From the Too Weird to Check files: William Shatner wants to be Prime Minister of Canada.  The star of Star Trek has reportedly set his sights on a place where many men have gone before, only they usually got there through years of political career-building.  But was he serious?

The 77-year-old star said: “My intention is to be Prime Minister of Canada, not Governor General, which is mainly a ceremonial position.”

Shatner revealed his lofty ambition in response to a letter from a fan who urged him to put himself forward for the Governor General of Canada. …

In his letter, Shatner regretfully added: “I must, with my deepest thanks, turn down your honourable intent to advance me as Governor General. Besides which, I don’t have time to be Governor General.” Despite his busy schedule, the actor is confident he has what it takes to run the country, explaining: “As Prime Minister I can lead Canada into even greater exploits.”

Such an effort might provide a bit of fun.  Who would Shatner name for his cabinet, given the chance?  And who would write his lines?  Jack Layton?

Alas, this sounds like a joke from Shatner, teasing the fan who suggested he take the largely-ceremonial position of Governor General.  He wouldn’t accept that, anyway.  He learned in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan never to give up command for a desk job.  (via The Corner)