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Captain Kirk scared of space (Shatner shies from real-life visit to the final frontier)
The Sun (UK) ^ | September 6, 2006 | EMILY SMITH

Posted on 09/07/2006 9:16:16 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

STAR Trek legend William Shatner has been offered a real-life space flight — but he won’t go boldly.

Shatner — who plays fearless Kirk — says he is terrified of taking up Sir Richard Branson’s offer of joining Virgin Galactic’s first passenger flight in 2008.

The actor fears he will throw up in space or the craft will crash. Shatner, 75, said yesterday: “I’m interested in man’s march into the unknown but to vomit in space is not my idea of a good time.

“Neither is a fiery crash with the vomit hovering over me.”

Ironically, the original TV series launched 40 years ago, opens with Shatner saying:

“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilisations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Shatner has been offered his £114,000 ticket free. But he insists Virgin boss Branson also pays him.

He added: “I do want to go up but I need guarantees I’ll definitely come back.”

Celebs like Alien’s Sigourney Weaver have booked the 2½-hour flight. The craft is called the VSS Enterprise — in tribute to Star Trek.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: captainkirk; growsomenads; jamestkirk; shatner; space; spock; startrek; thefinalfrontier; williamshatner; wussy
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Aw, c'mon, Kirk, take a little risk.
1 posted on 09/07/2006 9:16:19 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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He could be the first man to speak Esperanto while in space. < /BARF! >


2 posted on 09/07/2006 9:17:20 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I watched his roast one night and had to turn it off after about 4 minutes! It was disgusting. Even Betty White was foul.


3 posted on 09/07/2006 9:17:52 AM PDT by LYSandra
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I'll take his seat


4 posted on 09/07/2006 9:18:14 AM PDT by npg
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Can't say I blame him. I mean, he's Bill Shatner, not James T. Kirk.


5 posted on 09/07/2006 9:18:14 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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Shatner has been offered his £114,000 ticket free. But he insists Virgin boss Branson also pays him.

Wasn't he paid in worthless priceline stock one time?

6 posted on 09/07/2006 9:18:19 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: COBOL2Java

TJ Hooker?!!


7 posted on 09/07/2006 9:18:38 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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He's 75! Sheez, he should beam himself back in time for another round with Uhuru and the space doc what's her name.


8 posted on 09/07/2006 9:19:15 AM PDT by Thebaddog (Labs Rules! Brilliant!)
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To: weegee

I loved that "Saturday Night" episode where he railed at the Trekkie Convention goers: "What is WRONG with you people!??"


9 posted on 09/07/2006 9:20:05 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

"Who put the tribbles in the quadrotriticale?"


10 posted on 09/07/2006 9:20:43 AM PDT by maggief
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he's scared that his toupee will levitate...


11 posted on 09/07/2006 9:20:50 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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After all the battles with Klingons,Khan and Spock's mother who can blame him for being a bit reluctant?
12 posted on 09/07/2006 9:21:05 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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He added: “I do want to go up but I need guarantees I’ll definitely come back.”

Uh, sure.

13 posted on 09/07/2006 9:21:45 AM PDT by scott7278 (The War on Terror includes defending the homefront from the MSM.)
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TJ Hooker?!!

Notice, I said "He's Bill Shatner," not "he's an actor" :-)

I actually started to type "an actor" but hurriedly redacted my post...

14 posted on 09/07/2006 9:21:46 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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Come on..that's what a roast is all about! You didn't like the joke that Shatner over acts more than Betty White's bladder?


15 posted on 09/07/2006 9:22:49 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
William Shatner, performing Rocket Man. A classic.
16 posted on 09/07/2006 9:22:59 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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"What goes up..."


17 posted on 09/07/2006 9:23:40 AM PDT by thoughtomator (There is no "Islamofascism" - there is only Islam)
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He's 75! Sheez, he should beam himself back in time for another round with Uhuru...

I doubt that he went any rounds with his Communications Officer,but I'll bet he went a few with his Yeoman and with Miss Lincoln (Terri Garr)!

18 posted on 09/07/2006 9:23:53 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: maggief

Who put that tribble on his head?


19 posted on 09/07/2006 9:24:03 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I've never seen so many testicles in my life.")
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To: weegee

...I might add, he did a damned funny job lampooning himself in "Over The Hedge".


20 posted on 09/07/2006 9:24:28 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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