Shatner Goes Off On Takei at Star Trek Las Vegas

By August 8, 2015

The tension between George Takei and William Shatner has been known by fans of the series for many years now. No one necessarily knows what started the bad relationship between the two actors, and while Takei has spoken many times about his issues with Shatner both on the Trek sets, and also in their personal lives, Shatner has remained tight-lipped. Until now, that is.

During his panel earlier today at this year’s Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, William Shatner publicly addressed the “feud” between himself and fellow Trek cast member, George Takei. When asked what it would take to bury the hatchet between the two, Shatner replied with the following:

“The hatchet? In George’s head?… Let me tell you about that, you know I’ve never expressed myself, I’ve always never answered George Takei’s mean-spirited comments on me for a life time, and I’ll take this opportunity to do that. I’ve never done it before…. I don’t know him. I don’t know him. Fifty years ago there was a young man named George Takei, who would come in… play his part, and left. I hardly knew him. ‘Hello George,’ I’d say, I was too busy reciting lines – I had a lot of work to do, so I was busy doing that and publicity… doing other things that I needed to do, whatever it was. I was an actor with ten pages of dialogue to do that day, and ten pages to learn for tomorrow, and the day after that and the day after that, and so on. I didn’t know him. I literally didn’t know him.

The six movies we made were a couple years apart, again he’d come in, ‘Hello George.’ I had no interaction with him whatsoever. In the last fifty years, the man has blackened my reputation. I am… I pride myself on being a professional actor, I’m there on time, I know my words, I’m amiable to almost anything because what’s important is making the performance and nothing else. I don’t have to be there for the spaceship being brought up uh…. one of the things he used against me was that I wasn’t at the debut of the Enterprise someplace… I was working! So he has demeaned me, really badly, ugly. Every so often I get in touch with him and say, ‘What are you doing? I don’t know. What did I do to you? What happened?’ I have no idea who he is or what he is, or what he wants.

I’ve never answered him, but he has continued to spoil my reputation in one way or another. I thought you know, ‘That’s enough,’ why would one person in this large audience, have a bad opinion of me because of George Takei? It makes me – it upsets me. So I don’t,  I’m not burying any hatchet, I don’t have any anger towards him. I do not know, I want you to hear me (to asker), I do not know who George Takei is! What drives him, what makes him, I do not know who he is. He invites me to his wedding, I don’t know him! Why would you invite someone like me to your wedding when you don’t know me? I haven’t spoke to you in twenty years, thirty years, why would you invite me to the wedding? Have you got a thought on that?”

Asker: I don’t know George…

“Well, why would you, since you and I don’t know, why would you invite me?”

Asker: Because you’re Captain Kirk.

“There you go. It has nothing to do with, ‘I want you to celebrate with me, and be joyous with me at my wedding.’ It has to do with, what you just said. So I don’t have any hatchet to bury. I do not carry that hatchet. I carry a peace sign.”

If one thing is clear, it seems like Takei and Shatner just aren’t destined to get along, at least anytime soon that is. While this may be sad news for some Star Trek fans out there, the panel also included Shatner talking sweetly about other Trek cast members including the late Leonard Nimoy and Grace Lee Witney.

Star Trek Convention is currently happening in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    I think Takei had a crush on Shatner & He doesn’t swing that way!

  • Just_Wondering

    Denny Crane made a compelling case!