William Shatner, miffed about not being cast as Captain Kirk in the forthcoming Star Trek movie scheduled to be released next May, has responded to fellow cast member George Takei's public criticism of him and his publicly announced decision not to invite Shatner to his marriage to his longtime partner last month. Takei has said in interviews that Shatner displayed a massive ego on the set of the original Star Trek series to the point of pressuring directors to show close-ups of him while other characters were speaking. In an interview posted on his website, Shatner says that he rarely saw Takei during Star Trek productions. "I literally don't know him," he said. "He'd come in for a day or two as evidenced by the part he played. ... But he has continued to speak badly about me for all these years. ... I presume he can remember all of these terrible things I must have done when I said hello or something to him. ... Why would he go out of his way to denigrate me? And it's sad that the man can't find enough peace in his life to be positive and say, 'I forgive him for whatever those hurts were' -- or to shut up about it. As I said, I feel nothing but pity for him."

22/10/2008