It takes a great deal of self-aware, good-humored chutzpah to call a show “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It.” Fortunately, William Shatner is just the man for the job.
The thespian who gave Captain James T. Kirk his inimitable mojo on the cult classic sci-fi series “Star Trek” is still one of popular culture’s most beloved figures. In the process of going where no man has gone before, Shatner has conquered stage and screen, even winning Emmys and Golden Globes for his portrayal of blowhard lawyer Denny Crane on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal.”
At age 82, Shatner still has plenty going on. Between tours, he designs watches and motorcycles while making the universe safe for cheap travel with his Priceline commercial spots. He even has a new reality TV show set to debut in February.
“It’s called ‘Redesigning My Kitchen,’ ” he said in a recent phone interview. “I don’t do any of the work, you understand, I just direct other people – ‘You, do that!’ I’m good at that.”
Here’s how the rest of the chat went, in advance of his Sunday performance in Raleigh.