William Shatner talks about space, Leonard Nimoy, etc.
William Shatner not only boldly went where no man has gone before, he even went into space at the age of 90. He also rides horses, will perform his album “Bill” with a 70-piece orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and will come to the Philadelphia Fan Festival April 8-9.
He was a guest on my show New Jersey 101.5 which you can listen to on demand starting at 1:32:00
He talks about his way of seeing what is happening in the world and wants to help:
“My overwhelming negative thought is that I don’t want to leave this. It’s too good. The problems of the earth that we see before us, global warming, death and destruction in Ukraine, I want to help as much as I can I can definitely help on global warming I’ve been studying it for 55 years trying to preach the word I’ve been to space and seen it even more clearly because it’s a one thing to say you should have toast and jam, it’s another thing to eat toast and jam”
Shatner traveled to space on Jeff Bezos Blue Origin New Shepherd on October 13, 2021:
“So I was up there in space looking at this fragile planet and realizing how fragile it is and how close we are to extinction and bringing this message,” Shatner said. .
“There’s a glory in that knowledge. Look, everyone, we’re going to eradicate the Earth unless we do something about it (global warming). There’s some passion about it that’s good to have. We should all have that passion and I feel it keenly.”
Shatner performed “Denny Crane” on Boston Legal:
“I had lunch with David E. Kelly and he started talking to me about the role he wrote and he said the character might be a little senile and I said I could do it and all the everyone laughed. But deep down inside me at a certain point where you start to forget where the keys are and you think my God I’m losing it, then you can’t remember a name”
Shatner recounted an experience he had with vertigo and thought it was like this:
“So I tried to introduce aspects of that into this guy who was once so good as a brilliant actor. You know, Laurence Olivier said in the press, I haven’t acted for five years because I I was on stage and I couldn’t remember the following words. They call it getting dry. It freaked me out so he said I couldn’t get back on stage for the next 5 years. I think that’s what that it must be being a lawyer and talking to a jury and trying to convince them of something and then suddenly losing it and not knowing where you are or what you’re doing I felt that and that that’s what I brought to the character and that’s what I played.
Does Shatner keep in touch with James Spader who played Alan Shore in the series?
“I love Spader,” Shatner says. “He’s one of the great guys. The irony is I know he cared about me and we hugged on the last day and said goodbye and I’ll call you for lunch and I won’t. haven’t seen him since he’s been busy, i’ve been busy we haven’t spoken, his birthday i have on my calendar and i’m sending him a note but i haven’t seen him and it’s really the nature of show business, you have these intimate relationships and then the shows end and everyone gets busy and off we go.”
Shatner on Leonard Nimoy:
“Leonard Nimoy was one of the great guys. Hammered by fate to be a solid citizen and a great friend and a guy with a passion for all kinds of things. He was a wonderful photographer, which I only knew well later is that he studied photography when he was young in school, then he had the opportunity because of his name and he had the money to start taking pictures of what he loved and he had many exhibitions, many of which I went to.”
“I have a book coming out in the fall called ‘Go Boldly’ and it talks about how everything is intertwined. So this is Leonard Nimoy, we were born four days apart, him in Boston and me in Montreal, very similar cities, same kind of parents, same kind of upbringing, worked hard to get where he was, no sudden flash, now you’re a star. Took years to get where he was,” Shatner says.
“He was a wonderful actor,” Shatner says. “And as we became friends and we had to hang out, either because we were playing together or we were having dinner together, we were talking about our children, and the divorce, and the death, all of that happened over the course of of this long period of friendship of 50 years and when he died, it was a great loss.”
To see William Shatner at the Philadelphia Fan Festival on April 8-9, click here.
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