not play his game.
When asked if Shatner was “fierce” in his younger years, Takei said that Shatner “was self-absorbed and “enjoyed being the center of attention” and “wanted everyone to subdue him”.
Shatner, earlier this month made headlines when he said times He feels that his former colleagues on 1960s sci-fi series beat him up to make headlines for themselves.
Unhappy: The actor, best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk on the series as well as seven movies, says he now realizes they’re ‘doing it for publicity’ (pictured in the 1991 movie with George)
The details: Shatner said, “Sixty years after some incidents, they’re still on this track. Don’t you think that’s a little weird? It’s like a disease.”
Sixty years after some incidents, they are still on this path. Don’t you think this is a little strange? It’s like a disease,” said Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the hit series as well as in seven films. I began to understand that they were doing this for publicity.
Even when Shatner recently went into space thanks to billionaire Jeff Bezos, Takei said he was sent as a “guinea pig” to assess the impact of space on an “unsuitable” sample.
George [Takei] He never stopped tarnishing my name, he said. These people are bitter and embittered. I have run out of patience with them. Why give credibility to people consumed by envy and hatred? ›.
In his memoir Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder, Shatner said he was devastated when the late actor Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura, accused him of being “cold and arrogant.”
“I was horrified when I found out,” he wrote, “I’m ashamed I didn’t realize it.”
Shatner was also close friends with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, but their relationship became strained before his death in 2015 – for reasons unknown to Kirk’s actor.
Friction: Even as the actor went to space thanks to billionaire Elon Musk, former actor George Takei said he was sent as a “guinea pig” to assess space’s impact on an “unsuitable” sample (George was photographed earlier this year)
Sad: In his memoir Boldly Go: Reflections on an Awe and Wonder, the actor wrote that he was devastated when the late actor Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Ulhura, accused him of being ‘cold and arrogant’ (pictured together on the show)
according to Giant robot The feud between the two began when William made a 2011 Star Trek documentary and interviewed several actors who had been away from the franchise, but failed to include Nimoy.
Comes after William said He said seeing Earth from space aboard Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin rocket was a very sad experience, but one that inspired him to cherish the beauty of our planet.
In an extract from his diary he wrote that he was struck by one of the “strongest feelings of grief” he had ever experienced.
Ex-Friends: William was also close friends with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, but their relationship became strained before his death in 2015 – for reasons unknown to Kirk’s actor
He went on to say that instead of feeling awe, as he had expected it to be, the sight of the warm blue earth glow surrounded by the cold black space made him feel like he was at a “funeral”.
The excerpt was published by Variety journalist Marianne Williamson, and offered a deeper look at Shatner’s reaction to his space flight with Blue Origin than previously revealed.
The revelations come a year after Shatner became apparent immediately after his exit from the Blue Origin capsule in October 2021, when he broke down in tears telling Bezos, “Everyone in the world needs to do this.”
William wrote that he never realized how precious life on Earth was until he left it behind.
He said, “I discovered that beauty is not there, it is here, with all of us.” ‘Leaving that behind made my connection with our little planet more profound,’ he wrote in his diary.
Seeing the Earth so fragile, he said, filled him with sadness until he thought about how man can be so capricious about destroying it.
Rocket Man: It comes after William said seeing Earth from space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket was a very sad experience, but one that inspired him to cherish the beauty of our planet.
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