William Shatner has made it clear he absolutely ‘doesn’t feel 90’ ahead of his historic launch into space.
The Star Trek actor made headlines across the world when he announced he would be blasted into space at the ripe old age of 90 making him the oldest person to ever go into space.
Ahead of the history-making moment, Shatner appeared on This Morning where he discussed his Star Trek character Captain Kirk, his incredible career and the prospect of heading out of this world with presenter Eamonn Holmes.
Eamonn quizzed the acting icon about his voyage on the Blue Origin rocket – owned by the private space company set up by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – and being the oldest person to head into space.
‘When you say to me, you’re 90 and I say, who are you talking about,’ Shatner replied.
‘I don’t know what 90 is, I’ve no idea what you’re talking about, I don’t feel 90!’
Prompted by Eamonn, he added: ‘I don’t look 90!’
Fans watching the interview also were surprised by his age, pointing out the ‘mad’ nature of the event.
One shared on Twitter: ‘No way, no way is @WilliamShatner 90! No way! @thismorning #ThisMorning Good luck in space William!’
‘William Shatner class act… never mind Star Trek though, he was brilliant in Boston Legal #ThisMorning,’ said another.
A third wrote: ‘The @WilliamShatner going into space today has to be the maddest story of the year, or maybe any year #ThisMorning.’
‘#ThisMorning Love @WilliamShatner, good luck sir on your voyage,’ commented a fourth viewer.
Further on into the chat, the TV host noted how his interviewee’s Star Trek character, Captain Kirk, ‘surrounded himself with people who knew how to do things.’Shatner joked: ‘Yeah you press a button on your chair and say get me more speed and the guy says, “I don’t have anymore!” do you know what I mean?!’
He was pictured on Wednesday morning alongside his fellow crew members as they prepared for the launch.
Shatner also shared a handwritten message to fans ahead of the event, which read: ‘This is the most important and practical concept for space use and for aiding in saving planet Earth.’
More famous faces recently made the same venture, as Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos recently completed trips into space.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.