Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have in the past spoken about how they see Kirk and Spock as akin to other famous working partnerships, especially John Lennon and Paul McCartney. They have also said that they have seen a parallel with their own working partnership. But on Wednesday Bob Orci revealed that his connection to Spock goes even deeper.
Orci draws parallel to his life experience and Spock
As he often does, Roberto Orci (aka ‘boborci’) has been frequenting the talkback threads here at TrekMovie, interacting with the fans and even addressing concerns from some ardent critics. On Wednesday one commenter (CS Lewis) suggested that for the sequel Bob "tell us what you’ve learned in your life. Present a challenge that you’ve overcome, or perhaps someone dear to you has overcome, and use the vastness of the Star Trek lore to tell it in a way that makes us see it clearly". And Bob replied, saying that he has actually already called upon his real life experiences as an immigrant (born in Mexico) to help write for the character of Spock in the 2009 Star Trek movie:
boborci: I used that very technique on first one to track the life of Spock, who was born to parents from different cultures, as I was, and who was raised on a different planet, much as I was raised in a different country, faced racism, like I did, and had to learn the language and customs of his adoptive culture (Earth, the Federation), as I had to learn English and the ways of the USA.
Inspiration also derived from my mother’s family, who were exiled from Cuba when Castro took over. Her home, in a sense, destroyed by a single figure. And my grandfather on Dad’s side was Diplomat, like Spocks father.
My dad expected a much more serious career for me at first. When I dropped out of college (Vulcan Science Academy) to pursue a writing career (movie Starfleet) he did not think it was logical.
Roberto Orci drew on his past to relate to and write the role of Spock in "Star Trek"