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William Shatner Praises Chris Pine as Captain Kirk

William Shatner Praises Chris Pine as Captain Kirk

Last weekend, William Shatner appeared at the Wizard World convention in New Orleans.

During a Q&A session with the crowd, Shatner was asked if he ever hated Captain Kirk. “Last night we were having dinner (on Bourbon Street), and the waiter comes up and says, ‘What would you like?’ I said ‘Oysters.’ And he said, ‘Beam me up, Scotty!’ I mean, come on. On the other hand, I would not have been here ordering those oysters if it hadn’t been for Captain Kirk. It’s a two-edged sword. Imagine getting to do the things I’ve done as a result of playing the part of Captain Kirk.”

Shatner went on to discuss Chris Pine as Star Trek‘s new Captain Kirk. “He’s a lovely young man, who is really talented and looks really good,” Shatner said. “He’s got the demeanor, the body and the voice. So along with being a good actor, he’s got all the right equipment.”


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  1. Trekman_dave

    February 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Glad he is praising nu Kirk

  2. Isilzhatheta1

    February 10, 2012 at 1:00 am

    That’s an unexpected surprise. Waiting for a “BUT” to come alone .

  3. CLT

    February 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I’m glad to hear he liked Chris Pine’s work. I think the 2009 was brilliant and was a true homage to all of the characters, now timeless at this point, and I look forward to the next one in May 2013. I hope Shatner and Nimoy will get to be a part of it too.

  4. Nick Breckenridge

    March 5, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Shatner HATES the fact that he’s so well known for being Capt. Kirk… but frankly, if it wasn’t for that.. he would have faded into the B-List graveyard of who cares..  He disgraces the role he played every time he makes a public comment regarding Kirk.  Just the other day he was on the Colbert show, and he sounded really depressed when Capt. Kirk was first mentioned.  Look buddy… you’re a LEGEND.. but it’s because of Kirk.. so embrace it, CAPTAIN!

  5. JS353535

    July 24, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Saw “Beyond” last night and it was SUPERB. This whole Star Trek reboot has been wildly successful imho, and I’m a huge Trek fan.

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