11. The kiss that changed the world
As the Captain of a star ship, William Shatner kissed a lot of women. When it came to his kiss with Uhura in 1968, the TV landscape was shaken to its core by the first interracial lip-lock between Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura.
The studios were extremely worried about the world’s reaction and the mutiny it would caused. They required a second take be shot where they didn’t kiss, but it all worked out in the end. According to Nichelle Nichols who played Uhura, she received many surprisingly positive letters from all over the country.
In addition to this, maybe some of you already know this (or maybe not), but Uhura was initially supposed to be kissing our favorite green-blooded Vulcan, Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy). But William Shatner saw the two “rehearsing” and adamantly demanded that if anyone were to kiss Uhara, that it was going to be him…and the rest was history.
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