William Shatner

  • Aired:  02/29/12
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William Shatner discusses love, life, horses and his Broadway show "Shatner's World." (6:13)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A LEGENDARY

ACTOR WITH A ONE-MAN SHOW ON

BROADWAY.

I HOPE HE REALIZES THIS

INTERVIEW IS ALSO GOING TO BE A

ONE-MAN SHOW.

(LAUGHTER)

PLEASE WELCOME WILLIAM SHATNER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

SIR!

WHAT A PLEASURE.

PLEASE.

>> THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: WELL, WELL, WELL,

WE MEET AT LAST.

>> WELL, AT LAST.

IT'S A LONG-AWAITED MOMENT IN MY

LIFE.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: THIS IS A BIT OF A

CLASH OF ICONS HERE.

>> REALLY?

>> Stephen: WE'RE BOTH

RENAISSANCE MEN.

>> WE ARE.

>> Stephen: YOU, SIR ARE AN

ACTOR WHO START IN SHAKESPEARE,

YOU'VE DONE BROADWAY, MOVIES,

T.V., YOU'VE GOT EMMIES FOR

"BOSTON LEGAL," "THE PRACTICE."

YOU DID "T.J. HOOKER" "BARBARY

COAST" "(BLEEP) MY DAD SAYS"

MEMOIRS, PRICELINE, YOU'RE A

HORSEMAN!

>> THE ONLY DEMEANING THING IS

THAT YOU HAD TO READ IT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: SIR, IT'S THE ONLY

THING THAT KEEPS MY HANDS STEADY

IS HAVING IT PRINTED.

>> I NOTICE YOU CLEAN YOUR HAND

A LOT.

>> I DO, I DO.

I'M KULSIVE.

NOW...

(LAUGHTER).

YOU'VE GOT A NEW BROADWAY ONE

MAN SHOW.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: IT'S CALLED

"SHATNER'S WORLD."

>> WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU CALL IT?

>> Stephen: WELL SAID.

ARE THERE ANYTHING SINCE...

EVERYONE'S TALKED ABOUT YOU FOR

YEARS, EVERYONE KNOWS BILL...

CAN I CALL YOU BILL?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

(LAUGHTER)

BILL, WHEN PEOPLE GO TO SEE

THIS... ARE THEY REALLY SHOCKED.

IS THERE ANY...

>> THEY'RE GOING TO BE SHOCKED.

>> Stephen: WHAT ARE THEY

GOING TO LEARN ABOUT YOU?

>> THEY'RE GOING TO LEARN AND BE

SHOCKED ABOUT THE ENTERTAINMENT,

THE LAUGHS.

>> Stephen: BUT WHAT ABOUT

YOUR PAST?

THIS IS A LONG CAREER.

WHAT WILL THEY LEARN?

>> THEY'LL LEARN ABOUT LOVE AND

LIFE AND MUSIC AND HORSES ABOUT

MY CAREER, ABOUT INTERVIEWS,

SHOWS THAT I DO THAT WORK AND

SOME THAT DON'T.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: COULD THIS BE PART

OF YOUR SHOW ONE DAY?

>> NO, NO, MY FRIEND, THIS IS

WORKING SO WELL.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: MY FAVORITE SHOW

OF YOURS IS "BARBARY COAST" FROM

1975.

14 EPISODES, IT WAS A SHAME THEY

TOOK THAT OFF.

>> A REAL SHAME.

>> Stephen: EVERYBODY, OF

COURSE, KNOWS YOU MOSTLY FOR

CAPTAIN KIRK.

>> I KNOW.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

AND I DO ABOUT 15 MINUTES ON

"STAR TREK" BUT MOSTLY ABOUT THE

NATIONAL SPACE AND WHATEVER ELSE

IT IS.

NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION...

>> Stephen: YES, IT'S SO

IMPORTANT I CAN TELL.

>> IT'S CALLED NASA AND I DON'T

KNOW WHAT IT STANDS FOR.

>> Stephen: THE ROCKET POINT.

>> THAT THING THAT GOES UP IN

THE AIR.

>> Stephen: I DON'T WANT TO

TALK ABOUT, LIKE, THE EPISODES.

I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT ALL

THE DIFFERENT PEOPLE YOU WORK

WITH.

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOU AND...

>> LIFE AND LOVE.

>> Stephen: ABOUT "STAR TREK"

FOR A SECOND.

I JUST HAVE TO SAY JUST MAN TO

MAN.

>> YES?

>> Stephen: HOW GODDAMN

BEAUTIFUL YOU WERE ON THAT SHOW.

(APPLAUSE)

I MEAN, AT THE END OF THAT...

OKAY.

>> MAN TO MAN?

MAN TO MAN, LOOK AT THAT.

THE MAN IS A WEAKLING.

WEAKLING.

GREAT MIND BUT NO BODY.

>> Stephen: THEY DID NOT NEED

LIGHTS ON THAT SET.

>> I WAS SO INTERESTED IN WHAT I

SAID I DIDN'T HEAR YOU.

>> Stephen: YOU GLOWED.

YOU GLOWED.

YOU WERE A GOLDEN GOD.

>> YES, I WAS.

>> Stephen: DID YOU KNOW YOU

WERE BEAUTIFUL?

>> I DID.

(LAUGHTER)

AND I GLORIED IN EVERY MOMENT OF

IT.

>> Stephen: WHY DO YOU...

>> WHY DO YOU USE THE PAST

TENSE?

>> Stephen: WHAT?

(LAUGHTER)

BECAUSE... BECAUSE...

>> YES?

YES?

>> Stephen: NOW YOU'RE MORE

BEAUTIFUL.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

> Stephen: NOW YOU'RE.>

BEAUTIFUL ON THE INSIDE.

>> THE INSIDE IS BEAUTIFUL, BUT

OUTSIDE LIKE A FLOWER THAT'S

SLOWLY DYING AND HAS ITS OWN

BEAUTY, THAT'S WHAT I AM.

>> Stephen: LIKE AN ORCHID IS

BEAUTIFUL IN ITS YOUTH BUT LATER

GIVES US THE SHRIVELED VANILLA

BEAN WHICH WE CAN THEN TURN INTO

A DELICIOUS TREAT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> OR THING A RED SCENT OF DEATH

THAT YOU KNOW WILL RENEW ITSELF

IN DUE TIME.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY.

WE ALL BE COMPOST EVENTUALLY.

(LAUGHTER)

NOW WHY DO YOU DO SO MUCH?

DON'T YOU KNOW AT A CERTAIN

POINT YOU CAN JUST PHONE IT IN?

I'VE DONE A THOUSAND SHOWS.

I'M PHONING IN TONIGHT, I

GUARANTEE YOU.

>> I KNOW.

AND I'M ON THE OTHER END OF THE

LINE.

THIS IS TERRIBLE.

>> Stephen: HELLO?

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW.

>> NO, I CAN'T.

>> Stephen: BUT WHY DO YOU DO

SO MUCH?

BECAUSE IT'S THERE TO BE DONE.

IT'S WHY DID MALLORY CLIMB THE

MOUNTAIN?

>> Stephen: UNSUCCESSFULLY.

HE DIED.

>> TRUE BUT HE DIDN'T KNOW THAT

UNTIL THAT FINAL MOMENT WHEN HE

TOOK THAT TUMBLE.

(LAUGHTER)

UP UNTIL THAT MOMENT HE THOUGHT

HE WAS GOING TO MAKE IT.

>> Stephen: SO YOU'RE STILL

GOING UP?

YOU'RE GOING UNMOUNT SHATNER!

>> EXACTLY!

AND I WILL CLIMB IT TO MY DEATH.

>> Stephen: YOU WILL PLANT

YOUR FLAG.

>> YES, MY FLAG.

(LAUGHTER)

IF I TAKE THAT PILL.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: WE COULD DO THAT

THIS ALL NIGHT.

>> NO, WE CAN'T, I GOTTA GO.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: BUT, BILL, AS

YOU'VE SPECIFICALLY ASKED ME NOT

TO CALL YOU, IT'S BEEN SUCH A

PLEASURE TO MEET YOU.

>> I WISH I COULD SAY THE SAME.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

THE SHOW IS "SHATNER'S WORLD, WE

JUST LIVE IN IT."

SEE IT ON BROADWAY.

>> IT GOES ON TOUR.

>> Stephen: WHAT?

WHAT?

>> IT GOES ON TOUR!

ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

STARTING MARCH 10.

THAT'S ALL I REALLY WANTED TO

SAY.

>> Stephen: WELL, THEN WE'LL

CUT EVERYTHING ELSE OF THE

INTERVIEW AND JUST LEAVE THAT.

>> YOU MIGHT BE WISE TO DO SO.

>> Stephen: MR. SHATNER, THANK

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