William Shatner, the iconic 91-year-old actor best known for his role as “Star Trek” captain, is embracing each day as if it were his last. In fact, Shanter now has a new lease on life, as he prepares for what’s next for him.
As he gears up to release his documentary “You Can Call Me Bill,” Shatner candidly spoke about his own mortality during an interview with Variety. Despite having declined many previous offers to participate in documentaries, Shatner stated that he now realizes that he doesn’t have much time left to live.
“I’ve turned down a lot of offers to do documentaries before. But I don’t have long to live.
Whether I keel over as I’m speaking to you or 10 years from now, my time is limited, so that’s very much a factor. I’ve got grandchildren. This documentary is a way of reaching out after I die.”
The upcoming documentary “You Can Call Me Bill” provides viewers with a unique perspective into William Shatner’s personal journey over the course of his nine decades, showcasing highlights from his illustrious career.
When asked about his experience filming the documentary and whether he discovered something new about himself, Shatner responded by saying that he’s constantly striving to uncover something new or explore the truth in a different way.
“I’m trying to discover something I’ve never said before or to find a way to say something I’ve said before in a different way so I can explore that truth further.
The sad thing is that the older a person gets the wiser they become and then they die with all that knowledge.”
During the interview, William Shatner also expressed that he doesn’t believe in the concept of a legacy and doesn’t have any regrets about certain decisions he’s made in life, such as not attending the funeral of his “Star Trek” co-star Leonard Nimoy. Shatner went on to explain that he believes that people are ultimately forgotten after death, but emphasized that the positive impact of one’s actions and good deeds can continue to live on.
“When Leonard Nimoy died a few years ago, his funeral was on a Sunday. His death was very sudden, and I had obligated myself to go to Mar-a-Lago for a Red Cross fundraiser. I was one of the celebrities raising money . . . I chose to keep my promise and go to Mar-a-Lago instead of the funeral.”
Wiliam Shatner then went on to explain the reason behind his decision to skip out on Nimoy’s funeral and what inspired him to create his documentary.
“People ask about a legacy. There’s no legacy. Statues are torn down. Graveyards are ransacked. Headstones are knocked over. No one remembers anyone. Who remembers Danny Kaye or Cary Grant? They were great stars. But they’re gone and no one cares. But what does live on, are good deeds. If you do a good deed, it reverberates to the end of time. It’s the butterfly effect thing.”
William Shatner has provided fans with countless memories of his various roles throughout his career. Regardless, we will have to wait and see when he will end his career for good.