William Shatner likes to use the F-word “juicy”
William Shatner likes to use NSFW language and isn’t afraid to admit it.
After delivering a keynote at the South by Southwest festival, Shatner spoke with producer Tim League about the origin of his fondness for a certain four-letter word.
When asked what he thinks of disruptive electronic gadgets, the 91-year-old ‘Star Trek’ star replied, “Shut up your f—. I understand that f— is ugly for you. But that’s a juicy word.”
He even turned to the sign language interpreter and joked, “Shut the fuck up,” before asking him to teach the F-word in sign language, which had the crowd laughing.
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Shatner was also at the festival to support his new biographical documentary, “You Can Call Me Bill,” following his six-decade career as an Emmy-winning actor, author, singer and activist.
During the panel, Shatner reflected on his acting career, sharing stories about his most memorable moments in show business.
He explained that he became an actor while attending summer camp and had the support of his father, Joseph.
“There was boxing, but then we put on a play. And I made the audience cry, and I was like, ‘Look at this, I made them cry,'” he recalled. “My father, who had come, said, ‘My boy Bill, you made the audience cry.’ Now my dad gives me love. I liked it. I think I’ll do it again.”
Before landing his breakthrough role on “Star Trek,” Shatner worked in theater and even worked as an understudy for fellow Oscar winner and fellow Canadian Christopher Plummer.
“He was playing Henry V, so Chris Plummer, who had become an acquaintance, was playing King Henry. So the director said, ‘You have to understand the role.’ It was repertoire theater, so we rehearsed a play before opening for about a month,” Shatner said.
“In the first week that Shakespeare’s play was open, Chris Plummer got sick, and they came up to me and said, ‘Can you go on?’ I said yes. I didn’t know the names of the actors. I didn’t know where to go. But what I did know was that the muse of the actor had been on my shoulder, and the muse of the actor said to me, “Learn the lyrics. .'”
Of course, it was the sci-fi series “Star Trek” that made Shatner a household name in 1966 when the series debuted.
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The show only lasted three seasons but had an indelible mark on pop culture. When asked if the show was a “failure”, Shatner denied.
“A failure? Not quite a failure. … It was a good show. It had wonderful stories. Great ideas were given to us by many great science fiction writers like Isaac Asimov. wonderful,” said.
He admitted he struggled a bit after the cancellation, returning to acting for a while.
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Perhaps the biggest surprise is that he performed on his feet as Captain Kirk.
“Oh Lordy lord… Well, I thought it was very funny that I was asked to do stand-up,” Shatner revealed. “There’s nothing more pure and innovative, and that takes genius. I thought it would be really fun to be Captain Kirk who wants to be a comedian, but he doesn’t know how. “
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However, the reception wasn’t quite what he hoped for.
“And there was silence,” he recalls. “Oh s—, it’s not going well. It was probably the worst thing that ever happened to me. When I came off stage, I ran away, and the manager looked at me and that was it .”