Shatner Says He Lost His Dignity Long Ago

By Michelle
August 31, 2005 - 7:25 PM

Still putting in long days at 74, William Shatner (Kirk) denied that he was overworked: "I think of doing a series as very hard work. But then I've talked to coal miners, and that's really hard work."

The star of Boston Legal - with a recent CD, his horse farm and charity to keep him occupied in his spare time - told The New York Daily News that rock 'n' roll is in his blood and he loves to make people laugh. "I see that it's all sexual," he said of his musical groove. "How's that for a sound bite?" Nonetheless, he had trouble finding 4000 songs to put on his iPod.

Asked about Star Trek, Shatner said that he was working on two new Captain Kirk novels set in the character's youth, "so now I'm trying to remember my adolescence." He said that the books are "getting closer and closer to my own being" and added that Captain Kirk had a sense of humor; "T.J. Hooker was angrier." That series, the article noted, has just been released on DVD.

Shatner named paintball as his secret vice, saying that "you have to be both a masochist and a sadist" to play it. As for whether he has any dignity left, he conceded, "I pissed it away long ago. If you make a fool of yourself, you can do it with dignity, without taking your pants down. And if you do take your pants down, you can still do it with dignity."

The original article is at The New York Daily News.

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