William Shatner has been making the rounds online, speaking about Spirit of the Horse, Star Trek: Discovery, politics, and his latest TV project.
The actor’s latest book, Spirit of the Horse – A Celebration in Fact and Fable has just been released.
Co-written with Jeff Rovin, Shatner “speaks from the heart about the remarkable effect horses have had on his life and on the lives of others. From his first horse, bought impulsively on the advice of a twelve-year-old, to his favorite horses, acquired after many years of learning what to look for, this book draws from Shatner’s own experience and pairs it with a wealth of classic horse stories, including unique retellings of the Pegasus myth and the feats of the most famous war horses throughout history. The result is a celebration that captures the unparalleled connection between humans and horses, and the power, courage, mindfulness, and healing that they can inspire in us.”
Shatner decided to write a book on horses because, “I’ve been evolving to a philosophical place over years,” he said, “and this personal evolution, spiritual evolution, with the horse has been taking place both inside and outside with the people that I’ve talked to who hold similar views and are much better at expressing it than I. I’ve learned from people and I’ve evolved in my own life.”
Horses and the USS Enterprise have something in common, according to Shatner. “Well, the thesis is that horses for the last ten thousand years have been the means of conveyance and the means of taking man on the voyage of discovery,” said Shatner. “That voyage of discovery on the horse is replicated in the voyage of discovery on the Enterprise by the means of conveyance.”
Spirit of the Horse – A Celebration in Fact and Fable can be ordered at Amazon, where it’s currently selling for $17.80.
Shatner dropped into Reddit recently, to set someone straight about new Star Trek and canon. “I just love how frazzled some of you get about canon,” he said. “It’s a show and they are doing a prequel to something that was made fifty years ago. Star Trek was always more about the stories and messaging than the look. If they screw that up; roast em alive and kick ’em in the you-know-what! If they don’t; then enjoy it. Kirk out!”
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Shatner spoke about politics, and why he is guarded about giving his opinion on the recent US Presidential election. “I don’t want to discuss Trump…,” he said. “Listen, I’m Canadian and I’m apolitical. I love America. I consider myself a guest here. I won’t do anything that might get me deported.”
But a tweet the day after the election will clue one in to what he felt about the results of the election. “Let’s face the facts,” he said. “The world has changed today as we wake up to an unimaginable outcome.”
Finally, Shatner told fans that he is working on the second season of Better Late Than Never, in which he co-starred with Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman, and Jeff Dye. In Better Late Than Never, the actors travel around the world, immersing themselves in the local culture and eating the local cuisine. If you haven’t yet seen Better Late Than Never, you’re missing a funny show!