Canadian actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise in the classic science fiction television series 'Star Trek', circa 1968.
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William Shatner Doesn't Think He Could Take A Kirk Series Like Star Trek: Picard
"Star Trek: Strange New World" on Paramount+ sees the return of Captain Kirk (Paul Wesley), a character immortalized by William Shatner in 1966. Kirk’s reappearance may lead Trekkies to anticipate Shatner's own return to the iconic role just like Patrick Stewart’s as Jean-Luc Picard in "Star Trek: Picard," but that seems highly unlikely.
Shatner, 91, has no intention of returning and, while admiring Stewart's tenacity, told Rolling Stone in 2020 that he was simply too tired to handle an average TV shooting schedule. He said, "A series is 14 hours a day and then on the weekend, you're doing publicity. It's all your time. [...] so I'd never do another series like that."
Instead, Shatner prefers to devote time to his family — he has three children and five grandchildren — and to riding horses. With a career that has already stretched for decades, the actor perhaps feels there is no mountain left to climb. "I just want to keep breathing," Shatner said. "I'm going to celebrate breathing."