William Shatner is upset that he has not been asked to reprise his famous Captain Kirk role for the reimagining of the Star Trek franchise with a new feature film. "I couldn't believe it," the actor said in a recent interview. "Having been in on the creation of it, I was hoping to be in on the recreation."
However, J.J. Abrams (Lost) - the new Trek movie's producer, writer and director - did not see it that way. He saw fit to ask Shatner's original Star co-star Leonard Nimoy to revisit his iconic Mr. Spock character. But not Shatner.
So, what's really going on here?
Unfortunately, it may have to do with Shatner's physical appearance - and the lowly high Hollywood standards of the day.
First and foremost, Shatner is out of shape. He's heavy. He looks bloated, and quite frankly, I'm very concerned about his health.
Secondly, his present brunette hair color and uhm...texture...do not match the original blonde Kirk of the early years on the original series. Also, too, Shatner's dark contemporary locks certainly do not match the fair hair hue of actor Chris Pine, the young actor who was recently cast by Abrams to play the young Kirk in the new movie.
While I completely endorse and applaud Abrams' decision to cast relative unknowns in the lead roles for the new Trek film (this, along with a great script, of course, is the key to the movie's success), I think I can speak for the rest of the Universe when I say, I am disappointed that Shatner, skinny or plump, will not beam aboard for this new adventure of the Enterprise crew.
The ever-slim Leonard Nimoy, however, will materialize in the movie because, fortunately for him, his looks are timeless. And though Shatner would tell it differently, Nimoy's Spock is ultimately more representative of the original Trek than any of the other characters.
Either way, if Shatner was at least somewhat healthier, something could have been worked out; Abrams might have requested the veteran actor's presence, in one way, shape or form as that of an elder Kirk in the film.
Though such a scenario has not been publically confirmed, it is safe and terribly sad to say that Shatner's historic interpretation of Captain Kirk has been "out-weighed" by a shallow Hollywood standard.
But what other potentially-true Hollywood story could be behind such a gastly and disrepectful decision and oversight?