William Shatner is about to release his first documentary, You Can Call Me Bill; a decision he did not make lightly.
“I’ve turned down a lot of offers to do documentaries before. But I don’t have long to live. Whether I keel over as I’m speaking to you or 10 years from now, my time is limited, so that’s very much a factor,” he said. “I’ve got grandchildren. This documentary is a way of reaching out after I die.”
His love for his grandchildren is well-documented, with him recently saying, “Being a grandparent is the greatest joy for me.”
While he plans to leave this documentary as a way to connect with fans after his death, don’t call it a legacy! Shatner has made his opinion on the concept clear:
“People ask about a legacy. There’s no legacy. Statues are torn down. Graveyards are ransacked. Headstones are knocked over. No one remembers anyone. Who remembers Danny Kaye or Cary Grant? They were great stars. But they’re gone, and no one cares. But what does live on are good deeds.”
He went on to add, “The sad thing is that the older a person gets, the wiser they become, and then they die with all that knowledge. And it’s gone. It’s not like I’m going to take my ideas or my clothing with me. What am I going to do with all these thoughts? What am I going to do with 90 years of observations? The moths of extinction will eat my brain as they will my clothing, and it will all disappear.”