This morning DragonCon kicked off in Altanta, and the first event in the impressive Star Trek schedule was an appearance by the original Kirk and Spock, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Reports are coming in apparently the new Star Trek movie was the focus for the pair speaking to a crowd of over 2000. We have a summary and some video below.
Shatner still hasn’t seen the movie – Nimoy doesn’t expect more Trek for him
According to reports, the pair seemed to pick up right where they left off with their appearance at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention a month ago, with joking about the new Star Trek movie. Here is the opening exchange as reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“Have you seen any good movies lately?” Nimoy asked early on, eliciting laughs and applause from the crowd.
The reference, of course, was to the rebooted version of “Star Trek” that came out earlier this year which included Nimoy — but not Shatner.
“You’re in the movie,” Shatner said dryly. “I’m not.”
Nimoy: “I wasn’t referring to any particular movie.”
Shatner: “I heard it’s a very good thing I’m not in the movie.” (boos)
Nimoy: “Send that to J.J. Abrams!” [the director]
Then Shatner made numerous laments along the lines of “Why wasn’t I in the movie?”
And it kept coming up, CNN reports:
No matter how many times Nimoy tried to change the subject, Shatner kept asking, “Why wasn’t I in the movie?” Finally Nimoy, who had a major role in it, gave his best guess, which was that Captain Kirk was killed in the movie “Star Trek Generations.”
Shatner admitted that he has yet to see the movie, though he said its director, J.J. Abrams, had offered to screen it for him. Adding that he also hadn’t watched “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” he blamed his busy schedule and the fact that he would inevitably be asked “Why weren’t you in the movie?” by others seeing it with him at a theater.
Nimoy even ribbed Shatner for not watching Star Trek on the Delta Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta, as can be seen on the video below.
For his part, Nimoy said that he didn’t expect he would be in any future Star Trek movies, leaving Spock "in good hands with Zachary Quinto."
Shatner & Nimoy at DragonCon
(Photo: Tara-Lynne Pixley: CreativeLoafing)
Here is video of Shatner and Nimoy DragonCon (courtesy of WhatJaneSays)
NOTE: first five parts (of seven) uploaded to YouTube (we will update later)
Shatner & Nimoy audio interviews
Both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy gave interviews before DragonCon to Atlanta’s WMLB Voice of the Arts radio station. You can listen to those at the Creative Loafing Blog: CLICK FOR SHATNER, CLICK FOR NIMOY.