Ever since J.J. Abrams announced way back when that he was rebooting Star Trek on the big screen, former Capt. Kirk actor William Shatner has been pretty vocal about wanting to be in the film. As we all know, it didn't happen, but he still wants in the sequel.
Shatner had never revealed the "real" reason he wanted to be in Abrams' film ... until now. And it's a riot.
Anyone who has ever seen Shatner in any of his Star Trek convention appearances (or any other appearances, for that matter) knows that the man is literally bigger than life, that he knows how to spin a yarn and tell tall tales, and that he's definitely not afraid to laugh at himself.
So when the 79-year-old Canadian actor (he turns a whopping 80 on March 22, by the way, and doesn't look it), who is currently starring in $#*! My Dad Says as well as being the host of the Discovery Channel series Weird or What and Shatner's Raw Nerve, was asked for the umpteenth time about wanting in on the new upcoming Star Trek 2 film, this is what the actor replied, very tongue-in-cheek:
The only reason I want to be in the film J.J. Abrams is directing is because he's shorter in stature than I am, and when I stand beside him I sort of tower. And there are very few people I can do that with. So I thought he should cast me in it just so I could tower over him.
And there you have it. That's the Shat's answer for you.
(via Ottawa Citizen)