william shatner star trek convention baltimore William Shatner hitting 'Star Trek' fanfest, praises J.J. Abrams' reboot of the franchiseWilliam Shatner long avoided the “Star Trek” convention scene, seemingly wanting no part of the legions of Trekkies out there who would have loved an appearance by Captain James T. Kirk.

But recently, Shatner changed his tune about appearing fan festivals, telling the Baltimore Sun, “There are some wonderful fans out there, large numbers of them. I’m very grateful,” having just come off an appearance at Comic-Con for a comedy legends panel and preparing to join the fan-run Shore Leave science fiction convention in Baltimore Aug. 2-4.

“I realized that I was ignoring a large segment of the population. … They were the people I should pay the most attention to,” says Shatner. “It’s part of a mythology. People who go to conventions are participating in the ritual. … Human beings are hard-wired to get a story, to try and eke out some understanding of our existence, of what our future will be, what the past is. That’s what science fiction is all about.”

He adds that the attention very flattering and that it “never gets old”

As for the “Star Trek” reboot by J.J. Abrams, Shatner admits he would “love to have been part of it” but he doesn’t know “how you put the aging captain into something like that.”

“J.J. Abrams is a terrific director who’s brought a life force to the franchise. ‘Star Trek’ will continue for a long time to come, because of him.”

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