William Shatner is a veteran actor, accomplished author, maestro of the spoken word, and a turkey fryer burn survivor. After an accident with a turkey fryer several years ago, Shatner is taking up the cause by warning others of the potential hazards they may face this Thanksgiving in a new docudrama Eat, Fry, Love.
To warn others in the Shatnerverse that turkey fryer accidents are of serious concern, Shatner teamed up with insurance giant State Farm to produce the online video reenacting his own personal trauma with the fryer.
I love to fry turkey and have been doing it for years, but I am not immune to frying accidents, Shatner says. In fact, my family now gathers together to watch my mishaps. Several years ago I was even burned on my arms after accidentally dropping the turkey in the hot oil. People need to remember that hot oil and turkey can be a dangerous combination.
With Thanksgiving approaching, Eat, Fry, Love offers a tongue-in-cheek warning to families across America.
The video opens with a look inside a discarded fryer - the fryer that attacked Shatner some years ago.
I once loved this piece of metal, Shatner says. But our relationship ended suddenly.
Shatner goes on to proselytize his love for the turkey fryer and how it came to be an American favorite. He talks of how he was young and arrogant when he made a poor decision.
Blinded by my hunger I ignored safety and spat in the face of science, Shatner says. Because of his poor use of the turkey fryer, he caught on fire.
The fry-happy actor struggled with his love/hate relationship with the fryer for years until one day he realized that fire, metal, oil and turkey are glorious when in harmony.
Shatner, reunited with his turkey fryer, finishes his spiel by offering tips on how to properly use the machine, including a caution about using too much oil, when to turn off the turkey fryer flame, where to fry the turkey (away from the house and not on a wooden deck), turkey preparation prior to deep frying, and keeping a grease-fire-approved extinguisher nearby.
The turkey-loving thespian wants to know how you're going to keep your family safe from turkey fryer fires. Join Shatner's fryers club and tweet tips and comments to #ShatnerFryersClub.
Remember: Ignorance is the friend of accidents. Be enemies with ignorance.