Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shatner: "Why is there a bald guy called Jean-Luc Picard sitting in my captain's chair?!?"

Bill Shatner in How William Shatner Changed the World (2005).

Since we're on the subject of Patrick Stewart mentioning Bill Shatner's baldness (see previous post), it turns out that the "toup wars" - for want of a better phrase - were actually raging both ways at around this time. In the feature-length 2005 documentary How William Shatner Changed the World, which looks at Star Trek's impact on real world technology, Bill Shatner, referring to The Next Generation's Patrick Stewart, jokingly asked "Why is there a bald guy called Jean-Luc Picard sitting in my captain's chair?!?" See the clip below:

So now, in addition to Bill Shatner asking "Do I wear a toupee?", "How's the hair?", "The hair. I just envy the hair. Is it a dominant gene?" and saying "Fear of losing my hair..." we have this latest addition of the world "bald" to our Shatner's Toupee audiovisual toupclopedia. The inherent irony of this newest phrase is, of course, entirely self-explanatory! Bill, you continue to surprise and amaze us...

And that isn't all. In another section of How William Shatner Changed the World, we also see Bill Shatner, this time referring to the world famous physicist Albert Einstein, saying "Someone with such cool hair" and seemingly contrasting this with his own lack of (real) hair. Clip below:

How William Shatner Changed the World is a very entertaining documentary, mainly thanks to Bill Shatner's overtly crazy style of presentation. After decades and decades of talking about Star Trek in all the serious ways possible, Bill Shatner has evidently decided that enough is enough - it is time to unleash his inner Shatner on Star Trek! You can buy the DVD here.


  1. Did Shats ever sit in the captain's chair when he wasn't wearing a toupee? Since the hair transplant, has he had the opportunity to sit in the chair on a re-creation of the original bridge? We should find a pic of this historical occasion if it exists.

  2. Speaking of that, I sometimes wonder ...

    Given how he's financially well off now - after his difficult times in the 1970's - I wonder if perhaps if he decides he wants to do just what RM suggests, if he's got recreations of his previous toupees?

    1960's TOS (aka the 'Jim Kirk' look; kind of like his look throughout that period, but with more swoosh in front)
    1979 TMP (TJ Hooker I - toupee)
    1982 TWOK (TJ Hooker II - toupee)
    1980's III-V (TJ Hooker III - wig-like)
    1990's VI/Generations

    I'm guessing that they'd have to be modified to fit his head (that's not meant as a knock on Shatner; as don't people's heads physically get bigger as they move past middle age?)

  3. Bill was pushing his luck with this kind of commentary..