Joking or not, William Shatner does not mince his words. According to a Feb. 16, E! News report, the actor says J.J. Abrams is being a “pig” for doing two “Star Trek” films in addition to the next “Star Wars” movies.
“He's being a pig,” the legendary Captain Kirk told Movie Fanatic. “He's collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest. He's probably the most talented director of that ilk that we have, but he's gone too far this time,” he said.
Shatner added, “I think of him as a buddy of mine. I've taken him out for sushi. I think it's time for J.J. and I to have another sushi and let me put him straight about two of the largest franchises—and not employing me in either one of them is just foolhardy,” he added jokingly.
Shatner and Abrams have reportedly clashed since Abrams took over the “Star Trek” franchise. After failed speculation in 2008 that Shatner would appear in the rebooted “Star Trek,” Abrams told AMC,
“We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing, but the truth is, it didn't quite feel right. The bigger thing was that he was very vocal that he didn't want to do a cameo. We tried desperately to put him in the movie, but he was making it very clear that he wanted the movie to focus on him significantly, which, frankly, he deserves.”
Shatner reportedly claimed he was never asked to be in the movie.
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