William Shatner apologises for Star Trek V

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 August 2016
William Shatner

William Shatner

William Shatner has apologised for 'Star Trek V', the 1989 film he starred in and directed

William Shatner has apologised for 'Star Trek V'.

The 85-year-old actor both starred in and directed the 1989 film - which has been voted the the second worst 'Star Trek' film ever made behind 'Star Trek Into Darkness' - but he isn't proud of his work and blames the production's budget.

He told Entertainment Weekly: "I got the chance to direct a several-million-dollar movie, Star Trek V, and I did not get the help I needed in allocating my budget, so when it came to shooting the ending - needing a good villain and lots of computer graphics - I had run out of money.

"Sorry about that. I had to use footage that I had already shot - and spit on it a lot. I wanted to give [the audience] earth-breaking granite monsters spewing rocks and fire. Instead, I had a few pebbles in my hand that I threw at the camera."

Shatner recently revealed his fears that he wouldn't be able to put his children through college when 'Star Trek' was cancelled.

Shatner - who played James T. Kirk in the original television series - worried he wouldn't be able to give his children an education when the show was axed in 1969.

He said: "It was devastating. It was all very comfortable by that point. This place that I come to every morning, leave in the evening and a cheque comes every week. And now you're taking it away from me? My five-year mission was to put my children through college!"

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