O Canada Shatnerized
May 18, 2011 6:44 PM   Subscribe

Montreal-born actor William Shatner, 80, sings the National Anthem of Canada to show his appreciation for getting a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada's Governor General, the greatest honour given to artists in the country (and yeah, in fact it comes with some cash).
posted by TheGoodBlood (66 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh.



Canada.
(sorry had to be done)
posted by ian1977 at 6:47 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh thank god. Posts that begin with phrases like "Montreal-born actor William Shatner, 80" always give me a real, real bad feeling for a second.
posted by FelliniBlank at 6:49 PM on May 18, 2011 [24 favorites]


I didn't know Shat was 80! I would have said he was in his late sixties or so.
posted by orange swan at 6:51 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


"Our home on Native land."

Awesome.
posted by gman at 6:51 PM on May 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh thank god. Posts that begin with phrases like "Montreal-born actor William Shatner, 80" always give me a real, real bad feeling for a second.

Yeah. My heart skipped a beat there for a minute, too. Whew. Sing it, Bill!
posted by likeso at 6:52 PM on May 18, 2011


I didn't know Shat was 80! I would have said he was in his late sixties or so.

Well his work of the late 60s is what he's most known for.
posted by juiceCake at 6:53 PM on May 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


For the second time today:

The Shat abides
posted by briank at 6:53 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


"William Shatner has the voice of a thousand pixies making love to my ears."
posted by knilstad at 6:55 PM on May 18, 2011


"Our glowing hearts... like E.T."

Oh, Shat. You're beautiful.
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:56 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


That was really good.

Eh?
posted by Curious Artificer at 6:58 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I cringed but clicked the link anyway - and Oh - that was great! Thank you TGB!
posted by speug at 6:58 PM on May 18, 2011


1) Shat is 80????????????????
2) Shat is Canadian?????????????
posted by supermedusa at 6:59 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


was i the only one who found the clip unfunny?
posted by Papaver somniferum at 6:59 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


That figures. Being the place where Shatner was born is the greatest honor a nation can receive.
posted by EatTheWeak at 7:00 PM on May 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


was i the only one who found the clip unfunny?
Yes.
posted by DWRoelands at 7:00 PM on May 18, 2011 [10 favorites]


All sorts of charming.
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:01 PM on May 18, 2011


It's adorable! William Shatner is frequently adorable. Here is '64 - Go in which he is also adorable
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:01 PM on May 18, 2011


Anyone else seen him in The Intruder? He was actually a pretty great "serious" actor.
posted by knilstad at 7:02 PM on May 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Posts that begin with phrases like "Montreal-born actor William Shatner, 80" always give me a real, real bad feeling for a second.

As a rule, I overpredict disaster. But I didn't get the same foreboding.

I think that's because, in my heart, William Shatner is immortal.
posted by Trurl at 7:06 PM on May 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


1) Shat is 80????????????????
2) Shat is Canadian?????????????
"

3) He's also a Jew. Who knew?

I let out a huge "OH NO!" when I read the "William Shatner, 80" part. Along with lots of other people, I'm glad he's still alive.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:11 PM on May 18, 2011


That sounded EXACTLY like I thought it was going to sound.

Tangentially--I bet every American-born American who knows the words to the Canadian national anthem is a hockey fan. I know that's how come I know it. It's super fun to sing. I have anthem envy, in fact.
posted by padraigin at 7:11 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


My in-laws have a cardboard stand-up of Captain Kirk on the landing halfway down their basement stairs. It gets me every single time I open the door. I nearly jump out of my shoes.

But I love Shatner. So much. And this is so fantastic.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:11 PM on May 18, 2011


This has me in tears laughing. I love this man.

"What are you doing?" "Tweeting! I have half a million followers!"
posted by strixus at 7:14 PM on May 18, 2011


Pretty fit for an 80 year old.

Quick, we need another Star Trek film to come out while he can still do a cameo.
posted by wilful at 7:24 PM on May 18, 2011


I never really got the Shatner thing. I was fine with that, and the rest of the world was fine with me not getting it.

But that was fucking great.
posted by marxchivist at 7:27 PM on May 18, 2011


Shatnet in the sky.... wiiiiiith.... diaaaaaaamonds..
posted by blue_beetle at 7:47 PM on May 18, 2011


Oh, that was adorable.

He said we're fabulous!
posted by Phire at 7:52 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I loved that.
posted by neuromodulator at 7:54 PM on May 18, 2011


Bless the Shat. Long may he abide.
posted by never used baby shoes at 8:02 PM on May 18, 2011


I hope I look that good at 80 (though perhaps not quite so rotund).
posted by jquinby at 8:07 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


"All gods... or, or No God."

Jebus, I am weeping here.
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:08 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Now you know why they call him the Velour Fog.
posted by Existential Dread at 8:23 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Let's not call him Shat. It sounds…not so adorable.
posted by LMGM at 8:32 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh myyyyyyyyyyy.
posted by orthogonality at 8:41 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Out of all the reasons I adore William Shatner, the one the makes me giggle the most is the fact that he signs all his tweets "My Best, Bill."

Live long and prosper, sir.
posted by teleri025 at 8:41 PM on May 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Shatner makes me wish I was Canadian, so I could love him just a little bit more.
posted by Invoke at 8:46 PM on May 18, 2011


blue_beetle: "Shatnet in the sky.... wiiiiiith.... diaaaaaaamonds.."

Is Shatnet the past tense of Skynet?
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 9:00 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Shatner is the only instance I can think of where a celebrity has become a parody of himself, and that's a good thing.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:21 PM on May 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I can get behind that.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 9:34 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


briank: "For the second time today:

The Shat abides
"

For the second time today.
posted by bwg at 9:34 PM on May 18, 2011


This makes me feel even more awesome for being a Toque.

Oh. Canada.
posted by bwg at 9:36 PM on May 18, 2011


"I'm honored. Truly. ... Uh, let's have it!"
posted by eugenen at 9:45 PM on May 18, 2011


It's about time Shatner gets some respect for TekWars. Even if only from the Canadian government.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:05 PM on May 18, 2011


That's 80 in Canadian years, though. ;)
posted by Celsius1414 at 10:12 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


There is nothing I did not love about that. I love Shatner. I own more of his terribly written scifi books than I care to admit. Also, his albums. He's the antidote to all the ills in the world, near as I can tell.
posted by stoneweaver at 10:25 PM on May 18, 2011


Five times I've watched this. Now I'm gonna see if there's any Boston Legal on Netflix streaming. By Jake Cardigan's cardigan, I truly hope there is.
posted by EatTheWeak at 10:27 PM on May 18, 2011


And he's going to get an honourary degree at the McGill commencement WHICH I WILL BE AT!!!

my daughter's graduating too...
posted by jasper411 at 10:39 PM on May 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


That's 80 in Canadian years, though. ;)

We hibernate from November to April, which is why we're youthful, alert and milky-white.
posted by jimmythefish at 11:50 PM on May 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


For some reason, every time I think of William Shatner, I have the Flash Gordon theme tune in my head...

"Shat! aaaaaaah, Saviour of the Universe!"
posted by arcticseal at 1:08 AM on May 19, 2011


DENNY CRANE!
posted by rhizome at 1:18 AM on May 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


1958
posted by pracowity at 2:47 AM on May 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Twilight Zone

Also
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:40 AM on May 19, 2011


You don't need to get that bad feeling unless you click the first link and the accompanying picture is of him in a red shirt.

Because if I edited a major news site of any sort? That would be the ONLY ALLOWABLE EDITORIAL DECISION for that day.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:00 AM on May 19, 2011


It's like watching Shatner doing Shatner.
posted by klarck at 4:23 AM on May 19, 2011


That's 80 in Canadian years, though. ;)

Which is about 85 American right now.
posted by unSane at 4:49 AM on May 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


I've told this story on Metafilter at least twice before, but I think it's just so good it bears repeating.

A friend of a friend of mine makes a hobby out of meeting celebs and "collecting" stories of their encounters. His technique is simple but effective. He approaches the celebrity and says, "Hi [name of celebrity]! Great to see you! I loved you in [name of celebrity's last project]." Then the celeb has to be nice, because celebrities are contractually obligated to promote their projects and they don't know who might be around to hear them not doing so.

So, this friend of a friend was out somewhere and saw William Shatner. Shatner was at that time in a career low ebb. He'd just done a series of commercials with his wife, who then proceeded to depart from their marriage with a hefty percentage of his net worth. So this guy goes up to Shatner and says, "Hey, Bill Shatner! Great to see you! I loved you in that Dominion commercial!"

Shat just looked at the guy for about five seconds, then said, "Fuck off," and walked away.
posted by orange swan at 5:53 AM on May 19, 2011 [8 favorites]


The Wedding Present's David Gedge used "Shatner" as a rhyme for "matter" in their song titled, William Shatner.

Note to Shatner fans: It's not about Shatner.
posted by juiceCake at 6:04 AM on May 19, 2011


"Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain..."
posted by Windopaene at 8:02 AM on May 19, 2011


My fiance said it best when she said after learning that Shanter is 80:
"I think awesome is the best anti-aging solution."
posted by Uncle at 8:13 AM on May 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


why is he climbing the mountain?

(context)
posted by now i'm piste at 8:14 AM on May 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Shatnet in the sky.... wiiiiiith.... diaaaaaaamonds..
posted by blue_beetle at 10:47 PM on May 18 [+] [!]


Epony...wait...what?
posted by nzero at 1:07 PM on May 19, 2011


Can a anyone tell me what it means when he says "Hey, Ziroc" (or whatever he's saying)?
posted by nzero at 1:20 PM on May 19, 2011


-a
posted by nzero at 1:20 PM on May 19, 2011


Fabulous! This world is better for having William Shatner in it.
posted by darkstar at 1:55 PM on May 19, 2011


Can a anyone tell me what it means when he says "Hey, Ziroc" (or whatever he's saying)?

I believe he is referring to Canada by the hip nickname "C-Rock."
posted by uncleozzy at 3:04 PM on May 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I believe he is referring to Canada by the hip nickname "C-Rock."

Thanks, uncleozzy.
posted by nzero at 5:20 PM on June 6, 2011


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