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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

It’s about to be a very Nicholas Meyer-centric few days here on AICN. Tomorrow I have a little bit of Meyer news to announce, but first up is today’s BTS pic from the Meyer directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan where a deranged looking William Shatner squeezes some poor dude’s head (checking for ripeness, maybe?).

At first I thought the squeezee was Meyer, but I’ve seen shots of the man from this time period (and from his first directorial effort, the great Time After Time) and unless The Shat is transforming his face using sheer might I don’t think that’s him. Maybe a more educated Trek 2 fan can point out the identity of the squeezed man in the talkback below.

Even if it remains a mystery for all time, this picture is funny as hell. So, since I don’t believe in the no win scenario, I count it a win.

Click to embiggen! Enjoy!




Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic can only be attributable to human error.

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  • May 3, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Hervé Villechaize?

    by Mike Fornes

  • May 3, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Is Meyer Directing the New Star Trek Film?

    by Chris Hart

    Is he directing the new film? I hope so, because it will definitely be awesome then!

  • May 3, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    his shoulder pads are out of control

    by MotherPussBucket

    and he's got peter lorre!

  • May 3, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Looks like a young Alfred Molina. Adios, Sapito!

    by Tim

    you throw me the idol, i throw you the whip. looks like alfred molina to me!

  • May 3, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Meyer would never be allowed to direct the new Trek

    by kwisatzhaderach

    He's talented. Looking forward to the Meyer news though, whatever it is.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Wrath of Khan is FUCKING AWESOME. The majesty of Horner's opening credits for Khan is better than JJ's entire film. And then there's another 110 minutes of Khan to follow.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    thats Meyer in the pic - 99.9% certain


    never seen that pic b4 and i thought i seen em all! wonder what the Meyer news is gonna be? involved somehow in Trek 2? script polishing or something? (crosses fingers)...maybe even directing? (oh man...) or gonna be something else?.....Wolverine?

  • May 3, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    ..its Satipo..and you call yourself a librarian..;-)

  • May 3, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    The pic is of Meyer

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Here he is with Nimoy:

  • May 3, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Mark Ruffalo

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

  • May 3, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Admiral Kirk wore an 80s digital watch in TWOK?


    wow who knew - i'll keep my eyes peeled next time i watch Trek II

  • May 3, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Holy shat!

    by FilmFanatik

    Mad as a hatter in this one.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Shatners giving Meyer the vulcan mind meld...


    trying to implant his amazing "Indiana Kirk and the Quest for God" pitch in there...

  • May 3, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    It's the Big Giant Head - Third Rock-style

    by Jeff Myers

    Shat, squeezes out his big-giant ego.

  • 'Cause you know it's gonna happen.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Thats the face Shat always makes before snapping a neck

    by JackieJokeman

  • May 3, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Ray Romano was a PA?

    by TheBoManKicksAssAndTakesBlame

    Never knew that

  • May 3, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Funny how fast Shatner aged between the TV series and the movies.

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The end of the show to the first movie was only 13 years, yet Shatner looks like he aged at least 30 years (and fifty pounds) between the two. Funny how some actors hardly seem to age, while others fall apart within a period of only a few years. Look at Roger Moore...still reasonably presentable in 1979's Moonraker, yet looks like he's aged about 15 years by the time 1981's For Your Eyes Only rolled around.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    man wearing Michael Myers flesh mask kills Nick Meyer shocker!


  • May 3, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty


    in season 3 of TOS he looked like he was serging more to how hed look in the movies...maybe its the thicker bushier hair, few pounds heavier anyway Shatner looked great in the first couple of movies

  • May 3, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Meyer doesn't have a cigar sticking out of his mug

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Thats why Quint doesn't recognize him.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by Mr Lucas

    I wish all your comments would disappear xD I'm here all week folks.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    news = Meyer directing Terminator 5?


    he did do the Day After right? looks like Lin doing F&F 6

  • Think-he-has-a-fever..............

  • May 3, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by Mennen

  • May 3, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach - Absolutely!

    by Mennen

  • May 3, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    "...or the one."

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • May 3, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's pic was believed to be "deliberately buried."

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Captain Kirk please attend to the cockpit.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Also, I really like women

    by Proman1984


  • May 3, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Wrath Of Khan is Star Trek perfected....

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    ... and along with Search For Spock and Voyage Home kicks off a damn superb trilogy. Star Trek '09 is Star Trek rebooted, rekindled, reignited, revitalised, reborn and reperfected. Yep. I love both. And I love even more how that makes Kwitz's and Assy's heads EXPLODE.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    "I could crush your head-like a nut..."

    by top_cat_james

    but I won't-because I need you..."

  • May 3, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I used to have hair like William Shatner's toupee

    by Denty420

    ... just not on my head.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Glad to see phrenology has become a respected science in Kirk's time...

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • May 3, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    @tommygavinsego: You had me until your ST`09 gushing

    by cookepuss

    ST`09 was a good, fun movie and not at all a ST:Nemesis or ST5 level travesty. At the same time, it wasn't the second coming of the franchise. For one thing, it's always a dangerous proposition to play the time game without confusing or alienating the core audience. While I think that nobody was confused by the time travel aspect, I think that it was too damn risky to place the future of the franchise in the hands of an alternate, parallel world. ST'09 drew a clear line in the sand and separated ST:TOS fans from those of the later, far superior entries into the TV line. I'm not sure that every ST fan is/was ready to give up the happenings of the 24th century crews or their universe. The rich universe crafted on the TV front was not forgotten, but still tossed aside somewhat. My second problem with ST'09 was that it felt a bit shallow. In order for them to reboot the characters, some were painted in somewhat simple terms. That led to some fairly tragic mishandling of characters like Chekov or Scotty. This caricaturization also led to an underwhelming sort of role for Bana. ST has rarely been known for its captivating bad guys, but Bana's Nero fell below even Tribble territory. My final problem had to do with some of the more obvious and glaring contrivances. The ice planet scene, where Kirk conveniently finds Spock could've been written by any fanboy. Look at how long it took to find Bin Laden. Look how easily Kirk accidentally found Spock. To call this an amateurish oversight would be an insult to amateurs. ST'09 had some truck sized holes. Overall, it was a good movie, but not a great one. For me, the best Start Trek flicks were.... Motion Picture, Wrath of Khan, Voyage Home, and First Contact. The rest were hit and miss, with Generations and `09 being right on that border. As far as this pic.... That's some special loving, Denny Crane style. =)

  • May 3, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    There is a video online

    by gooseud

    which I'm sure you have all seen, an interview with Meyer about how, upon yelling "CUT!" on the Spock death scene, he turned around to see the entire crew and cast in tears, literally, totally unprepared for what Nimoy and Shatner brought to the table. The funny part is Meyer had never even seen a n episode before, so had no idea what everyone was so emotional about LOL

  • May 3, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    having said that

    by gooseud

    that Spock scene is one of the get-out-of-jail free moments for open weeping by grown men.

  • You're right.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Best ST movie with ST8 comming close second

    by KilliK


  • May 3, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Oh and JJ and Orci and co? FU for the reboot abomination

    by KilliK

    your casting was excellent but you fucked everything else.i hope the sequel will have smaller BO success than the first one.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Me too, Braindrain

    by Astronut

    The Abrams Trek has a lot going for it. I don't get why some people trash it as if it were some kind of sub-standard POS.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST


    by BSB

    getting a transference of the Shat's directorial talent.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    head like a fucking orange!

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    get Pilkington in here!

  • May 3, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST


    by BSB

    Did he convert?

  • on everyone and will likely kill 200,000 or more from cancer hasn't been concreted over and is impossible to find in the news. Meanwhile ca tap water is now radioactive. Oh yeah. Because the needs of the few that get selected to live through the globalist attack are outweighing the many. Maybe it's not a globalist attack though. Maybe it's just an attack of STUPID CUNTS who have no idea what in the FUCK they are doing. Concrete over it. You saving it for christmas? You got things you need to still need to do with a leaking, unusable death spewing, broken beyond any repair reactor? I mean besides making sure tons of slow death escapes? No? Can't think of anything else? Well then concrete the fuck over it you STUPID CUNTS.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST


    by BSB

    Did they learn nothing from Trek II?

  • May 3, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Nick Meyer saved Star Trek

    by Keith

    Uncredited, he rewrote much of the script, shaped it into the excellent form we all know, and directed the bloody thing to boot. Without Wrath of Khan, there would be no Star Trek.

  • May 4, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    ST II TWOK great story in its day

    by corplhicks

    rarely surpassed-- some episodes of STDS9, latter episodes involving the Dominion War Arc-- great stuff ! REALLY great. STTNG had a large handful of stellar episodes STVOY rarely great stories, but some STENT OMFG they killed the Franchise. KILLED IT Cheap looking aliens in Nazi uniforms-- DONE STTOS TONS of great stories, politically and socially relevant !

  • May 4, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Yes, that is Nicholas Meyer!

    by Jake Pantlin

    The man who saved Star Trek. God bless him! He has directed a number of othe rmovies ove rthe years (many TV movies and mini-series). I would love to see him direct a three-part Star Trek: The Next Generation mini-series for TV (HBO, Showcase, AMC, or Sy-Fy.) That series deserves a better send off.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Probably the best Trek film.

    by v3d

  • May 4, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    It's Nick, no doubt

    by botanybay

    And he is a very nice man. Not the typical Hollywood douche, but a very warm, personable, and engaging guy. Can't help but root for him. Even without his Trek stuff, I'd still love his Holmes pastiches, and I'm very grateful to him for introducing me to the works of Robertson Davies. He's been through a lot, and I wish him nothing but the best. I hope you've got some good news, Quint.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    By the way Shatner, nice watch!

    by Jake Pantlin

    Is that starfleet issue?

  • May 4, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    By the way Shatner, nice watch!

    by Jake Pantlin

    Is that starfleet issue?