William Shatner Refused ‘Big Bang Theory’ Cameo, Wanted ‘Better’ Role
Say what you will about The Big Bang Theory; dozens of sci-fi and Hollywood icons have dropped by the series to cater toward its geek-friendly audience. Star Trek icon William Shatner apparently felt it beneath him, however, wanting writers to “find something that’s better” than their original pitch.
Shatner revealed to Digital Spy that The Big Bang Theory had approached him to cameo as himself in a prior season, though his response may admittedly have put them off a second attempt. The erstwhile James T. Kirk apparently took issue with playing an “oblique” version of himself, and the series hasn’t offered a second attempt:
I’ve had several conversations with the creators, and what they wanted me to do, didn’t seem to be exactly right, so I said ‘find something that’s better’. They may have taken umbrage at that, I’m not sure. […]
They wanted me to play myself a little obliquely, and they said it would work out, but I needed more assurance on that.
Shatner’s own Star Trek co-stars Leonard Nimoy and George Takei have participated in the series (Nimoy only provided voiceover), while The Next Generation stars Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton have also appeared as themselves.
The Big Bang Theory has yet to secure any deals beyond the current tenth season, but might Shatner reconcile with the writers before the CBS series comes to an end?
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