William Shatner Interview – “I’m going to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek by taking my clothes off”
Over the course of time, William Shatner has come to embrace the character that has defined his life and career. Though he spent years in denial about the massive popularity of TV’s Star Trek and his role as Captain James T. Kirk, ultimately he accepted the overpowering mythology of the series.
“Nothing in TV has ever been as celebrated as Star Trek has,” Shatner says. “And why? The reasons are many and varied…(But the main) reason, I’ve determined, is mythological: seeking explanations of the inexplicable, from time travel to UFOs. The series just touched on subjects that no one else was touching on.”
Q: You’re attending various events this year, including the one in Montreal, which are paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. How are you celebrating the legacy of that series?
SHATNER: I’m going to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek by taking my clothes off (at those events), something I rarely do!
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