Ever since Nimoy made an offhand comment to CNN a couple of weeks ago there has been a flurry of speculation about him being in the Star Trek sequel. In yet another interview, the Trek legend responds by saying he isn’t needed for for the sequel. More details below.
Nimoy: Star Trek Doesn’t Need Me + Talks Trek/Fringe ratings struggle
Promoting his appearance in tonight’s season finale of Fringe, Leonard Nimoy has been doing the rounds this week. In the reporters conference call yesterday (via NBC) he was asked about recent reports about his appearance in the Star Trek sequel. Once again, Nimoy tried to tamp down any speculation saying:
“My feeling is they don’t need me. They’ve got a wonderful cast. Zachary Quinto has taken on the character of Spock and I think he is wonderfully suited. He is a talented guy. He is a very intelligent actor, very well trained. They’ve got a great company of people replacing all of us. I don’t think they need me, frankly. It’s flattering to be talked about, but I just don’t think they need me. I understand, by the way, that they have just finished shooting and they’ve got a wonderful actor, Mr. [Benedict] Cumberbatch, who has a great reputation in the UK and I think is going to build a reputation here in the United States very quickly. He’s in the movie. I think they’re going to do just fine.”
Nimoy with Quinto in "Star Trek"
Nimoy also discussed similarities of Fringe (always a bubble show – now headed into its final season) and Star Trek (which struggled to get three seasons) (via Collider):
[Star Trek] did very poorly in the ratings, but eventually, the show started to become more and more popular until it became a news story where stations were carrying the show at various hours and various time, and sometimes in marathons on weekends, and 6:00 pm, every night in syndication. The same thing could happen with Fringe. I can tell you that when Star Trek was put on a Friday night, which is a date night and not a good night for a show like this, it did very, very poorly. Fringe has the same kind of audience, which is a very intense and committed, but small audience. I think it’s commendable that the people at FOX decided to honor that commitment. Now, I understand that the show does particularly well in DVR recordings, but I don’t know how that works or how they measure that. What that means is that people who are out on Friday nights, record the show and watch it some other time. That’s a sign of the commitment to the show.
The actor also talked about how Star Trek director (and Fringe co-creator) helped talk him out of retirement one more time (via SFX):
"I’m a sucker for a good role. JJ Abrams is a friend of mine and he calls and I take his call. When I was asked about coming back this season, I said I thought the mystery of William had gone away by the end of last season because it was pretty clear he was a decent guy. I thought where are we going to go now? And it was explained to me that we’re opening up a whole new can of peas, so to speak, and William Bell is being recreated as something else. That intrigued me and I was ready to go back to work."
And for more Nimoy and Fringe, here is part 2 of his chat with John Noble (we posted part 1 yesterday).
Tune in to Fox at 9PM tonight to see Nimoy on the season finale or Fringe.