Two Shatner articles in one day? Why not?…it is Shatcember after all. William Shatner has some new interviews where he promotes his new talk show Raw Nerve (which premieres Tuesday night) and also talks about the end of Boston Legal, the new Star Trek movie (and the new Kirk, Chris Pine), the Takei feud and more.
[UPDATE 2: See below for new comments on JJ Abrams]
Shatner hits Nerves ends Denny and ‘cant do anything about’ new Trek
Go to IGN.com to read the full interview. In in Shatner talks about his style as a interviewer for Raw Nerve, how he chooses the guests and the questions and hits their ‘Raw Nerves’.
At the end of the interview, IGN got around to talking about the new Trek, here is the exchange:
IGN: Lastly, I’d like to ask you if you’d gotten a chance to see any of the 20 minutes of footage from the new Star Trek movie that’s been circulating around?
Shatner: No, I’ve seen nothing. Is it good?
IGN: It looks pretty good actually. We have these iconic screen characters like James Bond and James Kirk, but, unlike Bond, this is the first time that Kirk is being rebooted. How do you feel having Kirk played by another actor? Have you seen any of Chris Pine’s work?
Shatner: No, I haven’t. Have you?
IGN: Yes, I saw him play a sort of a psycho hillbilly.
Shatner: Well then, that sounds right for Kirk.
IGN: How do you feel about the character living on in the form of another actor?
Shatner: Well, there’s nothing I can do about it. But I hear that it’s goingto be a fun movie, and I’m looking forward to seeing it.
…more at IGN.com
The part that IGN was referring to was as one of the Tremor Brothers in the film Smokin Aces, which earned Pine a lot of critical praise and was said to have moved him up the charts in Hollywood, helping him get the part as Kirk.
A DVD extra clip about the Tremor Brothers (w/ Pine talking about the role while in character) is available on YouTube. [CAUTION: vid contains violence and adult language].
UPDATE: Shat talks Takei feud + critics
In another interview with Reuters, Shatner talks about his recent feuding with fellow TOS actor George Takei. Shatner said of Takei:
Here’s a guy in whose company I’ve been not too many times who doesn’t seem to like me, so it’s only like a curiosity, what did I do?
Reuters reports that Takei’s manager says Takei wants to appear on Shatner’s talk show (something Shatner talked about doing as well). So maybe this hatchet will finally get buried.
Shatner also talked to Reuters about critics who pan his acting, saying:
No one likes to hear somebody think bad things about them, but I know my talent and if I didn’t have any ability I wouldn’t be around all these years.
UPDATE 2: Shatner says Abrams is ‘lying’ about not being a fan
There has been a bit of a hullabaloo about JJ Abrams recent interviews where he has talked about not being a fan of Star Trek until after he made the new Star Trek movie, usually saying this to less than Trek-firendly audiences. Well in another Raw Nerve promotional interview at UGO, Shatner weighs on on that controversey.
UGO: And as Abrams did this road show, he had a little bit of a prepared statement and his talking points. The type of thing you don’t see of Shatner’s Raw Nerve.
UGO: And the jokey way he decided to break the ice was, ‘I never was a fan of Star Trek.’ It’s the first thing out of his mouth.
WS: Uh oh.
UGO: How do you react, when you hear that?
WS: Well, he lies through his teeth. Because he was a “big fan of Star Trek.” So, JJ Abrams is trying to cast himself as a nouveau entre into the Star Trek universe. But I know him to be an old admirer of the show.
UGO: Well, he’s got to clear himself of the perceived stain. There are some people who think Star Trek is just for the mouth-breathing nerd. It’s a marketing ploy that either he devised or someone who devised for him and told him to say and it is what he’s running with it.
WS: Nobody tells JJ Abrams what to say, I can tell you that much. He’s got to broaden the base of the audience. And, I’m really being facetious when I refer to him as a long-time admirer. But he’s doing the best he can. You and I both recognize his trying to broaden the base of the audience, so that people will come to see it as an adventure.
UGO: Why do you think there is a little bit of a stigma to Star Trek?
WS: I think because the audience that has remained there has been so passionate in the affection for the show, that people who don’t know why they’re so passionate think of them in negative terms. And so if you’re known to like Star Trek, you’re linked with this group of people who wear costumes.
much more at UGO.
More Raw Nerve Reviews:
New York Times likes it, saying:
“Shatner’s Raw Nerve” puts its host’s peculiar brand of intensity on full display. The set looks like the cavernous basement lounge in a Balinese hotel. Mr. Shatner sits in an armchair that butts up against his guest’s on a diagonal: he is so up close he looks as though he is going to spoon-feed whoever is seated there in front of him. I kept expecting the opening question to be, “So how about a spring roll?”
But Mr. Shatner is much more probing than that. What does he want to know? He wants to know what Valerie Bertinelli thinks about sin. This Lifetime television star is the first guest on the show, and what she has to say about sin isn’t going to put Thomas Aquinas out of business. (Yup, she has done some sinning, and she feels really bad about it.) But Mr. Shatner is clearly modeling himself after the sort of interviewers who prod and prod for specificity. He just keeps going until he arrives at a question like this: “What lie lurks behind the eyes that you think is unforgivable?”
Boston Herald isn’t so sure, noting:
Can the TV icon and self-parody really get his Shat together to host his own Bio talk show (debuting Tuesday night at 10)?
You expect a spin on Bill O’Reilly. What you get is closer to Larry King with a dash of Tyra.