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Say it ain't so.. Captain Kirk

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Wire Paladin, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Wire Paladin

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    A commercial has been running on the local channels in the DC market where Bill Shatner is promoting a shylock (law firm).

    How the mighty has fallen. It's rather sad.
     
  2. Drew2k

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    Shatner recently finished up an incredibly emmy-winning and successful long run as a lawyer, so if the right amount of money was offered to promote a law firm, why not? Maybe he did it as a favor, maybe he knows a lawyer at that firm, or maybe he just couldn't turn down the money. It's all good.
     
  3. coldsteel

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    He's been promoting Jeff Martin's law firm here in Oklahoma the past two years...
     
  4. SayWhat?

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    Shatner's been a bottom feeder for decades. Check some of the stories about him from the Star Trek years.

    Commercials? He's been a Billy Mays style carnival barker for his company "Priceline" for years now.

    Mighty have fallen? He never was, so how could he fall?
     
  5. Nick

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    Give me a break! :rolleyes:

    People are so damn judgmental it's sickening. Just because some of you peeps once 'idolized' Capt. Kirk, a fictional character, or even Bill Shatner himself doesn't give anyone a right to like or dislike what he chooses to do for a living, or a right to say anything about it whatsoever. Get over your hero worship.

    Tens of millions of workers just like you sell their soul to 'the man' every day. What would you be willing to do for a million dollars, half a mil, or even a couple of hundred thousand dollars?

    If the shoe fits...
     
  6. Wire Paladin

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    Hey Nick

    Whose idolizing him? Shatner has made millions off of Trek, Priceline and other work. It's sad to see him sell off his name for less. He doesn't really need the money, he's just greedy.

    Sorry if I don't agree with your all jobs are equal altitude, but they aren't.

    Relative to indicating the right to like or dislike what a person does, that's called an opinion. And in the US as well as the Internet, peeps do tend to express them.

    Have a nice day!:)
     
  7. Nick

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    ...and you as well! :D
     
  8. Stuart Sweet

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    As much of a fan as I am, I realize that Mr. Shatner is an actor, and one who likes to eat. I read that after Star Trek he had to sleep in his car from lack of money. He wasn't paid a lot to do the show, and was typecast afterward. That sort of experience stays with you... so don't blame him for making a few bucks here or there.
     
  9. ajc68

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    I would venture to guess that Shatner is not as well off as some may think. None of the actors made much off the original TV series, and he's had long dry spells from work between series. Furthermore, he's had marriages, kids, etc. to compensate. I would imagine doing those ads makes sound financial sense for him, especially now that Boston Legal is off the air and the economy is in the tank.
     
  10. spartanstew

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    Many actors from 60's TV shows have done commercials (local and national). I don't see the big deal or consider him "selling his name for less".

    Would you be sad to see Eric Estrada or Adrian Zmed doing the same? He's just an actor.
     
  11. Wire Paladin

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    Actually I do feel sad for actors such as Lee Majors (doing hearing aid commercials), Lindsey Wagner (bed commercials), Merideth Baxter, Robert Wagner and Robert Vaughn. But this is different type of sadness. Its like seeing a great sport star past his prime living off his name. I remember Joe Louis in his prime and then one day you see him welcoming people at at Vegas casino. Very sad.

    With Shatner though, its different. With all his activities, you would think he wouldn't need to do commercials for ambulance chasers. Maybe sadness is not the right word. Disappointment is a better fit.

    Or maybe the problem is, I don't like lawyers.:D
     
  12. spartanstew

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    Even current big name actors do over seas commercials for "local" products. It's not about selling their name or doing something degrading, it's about making money. That's what they do for a living. No matter how much money they have, they'll almost always take the opportunity to make more.
     
  13. Drew2k

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  14. SayWhat?

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    Shatner was never great by any means. He was a hack "C" grade actor at best. If you really watch the series, you'll see the rest of the cast carrying him through most of his scenes.

    I've avoided watching anything with him in it since.

    There are quite a few Hollywood Has-Beens doing commercial including Kirstie Ally and Valerie Bertinelli.
     
  15. paulman182

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    Shatner has never took himself too seriously and we shouldn't, either.

    Older stars often "lower" themselves to commercials and cheap horror films. Maybe they need the money, and maybe they just enjoy working.
     
  16. bicker1

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    Indeed. I especially noted that bigoted use of the term Shylock. That usage is inappropriate in any context.
     
  17. bidger

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    Don't know how the thread starter missed those. Multiple DVRs and I'm aware of those spots.
     
  18. BubblePuppy

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    Read this thread:http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=159982, and you will know why these actors have to keep working, unless they get a hell of alot of residuals.
    Besides, sometimes doing commercials pay alot more than an appearence on a tv show.
     
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    I'm reminded of when Rod Serling was asked why he did commercials. He replied that he could work for months on a script and make however many dollars ... or he could spend one day recording a commercial and make ten times that.

    -- Roger
     

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