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Leonard Nimoy on Star Trek

Published May 13, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Paramount
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Leonard Nimoy is gave his blessing to the new Star Trek movie by reprising his role as Spock. Thanks to the wonderful world of science fiction, old Spock can exist in the same story as the new Enterprise crew. Nimoy let the filmmakers reinvent their own vision of Trek but he was happy to support them.

Leonard Nimoy Returns as Spock


“I had no input on writing the character or the script, none,” Nimoy said. “My first meeting with Mr. Abrams and Orci and Kurtzman was would I be interested based on their feelings about Star Trek and their feelings about the Spock character and I was interested enough that I would read the script and be ready. I read the script and I agreed to do the film. Everyone [working on this film] is very, very talented and intelligent. They found their own way to bring that talent and intelligence to this movie, and I think it shows. If Chris Pine could do anything other than joining Starfleet after Bruce Greenwood told him what his life should be about, I would be shocked. I mean, the guy just had to do what Bruce Greenwood told him to! When Karl Urban introduced himself as Leonard McCoy and shook hands with Chris Pine, I burst into tears. I thought that performance of his would be so moving, so touching, so powerful, as Doctor McCoy that I think De Kelly would be smiling, and maybe in tears as well.”


Nimoy had no notes for Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the film. He just enjoyed passing the torch. “I thought Zachary’s choices in his performance often surprised me, in a very positive way. I often thought, ‘I would never have thought to do that! That’s a wonderful idea.’ I was, frankly, extremely jealous of his scenes with Zoe Saldana and I think it’s totally unfair that I never got to do that kind of stuff. I will never forgive the writers and the director for having put me in this position, that I have to be watching them instead of participating. These two, I think, were wonderful together and this is such a passionate performance by Zoe, that I was so pleased to be a part of this movie, with all these good people.’

Trekkers may know that early drafts of Star Trek: Generations included Spock but Nimoy declined to appear. “These people, the makers of this film, I think, re-awakened in me the passion I had when we made the original film and series. It went off in a direction that I didn’t relate to very well, that’s the simplest way to put it. I was put back in touch with what I cared about, what I like about Star Trek and why I enjoyed being involved in Star Trek. So, it was an easy way to come on home. They said things and showed me things, and demonstrated the sensibility that I thought was very comfortable with and I think that shows in the movie. I like it.”

Star Trek is out in theaters now.

For the posters, trailers, stills, reviews and additional info, go to the Star Trek Movie Page.
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