In a new interview promoting his appearance at this weekend’s Phoenix Comicon, Leonard Nimoy talks about how he struggled to not make Spock boring. We also have audio of Nimoy doing an impression of William Shatner. Check it all out below.
Nimoy: Was Hard To Not Make Spock Boring
In an interview with the College Times promoting his appearance at this weekend’s Phoenix Comicon, Nimoy talked about making a character interesting while acting without showing emotion. Here is an excerpt:
Because you injected some of yourself into Spock, do you find yourself more similar or different to him?
I’ve been told I take on his stoic characteristic. But on the other hand, my training as an actor was to use my emotions, and to express emotional responses in specific situations. Spock called for the opposite – he called for ultimate control of his emotions. I had to find a way to do that. It was my job in portraying this particular character, so I dug into my tool kit and I went to work. It took a little time to find my footing and make sure I could do that without being boring.
Spock has become a true pop culture icon. Why do you think this is?
I think people can really identify with him. At times, his wit is very clever. He’s also very loyal and helpful. It’s interesting – over the years, as much as we talk about Spock being a Vulcan and an alien and all that, if you really stop to think about it, he’s really a human character. He’s dealing with his own personal issues which are very human issues, because there’s the conflict of logic and emotion in his life. And people get that and they understand that and relate to it.
Listen: Nimoy on retirement, not watching Trek + Shatner impression
Promoting his appearance at Dallas Comic-Con last weekend, Leonard called in to the MZLive radio show, and he talked about retirement (again), joked about turning down chance to take over for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, and he even does a Shatner Impression. The original Spock also admitted that he doesn’t watch himself in old episodes or movies. When asked if he has kept any Star Trek memorabilia, Nimoy revealed that in a couple of weeks he is donating his archive to Boston University. Listen to it below.
Final Nimoy Tour
According to Leonard Nimoy, his 2011 conventions appearances will be his last. Following this weekend’s appearance at Phoenix Comicon, Nimoy has three more scheduled appearances:
- Aug. 11-14, 2011 (Las Vegas, NV) Official Star Trek Convention
- Sept. 2-5, 2011 (Atlanta, GA) Dragon*Con
- Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2011 (Chicago, IL) Official Star Trek Convention