Star Trek: William Shatner Shares His Reaction to Female Kirk Fan-Made Image
William Shatner, who played Captain James Tiberius Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series and the subsequent movies, says he is attracted to the female version of Kirk. The 89-year-old has had a close to 70-year-long career, starring in almost 250 TV shows and movies, but is still most closely associated with Kirk, the character he played across three seasons of Star Trek: TOS and seven subsequent movies.
As the leader of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek: TOS, Shatner epitomized the cocksure and intelligent Captain Kirk, the born leader of the crew. Shatner starred alongside the rest of the crew, which included the logical Vulcan Spock, played by the late Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley as 'Bones' McCoy, James Doohan as Scotty, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, George Takei as Sulu and Walter Koenig as Chekov. Throughout the series, Kirk is portrayed as a successful bachelor, having a number of romantic encounters with women from a range of alien species, while simultaneously exploring the galaxy.Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Start now
And now we know what Kirk, or rather Shatner, thinks of himself as a woman, as he took to Twitter to react to a fan-made gender-swapped photo of Kirk from Star Trek: TOS. His response to the image is simply "I'd do me!" You can see the image, and Shatner's response, in his tweet below.
Despite his age, Shatner clearly still thinks of himself as a ladies man, and proves that not even a female version of Kirk would be safe from his advances. It's a cheeky comment from a man who built much of his career by playing characters that had a fascination with the opposite sex.
It also proves that Shatner isn't too different from Kirk after all. One could imagine the plotline of an episode of Star Trek: TOS where Kirk encounters a female clone of himself, and immediately tries to woo her, not realizing she's a copy of him exactly. It certainly would make for an entertaining half hour of TV. Despite the cringe factor of a man who is almost 90 is saying he'd sleep with a female version of himself 60 years his junior, you can't blame Shatner for finding the photoshopped image attractive. Shatner was a good-looking young man, and makes for a beautiful young woman, too.
Shatner, who recently said he'd be open to returning to play Kirk in some form, remains openly engaged with fans via his Twitter account, and clearly enjoys exciting them with posts about his involvement with the Star Trek franchise. It's refreshing to see an actor happy to accept his fate as a TV icon, instead of fighting against it.
Source: William Shatner/Twitter