View Single Post
Old September 4 2013, 07:41 PM   #39
Vice Admiral
Maurice's Avatar
Location: Maurice in San Francisco
View Maurice's Twitter Profile
Re: STAR TREK the enemy of LOST IN SPACE?

ZapBrannigan wrote: View Post
Maurice wrote: View Post
I've never heard of such a contract clause. Care to share a source?
Fan knowledge of this general topic probably began with a review of ST:TMP by Harlan Ellison in Starlog magazine (April 1980), in which he excoriated Shatner for counting lines in the "City" script. Ellison might also talk about it in a youtube video somewhere; I can't recall for sure. But he obviously didn't understand the legitimate problem faced by TV's lead actors in the 1960s, and didn't bother to find out.

I think I read "official" confirmation that Shatner had one of these role-protecting contract clauses in Inside Star Trek, of which I read a borrowed copy so I can't find the reference. But it's a pretty well-known thing now.
That hardly sounds like it's "common" though. That's just a Star Trek specific example. I don't recall reading any such thing in Inside Star Trek, but my copy is out on loan so I can't check right now.
* * *
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
óWill Rogers
Maurice is offline   Reply With Quote