Star Trek door slammed in Shatner's face

Writers / producers of the new Star Trek film and William Shatner aka the original Captain Kirk have been embroiled in a bitter spat ever since filming for the new Star Trek film began.

Shatner claims that he was never properly invited to star in the film, and that the secret scene originally written for him wasn't made apparent until after it had been binned. Which is a shame as it seems Shatner's planned role would have been much meatier than expected. He would have appeared as a birthday hologram emanating from a DVD. (Not bad work if you can get it.) The loosely hatched hilarious plot went something like this:

"Elder Spock tells young Spock, 'I couldn't tell you the truth about what's happening, because if I had, I would have robbed you of the benefit of realizing the greatness that you and Kirk will achieve together — and the amazing friendship that you'll have. You had to discover that for yourself, and I couldn't get in the way of that.' And in our original version, younger Spock says, 'I'm still not sold.' Elder Spock said, 'Well, don't take my word for it,' and he handed him a little disc — a DVD, really — that projected a hologram, and then he walked away. And the hologram was of Kirk . It would've been Shatner. It was a 'happy birthday' message [with Kirk saying], 'This is the last time I'm going to be able to wish you happy birthday, so I want to tell you how much you've meant to me and how amazing it was that we had all these adventures together.'"

Unfortunately Captain Kirk was killed off in the last film, and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have now realised that weaving Shatner into the storyline would look completely ridiculous. It will probably only be a matter of time till Captain Kirk beams in a response via YouTube; times have moved on since barking instructions from the swivel chair on The Bridge.

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