Upon the release of the much maligned “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier,” William Shatner called it “the epitome of my career, my experiences, my hopes and dreams. It is the quintessential me.” Today, he has much harsher words for the universally panned film.
“I got the chance to direct a several-million-dollar movie, ‘Star Trek V,'” Shatner recently told Entertainment Weekly . “I did not get the help I needed in allocating my budget,” he continues. “[S]o when it came to shooting the ending — needing a good villain and lots of computer graphics — I had run out of money. Sorry about that. [Laughs.] I had to use footage that I had already shot — and spit on it a lot. I wanted to give [the audience] earth-breaking granite monsters spewing rocks and fire. Instead, I had a few pebbles in my hand that I threw at the camera.”
While that’s a fairly passive-aggressive apology that still places the blame on forces outside his control, it’s at least amusing to hear him trash the film like everyone else has been doing for years. Under the “Watch This” portion of the article, he and Henry Winkler promote “Better Late Than Never,” a new travel reality show that finds the two men palling around Asia with George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw. As for Winkler’s “Sorry About That” pick, he apologizes for his 1994 comedy series, “Monty.” Is it any worse than “Star Trek V”? We’re not going to bother finding out.
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