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September 27, 2018 Shatner cancels Cedar Rapids Khan show
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Area Star Trek fans will not have the opportunity to hear William Shatner’s side of the story about the 2004 prank he played on the city of Riverside.

Shatner was scheduled to appear in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Sept. 28 as part of his “Wrath of Khan” screening tour, but the show was canceled last week due to scheduling conflicts.

In a telephone interview with The News in early August, Shatner discussed filming a “movie” in Riverside in 2004, which turned out to be a prank on the city.

“I stayed 10 days with a film crew shooting in Riverside, hiring people to be in the movie and setting up scenes to be in the movie,” Shatner said. “In fact, what I was doing was shooting the people of Riverside reacting to a movie being made in their town. I punked the whole town for 10 days.”

He said that after the 10 days of shooting, guilt began to set in, saying, “It was like the spy who came in from the cold.”

“We were so in love with the people of Riverside, and we were so filled with remorse that we had fooled them, there were tears in debriefings every day,” he added. “I have remained guilty about what we had done to people who were friends of ours. There’s a whole story of Riverside, Iowa, that I will have to get into when I come to Cedar Rapids.”

Anyone who purchased tickets for the show will receive full refunds.

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