- Parabolic Arc
- November 29, 2023
CelebrityNOT: Captain Kirk Scared to Fly on SpaceShipTwo, Branson Refuses to Pick Up Tab
Richard Branson may have snagged A-listers like Russell Brand and Katy Perry for his space tourism joyrides, but one man he can’t convince to climb aboard SpaceShipTwo is William Shatner.
The actor who portrayed the galaxy- and bed-hopping Capt. James Kirk on “Star Trek” won’t fly unless Branson picks up the tab — something the brash billionaire Brit won’t do. The Canadian Press reports:
“I’m scared,” the 80-year-old told a news conference, after he was given an honorary doctorate of Letters at his alma mater, Montreal’s McGill University.
Shatner says Branson offered him a spot — which would have cost US$200,000.
“I said, ‘Well, that’s not much, (but) how much do you guarantee to come back?’ And he didn’t have a price on that,” Shatner quipped.
“He (Branson) wanted me to go up and pay for it and I said: ‘Hey, you pay me and I’ll go up. I’ll risk my life for a large sum of money.’ … But he didn’t pick me up on my offer.”
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