Sunday, December 18, 2011
Poll result: TMP meets JKL.
Our most recent poll asked for your thoughts on what might have been the correct toupee choice for Bill Shatner in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. 5% suggested that the "TJ Curly" he wore should have been styled more curly like in the other movies; 13% said the toupee he wore, the "TJ Curly" patty, was the correct choice; 16% said the lesser-known 1970s light side-parted toupee, while 63% wanted the old "Jim Kirk lace".
Thanks for voting!
A while back, we used our proprietary program Touposhop to create an image of contemporary Bill Shatner with Jim Kirk hair. The results were pretty amazing:
But, try as we might, efforts to use Touposhop to give ST:TMP Kirk a "JKL" were just nowhere near as satisfactory. First, we used Jack Klugman's Quincy to create an updated template, but the result seemed strangely thick and almost "Lost Years-like".
So we went back to 60s Jim Kirk himself for a toupological template, but still no real "wow" moment:
For some reason, Bill Shatner just looked different in 1979. Some of you have suggested he had an eye-lift of some kind. It's possible, especially when compared to images from just a couple of years earlier, when the old Kirk is still definitely "there".
Or maybe it was the crash diet the actor went on prior to shooting the movie. Anyway, if any of our readers manage to create a satisfying ST:TMP-JKL composite, please send it to us and we'll post the best ones! We'll have a new festive story for you in the run-up to Christmas!
UPDATE: A Touposhop TMP-JKL from reader "James Toupeerius Kirk":
UPDATE II: And this just in from reader Adam:
Any more, please send them in. Thanks! -ST
UPDATE III: Reader Heidi took ""James Toupeerius Kirk's" Touposhop and Touposhopped it even further!