William Shatner talks rivalry with George Takei, 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' and more

shatner-gi.jpgTrekkies, you may be saying goodbye to Leonard Nimoy for a while... but William Shatner isn't going anywhere. The Shat appeared on Tuesday's Nightline in an extensive interview about his acting career, his recent memoir, and an upcoming spoken word album, "Seeking Major Tom."

The album tells the story of what Shatner imagines happens after David Bowie's iconic "Space Oddity." It includes Shatner's spoken-word version of the Queen classic "Bohemian Rhapsody."

"I don't sing the way Freddie Mercury sings 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' but I'm an actor, and I love the spoken word," he tells Nightline. "I love the musicality of the word and I love the rhythm of the word and so, in a way, speaking can become musical -- iambic pentameter."

He doesn't intend for the record to be comedic. "There's a record that you might laugh at, but I don't mean you to laugh at," he says. "But it's on the edge. In fact, it's so on the edge that some people will laugh at it, mock it."

At 80, Shatner says he's learned to embrace the role that made him famous - as Capt. Kirk, of course - though bad blood still remains between him and former co-star George Takei. "I don't know what is his problem," Shatner says of Takei. "I keep saying to him, Hey, you're getting old. Do you want to die in enmity? And I'm not getting anywhere, so I've sort of given up."

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