July 16 2024


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Shatner: What Retirement?

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William Shatner is almost eighty-seven, but the actor is way too busy to think of retirement.

“I’m up to my neck in all kinds of wonderful things,” he said. “I’m part of an electric bike company called Pedego. I’m part of a Canadian solar company called Solar Alliance. I’m part of a virtual reality company called Ziva. I’ve just had a meeting an hour ago with Warner Bros. for an animated feature that I will produce. I’m almost sure there will be another season of [NBC’s] Better Late Than Never. I’m negotiating for another series, which I can’t tell you about right now. And I’ve got a book coming out called Live Long And dot, dot, dot – it’s about aging. I could keep going.”

The actor will be voicing Phillogenus esk Piemondum (Phil the Plant) in Aliens Ate My Homework. “…this was written by two friends of mine — Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens — who are Canadians,” said Shatner. “They’re very prolific. I’ve written books with them. And they wrote this very amusing feature film and they asked me to appear in it and it seemed like a good idea.”

Aliens Ate My Homework is based on the book of the same name written by Bruce Coville. In Aliens Ate My Homework, twelve-year-old Rod Albright has “to deal with a tiny alien spaceship crashing in his bedroom. Rod and his cousin Elspeth are then recruited by the Galactic Force (Phil the Plant being one of its members) to help save Earth from being destroyed, as well as restore their new alien friends to full size. Along with William Shatner, the cast includes Jayden Greig, Lauren McNamara, Ty Consiglio, Kirsten Robek, Dan Payne, Tristan Risk, Sean McNamara and Alex Zahara.”

When asked about retirement, Shatner emphatically said thanks, but no thanks. “If you like what you’re doing – I assume you’re sitting at a desk, writing and recording – you can do that until you’re 101,” he said. “You could be whispering to the nurse the copy you want them to type. So you don’t have to retire. It’s the same with me. I so enjoy what I’m doing that the thought of retiring doesn’t enter my head.”

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