William Shatner Opens Up About Why He Skipped Leonard Nimoy's Funeral And His Feelings On The Star Trek Backlash That Followed
Ahead of a new documentary, William Shatner talks about why he did not attend his Star Trek co-star's funeral.
While the cast of the original Star Trek series and films created an iconic crew of characters that worked together, as people, the actors have famously had their share of disagreements and problems. Shatner and George Takei have had something of a feud going for years. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy reportedly had their own issues, both working together and in the period preceding Nimoy’s death, though Shatner recently explained that wasn’t why he didn’t attend the actor’s funeral.
Speaking with Variety about his new documentary, Call Me Bill, William Shatner explained that when Leonard Nimoy passed away in 2015, it was sudden and unexpected. For that reason, Shatner had already made plans to attend a Red Cross Fundraiser the night before the funeral on the other side of the country. In the end, Shatner felt that the fundraiser would ultimately do more good in the world. He explained…
While Shatner says that he chose not to attend the funeral now, a few years ago the former Captain Kirk said that he didn’t attend Nimoy's service because it was “made clear” to him that he would not be welcome. Shatner says that Nimoy wasn’t speaking to him in the period immediately prior to his death, though he has always said he doesn’t understand why. Following the funeral, Nimoy's children have only had good things to say about Shatner.
Whatever the ultimate reason, or combination of reasons for Shatner not attending the funeral, the fact that he was not there to remember the man he had been professionally connected to for decades did not go unnoticed. The interviewer asks about the backlash that came with not being there, but Shatner says it doesn’t bother him. He still feels he made the right choice, saying…
At the end of the day it’s probably the right decision to try and ignore the detractors. If WIlliam Shatner made what he believed was the right decision at the time, especially if he truly felt he wouldn’t be welcome anyway, then he really didn’t have a choice.
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