It’s another Shatnerific Edition of CelebWatch. This week, we have Shatner discussing his life, his career, and (again) J.J. Abrams. This report also raises several questions: Will Boston Legal receive any Emmy nominations this year? Can Shatner save the Earth from everyone else? Is Shatner really designing new versions of My Little Pony? The answer to one of these questions can be read below!
Shat on Abrams and career choices
Shatner tells CTV.ca that he’s perfect content with his life and career at this moment… despite the fact that he won’t be in the new Star Trek film. Discussing the upcoming movie and its director, J.J. Abrams, Shatner – who recently caught Abrams’ M:i:III on TV – had this to say:
I was amazed at what a wonderful director J.J. Abrams is and he’s going to make a wonderful movie. I was just disappointed I’m not in the movie… because it is going to great.
In recent times, the Shat has become well-known for playing somewhat goofy roles (like Denny Crane or the Priceline negotiator) and, in essence, caricatures of himself. But exactly how much does Shatner have in common with his wacky media images?
This sense of comedy, which is the opposite of saying I’m funny — it’s almost metaphysical — you can’t quite put your finger on it, but when you see it you know it. I can’t be anything else but me but you can exaggerate aspects of your personality and it is in that area of exaggeration that I think there’s comedy. You’re ultra real as compared to trying to be funny.
Shatner: ‘Everything’s lined inextricably’
Discussing his autobiography, Up Til Now, with National Post, Shatner says that looking back on his life and career hasn’t left him with any regrets.
Life is cyclical. You’re up and then you’re down. And when you’re down, you think, ‘I should have done something else.’ But you can’t. You’ve done what you could do in the circumstances. Everything’s linked inextricably. Therefore regret doesn’t work. You can learn. But regret doesn’t work.
Shat also gave a clue as to when and how he will retire from the spotlight:
I’m going to drop dead. That’s when I’ll retire.
Sounds like a plan to me. In a separate interview, Shatner tells National Post on what he might have done had acting not worked out:
I might have been a writer. I enjoy telling a story. Even a complex one. I might have turned to that. For the longest time, when I was in Toronto, and doing CBC work, I wrote several dramas for television. And sold a few. And in fact met my first wife on one of them I was acting in as well as having written. And had I not acted I might have continued on in that vein. In fact, it’s probably highly likely I would have. But I wasn’t good enough. When I see these complex novels and real fine screenplays that have a multitude of levels and are so interesting, the ideas and imagination behind them are so good, I feel that I might not have done well.
The Shat also gave his thoughts on acting:
After you acquire the tools it becomes problem solving more than anything else. If you’re able to play the notes, it’s just what notes are you going to select. So it becomes, how would this character act here, what would his action or reaction be here? And where does that lead us to? Can I play more than one level…and that becomes a creative, interesting job.
Boston Legal makes the short list
The Television Academy has released its list of 10 shows being considered for Emmy nomination in Best Drama and Shatner’s current series, Boston Legal is on the list. New York Times opines on the list and Shatner’s show:
Though somewhat short on viewers, “Legal” seems to have a lot of fans among long-time Emmy types, drawn to the quirky drama with familiar actors like William Shatner and Candice Bergen.
Shat gasses about greenhouse gasses
Shatner did a PSA for the Sierra Club and it’s ‘2% solution,’ urging for everyone to do their part in bringing an end to global warming (see video below).
Hey, we saved the bald eagle, how hard can it be to save the planet?
My Little Shatner?
The Associated Press reported that Shatner and his Boston Legal co-star, James Spader, were among the celebrities who agreed to design new versions of the My Little Pony toys which would then be auctioned off for charity. The problem? Neither Shatner or Spader were aware of the venture at the time of the report. AP later issued a retraction noting that it had been confirmed that neither actor will be participating in the endeavor. Awww!
Artist rendition of mythical Shatner My Little Pony