William Shatner talks about 'The Wrath of Khan' in a new interview

By: H&I Staff     Posted: August 18, 2017, 4:16PM

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Can you believe it’s been 35 years since Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released? We announced already that Fathom Events would be showing the movie for a limited time in theaters along with a special introduction from William Shatner himself.

IGN had the opportunity to sit down the man behind Captain James Tiberius Kirk himself. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the interview:


On the Kirk/Khan dynamic:

“Well, it's a… I guess a known fact, it's a truism, that the more powerful the villain is the more powerful the hero. If the hero can overcome a powerful villain, look how much stronger that makes the hero. So the better the villain, the better the hero.”

On the similarities between him and Kirk:

“The books I wrote about Star Trek were, in some manner, autobiographical. So I reflected the drama in my life and gave it to Kirk with death and life and all that kind of thing.”

On evolving characters:

“But if something that occurred in episode one teaches the people, the regulars in the series, something that they can reflect on in episode 14, I think that's really good. So let's not repeat the mistake that we made in episode one in episode 14. And that kind of experience added to your character begins to evolve you.”

On the old Star Trek sets:

“And every movie we made subsequent to even Star Trek I, they burned the sets, that was it. There was no reason to store them, because there was never gonna be another movie. So they burned them … And they kept burning them right up to Star Trek VI, as far as I know.”

On aging:

“There is me, 40 years younger, which puts me at, what, 20? Twenty-two? And it's macabre to see yourself yelling Khan and having a full set of lungs. It's strange, and yet interesting and definitive.”