William Shatner talks ‘Wrath of Khan,’ new creative projects

William Shatner talks ‘Wrath of Khan,’ new creative projects
William Shatner
Updated 09 September 2017

William Shatner talks ‘Wrath of Khan,’ new creative projects

William Shatner talks ‘Wrath of Khan,’ new creative projects

LOS ANGELES: As “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” marks its 35th anniversary with a return to theaters for special screenings next week, star William Shatner is celebrating more than his long history as Captain Kirk.
At 86, the stalwart entertainer is busier than ever, starring in a reality series, competing as an equestrian, writing books (his latest is on aging), making movies (including one he wrote) and launching a Twitter campaign to encourage charity and kindness that he calls the Ubuntu Project, referencing the South African concept of common humanity.
“Khan” — which Fathom Entertainment plans to screen at 600 theaters across the country on Sunday and Wednesday — stands out because “all my friends were in it,” says Shatner, who talked with The Associated Press about that film and his other creative endeavors. Responses have been edited for clarity and brevity.
AP: How much does “Wrath of Khan” stand out in your career?
Shatner: Well it was a lovely film. I enjoyed doing it. All my friends were in it. It is been a long time. The actors, many of them are now no longer with us, and yet the film stands.
AP: Are you surprised the film still has such life?
Shatner: It is stupefying, really, that people still want to see it. And it is very popular.
AP: You released a book earlier this year about horses. How much time do you spend riding?
Shatner: I have just come back from world championship horse show, where I competed. My wife did, too. We are going away next week to another type of horse show in Las Vegas... Now I am just finishing up a book on aging... That will be out next year, next spring or winter.
AP: You seem to see the sunny side of your fans on Twitter. How do you manage that?
Shatner: I will give you one example: A man from a small town, Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, tweets that his son who is autistic will only eat pasta from a carton that has Star Wars stuff on it, but they have run out of the cartons in Nanaimo and can anybody help him. I retweeted that saying, “Let us help this man,” and he received thousands of cartons from elsewhere of the food. Plus the Kraft company called and said to the young man, “We want your help in designing a new carton.” That singular thing, who knows what affect that will have on an autistic kid? And the kindness of everybody to react to that man will change everybody’s character for their lifetime. Multiply that by many, many instances of people seeking help and getting help from being on Twitter... I am calling it the Ubuntu Project and I want you to feel your humanity by giving something — it could be innocuous, it may be nothing to give $10, but you are exercising your ubuntu.