The ruse was revealed last night by Shatner and producers at a town gathering at Hall Park, and Shatner held an official press conference in Riverside at 11 a.m. today.
Shatner and producers of "Invasion Iowa" said at the press conference Wednesday that the purpose of their trip to Riverside was not to make anyone in the town look foolish. Instead, their goal was to document how a small town would react to a big Hollywood film coming in.
During his time in Riverside, Shatner treated other Hollywood staff members rudely to gauge how townspeople would react, for example.
Well, that explains why he had one of his staff members carrying around his Emmy award. Shows where people are conned like this are a lot funnier when it is someone else who is being fooled.
I guess he isn't entirely a bad guy here as producers did pay the town $100,000 for its trouble and members of the crew gathered another $12,000 to give to the elementary school.