Once again William Shatner is weighing in on his lack of participation in the JJ Abrams Star Trek movies. Bill seems to believe that JJ Abrams doesn’t know what to do with him and he appears dubious about why they never told him about the scene they wrote for him in the 2009 movie. More details below- and in other Shatner news – watch Bill’s live chat to space at 10:30 AM Eastern. [UPDATE: Chat is over – we have recorded version to watch below].
Shatner on why he isn’t in Into Darkness and on his Star Trek 2009 scene
There are a couple of new comments from William Shatner regarding Star Trek and the JJ Abrams movies. First up there is a quote from Shatner from when he did a lot of press last month that slipped through the cracks but is worth noting. At the end of an interview about Shatner’s live show at the San Antonio Geek Speak Blog was this off-hand comment…
Oh, and before you ask: Shatner’s not in this year’s “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
“I don’t think that [‘Darkness’ director] J.J. Abrams knows what to do with me,” Shatner says. “Age and change in body shape.”
And there is more. Last night Shatner did an ‘Ask Me Anything’ event on Reddit which covered lots of issues from food to ducks. But one question and answer actually related to Star Trek, and notably it was about the scene written for Shatner for the 2009 Star Trek movie. Shatner seemed somewhat dubious about why he was never actually offered the scene. Here is the exchange.
Did your "Favored Nations" clause at Paramount keep JJ Abrams from giving you a cameo in 2009’s Star Trek movie, since he would have been required to pay you the same rate as Leonard Nimoy, and your cameo would have been a short one? (I believe the scene was a holographic version of you as Kirk wishing Spock a Happy Birthday)
That’s what they say they had written. Who knows what the real reason was.
Watch: Shatner’s Space Call – 10:30 AM (Eastern)
Last month we reported that William Shatner was tweeting with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield who is on board the International Space Station. Now NASA and the Canadian Space Agency have arranged a special Tweetup (#CSATweetup) with some space enthusiasts along with Shatner and Hadfield. Hadfield is also calling in to the station. The event kicks off at 10:30 Eastern.
UPDATE: Here is a recording of the event…