Bill gets a lot of guff for his hammy performances, overly dramatic delivery, and his one-note characters. but I’d like to point out a few examples that prove once and for all that dammit, Jim… this man can act. I bet you can tell right off the bat what kind of animal he is.
In this next clip, Bill plays not only James Kirk, but also a James Kirk confronting an alien pretending to be James Kirk confronting the real James Kirk. The differences are so subtle as to seem imaginary! This clip also shows us it’s impossible to have too much Bill.
Finally, we get another look at Bill stretching his acting chops to the limit, as he plays not only a comanche (that is uniquely white, blonde, and speaks with a midwestern accent) but also a cowboy who looks, talks, and dresses exactly the same, as well as rides the same horse. They pass back and forth within several feet of each other trying to fill each other with lead, until one of them unfortunately shoots the cameraman.
On second thought… maybe Bill deserves some of the criticism…