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Old May 12 2008, 10:56 PM   #1
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Shatner And Nimoy Weren't Always Best Buddies

Up Till Now: The Autobiography, William Shatner's newest book, explains that Shatner and his co-star Leonard Nimoy didn't always share the friendship that they do today.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Shatner was jealous of Nimoy's growing popularity. "I've often heard it said that acting is not a competitive sport, but never by actors," said Shatner. "The truth is, every good actor has an ego. I was supposed to be the star but Leonard was getting more attention than I was. It bothered me."

Nimoy wasn't always thrilled with Shatner's antics either. He was annoyed when Shatner, to protect his "little makeup secrets", ordered a photographer out of the make-up room. According to Nimoy, "It [The photographer's presence] was approved by Roddenberry. It was approved by the head of the studio. It was approved by publicity."

And Shatner's sense of humor got him in trouble with Nimoy too. After Shatner's father passed away, when Shatner returned to the set to film a scene, the set was somber. "I wanted to relieve the tension and let people know I was OK," said Shatner. In a mind-meld scene between Nimoy and the Horta (Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark), Shatner encouraged Nimoy to redo the scene. When Nimoy did so, screaming "pain, pain, pain," Shatner joked, "Can somebody get this guy an aspirin?" thinking that everyone would laugh. Nimoy however, was furious, thinking that Shatner had used him for the amusement of others.

The two became best friends over time, with Nimoy, a recovering alcoholic, trying to help Shatner's wife Nerine, even taking her to Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings. Nerine died in 1999 in a drowning accident.

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Old May 13 2008, 05:23 AM   #2
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Can somebody get this guy an aspirin??

Well at least shatner is funny
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Old May 13 2008, 11:03 AM   #3
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Re: Shatner And Nimoy Weren't Always Best Buddies

I came in here to repeat that one too

Sad to hear about Nimoy passing out from spirits on a Saturday afternoon in his prime.
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Old May 13 2008, 04:16 PM   #4
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I'm surprised that The Shat was man enough to admit he was jealous of Nimoy. First I've heard of Nimoy being an alcoholic, though. Must've been out the day that little news item was released.

Shatner is a funny guy. Almost to the point of being silly sometimes. Canadians! They walk among us with their floppy heads politely telling jokes.
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Old May 13 2008, 06:00 PM   #5
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True he has gotten pretty funny in his advanced years...
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Old May 14 2008, 01:24 AM   #6
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How many autobiographies has the man had now? One in the 70s, then Star Trek Memories and Movie Memories and Get a Life and now this? Ego, much?
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The "Bridge on the Captain" line is hysterical, but I agree it would have likely taken from the "drama" that was created by the scene.

The part about his wife who died is heart-wrenching. I can't imagine going through that.

As far as ego? Well, the man has lived a full life and he has stories to tell. If those stories help others find some meaning or enjoyment in life, what does it truly matter?
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