Shatner: JJ Abrams Gave Audience What Early Star Trek Movies Couldn’t + UPDATE: Also Jokes Abrams is ‘Pig’ For Taking Star Wars Too February 10, 2013by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Abrams,Celebrity,Shatner,ST09 Cast , trackback
On Friday William Shatner’s voice will be heard in the animated feature Escape From Planet Earth. While doing publicity for the movie, Bill again weighed in on the new Star Trek, this time heaping praise on director JJ Abrams and the new Kirk, Chris Pine. More details (and video) below. [UPDATE: Another video interview added with Shatner joking Abrams is a ‘pig’]
Shatner Talks JJ Trek Tech & Pine’s Blue Eyes
During the Escape from Planet Earth press junket Bill spoke to to Clevver Movies about JJ Abrams taking on Star Wars (Bill noted "how much money he making!?”). Bill also answered a question on what he thought of JJ Abrams take on Star Trek, saying:
He’s a wonderful director. He’s discovered the way of giving the audience a ride in Star Trek which is what the early Star Trek movies didn’t have–we didn’t have the technology and the people–even the primitive technology of doing that. But now that the computers have taken over in epic films, he knows how to do that. So he is on the right level.
Shatner also opined on Chris Pine’s portrayal of Kirk, saying:
He’s wonderful. He is a wonderful young man and wonderful actor. Great blue eyes…he’s got the star thing. It’s the blue eyes.
Shatner plays General Shanker, head of Area 51 and the bad guy in Escape from Planet Earth. Here is a trailer for the movie.
UPDATE: Shatner jokes Abrams is ‘pig’ for taking on Star Wars and Star Trek
From the same exact junket, Shatner took a tongue-in-cheek dig at Abrams. Here is what Shatner had to say to MovieFanatic about JJ Abrams taking on Star Wars in addition to Star Trek…
He’s being a a pig. He is collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest. He is probably the most talented director of that ilk we have. But he’s gone too far this time. I think of him as a buddy of mine. I have taken him out for sushi. I think it is time for JJ and I to have another sushi and let me put him straight about two of the largest franchises and not employing me in either one of them is just foolhardy.
Watch the video below:
Soon after this video hit the web, Shatner followed up with a tweet making light of it and again offering sushi to Abrams:
So you heard what I said about JJ? He needs to call me so I can advise him on how to handle the franchises. I’m offering sushi, JJ…! ;-)
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 11, 2013