The 80-year-old Shatner has called the show “‘Combat!’ in drag,” referring to the World War II series that was made by the same producer, Selig J. Seligman, and noted that West was “a neat guy to work with,” but he wasn’t especially interested in speaking more extensively about the long-gone endeavor. West, now 82, however, offered a vivid snapshot of the forgotten toga days.
“Four o’clock in the morning out in the desert of St. George, Utah, where it was mighty cold, they were putting body makeup on us so we could wear our little thongs and ride around on Arabian studs and fight the Persians,” West said with melodramatic vibrato. “You had to see this thing. It was like ‘Land of the Lost.’ But Bill was remarkably effective. I think he’s always good. If you’re one of those people who have presence and poise and that aura, whatever you want to call it, things work and it entertains people.