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“the aurora that is SHATNER”

By March 31, 2010June 15th, 20104 Comments

Shatner inter­viewed in GQ (via @saniac):

Resistance is futile, of course. You aren’t in Shatner’s pres­ence ten minutes before he reverse-engineers your emo­tion­al state; first, you adopt those con­ver­sa­tion­al rhythms of his—everywhere, the jelly!—and then, by God, you start to feel the enthu­si­asm of your words, an enthu­si­asm inev­it­ably heightened by your know­ledge that this is WILLIAM TIBERIUS FUCKING SHATNER! you are deal­ing with, the most meta, the most absurd, human being in Western Civilization, and you fall in love with that meta-absurdity, the bon­anza of impun­ity and laughs it generates.

When I did The Immortals recently, the dir­ect­or and I had three short­cuts for line read­ings: Clarkson, Blessed and Shatner.


  • Robert Catto says:

    As if any­one who saw the show needed that explained to them…well, except to dis­tin­guish the Clarkson from the Shatner!

  • Dan says:

    Oh, not fair. There was a clear dif­fer­ence. At least in my own mind.

  • Robert Catto says:

    I suppose…I mean, a Clarkson read­ing of a line would be more along the lines of ‘[pause][pause][pause]…in the WORLD’, as opposed to a Shatner ‘[pause] IN! [pause] THE! [pause] …WOOOOOOOORLD…’

  • Dan says:

    You got it. It’s a lot more subtle than the cas­u­al observ­er might think.