Khaaaan! Capt. Kirk can no longer do Capt. Kirk impersonations
Bizarre news in the sci-fi world. In a brand-new interview with Vanity Fair magazine, William Shatner says he can't "do himself." Presumably, he's referring to an impersonation of his unique acting cadence, because any other context would be unprintable in this blog.
"I have no idea how to do what people say I do," Shatner tells interviewer Eric Spitznagel. "I don’t even realize it when people are trying to impersonate me. When it happens, I’ll usually turn to my daughter or wife and say, 'Is he doing me?' I have no idea."
He's not not a big fan of comedian Kevin Pollack's impersonation either. "He doesn’t do a great Shatner, at least not according to Shatner."
Here are some other highlights from the interview:
ON APPEARING IN THE NEXT STAR TREK MOVIE: "I’m doing everything I can. J.J. and I used to go out for sushi and argue about the movie, but he’s gotten busy. He’s directing something else, something that isn’t Star Trek. He needs to focus on what’s important, which is planning the next Star Trek movie and figuring out how to put me in it."
ON REVIVING KIRK AFTER HIS MOVIE DEATH IN THE '90s: "Shortly after that movie, I talked to the producer who was running the whole franchise and told him, “I’ve got a way of getting him back.” But he didn’t show much enthusiasm. I think he was anxious to keep Kirk dead so he could hold on to his percentage of the Star Trek profits. But I wrote a book about it anyway, where Kirk comes back to life."
Click here to read the full interview. It's fantastic.