• Wed, Oct 22 2008

William Shatner on George Takei: “He has a psychosis”

Here’s William Shatner talking about George Takei not inviting him to his wedding; apparently there’s been some bad blood between the two of them for a very long time. Watch:

Here’s what he had to say:

The whole thing makes me feel badly, poor man. There is such a sickness there. It’s so patently obvious that there is a psychosis there. I don’t know what his original thing about me was. I have no idea.

‘I didn’t read his book that was printed many years ago, but apparently I didn’t let somebody have a close-up. I literally don’t know him.

‘I didn’t know him very well on the series. He would come in for a day or two, as evidenced by the part he played. Then on the movies, there occasionally. I didn’t know the man.

‘But he has continued to speak badly about me for all these years. Obviously, hiding his homosexuality – talk about festering and not living the truth of your life and feeling badly about yourself – and being fearful somebody would find out about this terrible, terrible secret, so he thought.

‘Finally at the age of, I think, 70, he decides to come out of the closet and say, “I’m gay.”

‘Like, who cares? Be gay. Don’t be gay. That’s up to you George.’…

‘You would think he had this epiphany and say – because he and I don’t have many years left in this world – “I wish him well. I’m so happy that I wish him well.”

‘But instead what he does is he makes this big deal about not inviting me to his wedding.

‘If I was such a terrible force in his life – even some 40-odd years later, because I’ve not seen him – that I effect his marriage where he has to isolate it, what kind of sickness is going on in the man?

Why would he go out of his way to denegrate me? It’s sad that the man can’t find enough peace in his life to either say “Be positive” and say “I forgive him, whatever those hurts were”, or to shut up about it.

‘It’s sad. I feel nothing but pity for him.’

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  • wb

    Since Captain Kirk was my first pre-teen crush, I’ll always love William Shatner. But I’ve read all of the cast biographies and it’s pretty clear that the guy is an egomaniac. That often goes with being an actor, so he’s in the right profession! But it would be hard to find a co-star who didn’t resent (in writing!) Bill’s treatment of them. Really, non-treatment. And since they are also all actors with egos, and many of them really struggled to make a living after Star Trek, you can understand how that ill will was never resolved. Did Shatner ever lobby to get any of them minor roles on his other series, such as TJ Hooker, or now on Boston Legal? That’s the sort of thing that could have gone a long way to heal old sleights.

    In that regard, I enjoy hearing about other actors I admire being described as generous and supportive of their co-stars and the bit players. I like seeing that Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are always getting at least minor roles in their latest productions for old friends. Back in the day, I loved Peter Scolari of “Bosom Buddies” far more than Tom Hanks. Peter shows up time and again in Hanks’ productions, even though he never went on to bigger things.

  • jenna

    DEAR “WB,
    Why do you expect someone to get other people work? That’s THEIR OWN JOB. How ridiculous.
    It’s their job to build interest and do the work.
    W.Shatner needs take NO responsibility for their careers. Just as Hillary Clinton should not be told she has to go out and stump for Obama. That’s HIS JOB TO MAKE PEOPLE LIKE HIM, not HERS!

    Gorw up WB, get a frikken life and work for what you earn and think you deserve. Stop thinking OTHER PEOPLE should support you or support anyone. RIDICULOUS.