Shatner On Darfur, Halloween and Santa November 1, 2007by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Books,Shatner , trackback
In a new videoblog William Shatner discusses the real world connection for his latest Star Trek novel “Star Trek Academy Collision Course”
And yesterday’s vlog discusses the famous Michael Meyers mask from the Halloween film series
And in a new interview with 411mania, Shatner discusses the book, his latest project ‘Stalking Santa’ (a mockumentary which he provides the narration), and how he picks his projects:
Tony Farinella: And my first question for you is after so many different roles on television and film, what still gets you excited? What gets your creative juices flowing after all these years?
William Shatner: Well, Tony, so many things. I’m, I think what an actor needs, or an entertainer in any of the various media, is a sort of childlike attitude of awe and wonder. And so as I move through the days and the week and the year, I find myself doing a variety of things that when they are finished and they have some success, I’m almost surprised.
I was mentioning “Exodus” as an example. It took two years to put this project together and issue the recording. I’ve done it myself, found a release, and it will be out there in Wal-Mart sort of thing, and it’s a really good performance of a, something that’s totally different, and it’s got a religious overtone, or a religious-historical overtone, and yet it’s entertaining.
I’ve got a book out there, a new book that’s coming out–a Star Trek book. It’s called “Collision”–“Academy–The Collision.” And it’s out there in the bookstores right now. A new Star Trek book dealing with the adolescents Kirk and Spock, and I started writing about a 17-year-old Jim Kirk and a 19-year-old Spock and took the Soldiers of Darfur, the tragedy that’s going there, the children soldiers, made them, updated them 300 years to a scourge that was happening then, and what the plans were going to be with Kirk and Spock adolescents.
That entertained me to tell that story. It entertained me to get this record going, and it’s entertained me to do this voice-over, this narration for “Stalking Santa.” So my year goes by, and you say, “Why pick that project?” and I sort of reverse the question and say, “Why not?” If I’ve got the time and energy, I like to do these variable things.