Posts Tagged ‘William Shatner’

The Annual William Shatner Warning Not To Set Yourself on Fire Frying a Turkey

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

In the now-annual tradition, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey.

Behold the Shatner!

For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Use the metal dingus to lower it in.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    Interesting Essay on Acting in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Monday, June 13th, 2016

    Here’s an interesting piece on the acting in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

    You could study Wrath of Khan as a portrait of different performing styles. Consider William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, and a central paradox of their chemistry. Spock is the alien – a being who strives to rid himself of all emotion – but past a certain point, you notice how Nimoy is a much more natural performer, communicating so much with droll phrasing lilts and micro-gestures. Whereas the human Kirk is played by Shatner, one of Hollywood’s great experts in hyperbole. (Khan is Shatner at his most wide-eyed.) As a young actor, Nimoy learned the Method and idolized Brando; Shatner came up performing energetic Shakespeare. That doesn’t make one better nor one worse – the dissonance is the key – but it adds layers to their pairing. You associate Spock with explicit stiffness – he’s a freaking Vulcan – but Nimoy’s acting is maybe more “cinematic,” eye-focused, while Shatner is more “theatrical,” full-bodied.

    Plus a lot about how director Nicholas Meyer sets up shots for maximum effect.

    It’s a very interesting essay on the best Star Trek movie. Read the whole thing.

    (Hat tip: Derek Johnson.)

    The Annual William Shatner Warning Not To Set Yourself on Fire Frying a Turkey

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

    In the now-annual tradition, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey.

    Behold the Shatner!

    For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Use the metal dingus to lower it in.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    The Annual William Shatner Warning Not To Set Yourself on Fire Frying a Turkey

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

    In the now-annual tradition, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey.

    For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    William Shatner’s Annual Warning Not To Set Yourself On Fire Frying a Turkey

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

    Just as I’ve done the last two Thanksgivings, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey.

    For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    The remix!

    Shatner vs. Gorn II

    Thursday, March 28th, 2013

    Brilliant on a whole lot of levels:

    One funny thing: The video game obviously has Kirk 2.0 rather than the Shatner version.

    I suspect that someday Shatner’s later commercials may come to be seen as one of his most substantial bodies of work…

    William Shatner Would STILL Like You To Avoid Setting Yourself on Fire

    Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

    Just as I did last year, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey:

    For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    And now, new for this year: The remix!

    And remember: It can even happen to professionals, as last year Sambet’s Cajun Cafe managed to burn themselves down frying turkeys.

    William Shatner on the Mike Douglas Show

    Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

    The first segment has Shatner talking about difficult acting jobs he had to perform on Star Trek. The second features him singing. Guess which one I watched all the way through?

    William Shatner Would Like You To Avoid Setting Yourself on Fire

    Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

    William Shatner gets some corporate money to tell yourself not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey:

    Warning: Just as the fryer is filled with too much oil, the video is filled with too much Shatner. Way, way, way too much.

    For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice. And if you live in central Texas, you probably shouldn’t be frying a turkey at all this year with the drought restrictions.

    But Wait! There’s MORE Shatner News!

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

    In addition to Emmy-Award winning actor, singer, director, and international man of general awesomeness, add “Shakespearean Actor” to William Shatner’s already formidable resume. He’ll be doing a reading of The Merry Wives of Windsor along with Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hanks, Martin Short, Eric Idle, and Christina Applegate.

    It’s a benefit for the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles to be held May 9 at 8 PM at Royce Hall at UCLA. If I lived in the LA area, I think this would easily be worth $95 of my own dollars to attend…