‘I DON’T WATCH STAR TREK’
You’d think that a man who’s made so many docos about Star Trek they’re releasing them in a box set would be a superfan.
Despite being synonymous with Star Trek for half a century — the first ep screened on September 8, 1966 — William Shatner still has actually watching it on his to-do list.
“I’ve seen a few of the shows I’ve been in, I’ve seen the movie I directed but other than a few isolated heres and theres, I have not seen Star Trek,” he says.
He’s still a one-man Star Trek fandom industry, penning 10 Star Trek novels and five nonfiction books on the subject. And then there’s the new box set: The Captains: A Journey Through Time, which collects together five feature docos including The Captains.
Shatner, 85, has also become prolific and feisty on Twitter, live tweeting the sort of TV you wouldn’t expect him to watch including The Vampire Diaries and setting off a social media storm for failing to agree killing off a lesbian character in The 100 was the worst thing ever.
“It’s all in good fun,” he says, adding the makers of the shows give him props to auction for charity in thanks for his tweets.
“Most charities can get a helmet, a picture but we get unusual things that have raised tens of thousands of dollars.”
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