William Shatner was a guest on the Howard Stern Radio Show this morning. Bill was there to promote his talk show Shatner’s Raw Nerve, but Howard wanted to talk about George Takei and JJ Abrams. Much to Shatner’s chagrin, Stern got Takei on the phone to hammer out a future summit meeting where they can finally hash out their differences. Later Shatner talked about the new Star Trek movie (and the next one). Details below.
Shatner talks JJ Abrams and the new Star Trek Movie(s)
Here is the exchange between Shatner, Howard and his co-host Robin Quivers on the new Star Trek movie (and the next one). Here is part of the exchange.
Quivers: Are you lobbying to be in the next [Star Trek]?
Shatner: I wouldn’t mind [laughs]
Stern: But you would have preferred to have been in this first one
Shatner: Of course I would have loved to have been part of this historic event. But how do you bring back to life this dead…I died my character died.
Stern: He did a great job with it. And the kid who played you was fabulous. And I can’t believe that you are not going to see this kid who played you.
Shatner: All right. So JJ said to me, he would have a screening at Paramount. I thought "wow what a glamorous thing." He’ll rent the theater, it seats two or three hundred people, I’ll invite my family and friends and we’ll have it catered and we’ll all watch. So I haven’t done that yet, but I am about to. In fact, if JJ is listening, and I think he does, JJ get ready, I am going to take you up on your offer.
Stern: The plot of the movie does leave it open that you could appear, there are ways for you to be in this.
Shatner: Well I hope they desperately search them out. But I am very expensive.
Shatner, George and Howard hammer out a deal
Earlier in the show Howard got Shatner to talk on the phone with George Takei to help resolve their feud. They discussed if George would appear on Shatner’s Bio show Raw Nerve, but George would only agree if Howard were there to moderate. Howard would only agree if Shatner would take the whole thing seriously, here is part of the exchange:
Stern: Do you really want to understand, why most of your Star Trek cast mates didn’t get along with you?
Shatner: No that is not so.
Stern: George, Is it true?
Takei: All of my colleagues, some of them publically, some of them privately, expressed disappointment with your behavior on set and off.
Shatner: Forty years ago! …. For the last many years, George has expressed dissatisfaction with me, many many years. In a dignified fashion, I have been silent…but we are of a certain age, George and I, where the time we have left to ameliorate.
After that they agreed to do it, but Bill would have to talk to the Bio channel.