William Shatner kicks off Star Wars, the latest Star Trek show during racy Comic-Con debut

William Shatner ended the first night of San Diego Comic-Con in style – with plenty of swearing and a look back at his storied career.

In an hour-long chat with Emcee Kevin smith, the 91-year-old actor spoke about aging, space travel (both real and fictional) and his place in the pop culture consciousness.

Omar Shatner had a running joke throughout the painting, with the actor taunted that he might die at any point during the painting. “None of us really want that, sir,” Smith joked, “but that would be unbelievable at Comic-Con.” “People will be like, he died like the legend he was.”

During a Shatner on Shatner panel, presented by fan-focused Legion M, the icon vacillated between “serious” and “fun” themes, as he put it. He took the time to talk about the importance and strength of the fan base in his career, specifically to star trekwho was introduced 56 years ago to the world by James T. Kirk, his most enduring character.

When asked to address fans of other major science fiction series, Shatner quipped: “Damn it! star Wars … But not Mark Hamill.”

Smith agreed, saying, “We love Mark Hamill.”

When a fan asked him if there was anything new star trek “None of them,” Shatner replied.

“I have to know [creator] “Gene Roddenberry in three years fairly well would have flipped in his grave at some of this stuff,” Shatner said.

At another point, a fan had a hard time putting on a mask, because the actor couldn’t hear the guy’s question. (Mask-wearing was strictly enforced this year at Comic-Con, the first since the coronavirus shutdown convention for three years.) “I don’t just understand what he’s talking about, but I don’t understand who he’s talking about,” Shatner said after several attempts asking fans to take it off. .

Shatner also took the time to talk about his real journey into outer space. He stressed the importance of indulging in every minute: “I went, and vowed that every moment I spent in space, I would not play in weightlessness, but look out the window and try to get an impression,” he said. Shatner about his trip last year at Blue Origin by Jeff Bezo.

Still, Shatner said, our planet is where we’re really meant to be. When asked by a fan which planet he’d like to visit, Shatner simply said, “That’s the only fucking planet we have.”

Towards the end of the panel, Legion M showed an emotional clip from his upcoming documentary Shatner, in which the actor told a story about his beloved pet dog being found dead when he was just 10 years old. Describe how this experience opened his mind to the fragility of life, changing his perspective and teaching him to dedicate fleeting moments with nature, family, and planet Earth.

The session ended with a promise from Shatner. Initially, Shatner said he and Smith would share a “fuck.” “You’re a double idiot,” Shatner said.

“Well, you idiot,” Kevin Smith returned—referring to the lines in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).

Shatner replied sarcastically: “What kind of vague statement is that?” “Now you look like my mom,” Smith said. “I feel sorry for your mother,” Shatner said, finishing off the board in a moment of dropping a microphone.

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