William Shatner will boldly go where no old man has gone before (at his age) when he blasts off next week aboard a Blue Origin rocket. The 90-year-old actor will be the oldest person ever to slip the surly bonds of earth, and he’s very excited. But there’s one thing he doesn’t want to happen.
Captain Kirk joined Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night to talk about his upcoming rocket ride. He says he’s more excited than nervous for liftoff. He wants to look out and see the vastness of space for himself. Though, he hopes there’s no Gorn out there waiting for a rematch.
“I want to press my nose up against the plastic window,” Shatner told Cooper. “What I don’t want to see is somebody else out there looking back at me.”
Things got a little blue when talked turned to Blue Origin’s spaceship design, which people have continuously mocked for its resemblance to a male body part.
“We’re inseminating the space program,” Shatner joked, cracking up Cooper. “It certainly does look…when they say insertion, do they really mean insertion?”
But William Shatner is taking this all very seriously. He’s been training — mostly running for miles and miles, he said. Because he said this was an opportunity that he couldn’t pass up.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” Shatner said in a statement.
Most of social media loves the idea of sending Captain Kirk skyward, but other actors have joked that they’ll have to live up to their previous roles. Jason Alexander, former Seinfeld star, tweeted he’ll finally have to make good on a George Costanza lie.
“@WilliamShatner is going to space? My man! I guess this means I have to become a marine biologist,” Alexander tweeted.
Shatner lifts off on Oct. 12 and will spend about 15 minutes in suborbital flight before returning to earth. Audrey Powers, manager of Blue’s flight operations, will join him along with the crew on the flight.
William Shatner Not the Only Celebrity Bound Spacebound
Tom Cruise will shoot a film in space later this year. The Top Gun star got NASA and SpaceX to team up with him on the project. Doug Liman will direct the $200 million weightless action film. Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Cruise in the most recent Mission Impossible films, will supervise from mission control. Elon Musk is also a partner in the project, Deadline reported.
There isn’t a lot known about the plot of the project so far.
Though, the movie won’t be the first scripted film shot in space. Russia sent an actor and director to the International Space Station this week to film a movie there. It follows a doctor sent to the ISS to save the life of a sick cosmonaut.
It’s unclear when the Russian project started, but they conspicuously began training for the mission shortly after Cruise announced his plans to film in space back in May.