I will admit that after I had the chance to speak with William Shatner yesterday, I hurriedly thumb-typed out the words “Captain Kirk said my name!” to my father, the man who had first introduced me to Star Trek when I was a 7 year old sitting in a theater watching Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Star Trek was and is one of those things, those shared interests that remain strong as they reach across the years and the distance. Like baseball, it is an institution and an heirloom to be loved and one day passed on.
For almost 50 years, William Shatner has served as Star Trek‘s greatest ambassador. It is, despite notable roles as TJ Hooker and Denny Crane, his life’s work and something he has taken a magnifying glass too over these last few years as an underrated documentary filmmaker and interviewer.
In this one on one interview with Mr. Shatner, we touch on his affinity for intimate interviews and how it shines in his new DVD The Captains: Close Up, inspiring young minds with Star Trek‘s thirst for exploration, JJ Abrams, the need for a Star Trek TV show, the recent fan ranking of Star Trek films, and whether Star Trek V got a raw deal.
A TV Doctor (Private Practice) and the voice of Superman, Tim Daly is an accomplished actor and a presence on network TV for the last two decades — so what the hell is he doing answering 5 ridiculous questions from us? Well, if you know Daly only from his TV work on shows like Wings and The Sopranos, you’re missing out on the actors insanely enjoyable detour into web comedy on The Daly Show, Ben Shelton‘s look inside the home life of Daly and his actor son Sam (Red Tails).
Through the first season we’ve seen kidnapping, the fusing of baseball and sex, and life lessons on how to be less douche — something Daly personally schooled me on in our last interview. The show has also had a knack for securing amazing guest stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Taye Diggs (who got licked), and Nathan Fillion (who did not, as far as I know).
Check out the latest episode of the D-A-L-Y Show and then scroll down to see Tim humor me.
The Fast Five with Tim Daly
1. Two episodes ago you were wearing Superman pajamas and fighting crime with Nathan Fillion, now you’re wearing a tutu, dare I ask what comes next? America wants to know, are assless chaps on the horizon?
Tim Daly: My hide is already chapped from that tutu.
2. Speaking of the tutu, to my knowledge that’s the first time you’ve worn a dress since Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, which was more fulfilling, which made you feel prettier?
Tim Daly: That question answers itself.
3. Any advice on how to prevent tassel induced nipple chafing?
Tim Daly: Don’t use crazy glue… I learned the hard way.
4. So Sam put baby in a corner and snaked the Dancing with the Stars gig from you, will there be retribution?
As most of you know, San Diego Comic-Con is coming up next month (July 21st-25th). It should go with out saying but the convention is the biggest annual showcase for comic books, science fiction/fantasy, film/television and other related popular arts. A media mecca and nerd paradise.
As another year of nerdy goodness comes are way so does a slew of new and exciting “Con” exclusives. It’s always been a staple for attendees to walk a way with a collectible to commemorate the prime time geek event. Toys, comics and a plethora of other swag, exclusive to the event, is to be had by all who attend.
News regarding what exclusives are to be available is slowly pouring in. Though, right now Diamond Comic Distributors, has announced what comic-books will get to see and get!
Click after the jump for a rundown from the Diamond news release about the 9 exclusive comics, with variant covers, that will be limited to 2,000-3,000 copies.