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When stars aligned, oh so briefly…

May 27th, 2009 by Bill Corbett · 32 Comments

…there was a shining moment when Greatness met Greatness.

William Shatner and Adam West in ALEXANDER THE GREAT:

Alexander the Great

…And as quickly as it began, the dream vanished.

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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brad on May 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I must watch this movie.

  • 2 wbwolf on May 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    For your next live show, obviously guys.

  • 3 Invisible NanoGhost on May 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    How have I missed this?
    This must be riff-able!

  • 4 Craig Mayhem on May 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    A stunning collision of veritable cinematic superpowers! I had hoped this would happen one day and it already has. Woe unto me.

  • 5 TheDoLittle on May 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    The movie that inspire Ang Lee to make homoerotic softcore porn.

  • 6 Col_Shaggy on May 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    You know Adam West wasn’t half bad as an actor. Then of course Batman ruined his career, and his mind, and his body.
    He’s still not half bad, but unfortunately that means he’s just ALL bad.

  • 7 Jana on May 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Yes – homo-erotic greatness

  • 8 Popcorn Sonata on May 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm


  • 9 Gina on May 27, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    And JOSEPH COTTEN? What, was he in a slumming mood?

  • 10 redmans on May 27, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    They actually did briefly meet again, when William Shatner presented Adam West and Burt Ward with a TV Land award for “Batman”. You can see a bit of it here:

  • 11 jfe on May 27, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    In the meantime, it looks like Alexander needs a beamup, and Batman needs to find his utility belt.

  • 12 Damon B. on May 27, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    That last glance up at the end of the clip is freaking priceless.

  • 13 BEMaven on May 28, 2009 at 12:44 am

    With the title song performed by Iron Maiden?

  • 14 attaturk on May 28, 2009 at 12:49 am

    He was only known as “Alexander the Very Good” until Shatner redefined him for all time.

  • 15 Roper on May 28, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Stunning! When Alexander playfully swats Cleander with his sword, I felt transported to another time.

  • 16 Clambake on May 28, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Awesomeness. The two masters of the pause acting technique together in one scene (and I say that with respect).

  • 17 Wook on May 28, 2009 at 4:55 am

    Bad casting. Put two pregnant pausers together like that and the chance of production-stalling vapor lock increases logarithmically. The sudden ending of that youtube clip approximates this quite well, IMO.

  • 18 Ben on May 28, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Wait. I am still trying to wrap my mind around “Kingdom of the Spiders”: Shatner playing a character nicknamed “Rack” and acting in the same movie with Woody Strode.

    Gimme another decade or so…

  • 19 Earl Fando on May 28, 2009 at 5:35 am

    I knew Oliver Stone screwed up the story of Alexander, but …damn.

  • 20 chrismartindeed on May 28, 2009 at 6:04 am

    And I’m going to rush right out and burn a copy.

    The family doesn’t like open fires in the house.

  • 21 chrismartindeed on May 28, 2009 at 6:40 am

    If either Shatner or West cried out “Menelaus!”, that would just about do it for me.

  • 22 BEMaven on May 28, 2009 at 6:43 am

    They originally wanted Wendell Corey, but he was too drunk.

  • 23 MonkeyCheezPants on May 28, 2009 at 8:39 am

    It was actually the pilot for a series, if I recall correctly. I saw part of it once, as they were showing it at a local rep theater while people came in to see the greatest movie starring Shatner that’s entirely in Esperanto, “Incubus”.

    Anyway, Alexander… men in skirts. Lots of men in skirts. I remember that the women I was with seemed to concur that, at that period in history, Shatner had great legs.

  • 24 Wook on May 28, 2009 at 10:22 am

    On second viewing, Shatner looks kinda waxy. I smell a ruse. Corbett’s up to something.

  • 25 Earl Fando on May 28, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Well, you couldn’t do “Alexander” the Series in this day and age. Everyone would be muttering, “Hey, that little bald guy from Seinfeld finally got a show of his own.”

  • 26 Earl Fando on May 28, 2009 at 11:30 am

    My favorite part of the video is the quick shot of Mary Tyler Moore. The look on her face says, “Oh, great! I botoxed for this?”

  • 27 Gina on May 28, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    They could have made a great remake of “Touch of Satan.”

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  • 29 Earl Fando on May 29, 2009 at 11:53 am

    They cut a line from that scene:

    “Alexander, thou hast cleavest me another buttock!”

    They felt the language was too archaic.

  • 30 Bilal on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Yes, its too good, enjoy….

  • 31 Devin on Jul 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Still better than Colin Farrell.