Shields up, Scotty! Star Trek legend William Shatner, 90, destroys his car in LA crash
Star Trek legend William Shatner was involved in a minor car collision in the Studio City area of Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. The 90-year-old actor stayed on-scene and appeared to avoid injury in the two-car blow as he detailed the incident with a Los Angeles Police Department traffic officer. While all seemed to be OK on land, Shatner recently made history as the oldest man in space after Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos invited him on the mission of a lifetime when he rocketed out of the atmosphere on the Blue Origin vessel in October.
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Two peas in a pod?
'He is a cantankerous old fossil!' Star Trek's George Takei, 85, brands co-star William Shatner an 'egocentric, self-involved prima donna' amid 60-year feud - despite recently insisting he would NEVER discuss the actor againGeorge Takei has added further fuel to the flames of his almost 60-year feud with his Star Trek co-star William Shatner by branding him a 'cantankerous old fossil'. During a recent TV appearance, the acting veteran, 85, insisted he would never bring up his co-star, 91, again after their row rumbled on for more than five decades. Takei told host Graham Norton 'this is the very last time I talk about him' as he remarked that questions about their fall out are 'tiresome.' However just a month later, the star has already broken his promise, as he discussed his dislike for the Captain Kirk actor star during an interview with The Times.
Responding to Shatner's recent comments, where he claimed Takei's remarks about him are a 'sickness', and claimed: 'George has never stopped blackening my name.' Takei said: 'Shatner is a cantankerous old fossil. All of us have had problems with him. Jimmy Doohan, who played Scotty, back when he did conventions used to go on and on about Bill Shatner.
'There is this fiction that Bill and Leonard [Nimoy, aka Spock] were good friends, but we know better — Leonard privately expressed his irritation with Bill. Bill is an egocentric, self-involved prima donna.' At the beginning of December, Takei vowed never to talk about his former Star Trek co-star again as he attempted to put their long-running feud to bed. During the interview, Takei, who played the role of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, branded Shatner a 'cantankerous old man' and claimed that he used their row as publicity.
While discussing his musical Allegiance, which is based on his childhood experience and family history, Takei was asked by Graham, 59, about his feud with William. Clearly fed-up with the narrative, he said: 'You are the last chat show host to be allowed to ask that question as it has become so tiresome to talk about. 'When Bill has a book to sell he needs publicity and accuses us of using him. My subject is more substantial and important.'
Takei then went on to add one last jibe before attempting to end the ongoing tensions one and for all. He added: 'He is a cantankerous old man and I will not talk about him anymore. I vow that this is the very last time I talk about him.' And while Takei seemingly wanted to end their quarrel at the time - just days before he couldn't help but take a swipe at William as he once again called him 'a cantankerous old man' in an interview.
The TV personality told The Guardian that he didn't want to continue engaging with Shatner after he said his ex Star Trek co-stars criticized him in interview for publicity in a barbed interview earlier this month. 'I know he came to London to promote his book and talked about me wanting publicity by using his name,' said Takei, who played the role of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. 'So I decided I don't need his name to get publicity.' Takei, who reprised the role of Sulu for multiple films and shows in the Star Trek franchise, told the outlet that he had 'much more substantial subject matter' that he'd sought publicity for.
'I'm not going to refer to Bill in this interview at all ... although I just did. He's just a cantankerous old man and I'm going to leave him to his devices. I'm not going to play his game.' When asked if Shatner was 'cantankerous' in his younger years, Takei said that Shatner 'was self-involved,' 'enjoyed being the center of attention' and 'wanted everyone to kowtow to him.' Shatner made headlines when he told The Times he feels his former co-stars on the 1960s sci-fi series bashed him to make headlines for themselves.
'Sixty years after some incident they are still on that track. Don't you think that's a little weird? It's like a sickness,' said Shatner, 'I began to understand that they were doing it for publicity.' Even when Shatner recently went into space thanks to billionaire Jeff Bezos, Takei said he was a being sent as a 'guinea pig' to assess the impact of space on an 'unfit' specimen. 'George [Takei] has never stopped blackening my name,' he said. 'These people are bitter and embittered. I have run out of patience with them. Why give credence to people consumed by envy and hate?'
In his memoir Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder, Shatner said that he was shattered when late costar Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura, accused him of being 'cold and arrogant'. He wrote: 'I was horrified to learn this, ashamed that I hadn't realized it.' Shatner was also close friends with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, however their relationship became strained before his death in 2015 - for reasons unbeknown to the Kirk actor.
According to Giant Geek Robot, friction began between the two when William made a 2011 Star Trek Documentary and interviewed many actors who have been apart of the franchise, however failed to include Nimoy. It comes after William said said seeing Earth from space aboard Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin rocket was a profoundly sorrowful experience, but one which inspired him to cherish the beauty of our planet. In an excerpt from his memoir he writes he was was struck with one of the 'strongest feelings of grief' he had ever experienced.
Going on to say that rather than being filled with awe, as he expected to be, the sight of Earth's warm blue glow surrounded by the cold black of space left him feeling like he was at 'a funeral.' The excerpt was published by Variety journalist Marianne Williamson, and offered a deeper insight into Shatner's reaction to his space flight with Blue Origin than he has previously revealed.
The revelations come a year after Shatner was seen to be visibly moved immediately after stepping out of the Blue Origin capsule in October 2021, when he broke down in tears telling Bezos: 'Everybody in the world needs to do this.' William wrote that he never realized how precious life on Earth was until he left it behind. 'I discovered that the beauty isn't out there, it's down here, with all of us,' he said. 'Leaving that behind made my connection to our tiny planet even more profound,' he wrote in his memoir. He said seeing the Earth so fragile filled him with sorrow to think about how man kind is so flippant about its destruction.