Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

by William Shatner, Chris Regan


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A guide to understanding the Shatnerverse and the world at large—the perfect gift for Star Trek fans and William Shatner lovers.

You love William Shatner. You admire his many and varied talents. You appreciate his creativity and willingness to take risks. You want to learn his master negotiation techniques. You wish you could hang out with him. Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. And can (almost).

To be Shatner, you must follow the rules included in this lively, entertaining, and thought-provoking volume. This collection of rules and fun factners, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque. Because let's face it...Shatner does rule, doesn't he?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451236487
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over fifty years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman. He is one of Hollywood's most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist. In 1966, Shatner originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed. Shatner played the title role in the hit television series T.J. Hooker and won several Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his role on The Practice and Boston Legal. Shatner's Raw Nerve, currently airing on Bio, is his edgy celebrity interview series. Most recently, he was the star of the CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, a sitcom based on a Twitter feed of the same name. Shatner has authored nearly thirty fiction and nonfiction titles, including his autobiography, Up Til Now, which was a New York Times bestseller. An avid horse rider and breeder, he has won numerous world championships in several equine events. His passions for horses and philanthropy were united when he started the Hollywood Charity Horse Show in 1990. The annual event benefits Los Angeles-based children's charities.

Chris Regan is a five-time Emmy Award-winning comedy writer who has written for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Lopez Tonight. He was one of the contributors to the Daily Show's bestselling America (The Book) and is the author of Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions.

Table of Contents

Introduction: RULE: Start Every Book with an Introduction 1

Chapter 1 RULE: Say "Yes" 5

Chapter 2 RULE: To Be Shatner, You Must Know Shatner 15

Chapter 3 RULE: Busy Is Measured in Units of Shatner 21

First Rule for Turning 80: Just Smile. You're Lucky You Made It. 31

Chapter 4 RULE: Go West, Young Man. And Leave the Map at Home. 35

Chapter 5 RULE: Stay Hydrated 45

Chapter 6 RULE: It's Good to Bury the Hatchet-So Your Former Costars Won't Find It and Use It on You 51

Chapter 7 RULE: Get the Damn Line Right! 61

Chapter 8 RULE: Always Have a Spare Set of Underwear on Hand 71

Chapter 9 RULE: Eat What You Kill! (Provided It Doesn't Kill You First!) 77

Chapter 10 RULE: If Anyone Asks You to Star in a Movie Shot Entirely in Esperanto. Say "Kiam Kaj Kiel Multa?" 87

Chapter 11 RULE: Balls Are Important, but Stones Are Money 95

Chapter 12 RULE: You Can Always Find a Good Friend in a White Crowd 105

Chapter 13 RULE: Know When to Turn Shatner On, and When to Turn Shatner Off 111

Chapter 14 RULE: Grab Life by the (Golden) Throat 121

Chapter 15 RULE: Respect the Artistic Process of Others, Even If Their Process Takes Forever 129

Second Rule for Turning 80: Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help. 137

Chapter 16 RULE: Don't Trust the Facebook 139

Chapter 17 RULE: Remember Where You Came from…Eh? 155

Chapter 18 RULE: If You Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, You Might Find More Gifts! 165

Chapter 19 RULE: Know Which Conversations Require a Bulletproof Vest 173

Chapter 20 RULE: Talk Is Cheap-Unless You Can Make Money with a Talk Show 183

Chapter 21 RULE: Birds of a Feather Flock Together. But They Make for Dull Football Parties. 191

Third Rule for Turning 80: You're Eighty. Say What's on Your Mind. 195

Chapter 22 RULE: If You Go to the Land Down Under, Thumb It! 203

Chapter 23 RULE: Dying Is Easy. Dying Onstage While Doing Comedy Is Easy, Too. 213

Chapter 24 RULE: Settle for Second Billing Only If the Top-Billed Act Can Beat You Up 221

Fourth Rule for Turning 80: Get. Out. Of. Bed. 231

Chapter 25 RULE: Don't Die. You'll Miss Out on All the Lifetime Achievement Awards. 239

Acknowledgments 249

Photo Credits 251

About the Authors 255

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