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100 reasons we like Kirk over Picard.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:04 PM
In the TV series, Kirk was a cowboy, acting impulsively and pushing people around.
In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Shatner deliberately dialed it back, afraid over-acting would come across poorly on the big screen. Kirk was reserved, too much so, looking back on it, or so Shatner thought.
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan was Shatner's best portrayal of Kirk. He was vulnerable, growing old and out of date, weak and out of practice in his skills as captain of the Enterprise. The character grew greatly through the film, a trick and a half for an actor playing a role as well defined as James T. Kirk.
In Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home, Kirk is played light heartedly and for laughs, as befits a comedy.
William Shatner isn't Morgan Freeman, Dustin Hoffman or Denzil Washington, but he is an accomplished, classically trained actor. He brings life to a role. Denny Crane could have been a totally two dimensional character and instead he became the focus of the series.
(On the other hand, I won't defend T.J. Hooker, which was an actor doing a 9 to 5 job on a TV series. Shakespeare, it wasn't.)
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:14 PM
Edited by MysteryMan, 06 November 2012 - 02:58 PM.
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:24 PM
Another great Shatner acting moment was during The Devil In The Dark. During the scene when the horta is injured by a phaser and Spock mind-melds with it, Shatner found out his father had died. The director offered to stand down for the day to let Shatner deal with his loss. He said, no, as he knew how major the set-up for the scene had been and how involved it was. It wouldn't be a simple thing to pick up the action later. If you look carefully, you can see Shatner is a bit emotional, a little more on edge, but that's it. He carried his part of the scene through professionally, an actor practicing his craft and finding personal solance in the act.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:14 AM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:04 AM
Edited by lwilli201, 13 November 2012 - 10:12 AM.