William Shatner is a "Star Trek" man through and through. It is so much engrained in his blood that, when asked about J.J. Abrams taking on the "Star Wars" franchise, E Online reported on Feb. 13 that Shatner calls Abrams a "pig."
Of course, the reason for the comment was because Abrams just resurrected the "Star Trek" franchise, making it popular once again. Now, with his second "Star Trek" movie about to hit theaters, Abrams jumped and took the job as director of the rebooted "Star Wars" franchise with "Star Wars: Episode VII."
Shatner said that Abrams was a pig for taking two of the biggest franchises and "holding them close to his vest." He said that Abrams was one of the most talented directors in cinema today, but by taking on both franchises, he had "gone too far."
The statement sent shockwaves through the geek community, as their beloved Captain Kirk attacked the man who made his franchise relevant again. However, anyone who knows anything about William Shatner knows that he rarely says anything without his tongue planted firmly in his cheek.
Shatner calls Abrams a "pig" in one breath and then refers to him as a very talented director in the next. It is clear that he was making a joke towards Abrams. Shatner even said they are "buddies" and that Abrams is making a "foolhardy" mistake by having both franchises and not casting him in either of them.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.