He caused a stink during the production of J.J. Abrams' 2009 blockbuster revamp of 'Star Trek,' because he didn't get a cameo, while 'Original Series' co-star Leonard Nimoy did. Abrams explained: "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."
So Shatner didn't get his way, while 'Star Trek' went on to become one of the biggest movies of that year. And now that Abrams' is getting ready to begin filming 'Star Trek 2,' will Shatner slip silently into the humble night, without even making a peep? What do you think?
The Guardian tipped us off to a recent interview Shatner did with Australia's Sunday Herald Sun, where he explained: "I would be so interested in doing it, especially with that wonderful director JJ Abrams, but I don't see how it's possible and maybe we all have gone beyond that."
To editorialize a little bit, it sounds like he's trying to play the pity card. He threw a temper tantrum and it didn't work, so now he's seeing if Abrams will take sympathy on a pessimistic old man.
Do we think he should play a part in 'Star Trek 2'? If there is a part for him. J.J. Abrams is clearly a creator who spends a meticulous amount of time in crafting a story, beat by beat. He's not the kind of guy that should just shoe-horn in some beloved personality for the sake of fan-service. Nimoy was awesome in 'Star Trek' because old Spock added a new layer to the time traveling conflict. If he has a place for Shatner -- sure, cut him a break.
Do you want to see William Shatner in 'Star Trek 2' or do you just want him to shut up already?