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LA Times Film Fest: Leonard Nimoy Talks Star Trek, Fringe & More: Full Video & Highlights June 12, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Feature Films (TMP-NEM),Fringe,Nimoy,Star Trek (2009 film),TOS , trackback

Last night the LA Times kicked off their Hero Complex Weekend Film Festival with a showing of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, with guest Leonard Nimoy. Video from the event is now online, and you can watch the entire Nimoy discussion and Q&A below. We also have some highlights of his comments.

 

Nimoy at STIV Screening 6/11/2010 

Highlights from Nimoy

On Star Trek (pre-ST09)

On Star Trek 2009

On Fringe:

 

Here is the entire video in 8 parts (via bdbdb)


[on YouTube]

 

Big thanks to YouTuber bdbdb

 

Comments

1. Comeaution22 - June 12, 2010

Love that man.

2. That One Guy - June 12, 2010

I truly love Nimoy. He is by far one of the classiest people out there.

3. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - June 12, 2010

He is one Classy Guy. I hope he does the next Trek Movie and have that be his Retirement Movie. May you Live long and Prosper Mr Nimoy.

4. The Galactic Battleburger - June 12, 2010

“Thrusters on full.”

5. Greg2600 - June 12, 2010

Nimoy is terrific. The Generations deal is really surreal, very strange, that Paramount was seriously going to let him direct a TNG movie. Berman probably lied to him.

6. Gabriel Bell - June 12, 2010

5. Thanks for chiming in with another ignorant critique of Berman (and soon to be Braga, knowing how these threads go). Way to keep it classy.

7. Dean Mellis - June 12, 2010

This is great. I think I’m on part 15 now. When does it end?

8. Jim Nightshade - June 12, 2010

Nimoy did great with his last episode of fringe–funny,exciting n touching all at the same time with some awesome character revelations–
I am watching tng on bbc america-strange they advertise it as all new-only new to their channel–the depth of humanity in tng is great–i for one enjoyed the series n braga n berman et al did awesome work–

9. Balok - June 12, 2010

Star Trek 4 was by far the best movie and production. You can tell Leonard poured a lot of time, effort and detail into it. Good read and move on his part also with Generations.

10. Sarah S - June 12, 2010

A true man of class, and a blessed man indeed! God bless you, Mr. Nimoy.

11. Harry Ballz - June 12, 2010

Nimoy is pure class!

12. Sebastian - June 12, 2010

When I met him last summer at Comic Con (and yes, I was VERY appropriately awed), he seemed to be a man truly at peace with himself. A very classy, but accessible man. Got an immediate good impression off of him.

May he really live long and prosper!

13. Joe - June 12, 2010

as far as the “blaze of glory” for William Bell, Nimoy has also suggested “never say never” about more Fringe work.

14. www.chrisfawkes.com - June 13, 2010

I am busting to know what Nimoy had in mind for Generations.

Could you get an interview and get that out of him? I have no doubt it would have been great.

I wonder if he would have appeared as Spock.

I think it is a safe bet that Shatner would have been playing Kirk rather than just a caricature of Kirk as was the case in his latter appearance in that movie.

15. VOODOO - June 13, 2010

Nimoy would gave gotten the TNG film franchise off to a strong start instead of the nonsense that Generations became.

16. tony - June 13, 2010

u are the man !!!!!

17. jbtpol1 - June 13, 2010

Just simply a real true treasure!!!

18. Holger - June 13, 2010

15: I’m not as negative about the TNG films, but I agree: Nimoy could very well have done a much better job.

19. Jeyl - June 13, 2010

“One of the reasons he agreed to return to Star Trek 2009 was that he didn’t feel he had “closure” for the Spock character”

I disagree. I thought his last appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter “Unification” was a nice closure to his character, especially after Star Trek VI, the movie that brought closure to the original cast! What better way to further close a signature Star Trek character who was attempting to bring unification between Romulans and Vulcans? Simple. Make all of that pointless by having Romulas get destroyed, have an angry Romulan destroy Vulcan for some odd reason, and end it all by having Spock be cheery at the end.

I was really hoping for some follow up to Unification that would have gone somewhere interesting, but since Trek09 needed a bad guy who’s motivations matches that of a cockroach’s attention span, that will never happen. And I seriously doubt NuSpock would be up to the task since his sole development in Trek09 was to put aside logic so he would feel ok bout murdering a bunch of defenseless Romulans. Yahoo.

20. Tom - June 13, 2010

Really hope he will be open for another appearance. Although at this time it does not appear that way.

21. Starbase Britain - June 13, 2010

the man is just great. watched all of these segments and really enjoyed listening to his comments. Thanks for posting this.
Greg
United Kingdom

22. Hugh Hoyland - June 13, 2010

I had never heard anything about Nimoy directing Generations, thats interesting because Ron Moore has said the script that he wrote wasnt his better work. I also would like to know what Nimoy wanted to do with it.

23. Holger - June 14, 2010

I guess Nimoy won’t tell us what he had in mind because he doesn’t want to appear like “hey, I would have done this better, and that better…”

24. Jorg Sacul - June 14, 2010

For a retired guy, he sure is everywhere these days. Viva retirement!

25. rogue_alice - June 14, 2010

He’s just great, isn’t he? ISN’T HE???

26. Daoud - June 14, 2010

Nimoy wanted to rewrite the intro, where Kirk, Spock (Scotty, after Nimoy passed), and McCoy (Chekov, after De also turned it down) are introduced and on the Enterprise-B.

One suspects that also a much older Spock would have been there at the end when Kirk, not-quite-mortally injured, is at last reunited with his old friend in a “coda” to the script. Then, Nimoy & Shatner could have ridden off into the sunset as they both deserved.

Shame on Shatner for not accepting what K/O wrote for him in Star Trek 2009.

27. Disinvited - June 14, 2010

#25.

My understanding was that someone higher up on the scriptwriting food-chain nixed it. What Orci wrote was never offered to Shatner, i.e. he never saw it.

28. Dennis Bailey - June 14, 2010

#19: “I disagree. I thought his last appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter “Unification” was a nice closure to his character, especially after Star Trek VI, the movie that brought closure to the original cast! What better way to further close a signature Star Trek character who was attempting to bring unification between Romulans and Vulcans? ”

Hmm…your opinion about Spock, “Star Trek” and drama versus Leonard Nimoy’s?

Hmm…

Gonna go with Nimoy on this one. Yeah. :-)

29. Robman007 - June 14, 2010

Defenseless romulans? Not same movie I saw. Those defenseless Romulans murdered a portion of the crew of the Kelvin, including a defenseless Captain, murdered the crews of multiple federation vessels on a distress mission, murdered Enterprise crew members, decimated the Vulcan people (killing Spocks mom), tortured a defenseless captive and attempted genocide on the earth population. Kirk and Spock did everyone a favor by blowing up the narada. With a self repairing ship stuck in a black hole that causes time travel, It would have been foolish to let Nero live after he refused Kirks offer.

Spock happy at the end? Why not? He got to see his brother have a chance to reclaim his destiny after feeling guilty about what had gone on. Take what you can get.

Nero should have known what happens when you mess with the Enterprise.

30. Hugh Hoyland - June 14, 2010

#26 ok that makes sense and would have worked better than what was put out. As far as the directing I dont think Carson did a bad job at all, I just dont think the story was that interesting or dramatic. In fact I would rather have just viewed a totally TNG story instead of the opening set up and horrible Kirk death scene (I always knew I would die alone, yep). IMO it was a rather flat footed attempt at a passing of the tourch story.

31. Disinvited - June 14, 2010

#28.

Which Nimoy do you agree with?

The one who said “I am not Spock.”?

The one who said Spock must die in the 1970’s Paramount reboot of the TV series?

The one who said Spock must die in TMP?

Or the one who said Spock should die in TWoK and then changed his mind after he got what he advocated for so long?

The one who said “I am Spock.”

Nimoy is a fine thespian, and he entertains expertly in that respect, but his history with Trek records a long struggle to try to comprehend and grasp it. There is no facile insight from him with regards to the Trek total. That comes from his collaboration with Roddenberry. Without Gene, Nimoy’s Trek genius is pretty much limited to Spock who is an important part of the pie – but nevertheless, is only a fraction of the whole.

32. Disinvited - June 14, 2010

#29. Robman007 once opined “With a self repairing ship stuck in a black hole that causes time travel,…”

Ah, ah, ah, Orci tells us there’s no time travel within the same universe in his scipt/movie. Nero would not have returned. According to Bob it would have been impossible for him to do so.

He might have popped up in some other alternate universe but Kirk had no idea whether it would have been a heavenly or hellish one for Nero, i.e. whether it deserved Nero or needed to be spared from that crazy Romulan..

But the important part is Nero posed no further threat to Kirk or the Federation, offing Nero the way that he did was purely gratuitous.

33. Robman007 - June 14, 2010

Either way, Nero deserved what he got. Fitting punishment for someone who did such evil deeds. At least Kirk offered him a way out.

I also remember in an interview with Orci that they wrote Kirk blasting the Narada away because Kirk did not want to risk Nero causing havoc in some other time.

Kirk in the new movies may have started out as an a-hole, but odds are he will end up being the same Kirk we all know. Different upbringing can do that to a person.

34. Disinvited - June 15, 2010

#33.

A constant theme of Trek is that no matter how powerful a being becomes or a situation makes him, he is not infallible and it is rarely a good thing when he makes the leap to presume to be a god.

Even though the movie tries to mask the mechanism as time travel what Orci vociferously notes is that it is only in reality a mechanism for creating alternate universes.

But one thing Orci claims all in the movie understands is that Nero is not returning to them via that mechanism. He posed no further threat in his predicament.

Kirk had no idea what fate awaited Nero. A universe is a big place – especially in space/time. He could just as easily have been sparing him from a fate far more fitting as a punishment than what Kirk chose to do.

But what this Kirk did do unlike the Kirk of old, is endanger his ship, the Enterprise, to satisfy the demands of a retributious blood lust by wasting time and energy when they should have been getting “..the hell out of here.” This is not the “I will not kill today.” (With the sub-corollaries: especially when I don’t have to, and even especially more so when it endangers my ship.) Kirk representing to the Metrons and Melkotians the hope they come to see in humans.

“Just because it feels good” is not necessarily a good enough reason to take a course of action when there are better things Kirk could be doing with his time.

35. Mr Phil - June 15, 2010

Such a shame Mr Nimoy didn’t get his rewrite/directors chair on Generations. I want to be in the alternate universe where that got made.

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