The January issue of GQ Magazine has an extensive feature and interview with the original Kirk, William Shatner. The article explores Shatner’s multi-faceted nature from actor, spokesman, and self-aware pop culture figure. We have a first look at some excerpts, plus links to Shat-tastic cutting room floor audio from his interview.
Shatner as SHATNER
Andrew Corsello’s feature on William Shatner explores distinguishing "Shatner the man from the aurora that is SHATNER." From spending time with the man, Corsello writes in GQ:
Near the end of the last century, during a Late Night with Conan O’Brien appearance, Shatner said that for years he’d wondered about this SHATNER he kept hearing about at Star Trek conventions, some kind of mythical presence. A man? A god? Finally, Shatner said, he realized: He was SHATNER.
The rest of the excellent article looks deeper into the various facets of Shatner and SHATNER!, with some interesting insights from the man himself, as well as friends and colleagues. Such as this insight from a Boston Legal producer
"There may have been a point in Bill’s career when the jokes stung, where people were not taking him seriously enough," says Bill D’Elia, who executive-produced Boston Legal and directed seventeen episodes. "But by the time I met him, he didn’t care, and I think that freed him to play Denny in a way he might not have been able to earlier in his career. I think he was able, at that point in his life, to embrace the parody and then let it go, so that it wound up being a perfect—and perfectly timely—melding of actor and role."
The piece also delves into the mind that is Shatner. At one point Shatner tells the story of accidentally bidding (and winning) for a horse at an auction, when he was actually just having an ‘animated’ discussion with a child he was sitting with and waving his hands around. However, Bill still bought the horse, and explains thusly:
“I believe that when things happen, they happen with a PURPOSE,” Shatner declares. “You can’t change them. I have been accused of never saying no. I am INDISCREET, it is said, is it not? With my roles. With my endorsements. With my books. With all that I am involved in. But I am not a big believer in No. What if I had tried to renege on that horse? I’d only have embarrassed myself. A flaky actor pretending at being a cowboy. No, I ACCEPTED it. I moved with it. I believe in MOTION. I believe in CHAOS. I believe in taking what happens as inevitable. Lightning STRIKES. It RAINS. You get ILL. You get NOMINATED. The photon SHATTERS the molecule, the electrons SHOOT OFF in all directions, and I BEHOLD the mineral around me!”
It is a great read and you can pick up the January issue of GQ on newsstands on December 22nd. More info at GQ.com.
Shatner Audio – talks archery, guns, Trek delivery, Sabotage and Abrams
GQ have put some audio highlights from their Shatner interview online. You can listen to the man was poetically on archery, guns, and much more. He also explains his famous Kirk delivery of dialogue. Go listen to it all to enjoy the Shat-tasticness.
While talking about his infamous "sabotage" recording incident, they got to talking about the new Star Trek movie. The interviewer asked him if he knew about the inclusion of the Beastie Boys song "Sabotage" in the movie (which he didn’t). Here is what he had to say about his recent meeting with JJ Abrams
Shatner: [JJ]’s so funny. I texted him. He wants to have a meeting with me. He told me a couple months ago…so, a couple weeks ago I texted, I said "when the f–k is the meeting, I’m not going to live much longer, and you better have a meeting with me before I die. And he texted back saying "well, don’t die before next week"
(The interview was presumably done a few weeks ago, last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live Shatner talked about having his lunch with Abrams.)
Go to GQ.com for the rest of the clips