Paul Wesley knew higher than to impersonate a legend.
The Vampire Diaries alum stars as Captain Kirk on Paramount+’s Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds, which wrapped its first season on July 7. In taking the function, he was nicely conscious placing on Kirk’s iconic gold uniform would draw comparisons to William Shatner, who originated the function of Kirk within the Sixties Star Trek sequence.
“I feel the largest insult can be to do an imitation of what William Shatner originated and what individuals fell in love with,” Wesley advised Selection July 7. “If I did that, it could simply be a reminder that I am not William Shatner. And that in a approach it is nearly like an insult of character, proper?”
Shatner debuted as Kirk in 1965 and in addition performed the indelible Captain in within the first seven Star Trek films.
Whereas Wesley was adamant to not copy Shatner, he clearly did his homework to know what made Shatner’s efficiency so lauded.