TV Guide has a new interview with the new Spocks, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy (conducted on Sunday at the Grand Slam). Much of it covers well known ground, but there are also some insights into the character of Spock in the film and some hidden talents of director JJ Abrams.
Nimoy and Quinto talked about the arc of Spock and dealing with his half human / half vulcan lineage
Nimoy: We have dealt with aspects of that storyline before but never with quite the overview that this script has of the entire history of the character, the growth of the character, the beginnings of the character and the arrival of the character into the Enterprise crew.
Quinto: That’s another thing J.J. brings to the table and it’s the way he re-imagined Mission Impossible III, by bringing in sides of the character you hadn’t necessarily seen before. [Screenwriters] Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman have really embraced that idea. Leonard was searching for the word to describe how it’s handled in this movie, the Vulcan/human interaction and the complexity of it. I thought there was a tremendous amount of grace that was used in that exploration, especially between [parents] Sarek and Amanda. They bring such a dignity to their perspectives, to their points of view of their characters.
Quinto also revealed just how multi-talented JJ Abrams is
He brings his ability to execute his vision — which is basically unparalleled — a really generous spirit, a lot of respect for the people he works with and the people who work with him, a sense of humor and some mad beat-boxing skills. In between takes, actually.
Nimoy also reflected on his life with Trek noting that it had its ups and downs…but he was ready for a transition
It’s a long and very, very interesting ride and now I really feel that I can let it go personally and watch it go off in a very good direction.
Nimoy and Quinto…apparently in character
More at TVGuide.com
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