George Takei has fired back at William Shatner for his ‘bile’ as their public falling out continues.
The actor, who played Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series, responded to his former co-star’s claims that he was ‘making things up’ about on-set tensions with late star Leonard Nimoy.
George claimed that Leonard’s popularity as Spock rubbed other stars up the wrong way, including William – who played Captain Kirk.
William tweeted at the time: ‘George needs a new hobby. Now he’s making things up. We never saw fan letters. That’s why there’s so many secretary signed photos.
‘We barely saw George. He was in once a week at most – how would he know anything? The only person with jealousy is George.’
His comments were read to George in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment and after laughing out loud, the actor said: ‘Well, you can tell by those words that he is upset, to put it mildly.
‘All that is bile. He’s had that same kind of relationship with everybody.’
George added that actor James Doohan, who played Commander ‘Scotty’ Scott, ‘used to rail at Star Trek conventions about Bill and the latest offence that he had committed on him. Every one of us had experiences.’
William himself has said his ‘anxieties’ about Spock being so popular with fans were ‘never directed at Leonard’.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘I remember going to the producers and wondering whether they were going to change the thrust of the show as a result of the popularity of Spock.
‘So my anxieties were never directed at Leonard per se, it was about “How was the show going to go?”’
The actors famously fell out, but later patched things up. However, William has previously revealed Leonard had stopped speaking to him in the years before his death in 2015.
He told the New York Daily News: ‘Until the day I die, I will still wonder what caused that rift.
‘After all the years we had spent together, after the bond we had forged, what could I have done that was so irreparable that he couldn’t even talk to me about it?’
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