After a long and storied run as captain of the Enterprise, William Shatner's James T. Kirk finally bit the dust in the 1994 film Star Trek: Generations, which paved the way for Star Trek: The Next Generation to take up the baton as the new crew in town. But that doesn't mean Shatner was happy about it. In fact, he's still pretty pissed.
In an interview with Crave Online, Shatner said he thinks the move to kill Kirk was rash, and all these years later he's still a little sore on the topic:
"I would have done something else. It was all against me. The studio wanted to try 'The Next Generation' to see if they could break through this $100 million [ceiling.] It seemed that an audience was coming, they could count on an audience and a box office of $100 million but they thought that the Next Generation cast would bring in more, and it didn't. They were stuck with the same $100 million or thereabouts. I wish that there had been more trumpets for the death of the character."Some fans would agree with Kirk's assessment, and his apparent death (he was brought back to life in a series of books, but not in film canon) hasn't stopped the rumor mill from buzzing that he could potentially pop up at some point in J.J. Abrams' Trek reboot. Though he hasn't been approached yet, Shatner said he'd love to do it:
"I would love to. I don't know how he would deal with the ageing face and body. That's a conundrum for science fiction, how to deal with the ageing me out there in space. How did I age? I think it's insoluble. How much fun it would've been to be in a J. J. Abrams movie playing with a whole new imagination about what this character would have done. I wrote several novels about the way I thought Captain Kirk would've lived in a series of books that I did. So I wrote several autobiographical novels about it."What do you think? Was killing Kirk the right call?
(Via Female First)