William Shatner is more than just a film icon, he's a national treasure. From "Star Trek" to "T.J. Hooker" to The Priceline Negotiator to his amazing career as a musician (seriously, check out his 2004 album "Has Been"), Shatner has pretty much done everything there is to do in show business.
And let's just say the captain of the Enterprise doesn't seem thrilled with the idea of Abrams doing both "Star Trek" and "Star Wars."
Of course, it should be said that pretty much everything Shatner does is tongue-in-cheek. But with his patented deadpan delivery, it's easy for some to take him perhaps more seriously than they should. Make no mistake, though, Shatner has a twinkle in his eye — even when he's calling Abrams a "pig."
"He's being a pig," Shatner said when asked what he thought about Abrams helming both "Star Wars" and "Star Trek." "He's collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest."
"He's probably the most talented director of that ilk that we have," Shatner continued, "but he's gone too far this time. I think of him as a buddy of mine, I've taken him out for sushi. I think it's time for J.J. and I to have another sushi and let me put him straight about two of the largest franchises — and not employing me in either one of them."
"I think it's just foolhardy."
So do we, William Shatner. So do we.