Jeff Bezos ‘Game’ of welcoming William Shatner from space as the Planet of the Apes character

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Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos, will bring Star Trek’s William Shatner safely into space and back on October 13th. Although the launch has been postponed for a day due to the expected winds in Texas, it doesn’t stop Shatner’s fans from preparing for departure. Late last week, a user tweeted a still image from the 1968 science fiction epic Planet of the Apes, joking that everyone should surprise Shatner by welcoming him as a monkey on his return. Bezos replied, “I’m game.”

For those who don’t know, Planet of the Apes revolves around astronaut George Taylor (portrayed by Charlton Heston), whose spaceship crashes on a seemingly strange planet run entirely by monkeys who talk and dress up like humans. SPOILER ALERT: Things take an exhilarating turn when Taylor realizes he didn’t land on an alien planet, but on Earth itself, now run by evolved apes after all humans were killed in a nuclear war. In the viral tweet, the user (@LeahsLounge) suggested that everyone welcome Shatner dressed as a monkey and play a prank on the Captain Kirk actor.

Here is Bezos’ response to the tweet:

I am game. https://t.co/JVbuGzztje

– Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) October 11, 2021

In case you’re wondering, Bezos was just kidding about the prank, and it’s reasonable to assume that Blue Origin members don’t dress up in monkey suits to surprise the veteran actor.

The Blue Origin mission is to carry Shatner and three other crew members. You will spend four minutes in weightlessness and then return to Earth in a suborbital rocket. At 90, Shatner becomes the oldest person in space.

In July, Bezos was part of the crew making the first Blue Origin flight across the Karman Line, an imaginary boundary known as the space boundary.

Meanwhile, during the extra time available to him due to the launch delay, Shatner has tweeted and responded to questions from his followers.

When a user asked him about his “recording” of the meme that was making the rounds on social media, the actor said, “You can’t imagine the number of fans emailing it to me all claiming to be them would have made this ridiculous meme. “

You can’t imagine how many fans emailed it to me claiming they made this ridiculous meme. ???? #peopleareweird https://t.co/ZLYqp8aEQ8

– William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) October 12, 2021

Another user wondered if he could tweet from space and if he could it would be great. Shatner replied, “I can’t take my phone with me and it’s probably not a good idea to hack your communications array to try to log into Twitter.”

I can’t take my phone with me and it’s probably not a good idea to hack your communication array to try to log into Twitter. ????????? ‍♂️ ???? https://t.co/gBFpmJi6iK

– William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) October 12, 2021

Bezos is in a race with other private players like Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic to enter the evolving space tourism market. Branson beat Bezos a week to embark on a private mission into space.

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