The folks at GalaxyCon have an impressive lineup of virtual shows for fans to attend, and so far, they have not disappointed. Over the past few weeks, fans have been able to chat with the stars from The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, with more events on the way. But today’s event, featuring the legendary William Shatner, lived up to the billing.
Shatner spoke from his home in Los Angeles with moderator Patty Hawkins. Shatner answered questions submitted from the audience, and noted more than once that he wished he could see the fans he was talking to. Shatner, 89, showed incredible energy and gusto throughout the one-hour show.
Shatner addressed what his favorite books and wines were, which horse breed he liked the best, and talked at length on his show, “The UnXplained,” which airs on the History Channel. Shatner also talked about his upcoming albums, one on the blues, and the second a more experimental piece.
Hawkins even addressed the fan movement trying to get Paramount to allow Shatner to finish Star Trek V: The Final Frontier as he intended to. Shatner said that he ran out of money for the ending he wanted (which Trek Report wrote about a few months back).
“It certainly could use an [reproduced] ending,” said Shatner. “That might be interesting to do. But, not to refurbish the whole film.”
The most interesting moment of the session was when Trek fan Kuanhung Chen asked Shatner who he’d like to play him in a movie about his life.
“I want to play myself,” he said as Hawkins smiled. “I don’t wanna die!”
He straightened up and scratched his ear and said that he does not know who would play him in a biographic film.
“I don’t know,” said Shatner. “[Chris] Pine? Why doesn’t he play me? A good looking, talented guy.
Hawkins agreed, as Shatner said that otherwise he did not have a good idea. He said that he was not connected with the current scene in showbusiness.
Trek fans would probably agree that Chris Pine would be a great choice, since he played Captain James T. Kirk in the three J.J. Abrams “Kelvin” films. Some would argue that Pine was really playing Shatner, acting as Kirk.
Shatner said that he was most looking forward to the end of the COVID-19 situation so he could spend time with his daughters and grandchildren, and so he could complete the various projects he’s working on.