At the Official Creation Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas last month Leonard Nimoy helped Crytpic Studios roll out their new Star Trek Online game and while there he talked to game site Warcry. The interview is now online and it includes some discussion of a particular scene in the new Star Trek movie. [Spoilers]
Nimoy on Quinto and their scene together
From the new interview at Warcry:
Warcry: What were your thoughts when you saw Zachary Quinto as the Spock character for the first time?
Leonard Nimoy: It was very moving to me. You know, I’m 77 years old and it’s time for me to move on. If it had been a lesser actor, and I’m not just talking about his looks, his looks are appropriate. A lot of people say he looks just like me, but he’s a very, very good actor, very intelligent. He’s well-trained. He knows his business, his work, he’s very professional. And if it had been a lesser actor it could have been disturbing for me to see the character pass on to somebody who I didn’t think was appropriate. He was a very appropriate actor for it and I’m very pleased that the character passed on to him. I think it’s in good hands.
Warcry: So this is someone that you feel comfortable with as your successor?
Leonard Nimoy: Yeah, I admire his work. I saw some of the footage and I’ve done a scene with him in the movie, which is fascinating – the two of us standing there talking to each other. And I saw some of the other work he did in the picture. He’s very good. So I think the Spock character has a good future.
This is not the first time Nimoy has spoken about working with Quinto, although he seems to imply they only have one scene together. On stage at the Vegas convention (see TrekMovie story) both he and Quinto also talked about their scene together, noting that Nimoy worked much more with Simon Pegg than with Quinto (backing up that there may only be one ‘two Spocks’ scene). Nimoy also talked about what it was like acting in the scene, saying:
Nimoy: The thing that was difficult for me was my very first day on the movie, we have this complicated and very interesting scene together. And I didn’t feel totally on my ground yet, particularly with this kind of scene. I had never played with another Spock before, it was weird.
In Vegas, Nimoy also spoke to the USA Today about this scene, giving a little more detail:
Nimoy: We actually have a scene together, which is quite special. We meet coincidentally in a time crossover.
Nimoy and Quinto saluting together in Vegas
Abrams Star Trek is big, but STIV was fun
Nimoy has often spoken about how the new Star Trek movie is the biggest and most epic film in the franchise to date, but when asked which film was the most fun to film he thought back to 1986:
Nimoy: For me, filming Star Trek IV was the most fun, because there was humor, because everybody was excited about the script. They liked the script, they liked the idea. It had a thematic reason for existence, the whole idea of dealing with the ecology, the problems of the ecology. The whales were a metaphor for the planet in general. It wasn’t really about saving the whales, it was about saving the planet, and I think the audiences responded to that very well. The work in San Francisco was fun to do. I think, too, the characters for the most part; people like Walter Koenig as Chekov, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, and George Takei. Everybody had something meaningful to do in the movie and that hadn’t always been the case in the previous films. So we had a good time doing it.
More from Nimoy on Star Trek and Star Trek Online at Warcry.
Nimoy introducing Star Trek Online in Vegas