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This weekend Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy will be appearing at Dallas Comic Con, and in an interview promoting the event he got philosophic regarding the nature of Spock. He also talked about how he was never skeptical of JJ Abrams and the new team behind the 2009 Star Trek movie. Details below.
Nimoy: Spock is most human of TOS characters + talks Abrams trek
In a new interview promoting this weekend’s appearance at Dallas Comic Con, Leonard Nimoy covered a lot of familiar ground, but he did also get into some interesting views on the character of Spock. Here is the exchange (from QuickDFW).
Q: The two most recent books, ‘Secret Selves’ and ‘The Full Body Project,’ have somewhat of a common theme, in that they both deal with the beauty and truth of the human condition.
Q: This is where the serious artistic subject gets a corny sci-fi question. What do you think Spock would say about such stark human depictions?
Nimoy: Well, I’ll tell you something. I came to believe finally that Spock was at least as human, and perhaps more human, than any of the other characters on the show. Spock’s condition was a quintessentially human condition. I think that’s maybe the underlying secret to why so many people identify with him, because he had this inner life that so many people recognize, which is the struggle between our logic and our emotion; our right or left brain. We all, to some degree, have this process to deal with. Particularly young people who are in their formative years, trying to figure out how you’re supposed to function in relationships, in your career, in your personal choices. It’s a condition that’s easily recognizable.
So, it’s interesting that you ask a question about how Spock would respond to these human issues. I say, he would recognize them totally.
Spock the "most human" member of the crew?
In the interview, Nimoy also says that from the beginning he was not skeptical of JJ Abrams and the 2009 Star Trek project:
Q: As a fan, I was very skeptical of them remaking ‘Star Trek’ because Hollywood had pretty much ruined everything I loved as a kid. Did you go into the reboot with a healthy sense of skepticism?
Nimoy: No, I’ll tell you why. It all started with a meeting. [J.J. Abrams] asked me if I would come to a meeting. And this was before they started writing, I think. I met with him and his writers. The conversation, frankly, was actually moving to me, because it had been a number of years since I’d been asked to do anything with Star Trek.
And here comes a guy named J.J. Abrams who has a lot of cache, I thought, a very good filmmaker and his writers, and they’re telling me about their sense of Star Trek and their sense of the Spock character. I thought it was profound, frankly. I thought, "Wow, these guys really get it." I was very touched. And they asked me if I would go along for the ride and at least explore it with them. Because what they said to me was that the Spock character was central to their story, and if I wouldn’t at least explore it with them, they would have to go off in another direction with their story.
I was immediately intrigued. I promised to explore it with them, and then when they sent me the script, I called immediately and I said, "Yes, let’s do this. I think it works." So, that’s the way it happened.
Nimoy never skeptical of JJ Abrams and team for 2009 "Star Trek" movie
Leonard Nimoy appears Saturday only at Dallas Comic Con at the Irving Convention Center. See scifiexpo.com/DCC for full schedule and details.