On Tuesday, Shatner tweeted “He who must not be named’s bff is now unblocked,” referring to Isaacs Harry Potter character Lucious Malfoy, who was a Death Eater and servant of Lord Voldemort.
He who must not be named’s bff is now unblocked.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 28, 2017
Isaacs tweeted in response:
To be unblocked by @WilliamShatner I had to marry off a ginger royal, fire an intercontinental missile at Japan and get Trump not to insult heroic Native American code-talkers in front of an offensive painting of their worst enemy (that he put there). #TwoOutOfThreesNotBad
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) November 28, 2017
Isaacs, who joined the Star Trek family as Captain Lorca in the rebooted Netflix series, posted a message to the social networking site detailing his dismay, though he doesn’t seem to be taking the snub too badly:
I’ve been blocked by @WilliamShatner. The unkindest cut of all. In what way have I broken the prime directive Captain? Was it the end of sentence minor-key uptick? The quizzical eyebrow (and blue eyeliner)? The just too-tight uniform? Forgive me my sins – it’s an homage, I swear.
The feud may have stemmed from a Twitter spat the two had after Shatner took issue with some comments Isaacs allegedly made, about the long-running sci-fi series, in an interview.
I've been blocked by @WilliamShatner. The unkindest cut of all. In what way have I broken the prime directive Captain? Was it the end of sentence minor-key uptick? The quizzical eyebrow (and blue eyeliner)? The just too-tight uniform? Forgive me my sins – it's an homage, I swear.
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) November 27, 2017
“Bill Shatner started to troll me online,” he told the Telegraph. “I was misquoted about Star Trek, and we got into this wild banter with each other. Then I met him and he seemed to have no knowledge of it at all.
“So I’m not sure he does his own Twitter feed, but I rather enjoy engaging with whoever online William Shatner is.”
Shatner is famous for having several feuds with other celebrities. There was the time when he published a series of YouTube posts blasting his former Star Trek co-star George Takei for not inviting him to his 2008 wedding to Brad Altman, despite their decades-long feud, and his animosity towards the late Leonard Nimoy stemmed from their time shooting the original series in the Sixties.
The actor was reportedly jealous of the amount of fan mail his co-star was getting and even Nimoy spoke of the the fact that he had dialogue taken away from him because Shatner felt his character looked unintelligent compared to Spock:
A major area of conflict was Bill’s concern that Spock was getting ahead of Kirk in terms of problem solving,” Nimoy laments. “Bill was worried that Kirk would seem unintelligent by contrast. And so lines of dialogue that had logically been Spock’s soon became Kirk’s.
Even Nichelle Nicholls, who played Uhura nearly quit the original Star Trek series because of Shatner’s alleged behaviour on set.
At least Jason Isaacs is in distinguished company.