‘He is [William Shatner] just a grumpy old man and I’ll leave him to his own devices. I won’t play his game,” George Takei said
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: George Takei has reignited his long-standing feud with former ‘Star Trek’ co-star William Shatner by calling him a ‘quarrelsome old man’ in a new interview after the latter publicly criticized him for he claimed he used his name for advertising.
The 85-year-old actor, who portrayed Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on ‘Star Trek,’ told The Guardian on Monday, November 28 that the entire ‘Star Trek’ cast “shared a great camaraderie,” all “except for a” person he referred to as a “prima donna”. He reportedly said none of the cast members got along with Shatner, who “enjoyed being the center of attention.” Takei then addressed the allegations Shatner made during his book promotion.
“I know he came to London to promote his book and spoke about my wanting to use his name for promotion. So I’ve decided that I don’t need his name to promote,” Takei said, adding, “I have much broader topics that I want to promote, so I won’t be referring to Bill at all in this interview. “
He added: “Although I just did. He’s just a quarrelsome old man and I’ll leave him to his own devices. I’m not going to play his game.” Takei recalled that Shatner, who played Captain Kirk, was “himself involved” when they co-starred in NBC sci-fi series from 1966-1969.
Takei’s comments came after Shatner told the Times he felt his co-stars were slamming him to make headlines for themselves. “I began to understand that they were doing it for the public. Sixty years after an incident, they’re still on this trail. Don’t you find that a bit strange? It’s like a disease,” he reportedly said.
“These people are bitter and bitter. I have no more patience with them. Why believe people who are consumed by envy and hate?” he added.
In 2021, Takei mocked Shatner after becoming the oldest person to travel to space with Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin. “He boldly goes where other people have gone before,” Takei told People. “He’s a guinea pig, 90 years old, and it’s important to find out what’s happening. So the 90-year-old will show a lot more about the wear and tear of the human body, so he’ll be a good specimen to study. While not the fittest example of a 90-year-old, he will be an unfit example!” he is said to have said.
However, earlier this year it was reported that Shatner was keen to mend his relationship with Takei. “Bill was trying to fix fences,” an insider close to Shatner told Radar Online. “He doesn’t want the bad blood anymore and rumor has it George is open to it. Bill is the first to admit that he was stubborn, big-headed and selfish. It’s taken years, but Bill has come a long way — and better late than never,” the insider continued, adding that Shatner “seems to be getting a little lonely” and that “everyone would love to see Bill and George are friends.”