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William Shatner's ‘Carmageddon’ tweet: Watch my documentary

June 30, 2011 |  8:01 pm

Shatner Another celebrity has thrown his support behind the Los Angeles Police Department's plea to get the word out about the mid-July closure of the 405 Freeway.

William Shatner, known to millions as “Star Trek's” Capt. Kirk, issued a straightforward plea on his Twitter account Thursday, mixed with some good old-fashioned Hollywood promotion.

"LA friends have you heard about Carmegeddon? The 405 will close on July 16 &17. Stay at home preparing for The Captains on 7/21 on Epix. MBB"

"The Captains" documentary, produced by Shatner and appearing on the Epix Cable Network, is described as an in-depth look at the actors who have played "Star Trek" captains in the films and television shows.

"They are doing exactly what we had hoped, putting the word out to their fans and followers," said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith. "The more celebrities that participate, the more their fans will stay away that weekend. And that's good for everybody."

On Wednesday, the LAPD announced that it was asking celebrities with large Twitter followings – including actors, musicians and professional athletes - to send messages as a way to help authorities get the word out about the full closure of the 405 Freeway between I-10 and U.S. 101.

Officials want the celebrities not just to urge their followers to avoid the 10-mile stretch that will be closed on the weekend of July 15 but to encourage them to stay close to home.

Earlier Thursday, actor Ashton Kutcher became the first celebrity to respond to the LAPD's public service plea with a joke of sorts: He asked the LAPD to return the favor by tossing out a traffic ticket he received.

"LAPD askd me 2tweet: 405fwy btwn 10 & 101 will b closed July16-17. In xchange I would like a free pass on that stoplight tickt IT WAS YELLOW," Kutcher wrote Thursday.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: William Shatner Credit: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times