Shatner Hopes Crane Will Help Him Outshine Kirk

By Michelle
September 30, 2004 - 10:28 PM

Though he claimed that his Boston Legal character, Denny Crane, is a composite of several big-name lawyers he has observed, William Shatner (Captain Kirk) admitted that Crane is a mystery even to himself.

In a Q&A with a writer for Florida's The Ledger, Shatner revealed that while he does not believe Crane has gone off the deep end, "he's probably up to his neck." He also said that he rarely watches anything in which he appears because he doesn't like the way he looks, and joked that he was doing the interview with a Botox needle in his forehead.

A recent Emmy winner for portraying Crane in the final episodes of The Practice, of which Boston Legal is a spinoff, Shatner said that he was having great fun with his new series. ""He's a little strange, and that is the mystery, that is what I keep looking for," he noted, though he shunned having Crane called a loose cannon: "He might be more of a scattered cannon, a grapeshot more than a cannonball."

Shatner called Star Trek a great opportunity but said that he hoped he had "overcome" his rigid association with Captain Kirk. He called Boston Legal "a balance of humor and seriousness", lighter in tone than The Practice. "It should have as long a run as any other David Kelley series," he added.

The original article is at The Ledger.

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