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article imageWilliam Shatner beams up to Toronto for new book 'Shatner Rules' Special

By Andrew Moran     Nov 3, 2011 in Entertainment
Toronto - William Shatner, the star of the hit science-fiction television series "Star Trek," was in Toronto Wednesday to promote his new film "The Captains" and his latest book "Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large."
William Shatner, a Canadian born cultural icon, gained his fame by portraying Captain James T. Kirk in the hit sci-fi television series “Star Trek” in the 1960s and 1970s, and later in the motion pictures.
Since then, he has starred in a variety of television shows, such as “T.J. Hooker,” and movies, such as “Kingdom of the Spiders.” He has also produced music, directed films and authored numerous fiction and non-fiction books.
On Wednesday, the former captain of the USS Enterprise visited Toronto to promote his latest documentary “The Captains,” which chronicles actors who took on the legendary role of Captain Kirk over the years. Patrick Stewart and Chris Pine have been only some of the actors who have been featured in that role.
William Shatner  author of the new book  Shatner Rules.
William Shatner, author of the new book "Shatner Rules."
Shatner was also in town to promote his newest book “Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large.” This auto-biography, co-authored by Chris Regan, illustrates how Shatner became larger than life by providing anecdotes on his career and his personal life.
During his book signing at the Indigo Manulife Centre bookstore, Shatner touched upon his Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), what else he wants to achieve in his lifetime and his charity involvement in the March of Dimes and Nature Conservancy.
“Tinnitus can drive you nuts,” said Shatner, standing on the stage with his wife, Elizabeth Martin, behind him. “What I have learned is that there is no cure, but what they tell me, and it turns out to be true, is habituation. You don’t hear it unless you’re talking about dying.”
He added that it’s a very serious condition and that there is no cure at the present time.
William Shatner  author of the new book  Shatner Rules.
William Shatner, author of the new book "Shatner Rules."
When asked what his bucket list is, Shatner said that it’s hard to predict life and finds it difficult when he hears young actors who say that they are changing their life.
“In my mind, everything is so chaotic, but you gotta do what I seem to be doing is: feel the chaos that comes my way,” explained Shatner. “So, I have on my iPad a couple of scripts that people want me to do a film on. I’m reading them right now. They didn’t read very well, so I might not do it. On the other hand, if I did it, I might do that later, but I have an ad for an app on an iPhone and a game for an electronic game, and then I got a script that I’m writing and then I have my lovely wife who is sitting quietly by in a state of discontent.”
At the end, Shatner was asked what is the stupidest question he has ever been asked. After thinking for a few moments, he answered, in jest, that that was the stupidest question he has ever been asked.
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