Shatner Disappointed At Being Left Out Of 'Star Trek XI'By T'Bonz
November 22, 2007 - 11:53 PM
A founding figure should have had a cameo, insists Captain Kirk of the original series.
Speaking recently via video via ShatnerVision, William Shatner expressed his feelings at being left out of Star Trek XI. When asked if he had heard any recent news on the new Star Trek movie, he said, "Nobody has told me anything." He went on to say that "Leonard [Nimoy] told me in a telephone conversation yesterday that filming has begun. I didn't know that." He had met with J.J. Abrams and had this to say about the meetings, "I met with J.J. Abrams a couple of times. And I don't know why, because as it turns out they weren't writing the Captain Kirk character into the script. So I don't know why I met with him."
He reiterated the same theme while speaking with Extra during a Hollywood signing for his book, Star Trek Academy: Collision Course recently. "How could you not put one of the founding figures into a movie that was being resurrected? That doesnít make good business sense to me!" He went on to say that he would have been good for the movie. "I've become even more popular than I was playing Captain Kirk. I'm good box office and I get publicity."
In spite of his lack of participation in the film, he had praise for Abrams. "But he's a wonderful filmmaker. He's going to make a good movie. Perhaps enliven the Star Trek franchise and we'll all be happy." Shatner ended with saying that he would "certainly go see the movie."
To read more of the interview with Extra, go here. The video can be accessed here: