George Takei calls William Shatner ‘a cantankerous old man’ in latest salvo in long-running feud

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George Takei called former Star Trek co-star William Shatner “a cantankerous old man” in a new interview, marking the latest in the showbiz stalwarts’ ongoing feud.

The 85-year-old actor told The Guardian on Monday he did not want to move on with Shatner, 91, after the Captain Kirk actor said his ex-Star Trek co-stars criticized him in a publicity interview in a barbed interview earlier this month.

“I know he came to London to promote his book and said I wanted publicity by using his name,” said Takei, who played Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. “So I’ve decided I don’t need his name to get publicity.”

Speaking up: William Shatner, 91, hit out at his former Star Trek costars after they spent years criticizing his behavior on the 1960s sci-fi set (pictured in July)

Feud: George Takei called former Star Trek co-star William Shatner “a cantankerous old man” in a new interview, marking the latest in the showbiz stalwarts’ ongoing feud (Takei on the left, pictured last month, and Shatner on the photo R in July)

Takei, who reprized the role of Sulu for multiple films and shows in the Star Trek franchise, told the outlet that he had “much more substantial subject matter” for which he had sought publicity.

“I’m not going to talk about Bill at all in this interview… although I just did. He’s just a grumpy old man and I leave him to his own devices. I’m not going to play his game.’

When asked if Shatner was “grumpy” in his younger years, Takei said that Shatner was “preoccupied with himself,” “liked being the center of attention,” and “wanted everyone to look at him.”

Shatner made headlines earlier this month when he told The Times that he felt his former costars on the 1960s sci-fi series were beating him up to make headlines for themselves.

Unlucky: The actor who famously played the role of Captain James T Kirk on the series and in seven films says he now realizes they're

Unlucky: The actor who famously played the role of Captain James T Kirk on the series and in seven films says he now realizes they’re “doing it for publicity” (pictured in the 1991 film starring George)

Details: Shatner said, “Sixty years after an incident, they are still on that trail.  Don't you think that's a bit weird?  It's like a disease'

Details: Shatner said, “Sixty years after an incident, they are still on that trail. Don’t you think that’s a bit weird? It’s like a disease’

“Sixty years after an incident, they are still on that track. Don’t you think that’s a bit weird? It’s like a disease,” said Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on the hit series and in seven movies. “I began to understand that they were doing it for publicity.”

Even when Shatner recently went into space thanks to billionaire Jeff Bezos, Takei said he was sent as a “guinea pig” to assess the impact of space on an “unsuitable” specimen.

‘George [Takei] never stopped blackening my name,” he said. “These people are bitter and bitter. My patience with them has run out. Why believe in people who are consumed with envy and hatred?’

In his memoir Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder, Shatner said he was devastated when the late costar Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura, accused him of being “cold and arrogant.”

He wrote, “I was shocked to hear this, ashamed I hadn’t realized it.”

Shatner was also good friends with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, but their relationship became strained before his death in 2015 – for reasons unknown to the Kirk actor.

Friction: Even as the actor went into space thanks to billionaire Elon Musk, his former costar George Takei said he was sent as a

Friction: Even as the actor went into space thanks to billionaire Elon Musk, his former costar George Takei said he was sent as a “guinea pig” to assess the impact of space on an “unsuitable” specimen (George photos earlier this year)

Sad: In his memoir Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder, the actor writes that he was devastated when the late costar Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Ulhura, accused him of being

Sad: In his memoir Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder, the actor writes that he was devastated when the late costar Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Ulhura, accused him of being “cold and arrogant” (pictured together on the show )

According to Giant Geek Robot, the friction between the two started when William made a Star Trek documentary in 2011 and interviewed many actors who were part of the franchise, but did not include Nimoy.

It comes after William said said seeing Earth from space aboard Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin rocket was a very sad experience, but one that inspired him to cherish the beauty of our planet.

In an excerpt from his memoirs, he writes that he was struck by one of the “strongest feelings of grief” he had ever experienced.

Former friends: William was also good friends with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, but their relationship became strained before his death in 2015 - for reasons unknown to the Kirk actor

Former friends: William was also good friends with Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, but their relationship became strained before his death in 2015 – for reasons unknown to the Kirk actor

He went on to say that instead of being filled with awe, as he had expected, the sight of the warm blue glow of the Earth surrounded by the cold black of space made him feel like he was at “a funeral.”

Published by Variety journalist Marianne Williamson, the excerpt offered a deeper insight into Shatner’s reaction to his Blue Origin spaceflight than he has previously revealed.

The revelations come a year after Shatner was visibly moved right after stepping out of the Blue Origin pod in October 2021, when he burst into tears and told Bezos, “Everyone in the world needs to do this.”

William wrote that he only realized how precious life on Earth was when he left it behind.

“I discovered that the beauty isn’t out there, it’s down here, with all of us,” he said. “Leaving that behind made my bond with our little planet even deeper,” he wrote in his memoir.

He said seeing the Earth so fragile filled him with sadness at the thought of how humanity is so flippant about its destruction.

Rocket Man: It comes after William said it was a very sad experience to see Earth from space aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket, but one that inspired him to cherish the beauty of our planet

Rocket Man: It comes after William said seeing Earth from space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket was a profoundly sad experience, but one that inspired him to cherish the beauty of our planet

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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