William Shatner turned fiction into reality on Wednesday, decades after his reign as Captain Kirk in the 1966 series “Star Trek”, when he took off into space.
However, attention was soon drawn to the incredibly uncomfortable moment when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos cut off an emotional shatner to start a champagne spray party.
When the capsule returned to Earth on Texas soil, Jeff Bezos opened it to make sure everyone on board was safe.
On his return, Shatner summed up his lifelong dream with “It’s fun”.
The Canadian actor then told Bezos: “Everyone in the world has to do this – it was incredible.”
“What you have given me is the most profound experience. I’m so full of emotion about what just happened. I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can keep what I feel now I don’t want to lose it, ”he added.
As Shatner continued to open up about his profound experience in space, Bezos decided to interrupt him in the middle of the speech to pop the champagne.
Social media went into a frenzy after witnessing the “terrifying” interruption.
One tweeted, “A massively uncomfortable moment when Shatner starts telling Bezos how deep the room was, but all Bezos wants to do is open some champagne.”
“It’s so fascinating to watch William Shatner at a poetic moment amid a load of champagne popping billionaires,” added another.
“I watched this part contract,” remarked another user. “This man had a transformative experience and you want to spray champagne? Pooh. And @MandaEdge I thought the same when she made SURE she was in that camera shot. “
The 90-year-old actor made history as the oldest person to launch into space aboard the suborbital Blue Origin capsule developed by Bezos.
He was assisted by Audrey Powers, a vice president of Blue Origin; Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Earth imaging satellite company; and Glen de Vries, a senior executive at French software company Dassault Systèmes.
Bezos reportedly invited Shatner to take a trip to space on the Blue Origin rocket because he’s such a massive Trekie.
The trip was initially set to take place earlier this week, but it had to be delayed because of adverse weather conditions.
Once the weather cleared, though, Shatner and his fellow passengers Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries were cleared for launch and set off for the stars.
The crew experienced about three minutes of weightlessness during the flight before their capsule began its descent and touched down in Texas.
Shatner admitted ahead of the launch to being terrified about making the launch. “I’m terrified. I’m Captain Kirk, and I’m terrified. I’m not really terrified, yes I am,” he admitted at Comic-Con last week. “It comes and goes like a summer cold. I’m planning on putting my nose against the window, and my only hope is I won’t see someone else looking back.”