William Shatner has reflected on the tensions he’s had with his co-stars in the Star Trek franchise, including George Takei.
In his new collection of essays walk boldlyJames T. Kirk actor Shatner writes about the breakdown of his friendship with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, and the fact that Uhura actress Nichelle Nichols told him his co-stars found him “cold and arrogant,” writing: “I was horrified to learn about it, ashamed I hadn’t noticed.”
Sulu star Takei previously claimed Shatner was “not a team player” on set, saying, “The rest of the cast understands what makes a scene work. Everyone contributes.
“But Bill is a wonderful actor and he knows it, and he likes to have the camera on him at all times.”
Last year, Takei poked fun at Shatner’s journey into space, saying he was being used as a 90-year-old “guinea pig” to assess the effects of space on an “unfit” specimen.
Now Shatner has hit back. “I started to understand that they were doing it for the public,” he said The times in a new interview.
“Sixty years after an incident, they are still on this path. Don’t you find that a bit strange? It’s like an illness.
“George never stopped blacking out my name. These people are bitter and bitter. I have no more patience with them. Why believe people who are consumed by envy and hate?”
Boldly Go: Reflections on a life of awe and wonder is out now.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/william-shatner-george-takei-star-trek-b2224067.html William Shatner says Star Trek co-star George Takei ‘never stopped blacking my name’