George Takei Shades William Shatner’s Historic Space Flight by Calling Him ‘Guinea Pig’
After his former co-star became the oldest man in history to travel into space, the ‘Star Trek’ actor rips him off by stating that the former is ‘not the fittest specimen of 90 years old.’
AceShowbiz –George Takei has blasted former “Star Trek” co-star William Shatner as “unfit” for space travel after his mission aboard Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket on Wednesday, October 13.
The two actors have been feuding for decades and Takei didn’t hesitate to shade Shatner over the highly-publicized blast-off event, during which Shatner became the oldest man in history to travel into space.
“He’s boldly going where other people have gone before,” Takei said to Page Six, riffing on the famous line from the opening of the original “Star Trek” TV series.
“He’s a guinea pig, 90 years old…,” Takei said, calling TV’s Captain Kirk “not the fittest specimen of 90 years old.”
In the past, Takei has accused Shatner of ignoring him on the set of “Star Trek” and of changing the script for 1989’s “Star Trek V”, so his character, Hikaru Kato Sulu, would never become a spaceship commander.
In return, the “T.J. Hooker” star has said, “There’s a psychosis there… There must be something else inside George that is festering, and it makes him unhappy that he takes it out on me… Why would he go out of his way to denigrate me? It’s sad, I feel nothing but pity for him.”
In 2015, Takei told the The New York Times Magazine he had just invited Shatner to his new Broadway play and that the feud was being kept up by his old castmate.
“Whenever he needs a little publicity for a project, he pumps up the so-called controversy between us,” Takei said.
At the time, he mentioned Shatner’s outburst against him in 2008, following Takei’s wedding to husband Brad, saying it was all to draw attention to a new show.
“Two months after my wedding, he went on YouTube and ranted and raved about our not sending him an invitation. We had. If he had an issue, he could have easily just phoned us before the wedding, simple as that. But he didn’t. And the reason he raised that fuss two months later is because he was premiering his new talk show, ‘Raw Nerve’.”
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