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Shatner Doing Live Video Chat Thursday – First Question From Community Member December 11, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Shatner , trackback

This Thursday (Dec. 13) William Shatner will be appearing on Hollywood Now, a live video Internet chat show from During the show Shatner will be taking questions from those who are logged via the PalTalk software. The half hour show begins at 1 pm Eastern, but you will be able to join the ‘room’ around 3 hours before hand and ‘raise your hand’ to be put into the queue. has arranged with PalTalk to have the first question come from from a community member (details below).

First Question goes to a community member
In the comments section below, submit a question that you would like to ask Mr. Shatner. Also mention your first name and where you are from (City, State/province/country). Tomorrow (Wednesday Dec 12) at 5PM Pacific I will be picking one question to be put at the top of the queue. Just a note, the question I pick will not be a variation on “will you be in the new movie?” since Mr. Shatner has spoken quite a bit on that recently and nothing has changed since his latest statement. The question will be asked by the host Joanne Colan.

Go face to face with Shatner!
Log in live via the PalTalk software on Thursday and see if your question gets asked. But feel free to submit questions on PalTalk since Mr. Shatner may take up to a dozen questions during the show. In the software you ‘raise your hand’ to be put into the queue. Just like with any call in show, your question will be screened by PalTalk If called on you can ask you question ‘live’ via text, microphone or your own webcam…letting you go face to face with the Shat! If you do not want to participate in the chat and just want to watch, you can see the show streaming on on Thursday at 1PM Eastern.

More information about the show and a link for the PalTalk software are available HERE

If you miss the show, a streaming version should be available at PalTalk a few days after the show.


1. Xai - December 11, 2007

Oh Lord… this will be interesting…
(looking below)

2. I AM THX-1138 - December 11, 2007

Do you have any lingering regrets over how Captain Kirk was killed off in Generations?

–Timmy from Millwood

3. I AM THX-1138 - December 11, 2007

Have you ever given any thought to a T.J. Hooker reunion or big screen movie?

Timmy from Millwood

4. Camaro 09 - December 11, 2007

When are you filming your cameo for the new Star Trek film?

5. Orbitalic - December 11, 2007

“If this next Trek movie is a success and a sequel is planned… would you do it, if offered more than a cameo?”

6. Bob, the Evil Klingon Frontline Leader - December 11, 2007

Has there been discussion on ”Boston Legal” of an episode featuring as many ”Star Trek” alumni as possible after the writers strike is resolved?

-Bob, Madison, Wisconsin

7. I AM THX-1138 - December 11, 2007

Reading is fundamental to the success of your response #’4 and 5. Start from the upper left hand of the article and continue through to the lower left hand part of the article ending with the word “show” and just before “Digg it!”.

8. MiniKirk - December 11, 2007

What was your initial reaction to hearing that the charecter of Captain Kirk, which you had made iconic, was going to be re-cast?
-Dustin, Santa Barbara County, California

9. Bono Luthor - December 11, 2007

Does the line between Bill and Kirk ever get a little blurred given the degree to which he has been a part of your life in many different ways?

Steve – London UK

10. Anthony Pascale - December 11, 2007

REMINDER: State your first name and where you are from
only questions with that will be included

11. Bono Luthor - December 11, 2007

Would you mind if we clone you? Because the world without Shatner is a scary thought!

12. Bono Luthor - December 11, 2007

Would you mind if we clone you? Because the world without Shatner is a scary thought!

Steve – London UK


13. Greg2600 - December 11, 2007

Will Shat be on video Paltalk?

14. Lou - December 11, 2007

Boston Legal seems to be revitalizing your career. You’re getting great reviews and your fanbase is going wild. You’ve written a book that was recently released… What is the next project for “The Shat”?

Lou, Michigan

15. Lostrod - December 11, 2007

Rodney – Plano, Texas

Was there a particular point in time when you realized your portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk had gone from just a “role” to a cultural icon?

16. NCC-73515 - December 11, 2007

Would you do some more voiceover or even another apperance, such as in “Legacy” and “Starfleet Academy”, in a new PC game, as there might be one for ST08?
Uli from Munich, Germany

17. Anthony Pascale - December 11, 2007

yes Shatner will be on Video…and if you are logged in via paltalk and have a webcam, you can ask a question face to face (if you get selected).

18. Camaro 09 - December 11, 2007

How about we just ignore him like the writers of the new Star Trek film did?

19. CanuckLou - December 11, 2007

Anthony this is great! Kudos to you and site for arranging such an amazing opportunity for all us here! Thank you!!!!

Lou – Ajax, Ontario, Canada

Mr. Shatner – does your distaste for ‘fruit salad’ still linger to this very day?

20. T2 - December 11, 2007

Have you already or do you plan on meeting with Chris Pine face-to-face to discuss James T. Kirk?

Tom, Chicago, Illinois

21. Viking - December 11, 2007

If you had the chance to remove or reboot (Trek pun intended) one thing on your resume, would it be ‘Incubus’, ‘The Devil’s Rain’, or a third choice? ;-)

Eric, Alabama

22. Juli - December 11, 2007

Do you face any emotional difficulties playing a character that has “mad cow?”

And will Leonard Nimoy ever make a cameo on Boston Legal?

-Juli, Washington DC

23. Jupiter1701 - December 11, 2007

Paper or plastic?

24. Crusty McCoy - December 11, 2007

Which would Capt. Kirk have preferred: a peace with the Klingons, a peace with the Romulans or a piece of an Orion slave girl?

Crusty, Mint Julep, Ga.

25. CmdrR - December 11, 2007

Chris in Atlanta, GA writes:

If they let you direct, would you play James T. Kirk on New Voyages?

26. Jose Ebare - December 11, 2007

When you get your hair cut, what do you tell your stylist about the top?

Jose Ebare

27. Son of Sarek - December 11, 2007

Joe G. – Philadelphia, PA

Now that you have just received your lifetime achievement award, and knowing how driven you are to keep busy, what goals lay ahead for you both professionally and personally? Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration to your legions of fans, myself included.

28. Jordan - December 11, 2007

Why are you so cool?

29. Orbitalic - December 11, 2007

Timmy, the hall monitor from Millwood…

I don’t expect to be picked, I am playing the home version of “Show me the Money”.

Shatner… you still owe money at the cafe. You paying up?

Samuel Kirk, Riverside, Iowa

30. Mawazitus - December 11, 2007

Could you ever see yourself retiring from the acting game? If so, what would you do with your free time?

Mark Z. – Seattle, WA

31. Son of Sarek - December 11, 2007

Some of your former Star Trek cast members have appeared in fan created Star Trek films/webisodes. Would you ever consider doing the same?

32. James Heaney - December 11, 2007

This is awesome, Anthony. Now I just have to think of a good question…

33. Tony Whitehead - December 11, 2007

I was reading in ‘The Making of Star Trek’ by Stephen Whitfield about the time when you were shooting the pilot ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’ and you got stung by a wasp in the eyelid. Do you recall this, and did it hurt like a mutha? Can you tell us the story if you do?

Tony, Waco, Texas

34. Picard for President - December 11, 2007

What do you think of Devon, Pennsylvania*? Would you see yourself more the “Main Liner” or more the “Horsey People” lol!

Bonus Question: Will you be showing this year?

Malvern, Pennsylvania

* for those that do not know, it’s the home of the Devon Horse Shoe.

35. shuttlepod10 - December 11, 2007

Hello, Mr. Shatner,

Captain Kirk is a hero to many people. Who are your heroes?

Hudson, WI

36. I AM THX-1138 - December 11, 2007

Sorry Orbitalic, I thought your question was serious and I wanted you to have a chance. I didn’t realize that you were trying to be obtuse.

Just what was the reason, Mr. Shatner, that you didn’t do the reported appearance on “Enterprise”?

-Timmy (the hall monitor) from Millwood

37. Tim, Willow Grove, PA - December 11, 2007

What is the one characteristic of Kirk that you brought to the table that you hope continues above all, with the new casting of Chris Pine? Or do you own half of Hollywood by now, after all you are the hardest working guy in Hollywood.

38. Danya Romulus - December 11, 2007

36 or anyone

Can someone fill me in on what the rumors were about Shatner on Enterprise? I don’t remember hearing about that.

39. Plum - December 11, 2007

Shatner on ENT??? Ah, no, never happened though … if the show ran longer, there was idol talk about an appearance.

40. Dr. Image - December 11, 2007

What was your reasoning behind allowing your character to be killed off in Generations? How do you feel about it now?

-Donn, Cleveland

41. shuttlepod10 - December 11, 2007

if Denny Crane and Kirk got into a fight, who would win?


Hudson, WI

42. Greg Stamper - December 11, 2007

Since the original series was filmed during the height of NASA’s involvement in the Space Race leading to the Moon landing. Did you ever feel a sense of pride in portraying an astronaut of the future?

Hazard, Kentucky

43. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - December 11, 2007

Bill, My mother was a bunny at the Lake Geneva Playboy club in the early 70’s any chance you could be my pappy?? She is and was an equestrian. I am extremely handsome, athletic and virile. I do bear a somewhat similar appearance to you and would be proud to be your son.

Dominick – Chicago, IL.

44. The Vulcanista - December 11, 2007

Mr. Shatner,

When most folks of your generation are looking to scale back and take it easy, what is it about you, Bill Shatner, that makes you go out and seek that next project, that next role? How does one keep that joie de vivre into one’s “golden” years?

I realize that’s two questions, but I’m really curious. I’d like to be that active and “on” when *I’m* 76.

Meg, Atlanta, GA

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

45. The Vulcanista - December 11, 2007

#41: Easy. Denny Crane. There’d be no fight. He’d just shoot Kirk. Or, after tonite’s BL, blow him up with a depth charge! };-)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

46. trektacular - December 11, 2007

Vulcanista its simple why he’s still acting, he likes it, who wouldn’t really?

47. trektacular - December 11, 2007

Why did you and Leonard decide to end Star Trek VI with such finality if, as revealed in commentaries and other places, you guys still felt you had more stories to tell with Kirk & co. ?

george TX

48. The Vulcanista - December 11, 2007


Agreed, but I want to know where that *energy* comes from that enables a 76-year-old man to go out and challenge himself and his craft at this stage in his life.

It could be simply as you intimated, his love for his craft. However, I’d love to hear it from The Shat’s own perspective. That’s all. }:-)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

49. Xai - December 11, 2007

#43 Lord garth…OMG… still laughing

50. Andy Patterson - December 11, 2007

Mr. Shatner,

When you’re talking on your cell phone do you ever think to yourself, “I started all this”? “The show – me….we’re the reason these exist.”

Andy – Dallas, Texas

51. trektacular - December 11, 2007

Vulcanista, you’re right sorry.

52. Iowagirl - December 12, 2007

Which do you consider the main reason for the enduring success of TOS, the reason why people after 40 years still watch, discuss and love the series?

Sonja – Duesseldorf/Germany

53. FYI: "First" is LAME. - December 12, 2007

While you were working on TOS, which Trek-hottie gave your trousers the highest warp factor?

Francisco — Brooklyn, NY

54. Allister Gourlay - December 12, 2007

yeah lord Garth no 43 damn funny! lol!

55. Reactionary89 - December 12, 2007

Following the box office failure of the last Star Trek film and the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise, there were many who were convinced that Star Trek was dead or dying. What is your response to those people and besides Star Trek XI, what else, in your mind, is needed to ensure Gene Roddenberry’s vision survives in the 21st century?

T.S. in Palos Heights, Illinois

56. Stefano - December 12, 2007


Do they teach sentence writing in Kentucky? :p


Seriously, I think the few questions concerning Trek fan productions (esp New Voyages) are clever, fresh and relevant. Shatner likely will not feel bored about this topic, and I think most of us have some knowledge and interest in this topic, too.

Thus, I would like to suggest that questions such as #25 should make your short list.

57. Doug - December 12, 2007

Mr Shatner,

What is your opinion on the remastering of the Original series?

Have you seen any of the revamped episodes? If so, did you like them?

Doug – England

58. JTO - December 12, 2007

Dear Bill

I’ve been rewatching TOS for the first time in years – the episodes stand up remarkably well in terms of story, acting etc especially the 1st and 2nd seasons ….When you were filming the first season did you have any idea that you were making a classic that was going to be celebrated, studied and puzzled over for the rest of time?

Best wishes

Paul – UK

59. Jim Smith - December 12, 2007

Bill. Can I just say thanks for the hours of entertainment you’ve given us all over decades. Thanks.

Jim Smith, Warwick, England

60. TJ Trek - December 12, 2007

what would you say to aspiring actors who say “If Shatner can do it so can I, kno where do I begin”?

TJ from Washington

61. Trek Master - December 12, 2007

Kirk would win

Next question

62. Greg Stamper - December 12, 2007

56. Stefano

Email me please.

63. catchupwiththesun - December 12, 2007

firstly – thank you for everything you did to make kirk so awesome.

now lets journey back to star trek V pre-production.

at its most fundamental level, trek 5 is about kirk, spock and mccoy. if you could go back and make your trek movie all over again, knowing what you know now, would you still take it in the same direction (the search for god) and just try to spruce it? or would you try to explore the relationships between the characters in a different way?

-schyler, california

64. andrea - December 12, 2007

Dear Mr Shatner, how do you think Captain Kirk can be resurrected in star trek 11? with time travel in it i can’t see the problem to have you in it…
thanks a lot for you talent…right now i’m an actor thanks to your inspiration.
Andrea Abbatista, Milan, Italy

65. Cervantes - December 12, 2007

Dear Bill, which of the various styles of Star Trek uniforms you’ve worn over the years, did you like the look of best, Original Series, Star Trek:The Motion Picture, or one of the subsequent Movie sequels?

Best Wishes, Peter in Scotland

66. Vfx2k4 - December 12, 2007

If offered lunch on the set of the latest Star Trek movie, not just a snack, but lunch- would you accept it?

67. indranee - December 12, 2007

#66 – funny :p

Dear Mr. Shatner, first — thank you for everything! Second — how come you’re doing a cameo for Horrorween but won’t do one for Star Trek XI? We need you more than even you think we do! :)

Indrani – Washington, DC.

68. Jupiter1701 - December 12, 2007

I’m suffering from hair loss. I was wondering how your hair managed to grow thicker and fuller the older you got.

69. cw - December 12, 2007


Mr. Shatner, I saw a movie when I was about 8 years old with you in it and it had some really large scary bunnies in it. I had nightmares forever. When you filmed that, were you scared too?

70. SPB - December 12, 2007

Hello, Mr. Shatner:

Over the last 10 years or so, you’ve gone out of your way to create this new, hip & funny William Shatner persona, whether it’s been Priceline commercials or your role as Denny Crane on “Boston Legal.”

At the same time, in almost every other interview you’ve given, you seem to be rather introspective about old age, death, the passage of time and other “existential” ruminations.

My question: Are you looking for that one last, serious dramatic role where you can sink your teeth into these questions from an acting standpoint? Do you have it in you? Or are other producers simply offering you other “Denny Crane-esque” roles?

71. SPB - December 12, 2007

#70 – OOPS!

(That should have read: SHAUN from Connecticut. Thanks, Anthony!)

72. CanuckLou - December 12, 2007

Lou – Ajax, Ontario, Canada

Mr. Shatner have you had a chance to watch any of the remastered episodes of Star Trek and if so what do you think of the results?

73. RaveOnEd - December 12, 2007

Mr. Shatner-

First, I want to thank you for all the enjoyment you have given me and all fans of your work for the past 50 years! I’m sure you realize it is hard to believe you have been entertaining people for that long, much less be a success after that time.

My question is, given your stage background, have you ever considered a return to the stage in any way? Have you attended stage shows recently, and do you see a change in how they are done now as to when you were in the Shakespeare Company or any other performance group?

Ed Marra – Ambler, PA

74. Bob, the Evil Klingon Frontline Leader - December 12, 2007

#38 – They tried writing him into the “Through The Mirror Darkly” two parter. He was rumored to have been playing a cook in the mirror universe.

75. Ron Paul in 08 - December 12, 2007

Darren in Fort Lauderdale…

I appreciate the effort you put into the work you do, meticulously creating nuances in every character you portray, the role of Kirk not withstanding, until William Shatner has disappeared and only the character is left. What you have done for Star Trek is nothing short of genius, and It is in my honest estimation that no one could have ever done for the character what you have, in creating a timeless hero for the ages and a positive role model for children to look up to for years to come, giving people something to hope and aspire to, that being greatness of course.

However, my true inspiration, my source of empowerment and my guiding light for what is truly moral and right in life doesn’t come from a Captain Kirk or a Denny Crane. No, rather, it comes form your recurring role as the indomitable, wise and ever-compelling Price Line Negotiator. It is through this fantastic character which you so marvelously play that I draw my true inspiration and moral compass. Nothing gives me the feeing I can accomplish anything more than watching you in character as the Negotiator karate chop the air with such confidence, that I feel I can take on the world. I literally say to myself “Darren (that’s my name), Darren, if Bill “The Negotiator” Shatner can chop prices in half and inspire others to log on to the internet and do the same for themselves, thus saving themselves tons (upwards of 40% in some places) of money, then surely I can get up out of bed this morning and face another day of fixing computers and other various work related things, and possible some laundry”. Yes Bill, if I may call you that, through your wit and prose, your inner confidence and fantastic hair, you simply make me want to be…a better man. I thank you.

Oh, and my question… I have a big decision to make later today and your input would be most beneficial… Which do you prefer, Cookie Crisp, or Fruity Pebbles cereal?

76. scott - December 12, 2007

Is there still a chance you could be in the new Star Trek film?

77. raulpetersen - December 12, 2007

john in cardiff

dear mr shatner, out of all the femalke co stars youve made out with who do you rate as the sexiest!

78. Jupiter1701 - December 12, 2007

Hello Mr. Shatner,

In your opinion, who wins in a thumb wrestling match — Walter Koenig or George Takei?

Oh, and if I could slip in another question: If that Gorn you were wrestling with was actually a female, would you have “Kirked” her too?

79. Iowagirl - December 12, 2007


“to kirk”?? This verb should officially be incorporated into the English language. ;-)

80. Harry Ballz - December 12, 2007

Assuming Paramount wanted to bring you back as an (alive and well) older James T. Kirk, what are your thoughts on how to best portray the character over the next ten years and what would be his contribution to the current Trek universe? Would he be an elder statesman, Senior Advisor to the Federation or simply enjoying life at the Starfleet Veteran’s Home chasing the female orderlies around the bingo table?

Michael, Toronto, Ontario

81. Classic trek - December 12, 2007

fantastic questions here.
Gregory in Wiltshire, United Kingdom.
firstly – Thank you for all the years of joy you have brought me portraying the iconic legendary hero James T Kirk. i still watch all the old series episodes and never tire of them.
my question:
what do you think of STAR TREK reverting back to its roots in launching the original characters and what do you think gene roiddenberry would make of it?
thank you

82. Harry Ballz - December 12, 2007

Hey, guys………I know my question to Shatner was KILLER, but c’mon…’s a contest… more questions worth putting forward? :)

83. trektacular - December 13, 2007

‘Why did you kill yourself off in Generations if you only wanted to come back?’

george TX

84. ensign joe - December 13, 2007

Mr Shatner,

In what ways do you think the Star Trek fan is being exploited in this day and age?

Marco, Montana

85. Harry Ballz - December 13, 2007

So, any word on which question was chosen? :)

86. I AM THX-1138 - December 13, 2007

OK, Harry.

Mr. Shatner, do these pants make my butt look big?

-Timmy from Millwood

87. Harry Ballz - December 13, 2007

THX……….my old friend………..where the hell have you been?

88. Snake - December 14, 2007

what Q was asked then?

89. Lou - December 14, 2007

I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out! :P
dunno. maybe anthony or whoever got really busy??

90. I AM THX-1138 - December 14, 2007

I have been around, Harry. I guess I haven’t had anything notable to say recently. Like since 1994.

But I am curious too. Who got the first question and did any of us get our questions put forth?

91. Harry Ballz - December 14, 2007

“since 1994″ good one! :)

That’s like…….I made a mistake once…..I remember it well….it was August, 1983!

92. Andy Patterson - December 14, 2007

Yes, were any of our questions picked/read?

93. Anthony Pascale - December 14, 2007

yes I picked one…shatner actually spent 5 minutes answering it. I expect the video to be available soon

94. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - December 14, 2007

Is he my Dad?? here’s a link to a picture of me taken last month at our corporate meeting in Las Vegas.

95. Harry Ballz - December 14, 2007

Hmmm, judging by your expression, I’d hate to ask what you had for breakfast that morning! Yipes!

96. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - December 15, 2007

Starring down the pie chart as kirk would a demigod

97. Harry Ballz - December 15, 2007

Yeah, well……….Flock Of Seagulls called…….they want their hair back! :)

98. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - December 15, 2007

Don’t be a douche Harry I consider you a pal. My ex-hot hairdresser girlfriend did it, I was compelled to do as she said. Let’s see a pic of you.

99. Harry Ballz - December 15, 2007

Sorry, Lord Garth…no offence intended! Being an old fart of 52, I don’t know how to “photobucket” anything, otherwise I’d be only to happy to share a photo of me for comic relief!

Please accept my apologies and let me know that I am still on your good side……..forgiven? :)

100. Shatner_Fan_2000 - December 16, 2007

Can we get a pic of you two kissing and making up instead?

101. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - December 16, 2007

Only if he gives George Takei some tongue first. There is nothing to be upset about. Harry Ballz is a member of our family, a great and funny guy. And most important he’s my bro. A bro is worth more than 5 hot broads. And 52 is not old, slightly decrepit, but not old.

102. Harry Ballz - December 16, 2007

Lord Garth, thanks for defending my honour and for your kind words!

I really think of you and THX as the two younger brothers I never had! You were obviously raised to be a good old boy as you proved by defending your elders! I like the way you sandwiched in the “decrepit” crack with the praise! Smooooth!!

I think, collectively, our little family has come up with some great observations and thoughts regarding Trek and the world around us! May the tradition continue for a long time!

And, you’re right, a bro is worth more than a busload of hot broads………but, if I had to be stuck on a desert island with one or the other……my opinion might be different! :) is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.