William Shatner may be 86-years-old, but he’s still enjoying an active acting career. He voices Two-Face in the new animated movie Batman vs. Two Face releasing this month, and will also appear in the second season of the reality show Better Late Than Never in 2018. However, Shatner’s most iconic role will always be as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, a role he last reprised in the 1994 film Star Trek: Generations (although he has voiced the character in several video games in later years). Of course, Kirk died at the end of that film, which complicates the possibility of his return a bit. Still, Star Trek characters have escaped death before and with Shatner’s late colleague Leonard Nimoy having appeared in two of the J.J. Abrams-verse films, could there still be a chance of Shatner stepping onto the USS Enterprise one last time?
IGN’s Scott Collura posed this very question to Shatner at New York Comic Con last weekend, acting the Star Trek legend what it would take to get him to appear on the new series Star Trek: Discovery. Here’s what he had to say:
“A great deal of money,” Shatner laughed. “I don’t know what you’d do with a character who appeared 50, now 51 years ago. You know, I am 51 years older, with all the exigencies of age.”
Despite his protestations about Kirk’s age, Shatner did not seem opposed to the idea of reprising the role. He also noted that there could be stories left to mine from the books he’s written about Kirk — books, it should be noted, that explain how Kirk survived Generations.
“I wrote a series of books about [Kirk], which Paramount allowed me to do,” recalled Mr. Shatner. “Basically on my life — they were basically autobiographical books, which I gave my life to Captain Kirk’s, and some of the drama that took place in my life.”
Most interestingly, Shatner noted that he thinks that Kirk’s twilight years could be something worth exploring and drew a comparison between the captain and his real life friend and Better Late Than Never co-star Terry Bradshaw.
“Are there stories to tell about an aging guy?” said the once and future Kirk. “[Bradshaw] was a great athlete. An awkward kid of 15, 16, who matured and then was a quarterback that was third quarterback, then he became the second quarterback. He grew into this great quarterback, one of the great quarterbacks, that he became. Now, he’s older, his knees hurt, his back hurts. … So here’s this aging athlete, who isn’t [what] he was in his twenties and thirties. Still carries himself grandly and has a sense of humor and all, but he’s not the athlete he was. What would Captain Kirk be like 50 years later, with the sagacity of mind, and yet the body doesn’t do what he wants it to do? I mean, it’s an interesting story.”
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