by Cathy P. Ross
Nov 8, 2012
01:59 PMCulture Cat
William Shatner isn’t one to rest on his laurels. There’s way more to the man than just the iconic role he’s identified with—that of Starfleet Commander Capt. James T. Kirk on the original 1960s TV show “Star Trek.”
At 81, Shatner’s wry sense of humor is intact, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Last February he spent a month playing himself in Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It, a one-man show on Broadway. “I wrote the show myself from my life, observations and conclusions,” he says. Now on the road with it—he beams down to the Stamford Center for the Arts’ Palace Theatre tonight (Nov. 8) to talk about growing up in Montreal, his acting career, his love of horses and his image.
Over the course of his 58-year career, Shatner’s portrayed everything from Shakespearean heroes to TV’s T.J. Hooker and addled attorney Denny Crane on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal,” and for the last 14 years, he’s been The Negotiator for Norwalk’s priceline.com. He’s also a poet, a singer and a philosopher, and even sold a kidney stone once for $25,000 for charity. But no matter what he’s doing, Shatner connects with his audience, a talent that has earned him a loyal following (he has more than a million followers on Twitter and tweets regularly). “I have no idea why what I do connects with other people,” he says. “All I can do is the best for me and hope it resonates.”
Would Shatner play Kirk again? “Yes, I would portray him as a young man, perhaps 25, young and athletic, running and jumping, killing the villain and getting the girl,” he says. “How that would be accepted by the critics and the public, is another question.”
The show starts at 8 p.m. at The Stamford Center for the Arts' Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. For tickets, call 203/325-4466 or visit scaalive.org.Shatner's World