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Old June 5 2008, 06:35 PM   #1
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Shatner Praises TOS Kirk

William Shatner's portrayal of James T. Kirk four decades ago was so good, that a few weeks ago, he made yet another person a fan of the Original Series: himself.

"I haven't seen myself playing Capt. Kirk in a long, long time," Shatner told the Denver Post, before telling how he recently was stuck in bed after hip surgery and happened to tune into the Original Series episode "A Piece of the Action." Shatner said, "And I watched it now, from my perspective of 40 years later, and I thought, 'You know, that's rather good.' It's a starship captain trying to do the accent, the Noo Yawk accent, trying to play tough, trying to be one of the guys. It's not quite right, but it's what a starship captain would have done — a decent imitation, enough to fool those guys but not the audience."

Watching his own performance from the sixties, Shatner said Kirk was a "good hero," and added, "He made decisions. He was forceful. He was compassionate. He was the instigator. He fought hard and long physically and emotionally. He carried the dilemma of whether to intrude or not to intrude. It was all the classic forms of good Greek playmaking: The hero has the dilemma and resolves the dilemma."

Shatner dismissed any criticisms of the way the show looked, with sets constructed on a small budget, and visual effects that now seem dated. "I think that's what happens in Star Trek," he said. "Your eye goes past all the faults because you're concentrated on the actors and the plot."

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Old June 5 2008, 07:27 PM   #2
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.William Shatner's portrayal of James T. Kirk four decades ago was so good, that a few weeks ago, he made yet another person a fan of the Original Series: himself.


I love William Shatner!
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Old June 5 2008, 07:32 PM   #3
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"And I watched it now, from my perspective of 40 years later, and I thought, 'You know, that's rather good.'"
Shatner confirms his own awesome talent.

He had always suspected that he was the best thing ever, and now, after watching himself, he has the proof.
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Old June 5 2008, 07:32 PM   #4
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He's shameless.
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Old June 5 2008, 07:34 PM   #5
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Wow. Just...wow.
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Old June 5 2008, 08:04 PM   #6
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Old June 5 2008, 08:32 PM   #7
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And of course he's right!
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Old June 5 2008, 08:37 PM   #8
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Gotta love someone so fully in touch with his own egomania.
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Old June 5 2008, 09:05 PM   #9
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You know, sometimes, the jokes just write themselves.

This is definitely one of those times.
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Old June 6 2008, 12:17 AM   #10
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I'll tell you this though. After 40 years he made a good assessment of the episode. He hit the nail right on the head. Gotta love the guy.
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Old June 6 2008, 01:15 AM   #11
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Awesomeness of this article aside, I do think he's right.

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Old June 6 2008, 03:48 AM   #12
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News story of the year right here.

Of course he's right. He is critiquing himself after all.
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Old June 6 2008, 04:16 AM   #13
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C'mon...is anyone really shocked by this?
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Old June 6 2008, 05:21 AM   #14
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William Shatner delights in his condition. The Shat abides!
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Old June 6 2008, 06:31 AM   #15
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ROFL.

Have to hand it to the guy, at least he's honest.
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