03 October 2004

You, have you ever kissed a girl?

William Shatner recently reprised his role as the evil Captain Kirk (Episode 37, The Enemy Within), last seen in the classic Saturday Night Live skit where Shatner says to a Trekkie:

You, have you ever kissed a girl?

This time, according to the Iowa City Press Citizen, Shatner conned a small town in Iowa into thinking he was filming a new Star Trek movie when instead he was making a reality TV show about, well, gullible small-town Trek fans.
During a Tuesday night town meeting Shatner revealed there was no movie and that the small community had been unwitting stars of a reality series for Spike TV to air early next year. Not everyone in town shares Simon?s sense of betrayal. Many are just as thrilled by the hoax as they were the movie, and many simply enjoyed the experience.

At the town meeting, Shatner gave Riverside $100,000 for being such a good sport and the cast and crew donated $12,000 for the Riverside Elementary School Book Fund. Tuesday night, and at a press conference Wednesday morning, Shatner and producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick assured townspeople they won't be made fun of in the series.

Shatner and producers said the purpose of the trip to Riverside was to document how a small town would react to a big Hollywood film coming in. They also said they created their own little soap opera where Shatner pretended to be a jerk to his cast and at least one actress, "Max," pretended to be vicious to get residents' reactions.

At one time, Shatner told the Rev. Rich Adam of St. Mary's that he wanted to blow out the church's 100-year-old stain glass windows just to get his reaction. At another time a voice actor pretended to be Sean Connery on a speakerphone, and made outrageous demands.

Trebek, I'll take the rapists for $400
That's therapists, Mr. Connery

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