Capt. Kirk, what a charmer.
William Shatner is coming to Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis May 2-4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. When I interviewed him by phone Wednesday, I admitted to being more thrilled as a fan of “T.J. Hooker” than of “Star Trek.”
“I am grateful that you’re talking to me,” said Shatner. “You’re very important to me to tell the people to come to the Minneapolis Comic Con. I’ll be there Friday night and Saturday, but Comic Con itself is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And on April 24, the movie of my one-man show will be playing at theaters in Minneapolis. For the price of a movie ticket you can see an award-winning, highly-claimed Broadway show.”
But first, there’s Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis. In addition to Shatner, who is a definite, others scheduled to appear include Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” “Firefly”); Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead”); Ralph Macchio (“The Karate Kid,” “My Cousin Vinny”); Karen Gillan (“Oculus,” “Doctor Who,”); Sean Astin (“The Lord of the Rings,”); Adam Baldwin (“Serenity,” “Full Metal Jacket”), Robert Englund (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”); James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk,”); Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills 90210,”); Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”).
Normally, when I type up Q & As I give you a sense for whether the celebrity was having any fun by noting when they laughed. During this interview, I did most of the laughing.
Q: What is it about the schtick of overacting and having an air of self-importance that seems so endearing and entertaining?
A: I don’t do that.
Q: Have you ever dressed up for Comic Con -- and not as Capt. Kirk -- to go observe your fans?
A: No. I dress up in my costume, which is a T-shirt, jeans and sandals.
Q: Do you think people at Comic Con need a hobby?
A: Comic Con is their hobby and they’re having a great time. It’s true that a lot of people getting dressed up and going to a Comic Con doesn’t seem real, but to a lot of people it’s like they are having a party. And you can’t fault them for that.
Q: You’re one of those people who always brings it when there’s an interview?
A: You mean people don’t?