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William Shatner jokes with crowd at New York Comedian Con about area flight: ‘I am Captain Kirk and I am terrified’


A lot of his 45-minute speech included speak of the 90-year previous actor’s different initiatives, together with his album, however close to the tip he defined how he obtained all in favour of blasting off.

Jason Ehrlich, a good friend and the producer of Shatner’s present “Higher Late than By no means,” got here to him a few 12 months and a half in the past and inspired him to contemplate going into area.

“‘You recognize, they’re beginning to ship these rockets up with individuals into area. Would not or not it’s one thing if Captain Kirk went up there,'” Ehrlich stated to Shatner.

“Jason, for God sakes, no person cares about — hum going up in – it was 55 years in the past — my God man — um, hum, uh — properly possibly I ought to go up into area,” Shatner recalled, detailing how he got here round to eager to go.

Shatner hoped he can be on the primary Blue Origin flight, however “abruptly” Jeff Bezos and his brother have been introduced for the journey. “Then there was an previous girl… after which there was a younger girl,” he stated to a laughing viewers.

“So lastly they got here to me on the second factor. They stated ‘all proper, how would you wish to go up. You may be the oldest man in area,'” Shatner recounted. “I do not need to be referred to as the oldest man. I am bloody Captain Kirk!”

Final week he went to Blue Origin launch website in Texas for 2 days to arrange for the flight.

“It is thoughts numbingly limitless,” he stated of the surroundings. “You drive 100 miles and then you definitely get to just a little city known as Van Horn, and then you definitely flip left. And also you drive one other 50 miles.”

He described the assurances given to him by Blue Origin employees as not solely reassuring.

“The phrase that they use so much was ‘it is our greatest guess that…’ Your greatest guess?” he instructed the gang incredulously.

He then recounted preliminary issues with the Hubble Area Telescope and the occasions resulting in the explosion of the 1986 Area Shuttle Challenger.

Shatner stated previous area journey disasters typically give him pause.

“We’re human beings, we make errors,” he stated. “I am pondering, I am going up in a rocket and our greatest guess is it ought to be superb. So there’s a little niggling fireplace of terror. I am terrified. I am Captain Kirk and I am terrified!”

To the gang’s laughter he stated the sensation is just not fixed.

“You recognize, I am not likely terrified. Sure I’m. It comes and goes like a summer time chilly,” he instructed the laughing viewers.

He additionally talked about what he appeared ahead to seeing in area.

“Three minutes within the weightlessness of area, and the great thing about this oasis of Earth, and — I used to be planning on urgent my nostril in opposition to the window, you recognize, and my solely hope was I would not see any individual else wanting again.” Shatner stated, referencing the basic 1963 Twilight Zone episode the place he performed a person who noticed a creature on a the wing of a airplane at 20,000 ft.

He added when his daughters have been rising up they might have him recreate the scene each time they have been on airplane.

Shatner has not but found out what phrases he’ll utter when he reaches area, he stated, however has been going over phrases that different individuals have used.

“What can I say that’s totally different,” he requested rhetorically. “I will try to consider one thing to recommend how deeply I really feel in regards to the expertise of wanting into the limitless distance.”

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