The veteran actor is often seen closing an episode of the show with a cigar in his mouth, but Shatner admits it's had a very negative effect on his health.
He says, "You know what aversion therapy is? I practiced it with the cigars. In particular, one scene I thought rather than smoking a long cigar - which is what we tend to do because it keeps the smoke away from your face - that if it was a short (cigar) and pull on it, it might look more fun.
"After 20 cigars, I was ill. A sheen of oily sweat came across my brow, and they had to put rouge to cover the green. It was hysterical afterwards, but not during."01/08/2005 20:54