After 40 years, Leonard Nimoy is still amazed and grateful for the popularity ‘Star Trek’ and his character, Mr. Spock. In an interview with The Jewish Chronicle, the actor says he is "flattered, amused and delighted" that ‘Star Trek’ has endured
They were good stories, interesting stories, stories that are universal and stand up over time. Star Trek has never been a millstone. It has always given me opportunities to make choices about what to do with my work and my life.
Nimoy has nothing but respect for the fans who are responsible for that popularity. "I have three words for the Trekkies," he said. "God bless them"
Nimoy Loves Spock
Nimoy insists that he has no ambivalence towards Spock, as some have concluded from the title of his 1977 autobiography I Am Not Spock."Anyone who read the book would be able to tell that I enjoyed playing the Spock character," he says. "I loved the Spock character. Given the choice of any character in the history of television, I would have chosen Spock." It must be true, since Nimoy has opted to return to acting to play Spock in the new ‘Star Trek’ movie. Explaining his decision, Nimoy says:
A very talented man called JJ Abrams will be directing the movie. He has a very talented team of writers, and they have come up with a strong idea.
New Photography Project
Although Nimoy is returning to Trek and acting, fine art photography has been and still is his primary passion these days. The actor turned photographer says "I don’t have to deal with large organizations and I love being in control of the creative process." He is currently promoting his latest book, Full Body Project, a collection of photographs depicting mostly nude, obese women. Explaining this new project, Nimoy comments on America’s obsession with body weight. “There is an enormous industry built up around selling things to women to make them feel better about themselves, essentially telling them: ‘You don’t look right’," he says. "It’s a cruel message, because being that slim is an unattainable goal for most people.” He says that the women in his book "are comfortable with their bodies. They are unembarrassed, functioning, and,I think, happy people.”
For more, see the full interview at The Jewish Chronicle.
Nimoy’s "Full Body Project" Photography Book Available At Amazon