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6 items from 2001


Leonard Nimoy Was Too Serious

30 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Playing Star Trek's ultra-serious Mr. Spock wrecked Leonard Nimoy's social life - because he couldn't enjoy the silly things in life. The actor only smiled in character in the pilot episode of the sci-fi series - because he didn't like the idea of his character being frivolous, but the decision to be serious upset his life away from the set. He says, "Spock smiled in the pilot and I knew it was a mistake. It destroyed the mysticism and the design of the person. I decided he's not necessarily a dour person but he's not necessarily a frivolous person. He was a scientist and a student of what is going on. But then I had a problem with that on weekends. You play a character like that 12 hours a day, five days a week and most of your waking life is in that character. I found it very difficult to turn it on and turn it off. It was very painful." »

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"Spock" Ears Creator Dies

14 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American make-up artist John Chambers - who created Mr. Spock's ears on Star Trek - has died, aged 78. The Chicago-born man was responsible for many special effects and make up creations in the original Planet Of The Apes movie, Halloween Ii, The Munsters and Lost In Space. Chambers created the foam latex used to turn humans "into apes" which is still used today by Hollywood make-up artists. In 1969 he won an honorary Academy Award for make-up, despite their being no Oscar category in that field. The Emmy winner, who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is survived by his wife Joan. »

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Shatner Goes Boldly Into The Kitchen

3 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star William Shatner is making a bold new career change - he's hosting his own television cooking show. The cult icon - who made his name as Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek series - has been chosen to host Iron Chef USA: Showdown In Las Vegas, a culinary game show. Shatner describes the show as "exciting" and adds that he experienced a "whole exploration of and journey with cooking and taste". He claims it encapsulates "the act of eating and the sense of enjoyment and a life-changing view of taking your time and not only smelling the flowers, but smelling the garlic." The original version of the program is already a massive hit in Japan, and producers are hoping to repeat this success Stateside. »

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Shatner: 'I Know What Robert Downey Junior Is Going Through'

31 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Trek star William Shatner has spoken out in defense of fallen star Robert Downey, Jr. Shatner lost his third wife Nerine two years ago when she drowned in his swimming pool. She had fallen after going on a drinking binge mixed with valium, and Shatner says having watched Nerine battle addiction, he understands the plight of the Ally McBeal star. He says, "You have to live it to understand it. It's why I relate to what Robert Downey is going through. he is such a failure in his own eyes. I saw Nerine going through the same things. And you wonder why in heaven's name they can't stop. But when I felt the pain of her death, when I wanted to die myself, I finally realized that was the kind of pain they feel - alcoholics and drug addicts - every day of their life." »

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Bakula Looks To Make Trek Role His Own

20 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

With the legacy of 4 Star Trek forebears weighing heavy on his shoulders, Scott Bakula is looking to bring his own touch to the revered role of a Trek captain. Playing Captain Jonathan Archer in Enterprise, the latest series to spawn from the Trek franchise, Bakula will go where no captain has gone before, namely a pre-Federation era where the technology and knowledge are not as advanced as in previous series, but the spirit of adventure is blazing. "I go back to the original series," Bakula told USA Today. "We used to watch that ad nauseam in college." But though he admits to being a Trek fan, Bakula doesn't want to be too much like Kirk, Picard, Sisko or Janeway. "If I can just let go of worrying about what [they] did, then I can just do my own thing." »

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William Shatner's Final Frontier Is Motor Racing At 70

30 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

William Shatner is entering a pro-celebrity motor race in Long Beach, California, on April 7. The 70-year-old Star Trek star will be taking part in the traditional Celebrity race that is part of the celebrations around the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Other drivers include former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who admits to being a big Star Trek fan. Shatner says, "I enjoy driving fast and it's limited what you can do on the road with the points system. Here you get your rocks off driving fast, driving with someone else's car and that's equally important." »

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