Last Wednesday, William Shatner made history as the oldest man ever to fly to space when he boarded, along with three others, on Blue Origin's NS-18 suborbital flight for a 10-minute trip. The actor was emotional when they came back to Earth and called it a "profound experience." But one of his Star Trek co-stars wasn't enthusiastic about his recent mission.
While talking to Page Six during the opening of a Broadway show, George Takei didn't mince words as he slams his former co-star's trip. "He's boldly going where other people have gone before," he said. "He's a guinea pig, 90 years old and it's important to find out what happens."
He added, "So 90 years old is going to show a great deal more on the wear and tear on the human body, so he'll be a good specimen to study. Although he's not the fittest specimen of 90 years old, so he'll be a specimen that's unfit!"
Takei's comments might not be surprising to some since it has been known that the two actors have been feuding for decades. Based on here, it looks like they haven't settled their differences yet. To be fair, we do not know if Takei was being serious or he was just playing around. Some people online did find his comments rude and have expressed their dismay at Takei's seemingly dismissal of the historic moment.
A lot of Trekkies celebrated Shatner's recent achievement as it was a full-circle moment for the actor, who has been known for playing Captain James T. Kirk. After all, no one ever thought that it would be possible and it is awesome that he was able to actually go to space even at the age of 90. After returning to Earth, Shatner was in tears as he described his "overview effect" experience to Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and he hoped that more people will be able to experience it.