Fifty-five years later “Star Trek”The first episode aired on September 8, 1966, and the culture-changing science fiction television series continued to rush through galaxies.
Star Trek Day arrives on Wednesday, after Paramount announced 2023 “Star Trek,” the fourth in the new timeline, with “WandaVision” director Matt Shukman and JJ Abrams producer.
Meanwhile, she is 90 years old William Shatner, the seemingly crystal-charged captain of the OG Enterprise celebrates the release of the first four “Star Trek” movies in 4K, while also talking about “Star Trek,” love and loss on his new spoken word album, Bill” (from September 24), which Featuring guest musicians like Brad Paisley Joe Jonas.
Shatner told USA TODAY that canceling the Star Trek TV show in 1969 was a “low point in my life.” “It was the last chapter for me at the time. But as life does, sometimes, what’s down comes.”
Shatner discusses the global upheavals that followed and pays tribute to his friend and co-star Leonard Nimoy, who died in 2015.
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Question: First, the new “Star Trek” movie. No cast details. Will Prime Kirk debut in the new movie schedule? it is time.
William Shatner: I agree with you. We need to see Prime Kirk 55 years after the incident, maybe 20 pounds heavier. How do you explain that? This is their dilemma.
What you just said (about the movie) is news to me and I’m glad to hear it. But my (studio) connection is frayed. Do not be afraid. Although I am a little afraid of being nervous.
Q: On your new album, you discuss coverage of watching the historic Apollo moon landing in 1969 one month after Star Trek was cancelled. How was that?
Shatner: I was at Cape Canaveral as Captain Kirk, with the red carpet treatment. You’ve signed something that says, “See you on the moon.” When “Star Trek” ratings rose, they allocated more money to the space program. So I felt a part of that. And there was Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. This is a wonderful moment for humanity.
Lying on a bed in an RV, looking through a window at the moon, I watch this on a small black and white four-inch TV on my stomach. I’m on a Long Island pasture doing a summer stock theater job. I’m at a very low point watching this high point.
Q: “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” came out in 1979. There’s a really long scene – like 10 minutes – of Kirk lovingly checking out a project that has been greatly improved. How refreshing were the real movie special effects?
Shatner: it was amazing. all of modernity. We were canceled and all of a sudden, all that money was pumped into production. We thought we’d go out and get into the big cinema arena. we were not. The movie was not the success we had hoped for.
But the special effects, even the ship itself, were very rudimentary on the TV show. You look at it now, it’s almost laughable. And we were figuring out things as we went. It’s like the rush comes after the shooting, and we say, “Oh, no! We’re falling the wrong way on the bridge.” Until we found the results, we were messing around.
Q: Did you correct people who wear “Beam me up, Scotty” T-shirts by telling them Kirk never said that line?
Shatner: No. I want them to believe the imagination and let them buy T-shirts that I have no financial interest in.
Q: Lots of questions about this online. Do you correct people who believe Kylie Coco Is your daughter from those Priceline commercials?
ShatnerThey took a hair off of her body and did a DNA test. It did not turn out. No, Kaley Cuoco is not my daughter. I’d rather they wouldn’t believe it because I have three beautiful daughters. But if they want to believe that Kaley Cuoco is related, she is a beautiful, beautiful young lady. I am glad you are part of our family.
Q: Once again, a biographical album. You talk about the death of Leonard Nimoy, the loss of the funeral, and the swallowing of your tears. Was it easy to write about this in a song?
Shatner: I actually got that. Leonard was buried one Sunday morning, and I agreed to (attend) a Red Cross charitable activity in Mar-a-Lago that year. I had to decide. The charity decided. I told the people at the charity that there would be things that would be done for Leonard – but they were all ephemeral. Everything dies. Everything turns to dust. The only thing left is our good deeds, this is the legacy.
Q: The song seems to be a signal to the universe that you’re still thinking about your boyfriend.
Shatner: That was the reference, no doubt, to all life in the universe. Or a signal to buy the album, I think.