William Shatner isn't a spaceman, he just plays one on TV. However, the actor/musician is currently in talks to change that. Not only that, he's confident that it won't be just talk.
Shatner, most famous for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, said recently that he's been talking with TV heads about being one of the first space tourists. Space tourism has been dreamed of since before the first rocket launch, but as technology grows, suddenly it seems within reach. Reportedly the first rocket could launch in as soon as a year, and Shatner wants to be on it.
Shatner said that he pitched the idea of a TV show following the star as one of the trailblazers of space travel and that the reception was enthusiastic.
"I’ve tried to sell a show and I believe I have," Shatner said. "But an announcement I’ll make in the weeks to come about me going into space... it looks likely."
However, Shatner isn't fooling himself about the safety of such a new idea. The actor, currently 88 years old, is aware that his age might pose a risk. And he's prepared for any outcome.
"You can look at it from many points of view," said Shatner, talking about the possibility of mortality. "One is I feel that I'll be coming back, but if I don't what do I have to lose?"
Ready for the next adventure no matter what it brings? Sounds like our Captain Kirk.
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