On Thursday morning, Star Trek legend William Shatner kicked off his big day at Comic-Con 2022 by being immortalized in a cement handprint ceremony. What made the event even more noteworthy is that he was joined by the latest actor to take on his iconic role of James T. Kirk, Paul Wesley of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Shatner immortalized with the help of the new Kirk
The handprint ceremony in the lobby of Theatre Box San Diego was the first of a series of events organized by Legion M, the fan investor-funded production company behind an upcoming documentary all about Shatner which is the subject of a Hall H panel in the afternoon. Legion M promoted the handprint ceremony as a torch-passing “to a new era” between the two actors playing Kirk.
Wesley was there to introduce Shatner and he spoke about what it was like to take on the role and how he appreciated Shatner’s support:
Precious few roles in television and film present such a daunting challenge and one of them is certainly Star Trek’s James T. Kirk. This character’s place in entertainment history is indelible. It is a fixed moment in our collective memories. No matter where you go, an image of Captain Kirk brings instant recognition. Why is that? Because for nearly sixty years that role has been personified by the man equally of renowned stature, Mr. William Shatner. Attempting to recreate an iconic screen role is a tall order… That is a tough gig on any day, but for a day on Star Trek when you have been asked to take on the role of Captain Kirk, it is both a challenge and an opportunity of a lifetime. And I can’t imagine taking on such a character with everything that it means to countless fans without having the support of the man who first brought him to life. Thankfully Bill, or Mr. Shatner, the original Captain Kirk himself went out of his way to make a newcomer like me feel welcome. And for that, I will be eternally grateful.
For his part, Shatner thanked Wesley for driving all the way down from LA just for the event honoring him, calling the young actor “so sweet,” and revealing that until recently they used to be neighbors. After some jokes about preserving his hands forever, Shatner thanked the crowd along with Legion M for putting the event together, as he hyped the “wonderful company” and their upcoming documentary all about him.
Watch Wesley and Shatner
You can watch Wesley’s full introduction of Shatner and Shatner thanking him and Legion M for the event.
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