THR was on hand when Star Trek’s first (and best) captain, William Shatner closed out the first night of San Diego Comic-Con in style and reported that the 91-year old actor spoke with lots of salty humor while taking look back at his storied career. During an hourlong chat with emcee Kevin Smith, the 91-year-old actor talked about aging, space travel (both real and fictional) and his place in the pop culture consciousness.
When asked to address the fans of that other major sci-fi franchise, Shatner quipped, “fuck Star Wars…. But not Mark Hamill.”
“We love Mark Hamill,” Smith agreed.
When asked by a fan if there were any new Star Trek series he thought rivaled his own, Shatner replied, “none of them. I got to know [creator] Gene Roddenberry in three years fairly well,” said Shatner, “he’d be turning in his grave at some of this stuff.”
At another point, he gave a fan a hard time for wearing a mask, because the actor could not hear the man’s question. (Mask-wearing is strictly enforced this year at Comic-Con, the first since the coronavirus shuttered the convention for three years.) “Not only did I not understand what he’s talking about, but I don’t understand who he’s talking to” said Shatner, after several attempts at asking the fan to take it off.
Az of Hawt Toys weighed in on this report, and he feels pretty much the same way I do.
The first, best, and greatest Star Trek Captain by every measure.