William Shatner is pictured above with Jeanne Cooper in The Intruder, a 1962 movie which was perhaps ahead of its time in its handling of racism and integration.
His wonderful both spiritual and physical capacity with the English language, first as Captain Kirk and later on, makes it easy for me to call William Shatner an Indigenous Man Of The Anglosphere (IMOTA).
Captain Kirk asked, “What is a man but that lofty spirit, that sense of enterprise, that devotion for something that cannot be sensed, cannot be realised, but only dreamed, the highest reality?”
And Kirk said, “Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on.”
Later on Shatner said, “Being an icon is overrated, remember an icon can be removed by a mouse.”
Shatner also said, “I always use a stunt double. Except in love scenes. I insist on doing them myself.”
We don’t need Scotty now as much as we used to, but William Shatner still lights us up.
Geoff Fox, 12th March, 2023, Down Under
William Shatner with Julie Newmar: a strong man’s hand on a beautiful woman. The way God meant things to be.