William Shatner had some semi-harsh words for the recently-named Star Wars director J.J. Abrams, also the director of the Star Trek films. When asked if he was happy with the director taking over both sci-fi franchises, Shatner replied calmly, “No, he’s being a pig.” The actor, who played Captain Kirk in the original TV series Star Trek, as well as in seven of the films, also said, “He’s probably the most talented director of that ilk that we have, but he’s gone too far this time,” and added, “not employing me in either one of them is just foolhardy.”
In a 2008 interview with AMC, Abrams had this to say about Shatner: “We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing, but the truth is, it didn’t quite feel right. The bigger thing was that he was very vocal that he didn’t want to do a cameo. We tried desperately to put him in the movie, but he was making it very clear that he wanted the movie to focus on him significantly, which, frankly, he deserves.”
Watch the video below of Shatner’s response to Abrams directing Star Wars.