Over the weekend, the New York Daily News ‘Confidential’ gossip column reported some controversial comments from Star Trek Discovery’s Jason Isaacs, who plays Captain Lorca of the U.S.S. Discovery. The article got the notice of Star Trek’s first captain, William Shatner, and has resulted in an exchange of tweets between the two actors.
Tabloid quotes Isaacs talking about ‘outraged’ Star Trek fans
The article quotes Isaacs saying:
“I don’t mean to sound irreverent when I say I don’t care about the die-hard Trek fans. I only ‘don’t care’ about them in the sense that I know they’re all going to watch anyway. I look forward to having the fun of them being outraged, so they can sit up all night and talk about it with each other.”
The column also added the following, but without any attribution: “Isaacs, 54, said the new show will throw away the legacy of William Shatner and Patrick Stewart.”
Apparently that bit about legacies got the attention of William Shatner, who tweeted a screen grab of the article to Isaacs with a ‘hushed face’ emoji:
Isaacs clarifies and issues a dare
As it was from a gossip column and possibly being taken out of context, we awaited Isaacs’ response, which came late Tuesday night. He took exception to the NYDN coverage, denying he said anything about the legacy of Shatner and attempted to clarify his comments about fans. Isaacs also followed up his response to Shatner with another tweet, apparently directed to fans who took umbrage with the comments from the Daily News:
That said, for the few idiots offended enough to tell me— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) August 16, 2017
1) to go fuck myself and
2) they'll never watch
1) I'm my top choice
2) I dare you
Shatner just responded to the first tweet, and he seems to accept that Isaacs was not being portrayed accurately by the Daily News (which he refers to as the Daily Mail, which is actually from the UK).
It was the Daily Mail so you take what they write with a grain of salt. 🤷🏼♂️😘 https://t.co/NRaAZuWV4O— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 16, 2017
As for Isaacs’ “dare” to those who claim they won’t watch the Discovery, Shatner notes “a challenge has been made.”
A challenge has been made! 🤔 https://t.co/yjphrl06pe— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 16, 2017
So that appears to be it with this latest little Discovery controversy.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US. In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.