The Hollywood legend William Shatner is preparing to release a documentary about his storied career that is called You Can Call Me Bill. In a new interview, the 91 year-old former “Star Trek” actor is admitting that he “doesn’t have long to live,” adding that he made this documentary as a way to “reach out to his grandchildren.”
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Shatner Sounds Off
“I’ve turned down a lot of offers to do documentaries before. But I don’t have long to live,” Shatner told Variety. “Whether I keel over as I’m speaking to you or 10 years from now, my time is limited, so that’s very much a factor. I’ve got grandchildren. This documentary is a way of reaching out after I die.”
Shatner’s documentary is set to premiere at the upcmoing SXSW Film Festival in Texas, according to Daily Mail. He is the father of three daughters, and grandfather to five children.
“‘Being a grandparent is the greatest joy for me,” Shatner told The Guardian of his family back in 2014. “I have the time now to grab a grandchild and talk, and hug and kiss them and make sure that I’m taking time to be with them and to give them some aspect of the things I’ve learned.”
“Family life is totally encompassing,” he added. “I see my daughters every weekend. And we go off on holidays together — everything from skiing to snorkeling.”
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Shatner Discusses His Legacy
When asked about his legacy in his latest interview, Shatner replied, “When Leonard Nimoy died a few years ago, his funeral was on a Sunday. His death was very sudden, and I had obligated myself to go to Mar-a-Lago for a Red Cross fundraiser. I was one of the celebrities raising money. That event was on Saturday night. I chose to keep my promise and go to Mar-a-Lago instead of the funeral.”
“I said to the audience, ‘People ask about a legacy. There’s no legacy. Statues are torn down. Graveyards are ransacked. Headstones are knocked over. No one remembers anyone. Who remembers Danny Kaye or Cary Grant? They were great stars. But they’re gone and no one cares,'” he continued. “But what does live on are good deeds. If you do a good deed, it reverberates to the end of time. It’s the butterfly effect thing. That’s why I have done this film.”
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Shatner Goes To Space
Shatner was also asked about his 2021 trip to space on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space shuttle
“When I came out of the space ship I was crying, just sobbing, and I thought ‘why am I crying? What’s going on? I’m in grief. What am I grieving about? Oh s***, I’m grieving about the world, because I now know so much about what’s happening,'” he recalled.
“I saw the Earth and its beauty and its destruction,” he added. “It’s going extinct. Billions of years of evolution may vanish. It’s sacred, it’s holy, it’s life and it’s gone. It’s beyond tragic. We stupid f***ing animals are destroying this gorgeous thing called the Earth. Doesn’t that make you angry? Don’t you want to do something about it?”
Shatner is a true living legend, and there will never be another one like him. God bless him for his devotion to his family, and we can’t wait to see his documentary when it comes out!