George Takei disses William Shatner as 90-year-old 'guinea pig' for Blue Origin space trek

George Takei disses William Shatner as 90-year-old 'guinea pig' for Blue Origin space trek
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William Shatner can't get away from George Takei's criticism — even in space.

Takei, 84, called his 90-year-old former Star Trek co-star a "guinea pig" for elderly people in space. The two have publicly sparred for decades.

"He’s a guinea pig, 90 years old, and it’s important to find out what happens," Takei said Wednesday at a play opening.

Shatner flew aboard a civilian flight of Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin spacecraft Wednesday, which launched 66 miles above the Earth's surface. The journey, which Shatner took with three other passengers, made him the oldest man to travel to space.

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"So 90 years old is going to show a great deal more on the wear and tear on the human body, so he’ll be a good specimen to study," Takei, who played Sulu on Star Trek, added. "Although he’s not the fittest specimen of 90 years old, so he’ll be a specimen that’s unfit."

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Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on the series, seemed to be elated after the successful venture. He spoke about how it felt to visit space at 90 on Thursday.

"I had to walk up that platform. I was exhausted," he said on CBS This Morning. "My muscles hurt from all this training."

"I'm up there, and I say, 'Holy s*** — I am 90," he added.

"You're floating. Your gut is floating, your head is floating. The outside is, you're immersed in things that are indescribable," Shatner said. "I was so moved. And what I wanted when I said I want to hold on to it, it's like a truth that suddenly comes to you. And you don't want to dissipate it. You don't want to lose it. You want to hold it for the rest of your life."

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