'Downton Abbey's' Shirley MacLaine talks Old Testament 'star people' on 'Today'

shirley-maclaine-aliens-star-people-today.jpgOscar-winning actress and upcoming "Downton Abbey" guest star Shirley MacLaine visited "The Today Show" Tuesday (Nov. 12) where she talked about her new book, "What If ... A Lifetime of Questions, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know for Sure" (you can read an excerpt here).

"I wanted to take an experiment and sit down and not think about it and I guess just channel it," says MacLaine, of her writing. "I command whatever it is I want to say to be said and it's said. But I'm a dancer and I'm very disciplined, so I put aside like four hours a day and just sit there and let it all happen."

Anchor Savannah Guthrie asks MacLaine about the provocative questions she asks in the book -- would she want to live to be 150 or 200 years old?

"That would depend on how the world's going at the time. I think we've got pre-programmed decisions when to leave. ... A little more complicated than [destiny]. I don't think mine is coming up soon, but 180? I don't think so," says MacLaine.

Would she marry again?

MacLaine laughs heartily and says, "Oh, please! I know what category I'm in, that's not it."

What if the Old Testament contains evidence about extra-terrestrials on earth?

"I read scripture and it says ... 'Elohim' is a plural word, it means 'Gods.' We, Elohim, will fashion man after ourselves. I think that could be some very superior, probably genetically-engineered, sophisticated star people. I think that should be looked at. We don't know where we came from, so why not give that a shot," says MacLaine.

You can next see Shirley MacLaine in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" remake opening Christmas Day and then reprising her role as Martha Levinson on the PBS drama "Downton Abbey" Season 4 finale, airing at the end of February 2014.
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