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Wil Wheaton’s Shatner and Stewart Impersonations July 5, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Fan Fiction,Humor,TNG , trackback

Things are progressing over at the Kirk v Picard Script Writing Contest. They are about half way through and just picked the round two scene. finalists. In a new video Wil Wheaton actually acts out some of the moments from the round one finalists, including part of a scene written by TrekMovie.com contributor James Heaney (wowbagger). Wheaton hams it up, but also pokes some good fun at Wesley.  

Is Wil trying out to be the new Kirk? Keep track of the goings on at the Official Blog (run by yours truly)

Comments

1. Kelvington - July 5, 2007

OK now I want Wil to be Kirk in the flix.

2. Jim J - July 5, 2007

I don’t really mean this, but I have to say it:

‘SHUT UP, WESLEY!”

Sorry, Wil-lol

3. Demode - July 5, 2007

He definitely has a good sence of humour. His Kirk impression is dead on.

4. Dennis Russell Bailey - July 5, 2007

Wil Wheaton rules. :lol:

5. Dennis Russell Bailey - July 5, 2007

Wil Wheaton rules. :lol:

6. Dennis Bailey - July 5, 2007

Redundancy is good.

7. Demode - July 5, 2007

Who, besides me, would find it really funny if Will plays a ‘red shirt’ in the new movie, and gets killed early on in the film? He was always saving the day in TNG. It would be pretty funny if he was the first red shirt to get killed (…I like Wil, by the way… and I think he would find it pretty funny too…)

8. mrregular - July 5, 2007

Wil Wheaton could be a young Kirk.
That said, I’m almost beyond belief in regards to how fast time has flown since the debut of TNG that night back in 1987…My G*d, that’s 20 years ago!! Those last 20 years were quick, indeed!!

9. Diabolik - July 5, 2007

Love the Futurama reference. He does good impressions of both captains!

10. DC - July 5, 2007

lol
did anyone else catch the Futurama reference Wil made?
“I bulit a finglonger to make it work.”
lol

11. Diabolik - July 5, 2007

Love the Futurama reference. He does good impressions of both captains!

12. Diabolik - July 5, 2007

The whole project could be a product of the “What if” machine.

13. Fidgit - July 5, 2007

Rock on, Wil!

14. THX-1138--Fred Garvin, ambivalent prostitute - July 5, 2007

I must admit to being a Wesley basher but that Wheaton guy is OK

15. cap10kirk - July 5, 2007

actually we could have Wesley Dialog (one of the Scene 2 Finalist has Wesley as First Officer of the Timeship Enterprise

vote for it at the KVP site voting ends at 3 PST Friday

16. Mark - July 5, 2007

Once a weenie, always a weenie. And it appears several of you need new sound cards.

17. Shadow6283 - July 6, 2007

He’s about as unfunny as he is unlikable, in or out of character.

18. Cygnus-X1 - July 6, 2007

Oh, Wil Wheaton’s not that bad. He’s gotten far too much grief over the years.

As for Kirk impressions, the funniest one that I’ve seen was by “Freaks and Geeks” castmember Samm Levine.

It’s a must-see, if you can find it. It’s included in the ‘special features’ of the Freeks and Geeks DVD series. I looked for it online, to post a link here, but couldn’t find it.

It’s comparable to Kevin Pollack’s Shat, but, funnier, I thought, especially because Levine was like 15 years old when he did it, and, it was so wonderfully hammy and over the top, even for a Shatner impression.

19. snake - July 6, 2007

embarrassing…painful to watch and deeply unfunny

20. snake - July 6, 2007

btw I’m really glad Shatner slapped him down like a little bitch when he went snooping around the Trek V set LOL….

Shame he didnt insist on him being sacked – he would have spared us an extra 2 years worth of W Crusher.

21. Admiraldeem - July 6, 2007

16, 17 & 19:
I’m in your camp on this one.

22. CmdrR - July 6, 2007

At least he shaved off the alleged beard.
Really, it’s not his fault they tried to make Wesley into a superboygenius. I think you’ll see him rebound, but only after a few more years. He’ll land some sit-com or something and then Wesley will be only a distant memory.
As for the impressions, I think they fail to ‘engage.’

23. snake - July 6, 2007

22 – yes he really was the jar jar of trek

nah i cant see any comeback for him…

any way he was stupid to leave TNG – If hed stayed he would have finished out the series and done the movies…..maybe leading to something else for him.

so it was bad for him but good for everyone else.

he still looks exactly the same as he did in TNG

24. JohnnyMoo - July 6, 2007

I actually liked the impression he did of himself the most, though the others were quite well observed.

Maybe if he’d stayed on the show he could’ve turned the character around. Bashir was quite irritating for the first few seasons of DS9 with his lame pining over Dax and such, but the actor acknowledged that and managed to make the character really well liked by about half way through.

25. dalek - July 6, 2007

Is Wil Wheaton doing William Shatner? It sounds more like Wil Wheaton is doing Kevin Pollack who’s doing Shatner. An impersonation of an impersonation. Interesting!

26. DREW - July 6, 2007

Wil,

You’ve got too much time on your hands.
‘Get A Life’

27. wil weahton sux - July 6, 2007

the kid has no talent and truly is a tool.

28. ZoomZoom - July 6, 2007

who is Will Wetone?

29. Stanky McFibberich - July 6, 2007

I didn’t really have any problem with Mr. Wheaton’s portrayal of Wesley. It was the character I didn’t like. The whole idea of having families and kids on the Enterprise was goofy.
While Mr. Wheaton’s impression of Picard leaves something to be desired, it is no less preferable to Stewart’s actual performance as Picard which was often excruciatingly dull and stiff.
The Shatner was fair.

30. snake - July 6, 2007

“While Mr. Wheaton’s impression of Picard leaves something to be desired, it is no less preferable to Stewart’s actual performance as Picard which was often excruciatingly dull and stiff.”

How DARE you!!

31. Lou - July 6, 2007

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
nice!

32. Scott - July 6, 2007

Man, you guys are a tough audience. Like almost everyone, I never liked the Wesley character (Star Trek + Kids = Bad), but I have to doff my hat at Wil Wheaton for having good humor about the whole thing. Like all of us he’s just a guy trying to do his best to get by in life, and it must have been tough to be an adolescent living under a magnifying glass…a magnifying glass most fans would just as soon use to focus the sun’s rays into a beam of searing death.
I thought his Shatner was pretty good; his Picard was okay. I thought the lines he was reading in the above clip were pretty bad though. Not his fault. Wil’s okay; cut him some slack.

Scott B. out.

33. Jon G - July 6, 2007

Hmmm… Upon further review… I still hate that guy.

34. Stanky McFibberich - July 6, 2007

re: 30. snake – July 6, 2007
“While Mr. Wheaton’s impression of Picard leaves something to be desired, it is no less preferable to Stewart’s actual performance as Picard which was often excruciatingly dull and stiff.”
How DARE you!!”

Stewart is apparently very proud of his work on the stage. I have not seen any of his stage performances, but it always seemed to me that he was “stage acting” during the series. Never seemed like a real guy.

35. snake - July 6, 2007

Stewarts performance in First Contact was one of the best performances ever in Star Trek or Sci Fi film for that matter…

anyway back to wheato – the guy needs to get a job and stop living of memories of his past brief association with a series where he was (and still is ) the most hated character of the entire franchaise :)

36. Xai - July 6, 2007

I’m sure his life isn’t worth living now that some of you have expressed your opinion.
It’s just a promo for KvP.

Anthony, I propose a video contest… best Kirk and / or Picard impersonation. I feel the need to be highly critical for little or no reason.

X

37. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - July 6, 2007

Bad but fun.
On second thought just bad

38. THX-1138--Fred Garvin-Cthulu's barber - July 6, 2007

I think that it’s funny that people who post continuously tell other people who have accomplished things in the public eye to get a life. Cyber-anonymity is fun, is it not?

I agree with Xai, let’s have some brave souls put their money where their mouth is. Make them do Wesley Crusher imitations and let Wil Wheaton expound on the finer points of their performances.

39. Oceanhopper - July 6, 2007

Shaddup Wesley… ;-)

But seriously, Wil Wheaton is cool. He has redeemed himself. And he is not a bad Shat impression

40. the kid has no talent and truly is a tool. - July 6, 2007

the kid has no talent and truly is a tool.
the kid has no talent and truly is a tool.
the kid has no talent and truly is a tool.

41. THX-1138--Fred Garvin-Cthulu's barber - July 6, 2007

#40
#40 is repetitive and has nothing to say
#40 is repetitive and has nothing to say
#40 is repetitive and has nothing to say

42. Marvin the Martian - July 6, 2007

I never really understood the torrent of anger expressed towards both Wesley Crusher and Wil Wheaton.

Wesley is just a character in fiction. Don’t like the character? Fine. But to be even half-jokingly upset with this character so many years later after the series’ cancellation is more than a little extreme.

I’ve heard that some people hate Wil because he asked that there be no smoking at his public appearances, due to some respiratory issues, I believe. That floors me. You hate an actor because he politely asks you to not smoke for 45 minutes? God, you’re self-absorbed.

However, based on my firsthand experience interacting with fans of another popular series, I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter now nice you are to people… some are determined to hate you and be cruel to you no matter what.

There is definitely a small subset of any TV show fanbase that is mentally unbalanced and even dangerous.

43. Admiraldeem - July 6, 2007

I hated Wesley, fair to say. My feelings about Mr. Wheaton stem from the hate-filled brew he has troweled out on his website through the years. I have made it a point to educate myself on the difference between the two. I would far rather spend an evening with WC that with WW. IMO, he is little more than a brat who needs a good spanking and told to grow up. That makes me neither unbalanced nor dangerous. Just informed.

44. Xai - July 6, 2007

#43 Admiraldeem
No, it makes you opinionated about a very minor actor that in the scheme of things likely isn’t worth all this venom.

I felt that much of this thread’s critiques weren’t needed because this thread wasn’t about Wil Wheaton.

But shucks, I guess I am being too nice to that bastard. How dare he…

45. Xai - July 6, 2007

I still like the Impersonation contest though…. Anthony?

46. Redshirt - July 6, 2007

Wil Wheaton’s OK…its not really his fault his character was written that way. Hes one of the Millions of actors that reads his lines and gets paid for it. Its a shame of alot of writers got paid to make his character smarter than any of the crew. You can thank alot of the Season One and Two writers for that.

47. Roger - July 6, 2007

Dang, did Wil Wheaton steal some of you guys’ lunch money? Steal your Orion Slave Girl “action figure” and sell it on eBay? Spoil the ending of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”?

48. trektacular - July 7, 2007

How can you hate Wesley? It was based on Gene Roddenberry!

49. Admiraldeem - July 7, 2007

44 Xai

People who take time to learn the facts have a right to be opinionated. And I for one am sticking to the point as opposed to folks who cannot logically and factually defend Wheaton so they attack other posters. And as for the subject of the thread, looks to me like the first two words of the title make it clear it IS about Will Wheaton.

50. Stanky (The Swoon Inducer) McFibberich - July 7, 2007

re: 49 and 45 Xai
Yeah, pretty much about Wheaton, I’d say.

I’d like to enter your proposed impersonation contest, Xai, but I do a terrible Kirk and I have no desire to do a Picard impersonation. The less I hear that voice, the better.

And I wouldn’t want to put my mug out there for all to see. Women would be leaving their husbands and I don’t want to be responsible for that.

51. Roger - July 7, 2007

Admiraldeem: what “hate-filled brew” did Wheaton spew out on his website?

52. Jovan - July 7, 2007

“I think that it’s funny that people who post continuously tell other people who have accomplished things in the public eye to get a life. Cyber-anonymity is fun, is it not?”

Q. F. T.

This guy even pokes fun at his character which you guys don’t like… and you still hate him? “Get a life,” indeed.

53. Xai - July 8, 2007

#49 Admiraldeem

Fine, you read his website.
Since I didn’t, I’ll take your word for it that he spewed “hate-filled brew” on his site. But unless he called you or your mama nasty names, it’s my opinion that you let his words get under your skin far too deep.
But hey… it’s your life.

And the story is about the KvP contest… he’s just reading some parts.

54. Marcos - July 8, 2007

Wil Wheaton should be the new Kirk in the new Star Trek film. J.J. Abrams if you’re reading this, I recommend Wil Wheaton as the new Kirk for your film. That would be so amazing!

55. Simon Belfast - July 9, 2007

Wil seems like a genuinely nice guy.

56. Jay - July 12, 2007

Why wont he just die?

57. Bowfinglonger - July 13, 2007

For anyone suggeting WW for the role of Kirk:

WW is already as old as Shatner was when he played Kirk for he first time (Matt “Mild Case of Downs Syndrome” Damon is older). So unless the movie’s going to be a side story or alt-universe, both those guys should be thrown on the shitpile of history. If they’re going to portray “Young James T. Kirk” they need someone age-appropriate. And unless they find an unknown, the pickings out there for worthy actors is pretty slim.

58. true trekkie gurls dream of being wesley crusher's gf - July 14, 2007

Wil Wheaton is still so cute. And he could be a good Kirk.

59. Doodle Dawg Entertainment » Blog Archive » Marketing - July 18, 2007

[...] Another good example is this video of Will Wheaton reading parts of scripts entered in a Star Trek Contest run by fans and ‘Star Trek royalty’, this collaboration seems to be fun for all involved (as well as being fun for the Trek fans who watch it), yet it’s still acts as a great marketing tool. [...]

60. Scarlet Sharps - May 8, 2011

Well, that is certainly good, however what about the other options we’ve got here? Do you mind writing one more post regarding them as well? Kudos!

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