Star Trek’s captains have been in the news lately so today we check in with the latest celebrity buzz starting off with William Shatner talking about his Trek co-stars, Patrick Stewart talking about his childhood, Scott Bakula talking type-casting and Avery Brook’s talking DS9 movie. Plus we have clips of Mulgrew from DragonAge and the latest on Chris Pine’s next projects.
William Shatner’s done with the ‘bitter’ Trek co-stars
The big dog and original Captain Kirk William Shatner is now promoting the second season of Shatner’s Raw Nerve. Bill has a new interview with the NY Post covering a lot of ground, including his relationships with his former Star Trek co-stars. Here is the exchange.
Q: Have you mellowed now? I know you rubbed some people the wrong way earlier in your Hollywood career.
Shatner: I really haven’t rubbed anyone the wrong way. I think you’re referring to some cast members from ‘Star Trek.’ I’ve asked them numerous times to see if I can assuage their bitterness. I don’t know what their problem is, quite frankly, so I’ve given up on trying to make it better. I don’t like any ill-feeling, and if there was something I could do to correct it I would. But nothing seems to work. [Read more]
Also, don’t forget to tune in tonight to see Bill on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on NBC.
Shatner with Rush on "Raw Nerve"
Brooks: Narrating for PBS + Ready for DS9 movie, but "they better hurry"
And what of The Sisko? Right now the only upcoming news for Avery Brooks comes from Variety, which reports he will be joining Cilin Powell in narrating "For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots", a PBS documentary on African-American veterans, which will air in February 2010.
From a couple months back, here is a clips of Brooks, from the Toronto Fan Expo. Firstly, being asked if he would he do a DS9 movie.
Bakula is of a certain age – not worried about typecasting
Star Trek Enteprise’s Scott Bakula will soon be back on TV, as one of the three stars of "Men of a Certain Age", which premieres on TNT next Monday, December 7th (10PM). Last week Bakula did an extensive interview promoting the show with TheFasterTimes. Here is an excerpt of Bakula replying to a question on if he was concerned about being typecast in sci-fi roles.
Bakula: I’ve done so many other roles. That’s why I wasn’t afraid to do “Enterprise.” Because I’ve mixed so many other things in. and “Men of a Certain Age” is so far from any sci-fi. In fact, Andre is like “I need to find some sci-fi! I haven’t done any sci-fi yet! I want to do some sci-fi!” I’ve certainly turned down a lot of sci-fi that’s come my way just because I want to role from one to another. I like sci-fi. I can’t deny it. And when a good script comes my way, I can’t deny it. I never would have done Star Trek except the franchise was allowing me to be the first captain. [Read more]
Here is a promotional teaser for Bakula’s new show
Patrick Stewart speaks out on domestic violence
Over the weekend TNG’s Captain Picard, Patrick Stwart wrote a moving and personal editorial for the UK’s Guardian on his experiences with domestic violence as a child. Stewart writes of his father’s abuse and how he coped with it, here is an excerpt:
I have struggled to overcome the bad lessons of my father’s behaviour, this corrosive example of male irresponsibility. But the most oppressive aspect of these experiences was the loneliness. Very recently, during a falling-out with my girlfriend, I felt again as though I were shut out and alone, not heard or understood. I was neither, but it was such a familiar isolation that it was almost a comfort and consolation.
I managed to find my own refuge in acting. The stage was a far safer place for me than anything I had to live through at home – it offered escape. I could be someone else, in another place, in another time. However, whenever the role called for anger, fury, or the expression of murderous impulses, I was always afraid of what I might unleash if I surrendered myself to those feelings.
Stewart is advocating that people get involved with Refuge’s fourwaystospeakout campaign.
This is not the first time Stewart has spoke out against domestic violence. He made a video about it for Amnesty International in 2007. Here it is.
Chris Pine ‘perfect’ for Jack Ryan + indie film release
What about Kirk 2.0? Since appearing as the new Kirk, Chris Pine has become a hot commodity. He is currently working on a a new Tony Scott movie with Denzel Washington and we recently reported that he is in talks to be the next Jack Ryan. In a new interview with Film Journal, Mace Neufeld, producer of the Jack Ryan series, talked about bringing Pine on board:
We tried to get Harrison for The Sum of All Fears, but the script only made sense with a younger Jack Ryan. And the approach we’re taking on the new project will work perfectly with Chris Pine. The key to a good franchise remains the character. Whether it’s Bourne or Bond or Jack Ryan, people have to care about the character and want to find out what happens to him.
However, the next Chris Pine film to be released will actually be another film he shot before Star Trek. Chris is one of the stars of the indie film Small Town Saturday Night (official site), which is now slated to be release in 2010. Pine plays Rhett Ryan, here is a synopsis via IMDB:
Just days before leaving for Nashville, Rhett Ryan discovers that the desire to follow his dream conflicts with his desire to be with the woman he loves. While Samantha does love the singer-songwriter, she starts to realize what’s best for her daughter and their future may not be what’s best for him. Tommy Carson works around the clock to keep the peace in Prospect, but Donny, who is on a downward spiral, makes this even more difficult for the deputy. And Les just wants to fit in with his big brother’s friends, but his overbearing mother desperately wants him to stand out. The subtle interconnections of these character’s lives will bring them all closer together, culminating in Rhett’s final performance
And here is the recently released movie poster
Mulgrew: Clip from Dragon Age
The latest project from Kate Mulgrew, Voyager’s Capt. Janeway, is as one of the starring voices from the hit videogame Dragon Age Origins. Here is a clip below
And in case you missed this update to the latest ShatWatch, here is a brief fun video of Bill, Kate and Brent Spiner behind the scenes at the recent Big Apple Con in NYC.