Friday, September 19, 2008

Shatner Responds To Abrams Interview

Ten days ago JJ Abrams spoke with SciFi scanner and discussed why Shatner is not in the upcoming movie. William Shatner apparently heard about it and posted a video response to it that agrees with the words but disagrees that he was offered any chance to participate. To me it sounds like a hollow complaint considering Shatner essentially said he wouldn't have taken the role if it had been offered.
Q: How do you react to William Shatner's ire at not having a role in the movie?
A: It was very tricky. We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing, but the truth is, it didn't quite feel right. The bigger thing was that he was very vocal that he didn't want to do a cameo. We tried desperately to put him in the movie, but he was making it very clear that he wanted the movie to focus on him significantly, which, frankly, he deserves. The truth is, the story that we were telling required a certain adherence to the Trek canon and consistency of storytelling. It's funny -- a lot of the people who were proclaiming that he must be in this movie were the same people saying it must adhere to canon. Well, his character died on screen. Maybe a smarter group of filmmakers could have figured out how to resolve that.

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