'Better late than never': William Shatner, 91, keen to mend fences with 'Star Trek' castmate George Takei
'He doesn't want the bad blood anymore, and the word is George is open to it,' a source revealed
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: After finding a new perspective towards life during his grief-filled space trip, ‘Star Trek’ icon William Shatner is now looking forward to making peace with his co-star George Takei, RadarOnline reports.
While Shatner, 91, has shared a sweet and sour relationship with all his ‘Star Trek' cast mates, he has failed to build a tight-knit relationship with Takei. Since the start, the two have been outspoken about their struggles to get along, with both accusing the other of bringing up the controversy between them to garner attention for their careers. But now, keeping this long-standing beef aside, Shatner is eager to launch a truce with Takei.
"Bill has been reaching out to try and mend fences," an insider close to Shatner told Radar Online. "He doesn't want the bad blood anymore, and the word is George is open to it. Bill's the first to admit he's been stubborn, big-headed, and ego-driven. It's taken years, but Bill's come a long way — and better late than never." The insider further spilled that Shatner "seems to be getting a little lonely," and "everyone would like to see Bill and George be on friendly terms."
The insider also mentioned Shatner’s regret over not being able to make peace with his loving co-star Nichelle Nichols and Leonard Nimoy. "Bill was devastated when Leonard died. He never did get a chance to say goodbye," confided the source. "And he was so sad over Nichelle's passing. He'll always remember her as a great lady."
Nichols, who portrayed the role of Nyota Uhura in 'Star Trek', died of natural causes in July this year, while Leonard, who played Spock, died in 2015 after losing his battle with obstructive pulmonary disease.
These claims came a week after Shatner publically talked about his grief-filled space trip. "I was crying," the actor told NPR. "I didn't know what I was crying about. I had to go off someplace and sit down and think, what's the matter with me? And I realized I was in grief."
Shatner flew into space in 2021 and became the oldest man to do so, at the age of 90, with Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin joyride. "I wept for the Earth because I realized it's dying," the star said. "I dedicated my book, Boldly Go, to my great-grandchild, who's three now — coming three — and in the dedication, say it's them, those youngsters, who are going to reap what we have sown in terms of the destruction of the Earth."
Shatner added the space trip gave him "the strongest feelings of grief" he had ever felt in his life.