Star Trek's original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, seems okay with the idea of never appearing opposite new Captain Kirk actor Chris Pine in a Star Trek movie. A fan on Twitter asked Shatner if there's any chance of the two Kirks meeting in a film. Shatner says it is unlikely, and that's fine by him. "Probably not but I'm fine with that," Shatner tweeted back in response to the fan. That's no slight on Pine. Shatner said previously that the Kelvin timeline Kirk actor should play him in a biopic. That is if Shatner isn't around to star as himself. "I want to play myself. I don't want to die!" Shatner said. He followed up with, "I don't know. Pine? Why doesn't he play me? A good looking, talented guy."
Shatner bowed out of playing Captain Kirk following the character's death in the film Star Trek Generations in 1994. He's said that he'd consider returning to the role if there was a way to have it make sense.
'If they wrote it and it made reasonable sense, then I'd love to [revive Captain Kirk]," he said. "I wouldn't do a series. If the role was written properly and it wasn't a cameo or gratuitous; being there just to show my face, I wouldn't do that."
Probably not but I’m fine with that. https://t.co/SgeIpEqYMy— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 17, 2020
Shatner said something similar when ComicBook.com spoke to him ahead of his Grand Ole Opry performance in 2019. When asked about the possibility of resurrecting Kirk for a series like Star Trek: Picard, Shatner said, "That word, 'resurrect.' That's a key word. Resurrect. You'd have to resurrect me, Shatner, in order to do the daily. I don't know what Patrick is doing doing that. Doing a series is debilitating for a young guy, for a 25-year-old, which I was doing when I was 25 years old. It's a physical wrecker, it's a mental wrecker, and it's a homewrecker 'cause you're working 14, 18 hours a day. And in the last series I did, Boston Legal, I had, in rush hour, a two-hour commute. So add that. So no, I would not be interested in doing a series, per se."
Shatner has also spoken about Kirk's death scene in Star Trek Generations. "I thought about dying, my death, and this beloved character who's going to be put to rest," Shatner said of the scene in a 2018 interview. "How do I play it? You know there's got to be a moment, you're alive, and you're going to die, now you're alive, and now you're going to die. There has to be a moment when we all, at that moment of death, we say, 'Holy cats, I'm dying!' And you're dead. How do you treat that moment? And I think we die the way we live. If we live filled with fear, a fear of flying, a fear of leaving the village, you'll be fearful, you'll lose your breath, you'll panic, and you'll die. Or if you look forward to the next adventure, maybe you're conscious, maybe we're conscious when we die. Maybe, we're aware. A lot of people believe in heaven. We're all going to go to a lovely place and see somebody. I don't know what age we see our mother and father. Are they still old? Or are they young? We don't know. That would be a lovely thing to happen, but we don't know. It's how we die that's interesting. And I think we die the way we live."