Sulu vs. Kirk: George Takei Talks About "Feud" With William Shatner

"It’s difficult working with someone who is not a team player," the 'Star Trek' actor says.
"It’s difficult working with someone who is not a team player," the 'Star Trek' actor says.

Set phasers to awkward.

George Takei has been talking about his long-lived "feud" with Star Trek co-star William Shatner, explaining what's behind his animosity with his onetime Starship Captain.

Talking to The New York Times Magazine to promote his upcoming musical Allegiance, Takei denied that there was tension between the two actors. "It's all coming from Bill," he explained. "Whenever he needs a little publicity for a project, he pumps up the so-called controversy between us."

Takei cited Shatner's YouTube video complaining about not being invited to the actor's 2008 wedding to Brad Altman as evidence, saying, "Two months after my wedding, he went on YouTube and ranted and raved about our not sending him an invitation. We had. If he had an issue, he could have easily just phoned us before the wedding, simple as that. But he didn’t. And the reason he raised that fuss two months later is because he was premiering his new talk show, Raw Nerve."

It's all a matter of ego, he continued, "It’s difficult working with someone who is not a team player. The rest of the Star Trek cast all understand what makes a scene work — it's everybody contributing to it. But Bill is a wonderful actor, and he knows it, and he likes to have the camera on him all the time."

For his part, Shatner agrees; he wrote about Takei in his 2011 memoir Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large, "He says that I have a 'big, shiny ego!' Well, actors have big egos. If mine is shiny, it's because I tend to it very carefully and lovingly."

The hatchet between the two is already buried, however, according to Takei. Asked by the Times if he could forgive Shatner, he said "I don't need to forgive him. I've already invited him to the opening night of Allegiance."