Just last weekend we had Leonard Nimoy looking back with NPR and discussing the character of Spock. Now we have William Shatner talking Kirk with the AP. The original Kirk, who is known to not like to watch himself, actually sat down to watch an episode of Star Trek The Original Series, and tells AP “from my perspective of 40 years later, and I thought, ‘You know, that’s rather good.'”
If one had to guess, Shatner saw the gangster-themed epsidoe “A Piece of the Action,” as he went on to tell AP:
It’s a starship captain trying to do the accent, the Noo Yawk accent, trying to play tough, trying to be one of the guys. It’s not quite right, but it’s what a starship captain would have done — a decent imitation, enough to fool those guys but not the audience.
Shat impressed with himself
Regarding the character of Kirk, Shat noted:
That was a good hero…He made decisions. He was forceful. He was compassionate. He was the instigator. He fought hard and long physically and emotionally. He carried the dilemma of whether to intrude or not to intrude. It was all the classic forms of good Greek playmaking: The hero has the dilemma and resolves the dilemma.
More from Shatner on Trek in the AP article, via the Denver Post
Shatner strikes a pose (AP)
What of the new Kirk?
There are many remaining questions regarding the new Star Trek movie, and one of the bigger ones is regarding what can we expect from Chris Pine’s Kirk. Clearly Kirk and Spock will be prominent in the film, but unlike Zachary Quinto (the new Spock), we have heard very little from Chris Pine and little about the new Kirk. Although Zoe Saldana (Uhura) seems impressed and has noted that he has nailed ‘the Kirk walk.’ Well there are many months to go and hopefully we will learn more of Pine and his James T. Kirk in the coming months.