The original James T. Kirk, William Shatner, has often said that he doesn’t like to watch his own work, and in a new interview with South Africa’s The Times he goes into a bit more detail on why, saying that his Original Series self is a stranger to him.
Shatner describes what it is like watching The Original Series:
He’s a complete stranger. Not only is he physically foreign, emotionally I don’t know where I was at that time. There’s also a certain amount of revulsion involved — how could I have looked that young? What happened? I should have taken more vitamins. It’s totally science-fictional.
This is a bit of a different take then when Shatner recently told AP that he had caught an episode of TOS on reruns and that that he thought it was "rather good" and that Kirk "was a good hero." Of course the character of Kirk can’t be a total stranger to the man who has co-authored ten novels about Kirk over the last thirteen years.
Shatner has spent much of the last year talking about how he wants to reprise his role of Kirk, so one imagines that he has a view on who the character is now. In 2006 he actually did re-find Kirk to do a commercial for DirectTV. Will it be the last performance of Shatner as Kirk on screen (Shatner voiced Kirk for the Star Trek Legacy video game, which was released a couple of months after the DirectTV commercial, making it the true last time that Shatner ‘appeared’ as Kirk).
Shat as Kirk pitching DirectTV
More from Shatner on his new autobiography at TheTimes.co.za