William Shatner Has Not Watched 'Star Trek'

"I directed one of the movies — No. 5 — I had to watch that one," he clarifies
William Shatner Has Not Watched 'Star Trek'
Canadian actor and OG Captain Kirk, William Shatner, has revealed a surprising truth about his TV legacy — the 90-year-old has never actually watched Star Trek.

Speaking with People about his latest project — a new film titled Senior Moment in which he stars as a retired NASA test pilot alongside Christopher Lloyd, who plays his buddy Sal — Shatner explained that watching himself portray James T. Kirk on screen is too "painful." He did admit to watching the 1989 Trek film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, but only because he directed it.

"There are many episodes I don't know, there are some movies I don't know," he revealed. "I directed one of the movies — No. 5 — I had to watch that one. But it's all painful because I don't like the way I look and what I do."

Shatner didn't clarify if he'd ever bothered to tune in to any other Gene Roddenberry-created spinoffs — namely The Next Generation, VoyagerDeep Space Nine or the more recent Picard — in which he doesn't appear in any major recurring roles, so we'll just hope that he isn't depriving himself of excellent sci-fi content based solely on some enduring sense of personal shame.

Thankfully for Trekkies, Shatner's image as the original series' captain lives on despite the actor's own distaste for his work.