William Shatner is a jerk, but he’s hilarious

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Fans of the inimitable Shatner will enjoy this clip of him doing a voiceover recording and then putting a clueless producer in his place, as Robin Quivers and Howard Stern guffaw in glee. As Robin and Howard point out, Shatner is being a total dick, and yet he’s kind of within his rights as well.

[Link via Cartoon Brew]

UPDATE: Actually, we highly recommend reading the comments at Cartoon Brew linked above where various voiceover directors and other pros discuss whether Shatner was the one being very unprofessional.

Comments

  1. Andrew W. Laubacher says:

    Hell, William Shatner is well-known for a certain amount of dickery. That’s nothing new. He does, however, also seem to have a healthy sense of humor about himself and his own foibles.

  2. Hilarious. It reminds me of the “frozen peas” audio of Orson Welles doing some voiceover work and getting frustrated the lines he has to read. If you haven’t heard it, it’s worth looking up.

  3. Shatner rules. This just makes me like him more.

  4. As a guy who works on the other side of the booth, Shatner was reading against the words. The sense of bizarre wonder and excitement, that he does in, say, Lucy In The Sky, and probably the reason he was hired to do that gig, is missing.

    Doesn’t mean the director could speak it any better, but then that’s not his job. It’s to direct, and the actor to act on those directions, no matter how odd.

  5. Allen says:

    That was Shatner at his best, felt sorry for the director.

  6. Peter A. says:

    Beating a dead horse comes to mind.

  7. absolutely hilarious. Shatner definitely brought that guy to reality. You cant really blame him for how he reacted. He did it perfect both takes. I would get a little iritated too if someone was questioning my job performance and i made no mistakes. haha. Still, i feel sorry for the director.

  8. absolutely hilarious. Shatner definitely brought that guy to reality. You cant really blame him for how he reacted. He did it perfect both takes. I would get a little iritated too if someone was questioning my job performance and i made no mistakes. haha. Still, i feel sorry for the director.

  9. absolutely hilarious. Shatner definitely brought that guy to reality. You cant really blame him for how he reacted. He did it perfect both takes. I would get a little iritated too if someone was questioning my job performance and i made no mistakes. haha. Still, i feel sorry for the director.

  10. Gamecock says:

    On today’s (January 12, 2010) Howard Stern Show (Sirius Radio), Howard had guest William Shatner in the studio. George Takei was on the telephone and all three agreed to sit down on the set of Shatner’s Raw Nerve TV Show and talk it out. Takei would only agree to go on Raw Nerve if Stern were there to mediate. Date to be announced for this 3-way interview.

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