William Shatner Reflects on Being 'Star Trek's' Captain of Captains
William Shatner in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
He's creating documentaries, writing books, touring his one-man show, and helping a certain travel website boost its stock price 70 percent… in other words, William Shatner is one busy guy.
His latest project, the EPIX five-part miniseries "The Captains Close Up" (just released on DVD), finds the Emmy winner returning to the role that made him a household name: "Star Trek" captain. But this time, instead of leading the Enterprise, he's leading his fellow "Star Trek" universe captains — Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Patrick Stewart, and Scott Bakula — through a series of interviews in which they get personal about their lives in and beyond "Trek."
The 82-year-old star — who won his first Emmy at age 73 — talked to Yahoo! TV about "The Captains," his upcoming album, and his new book, in which he'll advise job-seekers over 55 that the best way to find new opportunities is to get entrepreneurial, a concept he's practicing himself.
"The Captains Close Up" DVD is an expansion of the five-part series that ran on EPIX. What's new on the DVD?
The key difference is, it is an intimate look at these human beings' lives in totality, not just their lives in "Star Trek," so they talk about things they've never talked about before with me. They reveal aspects of their humanity that they were keeping back from other people. [But] they felt comfortable enough with me to talk about things they'd never talked about before.
Watch the original trailer for "The Captains" right here:
What's something that surprised you while talking to your fellow captains?
[Patrick Stewart's] willingness to reveal that his father abused his mother, [Kate Mulgrew revealing] she sacrificed so much time with her children to work, [Avery Brooks revealing] that the color of his skin affected his life to the degree that it did… divorce… The subject matter was profound, and very interesting. These half-hours, each one of the actors who have seen it, they've never seen an interview of themselves like the one we did.
Was there any hesitation on anyone's part to be interviewed like this?
Well, they had to agree to allow me to show this aspect of them, but we've done it with such love, and they saw it. And that comes across in every frame, that there's great affection for these people. Here are these human beings who had to do all these things to get to where they were.