William Shatner tells Toronto public space it’s not ‘romance and little green men’



The captain of TV’s most iconic spaceship says being in space hasn’t filled him with a sense of romance on the great void, but rather an appreciation for the earth.

Shatner, 90, addressed a crowd at Fan Expo Canada in downtown Toronto over the weekend and shared some of his thoughts on the actual space travel he took aboard a Blue Origin spaceship just over a week earlier.

“I had things to do with the cosmos,” the iconic Canadian actor reminded audiences.

However, he said that when the spacecraft passed through the skin of air surrounding earth and found itself staring into space, it wasn’t thinking of distant starlight, or black holes. or photons.

“I look at the dark. No mystery of space is there, ”Shatner said, comparing it to the darkest cave one can find oneself in.

“It wasn’t mystery and romance and little green men. It was black and death, death!

But he said he then turned back to the earth and saw “the nourishing green and beige and all the nourishing things that we know on the earth; death, life. And then the most incredible feeling because I am the age that I am.

He said he was then filled with great sadness over the state of the environment.

“I watched this and felt such sadness – the elephants, the lions, the tigers – all of these beautiful animals are disappearing,” Shatner said.

“I mean in a child here in public life, they will be gone, they will be gone! Why? My god, I was so sad. When I fell to the ground, I started to cry. I’ve been inundated as you could be – some of you might understand what I’m saying – maybe it’s great love or a great song is flooding your whole being. You are like swimming in emotion. And that’s what I was when I landed. All I could think of was this great sadness in the face of destruction, what we are doing to our land. “

At 90, the brief trip made Shatner, famous for his portrayal of Star Trekis Captain James T. Kirk, the oldest person to ever be in space.

Shatner also answered a number of fan questions, including one about what it was like to be in. Judgment at Nuremberg, a 1961 film with a star cast about bringing Nazi war criminals to justice.

Shatner remembers being a young stage actor among Hollywood greats such as Burt Lancaster, Spencer Tracy, and Judy Garland and managed to get on Tracy’s bad side when he complimented her for being be remembered for a long speech.

“I was so impressed that I ended up going over to him,” Shatner recalls. “Hello, my name is Shatner, Mr. Tracy and as you can see I am so impressed that you memorized the whole speech! And he said ‘I’ve been to the theater too, Mr. Shatner’ and he never spoke to me after the compliment.

Shatner’s appearance on Friday was his first at Fan Expo since 2018. The event took place in 2019 but had to close a year later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It raced this year for the first time since in a “limited edition” format.


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