William Shatner is opening up about how he feels ahead of his historical space travel sojourn.
During his Thursday night appearance on the New York Comic Con panel, the legendary actor discussed his milestone as the oldest person to ever go into space.
The “Star Trek” star explained to the audience how the idea of him going to space began with the help of his good friend, producer Jason Ehrlich. The veteran recalled that it started in 2019 when Ehrlich told him about the concept of space tourism. He said:
So [Jason] came to me about a year and a half ago and he said, you know, they’re starting to send these rockets up with people into space. Wouldn’t it be something if Captain Kirk went up there?
The Captain Kirk star wasn’t buying the idea and told the “Love Connection” producer that no one cares about him going to space as his “Star Trek” reign was over 55 years ago.
However, Ehrlich didn’t back down and continued to sell him the idea of going aboard Jeff Bezos‘ Blue Origin until it finally happened.
Captain Kirk Is ‘Terrified’!
And while Shatner is looking forward to the big adventure, he has some fears. Joking he felt like a “fire of terror,” the 90-year-old said to the audience:
I’m terrified. I’m Captain Kirk, and I’m terrified going to space. You know, I’m not really terrified. Yes I am. It comes and goes like a summer cold.
Nevertheless, despite his fears, Shatner is eager to find out what going into orbit would genuinely feel like. Detailing what he plans to do when he gets into space, the “Boston Legal” star said that he hoped to make the best use of the three-minute trip.
True to his humorous nature, Shatner joked that he was planning to press his nose against the window of the rocket, hoping that someone wouldn’t be staring back at him.
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The Blast previously reported that the renowned actor was announced as part of Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceflight crew set to take off on October 12. The aerospace company announced the great news on Twitter, and fans of Shatner had a swell time with several noteworthy Captain Kirk memes.
Shatner would be joined by Blue Origin’s Vice President of Missions and Flight Operations Audrey Powers alongside two crew members Glen de Vries and Chris Boshuizen. The flight would take off from Launch Site One in West Texas.