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William Shatner Speaks His Mind Again: Calls J.J. Abrams, “A Pig” After Taking On ‘Star Trek’ And ‘Star Wars’ Franchises


William Shatner is no stranger to speaking his mind to the press. In 2008, when he found out he wasn’t invited to his former Star Trek co-star George Takei‘s gay wedding, he expressed his disappointment to a reporter. He said:

Finally at the age of, I think, 70, he decides to come out of the closet and say, ‘I’m gay.’ Like, who cares? Be gay. Don’t be gay. That’s up to you, George.

The rant, in which he labeled Takei, “psychotic,” and, “sick,” was posted on YouTube.

And now, in a recent interview with Movie Fanatic, he tells it like it is once again. The veteran actor said he is far from pleased that J.J. Abrams will be taking on the Star Wars franchise.

He’s being a pig. He’s collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest. He’s probably the most talented director of that ilk that we have but he’s gone too far this time.

In the past, Shatner has said that he thinks Star Wars is the lesser of the two science-fiction epics, so that might be the root of his problem with J.J. Abrams’ multi-tasking as the creative force behind two beloved movie series. In an interview in 2011 he explained why he thinks Star Trek is superior. He said:

Star Trek had relationships and conflict among the relationships and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions. Star Wars is derivative of Star Trek.

In the same interview, he also talked about one of the Star Wars film’s major characters, saying that Carrie Fisher‘s iconic Princess Leia didn’t match up to the heroines of Star Trek. He said:

Princess Leia, as beautiful as she was, and as wonderful an actress as she is, can’t compare to the marvelous heroines we had on Star Trek. The pretty girls were prettier than the girls in Star Wars.

When Fisher was asked about Shatner’s comments, she said Star Wars is by far the better franchise:

They’re not in the same league. I mean, they have the word ‘Star’ in the title. And there’s space travel? Where do they go to? Klingon? It just sounds like a laundry detergent. All the stuff we had was amazing. You had never seen it before.

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