VIDEO: William Shatner On The “Truth” of Storytelling

William Shatner, "Clangers" (DeepestDream.com)
Whether he’s acting, writing books, doing one-man shows, directing, or even embarking on a successful music collaboration (his 2004 album Has Been with Ben Folds is a standout), William Shatner continues to explore the diverse realms of storytelling. Starting this summer, Shatner will serve as the narrator on a new version of ClangersBBC’s popular stop animation show from the 1960s.

NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Summer Press Day, April 2015 -- Sprout, "Clangers"  -- Pictured: (l-r) William Shatner, Zoe Bamsey, Executive Producer -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS — NBCUniversal Summer Press Day, April 2015 — Sprout, “Clangers” — Pictured: (l-r) William Shatner, Zoe Bamsey, Executive Producer — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Mr. Shatner was on hand to promote Clangers at the NBC/Universal Summer Press Day, which was held earlier this month at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, Ca. During the interview, I asked him if his approach to storytelling has changed over the years:

“I think everybody from 2 years old to 102 recognizes the truth in what you’re saying. If there’s a validity to what you’re saying – if you’ve acquired whatever the writer has written as a truth. If you understand the validity of what he (or she) has written, that communicates itself in the same way that talking to a child of three – they understand that truth.” 

The video version of Shatner’s complete answer is below (note – I’m just glad he described my dwindling, middle-aged self as a “young man”):

Clangers, which also features Monty Python member Michael Palin, premieres June 20, 2015 on Sprout’s Sunny Side Up Show.

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