It’s safe to say that George Takei won’t be telling his “Star Trek” co-star William Shatner to “live long and prosper” anytime soon.
The 85-year-old entertainer, who played Hikaru Sulu on the sci-fi series, recently spoke to the Guardian about his former castmate and characterized Shatner, now 91, as something of a diva on set.
Takei was asked if the cast of the 1960s TV show were friends. He noted that many of the actors became close over the years, but there was one person who refused to be friends.
“Yes. Yes. YES. Except for one who was a prima donna. But the rest of us shared a great camaraderie,” he explained.
The LGBTQ activist revealed that “none of us” got along with Shatner, who portrayed the show’s lead, Captain James T. Kirk.
Takei continued about Shatner, “He was self-centered. He enjoyed being the center of attention. He wanted everyone to bow to him.”
Takei also acknowledged that the Canadian native believes Takei is only speaking out in public about their feud for some good old-fashioned PR
“I know [Shatner] came to London to promote his book and said I wanted to use his name in publicity,” said the “Anglophile Angelino”.
“So I decided I didn’t need his name to advertise. I have much more important issues to promote, so I won’t be referring to Bill at all in this interview,” he added.
Before dropping the subject, Takei said Shatner was a “grumpy old man.”
“I’ll leave him to himself. I won’t play his game,” he concluded.
The couple’s feud has reportedly spanned decades. But just last year, when Shatner took off on Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin rocket, Takei couldn’t help but get him back to Earth, telling Page Six that Shatner was “unfit” for space travel.
“He boldly goes where other people have been. He’s a guinea pig,” Takei scoffed.
“So a 90-year-old is going to show a lot more wear and tear on the human body, so it’s going to be a good specimen to study.” While not the fittest example of a 90-year-old, he will be an unfit example!”
https://nypost.com/2022/11/28/george-takei-william-shatner-was-a-prima-donna-on-star-trek-set/ William Shatner was a “prima donna” on the “Star Trek” set