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William Shatner Gets a 'Do-Over' at Captain Kirk's Death Scene on “Star Trek” – Watch!

Shatner reflected on his iconic death scene one day before he celebrated his 93rd birthday

William Shatner had the chance to redo one of his most iconic performances.

On Thursday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Shatner, 93, opened up why he wasn’t a fan of Captain Kirk’s death scene in Star Trek.

“You said in the documentary [You Can Call Me Bill] that your last appearance as Captain Kirk, you didn’t love your acting or your take on your line in the movie,” host Jimmy Kimmel told the actor.

“Well, yes. Somehow when you say it, it sounds awful,” Shatner clarified before going on to “rephrase” Kimmel’s interpretation.

<p>Santiago Felipe/Getty</p> William Shatner visits SiriusXM Studios on September 6, 2018 in New York City.

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William Shatner visits SiriusXM Studios on September 6, 2018 in New York City.

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“As an earnest artist, the take is on me. Captain Kirk is dying. So how does a person die? How do you die? How do you know when you’re dying?” he asked.

“I think you die the way you live,” he continued. “So Captain Kirk always had these grotesque things happening, ‘Oh look at that. It’s an animal. I think it’s going to eat me.’ But without fear, but with joy and love and opportunity to see what’s better.”

The pair then watched the scene from 1994’s Star Trek Generations which saw Captain Kirk fatally injured when attempting to stop Tolian Soran from destroying a planetary system. In the pivotal moment, Kirk says the phrase “oh my” as blood streams out of his mouth before his death.

CBS Photo Archive/Getty William Shatner in "Star Trek"
CBS Photo Archive/Getty William Shatner in "Star Trek"

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“I ad libbed the, ‘Oh my.’ I thought he would see death, an old man with the scythe on his shoulder, and look at it and wonder,” Shatner explained.

He added that he ultimately “sounded fearful” in the performance and he “didn’t want to be fearful.”

Kimmel then gave him the opportunity to “do-over” the scene. The talk show host surrounded him with fake rocks and asked if he wanted to use ketchup as a replacement for blood. He performed a redo of the memorable scene for the audience, which you can watch above.

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