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William Shatner gets up close and personal about his life in 'Shatner's World'

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William Shatner stars in “Shatner’s World,” a one-night-only cinema event (presented by Fathom Events and that will be in select U.S. theaters on April 24, 2014. Through anecdotes, songs, jokes and poignant moments, audience members will experience Shatner’s path from classically trained Shakespearean actor to cultural icon, brilliantly creating the most important character he has ever played: William Shatner. The two-hour show will take audiences on a retrospective voyage through Shatner’s life and career through his laugh-out-loud humor, signature storytelling and select musical selections in his inimitable style.

Shartner is known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film. In addition to a spectacular show, cinema audiences will be treated to an exclusive welcome message from Shatner himself. Here is what he said in a recent telephone conference call to promote “Shatner’s World.”

What’s been the highlight of this journey to take “Shatner’s World” from stage to screen?

The highlight is at the end of the evening, I’m safe in saying that after every performance I’ve done, the people have stood up and applauded. And the emotion that comes up over the footlights between me and the audience, it’s moved me to tears many times. There is an affection at the end of the evening that is palpable. And that truly is the highlight for me.

Can you talk about how “Shatner’s World” is like a return to your roots in theater?

It was enormous. I had been asked over the years since the last time I was on Broadway to come back and do a play and, in some cases, a musical. But they need a six-month commitment, and I didn’t have that time, nor was I willing to leave my home and heart for that length of time, so I kept turning it down.

And I thought, “Well, I guess that’s it for me and Broadway.” And within months of that came the opportunity to come to Broadway with this show and go to the exact theater where I had been with my last Broadway play. So the irony or the beauty or symmetry of that was not lost on me.

And what was that Broadway show that you did before “Shatner’s World”?

It was “A Shot in the Dark” with Julie Harris many years ago.

Do you have a memento that you prize the most from your career, whether it's a Golden Globe or Emmy or a phaser from 'Star Trek" or T.J. Hooker's badge?

You know, I really don't. I've got a couple of Emmys that are on a mantel piece that occasionally I'll pass by and look at and I'll get a little thrill from that, only because it was hard-earned. I don't think it came from one thing but from a body of work and voted on by my peers. So maybe it's that.

But I don't dwell on any of that. What is exciting to me know is the next book or the next film or next television show. I'm inventing all the time.

The day before yesterday I was at a creative meeting at a network about new shows that I want to do, and I came up with a couple of ideas that were very funny and very good — and they sparked at it. And that, to me, was the fire that keeps me burning. That creativity — inventing new things and somebody responding to it.

For more info: "Shatner's World" website

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