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EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Leonard Nimoy May 4, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Fringe,Interview,Nimoy,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

Since Comic Con 2007 one of the greatest sources of comfort for Trek fans was knowing that Leonard Nimoy had decided to come out of retirement for this new Star Trek. In a new exclusive interview with TrekMovie we talk to the original Spock about returning to the role, fan concerns about canon, Shatner, Fringe, Quinto’s Spock and much more. [interview contains SPOILERS]

 

 

TrekMovie interview with Leonard Nimoy
 

For my interview with Leonard Nimoy, it started off with him asking me a question…

Leonard Nimoy: You saw the movie, did you have some thoughts about it?

TrekMovie.com: Quite a few.

Nimoy: Good ones?

TrekMovie: [sarcastic] It’s OK

Nimoy: [laughs]

TrekMovie: You probably didn’t read my 4000 word review, but I did effuse over the film. …Maybe you you agree with this. The thought I came away with is that this feels like 1982 again to me. It feels like when Nick [Meyer] and Harve [Bennett] came in and said "let’s shake things up."… They kind of created a new bedrock, a look and tone, that flowed through a series of films. You changed things up in the second one, but certainly that series in the 80s was more based on the 82 film [Wrath of Khan], than on the 79 film [The Motion Picture].

Nimoy: I think that’s fair…the second Star Trek movie put the franchise back on track. The first one derailed us, it didn’t do us any good. Perhaps some people made some money. The second one put us back on track and what happened, unintentionally, we didn’t realize that we were at the beginning of a trilogy. That the three films, II, III and IV, told a story that had and arc to day and they hung together in an interesting way. III was obligatory, we had to get Spock back and IV was the completion of that cycle. After that, the films became somewhat of ‘toss something in the air and see what happens.’ And were not so grounded in continuity. But I think this film — I am not saying it is going to start a trilogy — but I think it is doing just exactly what you are describing. It creates a whole new way of looking at Star Trek. A fresh revitalizing of the franchise.


Nimoy thinks that "Star Trek" will put the franchise back on track, just like "Wrath of Khan"

TrekMovie: In a sense your character is an embodiment of the single timeline from "The Cage" through to episode you did on The Next Generation ["Unification"]. And they tie into that in this film, with you left on Romulus and all that. But you go back and what they have done is this kind of alternative timeline. What do you think of this notion of going back, but also kind of creating this open-ended new Star Trek future?

Nimoy: Well the alternative timeline gives them license to escape from canon concerns. I can’t see people saying ‘they shouldn’t do that because…’ or ‘that doesn’t tie in to such and such’ because it is a different time and place. Am I right about that?

TrekMovie: There is a strange irony with some fans. What you say is of course true and that is what Bob [Orci] and Alex [Kurtzman] would say. And in a way, by doing this, they preserve everything you guys ever did, because they are not changing any of that. If they had however said this movie takes place during the events of say "Balance of Terror" but everything looked different, then you could go ‘that is a total violation’ but what they are saying is, ‘no we are over here’ [on another timeline]. Some Trek fans appreciate that, but others would like to see something set right in there and try to get it close. But they are a smaller group of fans, but there are concerns over…

Nimoy: How small is that group?

TrekMovie: I would say 15% [number based on polls indicating the ‘purist’ element of fandom here at TrekMovie]

Nimoy: I don’t want to speak for JJ [Abrams] and Bob and Alex, they are certainly capable of speaking for themselves. There is no way in the world that a Star Trek film will please every Star Trek follower or fan, no way. And to try to would be a death sentence, you just can’t. You twist yourself into pretzels over ‘what are they going to say about this’…for god’s sake what are people going to say about Uhura and Spock having the relationship they have in this movie? What? I thought it was wonderful and touching and effective. I saw JJ quoted very recently on fan complaints of the kind you are referring to and what he said was something like "stay home and be angry" so just don’t see the movie, if that is what your life is about and that is the way you want to envision your relationship to Star Trek and the world, fine. This is a movie. It is a movie! You want to go see it — chances are you are going to enjoy yourself if you open your mind to it. If you go to see it to find fault and to point out the things you think are inconsistencies, chances are you won’t have a good time and you would have wasted your time and money so why bother? But if you go to it with an open mind, I think chances are very very good you will see very well made and interesting movie. The characters are all accessible. I think they are all well portrayed by very talented and intelligent actors. I’m impressed with every single one of them. I was shocked to see Winona Ryder so effective as Spock’s mother — I didn’t think it would work, I couldn’t envision her in the role. This really works — that wonderful scene between see and Zachary when he semi-apologizes for negating his human side and asks that she not take it as an insult, is so wonderful. They are both wonderful. I can’t see any reason to worry anymore about the people who are going to say this isn’t right. I am not worried about it.


Nimoy’s message to Trek fans — "have an open mind"

TrekMovie:I think most people aren’t worried now, but two years ago there were legitimate reasons to be asking questions…You, yourself, didn’t immediately come on board until after reading the script.

Nimoy: Yes, of course. And then there is the whole Shatner thing, and "if he is not in the movie it is not Star Trek and I wont see it, etc, etc."…OK, OK, it’s over. It’s all done, it is behind us.

TrekMovie: Speaking of Bill, you guys just had a nice get together [at the charity Horse show], what was that like?

Nimoy: We always have a lot of fun together, we finish each other’s sentences. We are like brothers, we are brothers. I consider Bill a very very close friend of mine and he feels the same way. We always enjoy each other. We get together for dinners every once in a while and I admire Bill. I admire his energy. I admire what he has done with his career. And there is nothing negative in our relationship.

TrekMovie: It seems like Chris [Pine] had a good time and hopefully we can put all that Bill vs. JJ nonsense behind us, because I don’t think it was ever as serious as people thought it was.

Nimoy: No. I think they were both playing it, frankly. I know Bill likes to play the press.

TrekMovie: I think some of this just doesn’t play well in print. Like back in 2007 in at the Trek convention in Vegas, you may have been there, when on stage Bill called JJ an a–hole. It is hard to convey his sense of humor when you just read it.

Nimoy: I wasn’t there for that so I can’t comment. Bill says JJ never offered him a role, JJ says he did, I am not passing judgment, it’s over.

TrekMovie: Well there is always the sequel. In our last interview you said you were open to it and I think recently you said it…

Nimoy: Never say never

TrekMovie: But you used to say ‘never’

Nimoy: Yeah, yeah, I know…I am older and wiser.

TrekMovie: In fact you have already said ‘yes’ to JJ…

Nimoy: I said I would take his call…oh for Fringe, yes. We shot the first piece and I will do a couple of episodes [next year]. It was very brief. Olivia walks into a room, doesn’t know where she is, looks around and she is in a strange place. I come in. She says "where am I and who are you?" and I answer, very very briefly and I introduce myself as William Bell and that is pretty much what the scene is about.


Nimoy in Fringe finale (airing next week)

TrekMovie: Didn’t Bill try hard to get you onto Boston Legal?

Nimoy: He asked me if I would do it and I said no…I said no because I thought it was ‘stunty’ and I didn’t want to do a stunt thing. Same thing with Heroes. They asked me to do a role in Heroes as well and I said no.

TrekMovie: To play Sylar’s father?

Nimoy: I guess so, yeah.

TrekMovie: In one of our first interviews you had talked about seeing Mission Impossible III, right after Comic-Con…in talking about Mission you noted that modern films are much more complex these days. So in looking at this film, at the plot and the time travel, and how it is spanning over many years, how do you feel about the complexity of this film?

Nimoy: In January I bumped into an acquaintance who said "how is the Star Trek movie?" and I said "I think it is great" and he said "did you direct it?" cause he really didn’t know, and I said "I wouldn’t know how." Which is true. The technology is so advanced over what we were doing when I was directing, I’d have to take a training course. I’d have to sit down with people and say "how do you do these shots?" I could learn how to do it, but going in I wouldn’t know how. It is extremely complex and sophisticated now. The budgets are multiples of what we had to work with originally, even in the movies, and light years over what we had on the series. It is a different world. And I have said this about JJ and I think this is the rock bottom core about what is going on here — there are some directors who can do that very very big canvas, like a Michael Bay for example, stuff that is big and bombastic. There are some directors who can do intimate, inter-character relationship moments. And not a lot of directors can do both, and I think JJ can. He has a sense of the action and the vision of the size and the scope of the thing, and he also gets down and in touch with the very very essence of what is going on with characters, and he does it extremely well.

TrekMovie: The scene you had with Zach [Quinto], did you say that was your first day on the job? That very emotional scene?

Nimoy: Yeah, that made it difficult. I hadn’t found my legs yet as an actor in the movie. I was OK. I don’t think it created a problem, but it took some focusing to get grounded in that scene. I think it worked out fine, I think the scene is very good. [laughs] but at the time I wish it came later in the schedule.

TrekMovie: In my viewing it seems to me that you have consciously evolved the character since the way you played him on The Next Generation. Was that flowing from the script or from yourself?

Nimoy: Both. I think the script suggested that Spock is further along in his life. And I think what I brought to it. I am further along in my life than the last time I played Spock. I am much more comfortable with what my life is all about and I think so is Spock. And I think he is able to talk to someone else about their life and offer some guidance and some philosophy.


Spock as we last saw him on TNG…


Spock (and Spock) in Nimoy’s first scene shot on new "Star Trek"

TrekMovie: There is so much talk about you and Zach and how you guys are like adopted father and son. He says he made the role his own, which is true…Once you mentioned that he did something that blew you away. I am curious now that I have seen the film, what was it that you went ‘oh that is really interesting’?

Nimoy: His relationship with Uhura, he played something that I was quite touched by. So did she for that matter. They both were terribly available for each other. I was really affected by his final moment with the Vulcan council when he rejected their invitation to go to the Vulcan Institute, and the way he said "live long and prosper."

TrekMovie: He almost said it as if there was a word that was supposed to come after, like "you bastards."

Nimoy: Or go f–k yourselves, to be specific

TrekMovie: but you were OK with that?

Nimoy: It caught me by surprise, but I thought it was terribly effective.


Nimoy is impressed with Quinto’s take on this pivotal scene

 

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Comments

1. Jeyl - May 4, 2009

Ah, Nimoy. Good to see thou again. I will indeed have an “open mind” about everything in this movie.

2. Chain of Command - May 4, 2009

Great interview. Can’t wait for Thursday night!

3. Roll on 7th of May ! - May 4, 2009

CAN’T WAIT !! 2ND ??

4. Captain (Northern) Pike - May 4, 2009

I’m looking forward to the film. Trekmovie.com has done a good job moderating my expectations. I would have liked to see a canon TOS film but now I’ll be happy with something that has the right tone and feel and, of course Leonard Nimoy.

5. Ryan - May 4, 2009

I can’t picture Nimoy saying the f word. LOL

6. Gray - May 4, 2009

Ha ha ha, the “go f–k yourselves” part is fantastic. Nimoy is amazing!

7. Refridgerator - May 4, 2009

is the two spocks picture new.
first?

8. I'm Captain Kirk... I'M CAPTAIN KIRK! - May 4, 2009

Only 3 more sleeps until the big day! It’s exciting!

9. Mike Ten - May 4, 2009

That was a great interview, can’t wait to see the movie on Thursday in IMAX!

10. DavidJ - May 4, 2009

It’s a shame Nimoy didn’t get to direct more Treks.

His TSFS and TVH captured the magic and warmth of the TV series and it’s characters better than any of the others, IMO.

11. Harry Ballz - May 4, 2009

Nimoy’s involvement gives this franchise relaunch a much needed flavour of style and class!

12. Kosher Coder - May 4, 2009

As long as this film’s heart is The Great Bird’s philosophy, it will become a megahit and fast favorite. I am worried sick (literally!) about the alternate timeline and the destruction of what we hold dear, but I’m keeping an open mind.
As a humanist, I relish in the fact that we likely have a new excellent chapter to our mythology. No religion can teach our children like Trek can, and I am so damn excited to have a new epic from whuch to glean truths.

13. Kev - May 4, 2009

man I wish we had a vid of this whole conversation, it sounds like it was a blast to do, Anthony Pascale your a very lucky bastard.

14. Lythia - May 4, 2009

Fab interview! Thanks :)

15. Donn - May 4, 2009

Man! What a great week to be an open-minded Trekker! It’s hard to believe it’s almost here.

16. Andrew C - May 4, 2009

Awesome interview, Anthony, great work.

Three more days!

17. Jon - May 4, 2009

TrekMovie, this has been an incredibly journey, and what a wonderful way to top it all off.

18. Third Remata'Klan - May 4, 2009

Will there be a dry Trekkie eye in the house when we see the great man himself on screen in the ears again?

Mine just may not be….

19. Rainbucket - May 4, 2009

I’m just delighted that Nimoy is still enjoying himself and doing work he’s proud of. The man deserves it.

20. Third Remata'Klan - May 4, 2009

#12

There is no “destruction” of what we hold dear.

They are creating this “alternate timeline” specifically so that they DON’T destroy what has come before….

21. Brian Roskamp - May 4, 2009

I love Nimoy’s comments and agree completely with his analysis of the movie and how we need to go in with an open mind. In the beginning I was apprehensive, but now that I’ve seen it, it truly is great!

22. cpelc - May 4, 2009

Getting ready to watch Karl Urban on Attack of the Show on G4TV

23. I am not Herbert - May 4, 2009

Great interview Anthony!! =D

24. grid - May 4, 2009

who doesn’t love leonard nimoy? such a great attitude, both on screen and off.

it will be interesting to see how quinto’s new take on the character works out. it sounds like it has the potential to work out very well or very poorly.

though to be honest, even if the rest of the movie is total garbage, it’ll be worth it just to see nimoy play spock again.

25. Chris Dawson - May 4, 2009

wow, just imagine if that/those NBC network exec(s) had gotten their way and axed Nimoy way back when.

That would be an alternate timeline I wouldn’t want to see . . . .

I am so glad Roddenberry persevered and they didn’t!

And since he was there from the very beginning, I trust him!!
I look forward to this movie BIGTIME!

But I will say this:

Star Trek – Of God’s and Men also showed Kirk’s mother (pregnant) and destroyed Vulcan. And went back in time.
And to all those who so heavily criticized it, I would have them read the above sentiments from Mr. Nimoy again.

Star Trek LIVES (so enjoy it !)

26. grid - May 4, 2009

oh and @10 – agreed. nimoy should have directed more trek. maybe he didn’t want to, but if he did i’m surprised he wasn’t given more opportunities.

27. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 4, 2009

Hey Anthony. That was one hell of an Interview. Great job. So to all the nay sayers. Spock prime said it himself. Have an open mind and go and you just may enjoy the Movie. Trek Minus 3 days and 35 minutes.

28. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 4, 2009

I seen the remastered Cage this weekend with Majel barret Roddenberry and i was thinking that they have come full circle. From the First Pilot to The new Movie after 40 plus years. Not to many actors can say they have played a part off and on for over 40 years and Nimoy is one of them. I wished Majel could have lived to see the new Movie. But I think her and Gene will be watching from heaven.

29. Daoud - May 4, 2009

Anthony: Thank you! What a wonderful interview!

The movie of course will relaunch Star Trek.

But you’ve relaunched fandom in a positive way. Thank you! You’ve created the equivalent of the good fanzines (and prozines) we had in the 70’s. You’re like better than Starlog. :) Way better.

30. AJ - May 4, 2009

Great Interview.

An older Spock, with his knowledge of our ‘colorful metaphors’ would have said it just like Nimoy did.

31. Kirk, James T. - May 4, 2009

truly fantastic interview with a great man.

32. redshirt96 - May 4, 2009

Nimoy: “stay home and be angry” so just don’t see the movie, if that is what your life is about and that is the way you want to envision your relationship to Star Trek and the world, fine. This is a movie. It is a movie!

Thank you Mr. Nimoy!!!!

Three more days….

33. Viking - May 4, 2009

Anthony, that was a damned fine interview. I am stoked for this. Reserved two tickets online for the Friday show @ 7:30 p.m. in Auburn, AL. Even went to Target today and bought a phaser, which I’ve effectively used to shoot all three Dachshunds in the keister several times before dinner. LOL My wife thinks I’m nutz.

(Well, she’s right.) :-)

34. davinleeds - May 4, 2009

Nimoy is wonderful. I slightly disagree on the canon requirement – there should be attention to it. And with all this wonderful movie magic, not incorporating it is a human failing. Looking forward to this next level of Star Trek and hope for more.

35. L. Fernandes - May 4, 2009

Can’t wait! I can’t tell you all how happy I am that L. Nimoy is in this movie! It will be quiet an emotional experience seeing him in Trek again!!! I was there from the beginning!

36. 0and1 - May 4, 2009

What I wouldn’t give to see Mr. Nimoy giving the finger and saying “go f**k yourselves.” ….a little too human ;)

37. Fansince9 - May 4, 2009

Always good to hear from Mr. Nimoy. Great article!

38. THX-1138 - May 4, 2009

Tickets bought for the whole family for Thursday-check.

Mind opened to new movie-check.

Over any anger about not seeing the old TOS on the screen-check.

Completely blown away by the fact that I have been coming to this site for three years to find out any little tid-bit about the movie and all of the friendships I have made with people here-check.

What a long strange trip it has been. Thanks Anthony.

39. THX-1138 - May 4, 2009

Oh, and having Leonard Nimoy quote me and actually do a little bit of a comic routine based on something I posted on this very site at the convention that is mentioned in this article……………………………..

Priceless.

That is something as a Trek fan I will always remember and it was because of this site.

Timmy Lives!

40. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 4, 2009

Not to get to far off topic. I just read a review on Yahoo and they gave Trek 2 and a half out of 4 stars. I think there just being jerks.

41. naysaynever - May 4, 2009

WHATEVER anyone says (canon-philes etc), i am sure this movie will be good star trek, and not just that, but better than any other film coming out over the next few months. its star trek, but more well made in a visual sense, making the sci-fi side more believable. it has a different take on the original characters through an alternate timeline therefore respecting canon…i do wish some people would stop worrying SO much about canon and just enjoy the film when it comes out though, there have been enough assurances to alleviate worries surely?…its going to be GOOOOOOODD.

42. The Governator - May 4, 2009

Fantastic interview. I can’t wait to see what comes up next. T-3 days. Although, I see it on Friday and I will be really ready for it. It is unfortunate that this movie comes at the end of the most stressful week of my life. At the same time, I’m sure it will be a refreshing end to the chaos. Considering all that I have to do in the next few days, I actually pray time goes slower. But since I know it won’t, I at least have something to look forward to.

43. sebimeyer - May 4, 2009

The moment I heard Nimoy was in the movie because he liked the script and story I thought this movie would have a good chance of turning out great. From the 28 minutes I have seen so far, it seems both Nimoy and I were right. ;)

44. sebimeyer - May 4, 2009

PS: anthony, I don’t know how your work, but if there is an audio file of this or other interviews I’d love to get my hands on it. As the interview itself says: some things don’t translate to print. Either way though, great interview!

45. Julio - May 4, 2009

I’m voting Anthony Pascale for President in 2012. No matter how much I enjoy the Star Trek flick, I don’t think it will be as much as I’ve enjoyed following all the news on this site over the past year or so.

Amazing job, Anthony, and thank you!

46. Christine - May 4, 2009

Wow. What a great interview.

Let me just say this:

“I LOVE YOU ANTHONY!!”

(In a non-weird way.)

I’ll keep coming back here even after I see the movie Saturday!

47. RobertZ - May 4, 2009

I love Leonard Nimoy! Thank to TrekMovie for this interview.

Also I dearly love the first Star Trek Movie (esp. Robert Wise’s director’s cut).

The Human Adventure is (still) Just Beginning!

48. 750 Mang - May 4, 2009

Nice interview.

Nimoy rocks the quadrant.

49. jonboc - May 4, 2009

Great interview. What became of the young boy who’s family was invited to attend the premiere by Nimoy? I wonder if they actually were there and if he liked the movie? Hopefully an article is forthcoming on that so we can get a review from the younger generation.

50. Ryan H - May 4, 2009

Great interview Anthony! You always do a great job!

There’s a new clip out on facebook!

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=77973268742&ref=nf

51. rangerone314 - May 4, 2009

Baby Lyra was born today & grandparents will watch baby on Friday when wife & I & oldest son go see the movie together!

Yah!

7 lbs 14.8 ounces

52. Mark - May 4, 2009

#12– “As a humanist, I relish in the fact that we likely have a new excellent chapter to our mythology. No religion can teach our children like Trek can, and I am so damn excited to have a new epic from whuch to glean truths.”

Yeah, too bad no one ever learned about goodness before 1967.

Star Trek is good, but let’s not get carried away…

53. FSL - May 4, 2009

I have my reservations about new timelines and stuff. Still do. But at this time, I just want thte movie to be good. That’s all.

54. BigRedBri - May 4, 2009

Bravo, Bravo….

55. S. John Ross - May 4, 2009

Nimoy rocks, as ever. Hope the movie rocks too.

Kickass interview, Anthony.

56. Jordan - May 4, 2009

That was such an amazing interview. Thank you so much!

57. Jorg Sacul - May 4, 2009

The movie rocks. :-)

58. Keep the Faith - May 4, 2009

Well done.

Hopefully, this will open the minds
(and quiet the negative voices)
of the obsessive canonistas.

59. Shatner_Fan_Prime - May 4, 2009

Rock out with your Spock out!!!!!!

60. The Last Maquis - May 4, 2009

#59. Shatner_Fan_Prime

My line Bro,

This Man’s a Legend.

61. Kaitlyn Dar - May 4, 2009

THIS WILL PUT STAR TREK WHERE IT BELONGS!!!!! IT IS THE BEST TV, MOVIES, BOOKS….OMG…WHAT ELSE….STAR TREK BROKE ALL BOUNDARIES.

FIRST BI-RACIAL KISS. I WILL NEVER FORGET IT. INTER-RACIAL MARRIAGE. DIVERSITY. THE LIST IS ENDLESS.

I know Gene is looking down, and he has a very big smile. He is very proud of all his cadets and officers.

62. Andy Williamson - May 4, 2009

Awesome interview! What a pleasure to read. Oh, to have been at that Austin screening of TWOK when Leonard walked out with the film canister.

I recently finished a detailed profile of Leonard Nimoy at Examiner.com. It also contains some fascinating videos, including the entire 1983 documentary “Leonard Nimoy’s Star Trek Memories.”

Check it out:

http://www.examiner.com/x-2530-Celebrity-Profile-Examiner~y2009m3d29-Leonard-Nimoy

63. The Vulcanista }:- | - May 4, 2009

Anthony, what a great interview! Spock Rocks!

Will be attending the May 8, 1:45 p.m. matinee showing at Atlantic Station, Atlanta, GA! Took the afternoon off from work and everything! Can hardly wait!

Woo hoo!!!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-)

64. Thomas - May 4, 2009

To anyone in the Greater Los Angeles area: local station KDOC, channel 56, is started airing TOS-R weeknights at 9:00 p.m. Tonight is “The Man Trap”.

65. Commodore Kor'Tar - May 4, 2009

Wonderful interview with Mr. Nimoy !

The time draws nearer to the movie’s primier ! :D

66. Gapaxbr - May 4, 2009

I just say a free screening in houston and IT WAS INCREDIBLE without a doubt 10/10

67. Ken Thomson - May 4, 2009

62. Andy Williamson – May 4, 2009
Awesome interview! What a pleasure to read. Oh, to have been at that Austin screening of TWOK when Leonard walked out with the film canister.

I was there, and it was amazing! I knew that when they started scanning everyone with wands after telling us to put our cellphones in our cars that it was a big deal. Then, we got in the theatre and there were at least 20 seats reserved for Paramount. I looked at my friend who had invited me to come and told him, “Wouldn’t it be cool if the cast showed up? Who are all those seats for?” And sure enough, we were treated by a visit from Mr. Spock himself!

The movie is really good!

Ken Thomson

68. Iowagirl - May 4, 2009

- I wasn’t there for that so I can’t comment. Bill says JJ never offered him a role, JJ says he did, I am not passing judgment, it’s over. –

Nifty escape, Mr. Nimoy…:)

Anyway, good to read #1 Vulcan again.

69. Dunsel Report - May 4, 2009

I don’t care about canon, I care about shots of the crew of the Enterprise looking cool, like in the Facebook link above…totally awesome.

70. Spock's Uncle - May 4, 2009

Great interview with a consummate professional. Mr Nimoy is a class act all the way, and Trek is lucky to have him. As much as Shatner was the hubris, Nimoy is the Soul of Star Trek…

And #59: That’s HILARIOUS. May be the funniest thing ever posted on this site.

71. Allenburch - May 4, 2009

From a fan who loves Star Trek chronology, (my wife and I own every Star Trek episode on DVD and watch them in story-chronology order), any true canonist should know full well that Timeline-Prime is under constant threat from numerous sources, enemy and otherwise. For example:

1930 – Social reforms resulting from the work of Edith Keeler unwittingly contributes to an Axis Power win of World War II. Starfleet, the U.F.P., the Federation, all wiped from the timeline. Who’s responsible? None other than James T. Kirk.

1944 – A hostile named Vosk travels to Earth from the future and gives Nazi Germany the edge necessary to successfully invade the United States. This action leads to the genecide of countless races throughout the galaxy.

1967 – Henry Starling discovers a Federation Timeship that has crash-landed on Earth from the 29th century. In 1996, he uses the ship for personal gain but inadvertantly destroys Earth’s solar system.

2024 – A hostage situation and related riots within a sanctuary district in San Francisco result in Starfleet and the Federation being wiped clean from the timeline.

2063 – The Borg arrive on Earth from the future and completely destroy humanity.

All you so-called purists know I can keep going with this list and even though the timeline is mostly restored, not all is the same as it once was.

So I say…..SAVOR THIS MOMENT. Star Trek 2009 ROCKS!!!!
Long live Star Trek.

72. JJ_roddenberry - May 4, 2009

I JUST CAME

73. AJ - May 4, 2009

Is anyone here going to the 7pm showing in NYC this Thursday at 84th and Broadway (35mm)?

I am booked. Be nice to meet some fellow fans from the site. I realize this is not the thread to ask, but they come so fast and furious, I don’t know where else to ask.

74. speed24601 - May 4, 2009

Fantastic interview. I can’t wait to see this thing!!!!!!!!!

75. tman - May 4, 2009

I have to say that I’ve read many interviews of Nimoy and I think he displays an intellect, dynamic range, and intensity of emotion in TOS that is amazing. However, the interviews of Trek Movie during the filming really do quietly showcase an individual far beyond what I’ve read before. I have to say, though I am not Jewish, the word that sticks in my head is “Mensch,” a word my Jewish friends use sparingly and with reverence.

Really enjoyed this interview! Good job Trekmovie!

76. Penhall99 - May 5, 2009

Anyone else find it interesting that Nimoy appears in NONE of the trailers or magazine covers/publicity for the film? I know there was one trailer that had him in it at the end, but it was never actually used, right?

Kinda strange. I guess they just wanna get new fans in there and not remind people of the original Trek or something. I guess it doesnt matter too much, since the die-hards know that Nimoy is there, but it would be nice to see more mention of him duriing the publicity push.

77. Thomas - May 5, 2009

To fans in the Greater Los Angeles area:

I don’t know if anyone else has mentioned this, but one of our local stations, KDOC, Channel 56, has started running TOS-R, weeknights at 9:00 PM. Last night’s episode was The Man Trap.

78. Jan - May 5, 2009

Great journalistic work! I look forward to all the interviews!

79. Holger - May 5, 2009

Well, all this keep-an-open-mind stuff is quite ambivalent if you examine it more closely. I mean you can also use that phrase to justify just about anything. ‘Kansas City is the US Capital.’ ‘What?!?’ ‘Well, keep an open mind!’
But if it’s just about ‘Go see the movie first and then determine if you like it!’ then I’m all for it.
However, did JJ really say ‘Stay home and be angry!’ to critical fans? That would be terrible. But not surprising.

Many thanks to Leonard Nimoy and Anthony for this interesting interview. I appreciate it very much. I love the fact that it’s much deeper than the usual We-Are-So-Great Hollywood talk.

Tomorrow evening I’m gonna watch the movie. I already have the the novel by Foster but I have NOT read anything so far.

80. John Sullivan - May 5, 2009

I think Nimoy missed the point. Star Trek fans aren’t expected to have open minds by Paramount. They’re expected to have open wallets.

81. SHCone - May 5, 2009

#12, religion was sweeping the world and teaching the same behavioral tenets of Trek long before the mid 1960’s. Let’s not get carried away. It didn’t invent anything new or make it more accessible. It is always plainly accessible in scriptures.

It is, however, a phenomenon and should be respected and applauded for teaching the things that it does. It wielded art responsibly, which is more than a lot of crap out there.

82. SHCone - May 5, 2009

#79, I think you and people like you have continually missed “the point”.

Over and over again, we have seen the writers and producer (Lindelof) demonstrate a knowledge of and love for Star Trek. We have seen the director won over by their enthusiasm for it. We have seen ONLY POSITIVE REVIEWS. We have seen actors like Mister Nimoy, who has turned down the opportunity before because he very much gets “the point” return to work and be incredibly pleased with the final product.

No one is destroying anything, except you yourself. You are so blinded by fear (not by love) that you refuse to graciously accept the loving “out” given to you in a new timeline that respects and preserves and seals all that came before it. You refuse to be glad that someone took the time and energy to try and create something worthy of the name to revive a franchise that, like it not, was running out of gas.

You people are unreal. In more ways than one. A whole lot of people with better credentials are excited and pleased about this thing. If you don’t like it, that’s fine. But please stop acting as if there is some kind of divine “point” that anyone would be missing. There’s plenty of evidence to refute you if you just go digging through Trekmovie’s own archives a little bit.

83. steve2 - May 5, 2009

He is just pure class.

84. Olley Olley Olley - May 5, 2009

great interview.

85. Dom - May 5, 2009

Great interview Anthony. Thank you. Always good to hear from Mr Nimoy – one of my childhood heroes.

12. Kosher Coder

If you want the ‘Roddenberry Philosophy’, look at TMP or early TNG. The ‘Star Trek Philosophy’ is wildly different and Leonard Nimoy is one of the major players among the writers, directors and producers who evolved it.

Your post is disturbingly ‘Church of Roddenberry’/’Church of Star Trek’. End of the day, it’s a multimedia franchise, not a religion or a lifestyle.

86. Daniel Decker - May 5, 2009

What a fantastic individual. Must have been a pleasure to conduct this interview.

87. JohnSmallberries - May 5, 2009

Nice to know that he is still close friends with… what’s that guy… James Blatner?

88. Good interview with Leonard Nimoy… « Brock N’ Roll Entertainment - May 5, 2009

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89. Some Dude on the Internet - May 5, 2009

Anthony – kudos on getting these interviews and on Trekmovie.com in general.

Leonard Nimoy is made of awesome.

90. John from Cincinnati - May 5, 2009

20.

If they are not destroying what came before, then when will we be seeing the original timeline again?

I want to know how the franchise moves forward. Will they be reimagining old episodes for the sequels, coming up with entirely new adventures or a mixture of both?

91. Closettrekker - May 5, 2009

#88—-I would like to see new and original adventures, but perhaps with some reference in the dialogue to events which are common to both timelines.

But I don’t think I would particularly like to see them open such a door for new possibilities with an altered timeline, only to remake/retell old stories. If that is all they are going to do—-then what’s the point?

92. Closettrekker - May 5, 2009

#78—“However, did JJ really say ‘Stay home and be angry!’ to critical fans? That would be terrible. But not surprising.”

He hasn’t said that publicly to my knowledge, but while I agree that it would not be surprising to learn that he has said something to that effect behind closed doors, I disagree that it would be in any way ‘terrible’. Abrams *has* said publicly that he hopes that everyone—traditional fan or otherwise—will enjoy the film. But he has also made clear that he understands how unrealistic that is. That has been true, not only for ST09, but every Star Trek film ever made. There is no reason to believe that this one will somehow escape the inevitability that someone isn’t going to like it.

“(If) You want to go see it — chances are you are going to enjoy yourself if you open your mind to it. If you go to see it to find fault and to point out the things you think are inconsistencies, chances are you won’t have a good time and you would have wasted your time and money so why bother? But if you go to it with an open mind, I think chances are very very good you will see very well made and interesting movie.”—-Leonard Nimoy

Whether JJ ever said such a thing or not—–Nimoy certainly just did. And I don’t think there is anything terrible about it at all. Actually, it makes perfect sense to me.

93. Mark - May 5, 2009

I agree with 89– as much as I love Khan, I don’t want to see the Khan story again in an altered timeline. I don’t want to see Shatner in the altered timeline. I want to see new stories. Let’s boldly go again!

94. Johnny Ice - May 5, 2009

Very nice interview but i still think Nimoy shouldn’t be in this film. It was time to reboot the franchise and give it new start. Having Nimoy only delays that goal and takes screen time form others in the movie.

95. John from Cincinnati - May 5, 2009

89.

Well, there are some characters, places, events I would like to see again. For one, the Talosians. I think seeing them and what they can do in a new story would be beyond awesome. I would still like to see Klingons. I think a few stories on the Orions would be great, they have been very underplayed in previous shows/movies.

I am thinking contrary to you. I would like to see some of the original stuff but done up to date with modern effects and reimagined. Not necessarily the same stories, but I would like to see the Horta updated, the Obsession creature updated, the Gorn updated etc. Even completely new stuff too.

96. C.S. Lewis - May 5, 2009

4. Captain (Northern) Pike – May 4, 2009

I love your screen handle. In my boyhood, I spent a lot of time doing battle with the Northerns of Hennepin County while father was stationed there.

Sincerely,
C.S. Lewis

97. Andy Patterson - May 5, 2009

“stay home and be angry”

Well Mr. Abrams,

What if someone took your precious Star Wars…and took your precious Bobba Fett and changed his voice, or made the force something as trivial and unfun as the result of midichlorians, and made Grido shoot first- not Han (because then Pine would have nothing to base his character on), or ret-conned Darth Vader as a whiny kid with bad diction played by a whiny actor who swallowed the ends of sentences, or in an even more ridiculous story twist makes C3PO a toy he created, or made Obi Wan age about 60 yrs even though he was fit as a fiddle, or …or….what if they made John Williams waste three great scores on the last three Star Wars movies….oh wait. That did happen.

Ok., all kidding aside I still think they could have done all this without this time line contrivance. That’s the movie I want to see. Still hip, and new…with people yelling “whoo” as they sky dive or whatever. I’m not angered. Just a little perturbed. Seems an easy way out.

Again,…though…I haven’t seen it yet. We’ll see.

98. Closettrekker - May 5, 2009

#92—-There might have been some validity to that, except that Nimoy’s role is apparently not a vanity cameo, but instead, is a vital one to the plot of the film.

99. Johnny Ice - May 5, 2009

Perhaps Closettrekker but it feels so fan-boyish man.
I would prefer clean sheet and something fresh but if we look at the plot. It is little disappointed because It has time travel in it. Done before in couple of films(usually baldy and relaying on pseudo science). We have Nimoy from original cast. Done before Kirk in GEN. We have badass villain is seeking revenge. Done before in II & X.
I just hope visual is great and new cast will rock in this movie.

100. Closettrekker - May 5, 2009

#97—-“It is little disappointed because It has time travel in it. Done before in couple of films(usually baldy and relaying on pseudo science). ”

That’s one thing I don’t get. Time travel has always been a part of the Star Trek Universe, dating back to the first season of TOS.

And was it really done any better then? There is no scientific explanation for The Guardian Of Forever. We just accepted it. And the “slingshot around the Sun” bit was done twice in TOS before it was ever revisited in TVH. The treatment of time travel in “All Our Yesterdays” was not any more explanatory.
If it makes you feel any better, Lindelof (who has offically joined the writing team for the upcoming sequel script) has made it clear that they are done with time travel, having utilized it to accomplish what they set out to do in ST09.

“We have Nimoy from original cast. Done before Kirk in GEN. ”

Except that presumably, this is Leonard Nimoy as Spock, as opposed to James Kirk as William Shatner (lol). Just because that was contrived and executed poorly in GEN, doesn’t mean that it will not work incredibly well in ST09. I have yet to hear any complaint about it from anyone who has seen the film—-critic or otherwise. In fact, what I have heard is just the opposite—and not only from established fans. Two particularly harsh critcs on the Reelzchannel “At The Movies” show last week pointed to this as something done especially well in ST09.

“We have badass villain is seeking revenge. Done before in II & X.”

Except that TWOK and ST09 are not really “villain-centric”. Khan—-like Nero in ST09—-had very few scenes (as memorable as they were) in TWOK.

The villain isn’t the story….it is but an element of it. That is, IMO, in stark contrast to what was done in NEM (which, let’s face it, is not a good movie, period). And remember, the villain who is bent upon revenge is not after the captain this time!

In film, often times it isn’t what you do—but rather how you do it which determines how it is received.

And the last thing I would utilize to predict how a new Kirk/Spock/McCoy movie will do is a comparison to what was done in the TNG film era. There are things that work with the original characters that will not with the spinoff characters, particularly on the big screen (IMO). In order to make them colorful and dynamic enough to play well on the big screen, the TNG characters had to be “removed from character” (as with the Borg catalyst in FC), whereas the original characters were that way already (and have a crossover value inherent in them which is absent from their successors).

I really look at the Original film franchise (even bearing the weight of the abysmal STV) and the TNG-era film series as two separate entities, and it is just as well that the numerical designation was removed beginning with Generations.

As well as TNG did as a television series, I don’t feel that the characters were ever really “feature-film worthy”—-beyond the “geeks only club” anyway. I think that the strength of the original characters (and their inherent crossover value) has always lent itself well to movies, on the other hand. And the most tangible evidence of that is in the domestic box office intake.

Even the best of the TNG movies, FC ($96mil in 1996) was only moderately successful compared to TMP ($82mil in 1979) and TVH ($109mil in 1986).

101. Dom - May 5, 2009

100. Closettrekker: ‘As well as TNG did as a television series, I don’t feel that the characters were ever really “feature-film worthy”—-beyond the “geeks only club” anyway. I think that the strength of the original characters (and their inherent crossover value) has always lent itself well to movies, on the other hand. And the most tangible evidence of that is in the domestic box office intake.’

Agreed. TNG was purely a TV show. It’s time for people to stop thinking that a TV show moving into the cinema is necessarily a ‘step up.’ TOS worked, but it’s a rarity that the cast of a TV show moves wholesale into cinema. Twin Peaks was a great movie, but was controversial and failed. Serenity was an overblown TV movie and failed (except in geek-boy polls) and most other shows adapted have been reboots with new casts that are often as not pisstakes.

In the case of TNG, its film era away from the rest of the Trek films was an unmitigated disaster: one cheap-looking, beautifully-lit TV movie guesting Bill Shatner, two TV movies and what looked like a rushed straight-to-DVD editroom disaster.

TNG was a successful TV brand. Even if they changed ships and crews, they should have kept the name Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Frankly, after All Good Things, Frakes should have been promoted to Captain Riker, and the series followed him as he moved on to a new ship with a couple of other Enterprise crewmembers who didn’t want to leave the show. The series could have kept the TNG name. Maybe Riker should have commanded Voyager!

102. Adam Cohen - May 5, 2009

What a magnificent person. Leonard, you’re an inspirational figure, thank you for decades of enjoyment.

Anthony, another excellent interview. I got my tickets for Thursday 10PM and I can’t wait for this thing to finally happen.

103. Peter N - May 5, 2009

#97

Let’s see what the “contrivance” allows them to do before we decide it was “an easy way out.” The more I think about it, the more I agree that a straight prequel – wherein we know 100% the scenarios that are about to unfold and thus we have little stake in the danger – would not have been as compelling a story as playing out this movie in an alternate timeline created by (?) the movie’s antagonist. That’s why the Star Wars prequels were not as dramatic as this movie is likely to be, and some of the backstories that had to get fleshed out turned out to be a little lame. This creates a much more vibrant canvas upon which to paint! Never mind the look of a future that actually looks futuristic today…. (I’m sure in thirty or so years, when the next JJ Abrams reimagines Star Trek, people will think this movie’s look is dated, too.)

I am looking forward to Thursday at 9:50 P.M.!

104. Denise de Arman - May 5, 2009

Thank you, Anthony, for another great interview with Our Guy Spock.

105. Unbel1ever - May 5, 2009

Hmm, I wonder why he decided, that doing Heroes would have been a stunt, but doing Fringe isn’t. Since it first aired, Fringe has been a show, that tries to sell a little too much scientific nonsense. Well, it’s the title of the show, but why do they always have to try and rationalize things in a plainly wrong way ? The underlying story in itself is interesting, and I am not opposed to strange cases – hell, I wouldn’t watch ST, if I was, but trying to make it seem real, with pseudo babble is a bit too much. Abrams was opposed to tech babble in ST. Why does he do a show, that lives from a plot, which is driven by not much else ?

106. Magic_Al - May 5, 2009

^105. The stunt aspect of the Boston Legal and Heroes offers was that they were about the actors being connected in Star Trek more than legitimate characters being connected in a story. He does appear with Shatner in things like the Priceline commercials, but that’s not really acting.

107. Closettrekker - May 5, 2009

#105—-It is probably fair to suggest that, after having come out of retirement for ST09 and having such a wonderful experience working with Abrams and company, he is more open to new roles.

And maybe it is even simpler than that. Perhaps he just doesn’t like Heroes and didn’t really like Boston Legal. I don’t, and I didn’t.

On the other hand, Fringe is (in the opinion of both my wife and I) fun to watch. My affection for a television show isn’t limited to my assessment of the plausibility of its plot. The show either entertains me…or it doesn’t. I certainly don’t care how far-fetched it is more than I like hearing what will come out of Walter Bishop’s mouth this week.

Why overthink it?

108. Jim Smith - May 6, 2009

@ 101 a Frakes led VOYAGER (with him having some creative input, directing key episodes) would have saved the show. I firmly believe that.

109. Holger - May 6, 2009

92 Closettrekker: “Whether JJ ever said such a thing or not—–Nimoy certainly just did. And I don’t think there is anything terrible about it at all. Actually, it makes perfect sense to me.”

What Nimoy said makes sense to me, too. But JJ’s *alleged* statement is put in a rude and very arrogant fashion and it’s not clear to me that it’s supposed to mean the same as Nimoy’s statement. However, since it appears JJ didn’t say it in public or maybe not at all, it doesn’t matter anyway.

110. Dom - May 6, 2009

109. Holger: ‘JJ’s *alleged* statement is put in a rude and very arrogant fashion and it’s not clear to me that it’s supposed to mean the same as Nimoy’s statement.’

JJ’s statement is entirely fair. The last thing I want tomorrow at the cinema is some stinky geek-boy bitching in the row behind the whole way through the film. They can go to hell.

111. Spockish - May 6, 2009

Great interview, about the only question or statement I would have added is this…

Do you think that you could teach the US government how to use Vulcan Logic so the government can get back on it’s feet and start steering the Country back to a proper course if had been on for some 200 years. Or in Vulcan terms as you were a child. Or do you think it would be better to let your childhood pet Salock lose in the capital building and have your pet clean up the mess that our government is now in.

I could see Spock asking back why does your government need fixing?

In responce I would reply back, because at this rate the United States will never be able to mature into a form that could create a future that is needed to make the world of Star Trek develop.

As a side note: I’m not saying whether the left or right is good or bad because both sides are thinking it is money that buys votes not properly debated that need honest work to be developed into a better form of freedom not greed and power. is this not what killed ROme some 1600 years ago.

I to would like to see one day that planet earth could develop into a tranquility as the Universe of Star Trek has. Both Universes have dark or bad points in them but true sociaties have the built in power to correct those flaws of greed and the evil of money.

112. Neil - May 6, 2009

It amazes me, that even after supposedly reading an interview with Leonard F%^CKING NIMOY, there are *still* people on this board with the audacity to debate timelines.

How dare ANY of you think you’re a better caretaker of Star Trek than Nimoy. Get a grip on your ego.

Nimoy said it best in his Reuters interview: Canon is only important to certain people because they have to cling to their knowledge of the minutiae.

113. Holger - May 6, 2009

110 Dom: Talking about rudeness, …

112 Neil: Talking about open mindedness, …

114. Neil - May 6, 2009

^109

Couldn’t disagree more.
The Star Trek franchise will be fine, even if every single person on this board stays away from the movie.
The producers on “24” are saying the very same thing this season.

If you don’t like it, don’t watch.

If you’ve decided you’re not going to like the movie, don’t go. The movie will do just fine, even if you put every resource at your disposal into discrediting it.

115. Dom - May 6, 2009

113. Holger: ‘Talking about rudeness, …’

Little geek-boys whining through a film is rude to other people in the cinema! Abrams has said what most of us who want to see the film feel: if you have issues with it, don’t go and don’t spoil it for other people!

112. Neil: ‘It amazes me, that even after supposedly reading an interview with Leonard F%^CKING NIMOY, there are *still* people on this board with the audacity to debate timelines.’

He’s an actor, not a deity. Discussions go off on tangents!

116. Neil - May 6, 2009

^115
Nimoy is, and always has been, more to Trek than just “an actor”, for crying out loud. For crying out loud, he’s one of the icons of the franchise.

In Star Trek history, Robert Walker Jr. is an actor. Teri Garr is an actor. As it relates to Star Trek, putting Nimoy in the “actor” class is just plain silly.

So when Nimoy says, “Open your mind, you’ll enjoy it,” I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.

117. Neil - May 6, 2009

Too many “for crying out louds” in there.
Ah, for an edit button.

118. jan - May 6, 2009

iwas a teenager when the star trek first came out on tv in the 60’s i fell in love with it i asle reminder when the newer star treks
came to tv and everyone said the samething about them at first and later became to love them i think this will happen with the new star trek movie. it will take time to known it and love it. the actor of the old star trek are all getting older and we need new blood to continue the star trek future,

119. Spockish - May 6, 2009

As for any one of us thinking that we (personally) have a greater mind that those that created the concepts we watch. I myself could never tell them that my view or ideas are better. The ideas I have are only my minor view of the Trek Universe, it is up to them if they desire to have my views or anyone elses views effect their portrayal of the story.

I just hope that we may be able to create some thing of similar resemblance.

Unlike many dreams of the future the Star Trek Dream has a viable future destiny for Humanity. My ideas and views may angle things in a direction but their are other ideas that I hope debate will balance out.

And in today’s world some are forgetting to let the public voice their view in the way things happen in the this nation of what use to be the free and once prosperous nation on this planet.

Kindness is that which comes from our hearts, no taken from our wallets before it ever reaches our fingers to have our ways of freedom prosper the needy.

The money we will spend this great weekend is for those to earn and not meant to be taken by those in power to make the well-off just as suffering as the less fortunate.

I myself am one of the less fortunate in life thanks to a Drunk Driver on a Colorado Mountain road back in 1989. That was just when Star Trek seemed to be reborn with The Next Generation starting on TV and I viewed the first half of season one from a hospital bed. But it gave me hope that there can be a good future awaiting us all.

Hopefully Lenard and his new family of new siblings playing the old parts of the story can give us a hope for a better future.

Just remember that is us fans that form the future, so hopefully we all can help guide humaity to a better future, even thoe it may just be a dream now at this time.

Thank you The Great Bird of the Galaxy, I know you are up there and can hear us now. Lrts now all try to fill Gene’s dreams.

120. Hotelbackpacker - May 6, 2009

Star Trek really captures the heart of the young and the young-at-heart. This interview was an eye-opener to those who opposes to watch the film because of its too much of a hi-tech and science features.

121. Dom - May 6, 2009

116. Neil

Really, Neil! You must learn to govern your passions; they will be your undoing! ;)

I think Leonard Nimoy is wonderful and I feel sad that it’s unlikely I’ll ever get to meet him, shake his hand and say ‘Thank you!’ All the TOS characters and actors have meant so much to me, no matter how badly some of them now claim to have been treated by the franchise. Fact is, I got through 79 episodes, 22 cartoons and six movies with these guys and it didn’t matter about their origins or first names.

They existed gloriously in the now on screen and still do, be they the big three or the supporting cast.

Spock was my absolute favourite Star Trek character as a child and I learnt more about emotional restraint from him than any self-help course could teach me. As an adult, I learned to govern emotion and cold analytical qualities from greater understanding of Nimoy’s wonderfully multi-layered performance.

But, Leonard Nimoy is still an actor and a director and all round great guy, not a god. And web discussions are prone to going off on a tangent. ;)

I can’t wait to see the origin story of the new versions of the characters. They may look different on the outside, but their souls are still intact. Fourteen hours to go!

122. JWM - May 6, 2009

Nimoy’s stamp of approval means one hell of a lot to me. Friday cannot get here quickly enough.

123. Holger - May 7, 2009

115 Dom: “Little geek-boys whining through a film is rude to other people in the cinema!”

Has this ever actually happened to you in a movie theater?

124. Margitta - May 7, 2009

After the Premiere in Germany: Though liking Star Trek, I watched the movie because of Leonard portraying Spock again. But I was extreme positively surprised by everything else as well. Experiencing the new reality – o.k., absolutely well done, but more important: Everything is done with much love for detail and humor, the subtext – expressions of friendship, the structure based on merit and dignity, the passion of the characters for their work. Yes, Spock seems to be in very good hands by Z. Quinto. He loves the character and plays Spock convincingly.
Though enjoying every minute, I found myself watching out for Leonard. I hope, he will be in the sequels as well.
What struck me the most and what impressions last on deeply was the unbearable pain Prime Spock has to live with (I don’t want to give the plot away for those who are still going to watch it) and that ideal of camaraderie which works between the characters.
One question remains: If the movies go on based on the new reality, Prime Spock cannot leave. Besides the fact that the old reality is not subject any more, he wont possibly be the same at all in the new reality’s future and so won’t the circumstances. BTW: In this reality Romulus can be handled in time. Seems, Prime Spock stays in this reality? Let’s hope.
All in all: Absolutely great work by everybody involved! Congratulations! You people have achieved to make a wonderful, most enjoyable movie.

125. Holger - May 7, 2009

124: Fortunately we have that alternate universe concept. Otherwise Spock would prevent Romulus from being destroyed which would in turn prevent him and Nero from jumping into the past again. Or should I rather say unfortunately, because in this case the alternate timeline of JJ Trek would be deleted again in about 150 years.

126. Hrvoje - May 7, 2009

The worst film ever made…

But will see, I say this is downfall of Star Trek Universe with this movie, and Paramount will see that when there will be no profit from selling that movie on DVD or Blueray… I know at leaste 20 more trekkie who will not buy after today when we sow it… We left the movie moment we saw destruction of Vulcan…

Nemesis was 10times better that this…

Leonarn Nimoy – Best acter as ever, he was the only thing I enjoyed watching in this movie

127. trincy - May 8, 2009

hey hrvoje, go f–k yourself, to be specific.
u r not talking on behalf of the millions of us who loved it.

128. Andy D - May 8, 2009

126 – I must disagree 1000%, this film is AMAZING!!!!

The actors play the parts perfectly, the action is intense and meaningful, the characters are developed extremely well and it all comes together just right.

So you and 20 people left when vulcan was destroyed huh!?!?! LOL! Give me a break. If you hated this movie because it was different from what your used to, then like Nimoy said, why did you even bother? Why not stay home and be angry?

Honestly, I think your just flaming to get a reaction, so im giving you one. I cant take anyone seriously who says nemesis was better then this. You MUST be joking, or you have such terrible warped taste in films that… well, to each his own.

THIS MOVIE IS AMAZINNNGGGGG, SO SEE IT!!!!

129. Anthony O'Leary - May 8, 2009

I just got back from the film. It was a good film, BUT for Trek fans who love the series and Gene, i came away devestaed to think Vulcan is gone!! It can’t be. All canon and Gene’s vision has been neglected. All trek fans must demand that the timeline is restored!!! What about Spock in the season 5 ep. reunification – what about the birth of Tuvok?? We must have vulcan back.

130. Elrond L - May 8, 2009

I’m just reading the interview now, after seeing the movie last night. We had the same reaction as Mr. Nimoy when Quinto told the Vulcan council to ‘live long & prosper.’ His eyes completely said “F***-you” — we all picked up on that! Oh, and I could not stop tearing up with every classic Spock scene — thank you, Mr. Nimoy, for coming back! And thanks to Anthony for all these great interviews.

Lots more to say, but I don’t want to spoil things for those who haven’t seen it yet. We’re going back tonight. :-)

131. Patty - May 8, 2009

Really looking forward to the new Star Trek film. Back in the day, I wrote several letters to NBC asking them to save the show. I had such a crush on Captain Kirk, not just for his looks, but his character… and I still do. The new Kirk is cute, but I know I’m going to miss seeing Bill Shatner. Thanks for the great interview.

132. kronos - May 8, 2009

“Of all the souls i have encountered in my travels, his was the most…..human”

133. Shaun - May 9, 2009

Thank you, you are a legend.
The film is a masterpiece, the relationship bettween Spock and his father is realy touching.
P.S.
I had a revelation during the film, that Vulcan emotions are deeper than humans. The Vucan heart is indeed warm.

134. Wes - May 9, 2009

Mr.Nimoy
Thank you for the interview and the years of enjoyment. I just saw the movie and I agree that it did indeed reenergize the franchise. I thought it was brillant. It has made for infinent possiblites and I can’t wait!

I hope we see more of your Spok along with the new actors. Well done! For any fan -go see the movie

135. Deb - May 10, 2009

I’ve loved Star Trek since I watched the first episode on Sept. 8, 1966 (I was 9). Haven’t followed every venture of the franchise episode for episode… but I did go to see this movie and I liked it. A venerable old Spock and a very, very good new Spock – life is good, and Star Trek lives!

Having sat through what seemed like hours of trailers for upcoming “action” movies, each more violent than the last… I kind of take it that the destruction of Vulcan and Romulus are the price of admission to play on the big screen in 2009. But despite that, I felt that this movie has the “soul of Star Trek” and that Gene Roddenberry would have approved. Thumbs up in this little corner of the quadrant :o)

136. jesusordeath - May 12, 2009

Greatly enjoyed the movie and your interview. Couldn’t agree more with Mr. Nimoy (open mind) but, being a (15%) traditionalist – guess what – still enjoyed it. Nice casting and tieing into old charactors. God bless you all.

137. Matt - May 18, 2009

How come Mr. Nimoy was not asked specifically about “the destruction of Vulcan”?

I just can’t imagine that he would be in the movie without approving of this particular part of the story line.

I am very curious.

138. Johnny A - May 24, 2009

i just read that yahoo gave it 2 stars hmmmmm .they must have seen a diffrent movie . the one i seen was 5+ stars it was goooooooooood i want to see it again and again

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140. Julio Penate - August 3, 2009

I was fortunate to see and shake hands with Mr. Nimoy this past weekend
out of all places a Star Trek convention . I ve never been to one but wanted to see someone that I admired as a child and adult. After see him and hearing him speak ; he is truely a class act. I know that people think these conventions are cheesy and these actor are soley out for the money.
I sincerely, believe that Leonard Nimony doesn’t need the money, but is genuine and enjoys enriching peoples lives. I really enjoyed the event it was done very orderly, I glad Leonard Nimoy chooses to be a good will embassador. God Bless You , thank you again . Jp

141. April - January 13, 2010

That’s awesome! “or, ‘go f— yourselves’…” When I watched the movie in the theater, that’s what I mumbled under my breath! Everyone gave an outstanding performance! Two thumbs (and 8 fingers) up! :-)

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