Canadian politics: This is your (TV-movie) life In light of the announcement that Rick Roberts and Sook Yin-Lee will play Jack Layton and Olivia Chow in CBC’s Smilin’ Jack: The Jack Layton Story, the Post‘s Steve Murray looks at which other stars should stand in for Canada’s political heavyweights in the inevitable dramatizations of their lives.
Since then, William Shatner — his grandfather changed their last name to Shatner from Schattner — has starred in Star Trek, Boston Legal and $#*! My Dad Says. He has recorded three albums, featuring his signature spoken word style, and has authored nearly 30 books. In his latest book, Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World At Large, he shares lessons that he’s learned during his 80 years on the planet. Each chapter illustrates a rule through anecdotes, including the time he sold his kidney stone for $75,000 or the time “the Facebook” deleted his account.
“Will you experience the essence of Shatner in its purest form? Absolutely,” he writes in the introduction. “Will you be Shatner? Of course not. There can only be one Shatner.” The Post’s Melissa Leong chatted with the one and only Shatner about his universal rules. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
That’s Dr. Capt. James T. Kirk to you After receiving an honourary doctorate from McGill University on Thursday, actor William Shatner essentially advised the school’s 2011 graduating class to boldly go where no man has gone before.
“Don’t be afraid of taking chances, of striking out on paths that are untrod,” Mr. Shatner, best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on television’s Star Trek, said. “Don’t be afraid of failure. Don’t be afraid of making an ass of yourself. I do it all the time, and look what I got.”
A graduate of McGill in 1952, Mr. Shatner, 80, entertained the graduates with a typically self-deprecating speech. (Shaun Best/Reuters)