Shatner faking Star Trek exclusion?
There's a report of a discussion that William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy had at VegasCon 2007 the other day and it reveals one of two things, either Shatner is comfortable with the idea of not being in Star Trek and is having a laugh about it, or he's in and he's having a joke with us all about not being in it.
I actually think it's the latter. After reading the exchange between the two of them and then his rant to the audience, I actually think he's been signed up for an appearance and then asked to pretend he hasn't. I'm beginning to think he's having a laugh with us all.
"Nimoy: 'How you been, Billy?' Shatner: 'I've been pretty good - not as good as you, of course!' Nimoy: 'Been working a lot?' Shatner (remorsefully): 'No, no - I've been waiting for the call. I'm hanging by the telephone waiting for the call.' Nimoy: 'I'll call you' Shatner: 'It's not the same as J.J.'"
Then they report that he went into a bit of a rant with the audience, winding them up about how he's up for two Emmy's and that he's not in Star Trek. He asks the crowd if it bothers them, which they respond it does. At one of the audience member's suggestion he says that J.J. Abrams is a great Director and Writer but that he must be suffering from mad cow disease.
Sounds hilarious, but you have to also wonder just how much of this is real. If he really was hurt about not being in would he be making such a deal out of this, and such a comic deal? Surely he would be a tad more annoyed with Leonard Nimoy if this was all read?