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Eat, Fry, Love: William Shatner's cautionary tale on exploding turkeys

Canadian icon William Shatner has added another unique credit to his already diverse acting resume: a starring role in an online "docudrama" about the dangers of exploding turkeys.

The Star Trek legend plays himself in Eat, Fry, Love, a cautionary tale about turkey fryers.

It's been released by insurance company State Farm in advance of U.S. Thanksgiving, apparently the most common day of the year for cooking fires.

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State Farm says Shatner was once a victim of a turkey frying accident himself, making him perfect for the tongue-in-cheek — and yet serious — video.

"I once loved this piece of metal," Shatner intones during the clip as the camera zeroes in on a discarded turkey fryer in a garbage dump. "But our relationship ended suddenly."

He's later seen engulfed in computer-generated flames.

"I was young and arrogant. Blinded by my hunger I ignored safety, spat in the face of science," Shatner laments.

The Montreal-born Shatner, of course, has had a storied career as a pitchman, heading up memorable campaigns for Priceline and All-Bran.

In a more serious State Farm video linked to Eat, Fry, Love, firefighters demonstrate how a turkey fryer accident can quickly result in a large fire.

"(It's) so dangerous you can't even imagine," Shatner says in the clip.

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"I've burned myself, almost burned my house down. It's a great taste but you've got to be safe."

The turkey docudrama is the latest of several projects for the busy 80-year-old entertainer.

Last month, Shatner released an album called Seeking Major Tom, while a Star Trek documentary that he wrote and directed made its TV debut.

He also embarked on a tour called How Time Flies, appearing onstage to discuss his life and career.

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