Pop Quiz: Willam Shatner


Aidin Vaziri | Willam Shatner is boldly going where he doesn’t really need to go. The 84-year-old star of television shows such as “Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker” and “Boston Legal” is driving across the country, touring his one-man show, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It.” It’s just one of the projects the actor best known as Captain Kirk has on his plate as he enters the year “Star Trek” celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Q: You don’t have to do this tour. What made you want to drive across the country for a one-man show?

A: I believe it is called senility. The thing is, the show is saying yes to life. It’s an affirmative view of life, to taste all the good and bad. It’s this precious moment we’re on Earth. It’s about lowland gorillas and motorcycles and comedy and music. It’s about a vast variety of subjects, some of which apply to our lives.

Q: So basically we get everything you have learned throughout your life in roughly two hours.

A: I can sum it up in 10 seconds: I know nothing.

Q: You also have a book about your “Star Trek” co-star Leonard Nimoy coming out. What did you learn about yourself by writing it?

A: That’s a good question. I’ve been pondering it for quite a while. I think what I come up with is how little I knew about Leonard before I started doing research on him. He was remarkably talented in so many areas — his photography and poetry and performances. I wish I knew all that about him while he was alive.

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