In an extensive interview with the The Times from England, the experienced actor William Shatnerreferred to his years as the famous Captain Kirk of star trekbut mainly he spoke of the contempt he feels for certain companions of the legendary series.
The 91-year-old actor says he now realizes his former colleagues’ criticism “is for publicity, full of envy and hate.”
“Sixty years after some incident, they are still on that path. Don’t you think that’s a little weird? It’s like a disease.”
His most acidic darts were launched against George Takei of whom he said: “George [Takei] has never ceased to blacken my name. These people are bitter and bitter. I have run out of patience with them. Why give credit to people consumed by envy and hate?
In his memoirs Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and WonderWilliam Shatner also said he was surprised when his late co-star Nichelle Nichols, who played to Lieutenant Ulhuraaccused him of being “cold and arrogant”.
He wrote: “I was horrified to learn of this, embarrassed that I hadn’t noticed.”
Captain Kirk was also close friends with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, however their relationship became strained before his death in 2015, for reasons unknown to the actor.