Star Trek’s William Shatner mocked by co-star as ‘unfit’ and ‘guinea pig’ for space trip

William Shatner gets emotional after Blue Origin landing

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William Shatner made history as the oldest man to travel into space at the age of 90. George Takei, 80, hit out at his fellow Star Trek alum, claiming that the Captain Kirk actor was a “guinea pig”.

George, who played Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek Enterprise, addressed his colleague’s trip 62 miles above the Earth’s surface on Wednesday.

The Canadian-born actor flew onboard Blue Origin’s New Shephard rocket, developed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

William and George starred together in 79 episodes and six theatrical Star Trek movies.

Addressing his thoughts on William’s trip into space, the actor took aim at his former co-star.

“He’s boldly going where other people have gone before,” mocking William’s popular phrase as Captain Kirk.

“He’s a guinea pig, 90 years old and it’s important to find out what happens,” George added during the Broadway opening of Thoughts of a Colored Man on Wednesday night, according to Page Six.

The American-born actor claimed that William was “unfit” for the space flight in a brutal swipe.

George added: “So 90 years old is going to show a great deal more on the wear and tear on the human body, so he’ll be a good specimen to study.

“Although he’s not the fittest specimen of 90 years old, so he’ll be a specimen that’s unfit!”

William was joined by fellow guests Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries and Audrey Powers where they spent three minutes in weightlessness aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket earlier that day.

It has previously been reported that William and George have had a frosty relationship in recent years.

George described Star Trek sets as feeling like “William Shatner versus the rest of the world” in an interview on David Tennant’s celebrity podcast last year.

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William has previously shared that he didn’t make much of an effort to be friends with his co-star.

In handwritten notes that went up for auction in 2016, he wrote: “I had never really got to know him.

“He would come in every so often during the week while we were shooting Star Trek.

“I was busy learning lines and dealing with my life, so I really can’t remember a meaningful conversation.

“I’m sure that would be my fault…my lack of attention.”

Meanwhile, after his space flight, William became overwhelmed with emotion, when he broke down in tears.

“I’m so filled with emotion with what just happened. I hope I never recover from this,” he told Bezos, the Amazon founder who owns Blue Origin.

“It’s so much larger than me and life, and it hasn’t got anything to do with the little green hand or the little blue orb.”

 

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