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The most visible Shatner critic today is without doubt media multi-presence George "Sulu" Takei. Despite the fact that Takei himself insists that whatever tension there may be comes from Shatner alone, he's also quick to point out his former Captain's failings as a team player and tendency to drum up whatever feud he has going whenever he needs a little attention. In the blue corner, Shatner is convinced that Takei harbors a grudge against him, and has gone on record reprimanding his ex-colleague with, fuck it, I'll just quote the guy: "Poor man. There is such a sickness there. It's so patently obvious that there is a psychosis there."
This was in retaliation to his not being invited to Takei's wedding. Which he had been invited to, but never RSVP'd for.
By now, I'm pretty sure this is what Shatner sees whenever he closes his eyes.
And then there was Spock. Though they were rock-solid friends for the vast majority of their lives, Leonard Nimoy and Shatner feuded throughout the original series in deliciously petty ways. As Spock became more and more popular, Shatner started convincing the show makers to give some of the Vulcan's smarter lines to Kirk, a practice he'd also use on the other characters, to the point where Takei suggested Shatner wouldn't be happy until everyone else was gone and Star Trek was a monologue. Before long, things got petty. Shatner kept stealing the bicycle Nimoy used to get around the studio premises to wind him up. Meanwhile, Nimoy no doubt totally innocently arranged a photo shoot in the makeup room while Shatner was having his hairpiece applied, causing the latter to freak right the hell out.
As you may know, these little spats eventually turned into a 50-year friendship, which seemed cast in iron until the men arbitrarily fell out in Nimoy's final years. Shatner chose not to attend his friend's funeral.
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