William Shatner talks Leonard Nimoy, his one-man show, finding 'the essential me' and more
Perhaps the only character more iconic than Star Trek's Capt. James T. Kirk on William Shatner's resume is ... William Shatner himself.
He's blustery, he's narcissistic, he's a raconteur, he's perpetually self-aware. That's the "William Shatner" we've all come to know over the past 25 years of comedies, Priceline.com commercials and scene-stealing roles on The Practice and Boston Legal.
But in his one-man show, Shatner's World: We Just Live In It, which comes to the Mahaffey Theater on Feb. 3, Shatner strips away the layers of Kirk and "William Shatner" to find the essential guy at the center of it all -- a guy his friends and family call Bill.
"You might say I devolved, rather than playing the character that people expected me to be," the 84-year-old actor said in a recent phone interview. "I gradually, and certainly with this show, became more myself, and less the fictional character of Capt. Kirk, or whatever character that I was playing at the time. Less the fictional character, and more the essential me."