Tension between classic Star Trek cast members is nothing new, but William Shatner seems to be taking it to the next level. In his new book Shatner Rules, he takes time to blast co-star George Takei, who Shatner says has been "saying mean things about me for nearly forty years now."
Shatner reportedly takes a number of shots at Takei throughout the book, which hits stores Oct. 4, but perhaps the hardest hit is his claim that Takei's wedding to partner Brad Altman three years ago was little more than a ploy for press.
Takei has repeatedly claimed that he invited Shatner to the ceremony but he didn't show up. In the book, Shatner claims that he never received the invite and says Takei decided to name fellow co-stars Walter Koenig (Chekov) and Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) best man and maid of honor, respectively, just to get media attention.
Shatner also takes aim at Takei's ego, claiming he could never accept being a mere supporting cast member as Captain Kirk became a star. According to Shatner, healthy ego is just part of the game, and Takei doesn't have it.
"[Takei] says that I have a 'big, shiny, ego!' Well, actors have big egos," Shatner writes on page 51 of the book. "If mine is shiny, it's because I tend to it very carefully and lovingly. Perhaps George's needs a good polish."
It seems like that Comedy Central Shatner Roast would go a little differently if it were held today. Now we'll see if Takei fires back.
(Via The Marquee Blog)