The Star Trek XI
writers did their best to make a part for William Shatner
, says J.J. Abrams
As reported by MTV, after Abrams said that he had "tried desperately to put him in the movie," Shatner responded with the YouTube clip where he said that no one had ever reached out to him or any of his people. "Here's my favorite thing," said Abrams. "My favorite thing is turning on YouTube and seeing William Shatner talk to me. When did that become my life? How did that occur?"
Wanting to set the story straight, Abrams explained what happened. ""I think what happened was, I said we made many efforts or something to get him in the movie. I think he or his people interpreted that as we reached out and tried to get him in. I meant internally," said Abrams. "I didn't wanna present him with something we didn't believe in. So we were trying to make this thing work, and it didn't happen."
Although Abrams didn't reach out to Shatner to offer him a part, the writers tried to work him into the movie. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci wrote a scene that included Captain Kirk. "I didn't [personally] write anything [for Shatner]," said Abrams. "Alex and Bob, who wrote a spectacular script for us, we all wanted to make it work. The scene they wrote, which was good, it honestly felt like 'contrivance to insert William Shatner into our movie.' It just felt very much like what it was."
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