March will be the month of better weather, spring breaks, and also William Shatner’s 78th birthday. Therefore, we at TrekMovie have redefined March Madness to be March Shatness. At 78, Shatner continues to be a role model for how to age with vigor and enthusiasm for life, and TrekMovie has all the details on his recent adventures in this edition of ShatWatch.
Shatner For Prime Minister
Many Star Trek fans have political experience. The United States of America has a Trekkie President with Barack Obama. King Abdullah II of Jordan is a fan (so much so he was in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager). So is Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper. Yet, while George Takei has run for political office, no Star Trek main cast actor has ever been elected. Perhaps that might change if William Shatner decided to run for Prime Minister of Canada? In a new video from his William Shatner Project, the thespian talks about what office he would run for if he decided to be a politician.
Shatner: sci-fi-fanatic – ‘regrets’ no role in Abrams Trek
IGN’s Christopher Monfette has an interview with the Shatman and there is always something new to learn about the Shat. Did you know he is a science fiction fan? Shatner tells IGN…
I was always a sci-fi fanatic. I was reading all those guys who came to write for us on Star Trek several years before Star Trek existed. Those great science-fiction writers of the 50’s and 60’s and 70’s, they were brilliant storytelling minds, and the fascination, for me, is imagining a world that you’ll never see, you’ll never be a part of. In 2020, when the last bubble of methane comes out of the arctic lake, what’s going to happen? What’s going to happen in 100 years when what the planet has planned now goes through its many manifestations? It drives me crazy that I will not know what’s going to happen.
In the same interview, Shatner talks about the new Star Trek film. He mentions
I regret not being a part of that Star Trek revival. I hope it goes well. Star Trek is a wonderful vehicle. It’s unfortunate that I’m not in it, in that I could have lent my own persona and publicity and my help to make it successful. But I’m not involved one iota!"
Bill may have worked in space, but he will not vacation there
Shatner has another new video in his ongoing William Shatner Project where he discusses the persistent rumor that he is going to venture to space on the Virgin Galactic line. Again, Shatner’s obvious enthusiasm for life ("This lemonade tastes GREAT! This is the best lemonade ever!!") is obvious with his comments.
Raw Nerve Renewed – Takei to be invited
Trekmovie.com recently reported that Shatner’s Raw Nerve interview show on the BIO channel has been renewed. In an interview with UGO’s Jordan Hoffman, Shatner revealed that filming on the next 13 episodes is imminent and that BIO has approved the list of possible interviewees, one of which is George Takei. Shatner and his people (I wish I was one of his people) are now starting to ask the celebrities if they are interested in appearing. Shatner also revealed that he hopes that the show might transform to longer shows next season.
GONZO Ballet Debut
In a previous ShatWatch we revealed that the documentary “Gonzo Ballet” will be premiere at the 40th Nashville Film Festival (April 16-23), and now more details have been revealed. Gonzo Ballet which is a documentary about how his critically acclaimed musical CD, Has Been, was adapted into a ballet by choreographer Margo Sappington. Both Shatner and Ben Folds (who produced Has Been) will be at the event which takes place at the Regal Green Hills Cinema in Nashville.
For more information, goto nashvillefilmfestival.org.
Special Edition Release of Groom Lake
In 2001, Shatner wrote and directed a low budget science fiction film called Groom Lake. Shown on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2002, the movie tells the story of a Kate and her boyfriend Andy who are struggling with the news that Kate is dying from a disease. They try to find answers to their questions in a weird town called Groom Lake near Area 51. They get embroiled in a UFO conspiracy that has a transformative experiences for them. While certainly a B film, the movie has an important message (Shatner made the film after his wife had passed away and it is evident how that experience affects this movie). Shatner stars in the film and there are good performances, especially from Amy Acker and Dan Gautier. The 2009 DVD edition of Groom Lake features an all new interview with the Shat. It is available March 10th and could be pre-ordered at Amazon.
There are many Shaternific books being re-released soon for fans who want new copies of their well-worn originals or who want a second chance at reading these entertaining works. On April 21st, Shatner’s classic Star Trek Memories (with Chris Kreski) is re-released in paperback with a great new cover. Originally available in 1993, this book covers Shatner’s experiences during the 1960s television show era. If you want to learn about Shatner’s entire life (please don’t tell me if you don’t), then be sure to check out Shatner’s paperback edition of his 2008 biography “Up Till Now” written with David Fisher. It is available starting April 28th. Amazon has pre-orders available for both: “Star Trek Memories”, “Up Til Now” (paperback)
Youtuber Rubypearl has posted a video from William Shatner’s appearance on the comedy show Fridays. The show was ABC’s answer to Saturday Night Live and Shatner was on its last episode ever in 1982.
There will be more articles at Trekmovie about March Shatness, including a special celebration article of his birthday on March 22nd.