Star Trek’s Spock Prime, Leonard Nimoy, is helping promote the new Star Trek Online game (in which he does some voice work — see previous article). The USA Today has a great interview with the actor where he talks about the game, the enduring popularity of Star Trek, favorite scenes and more, including Star Trek sequel. Excerpts below.
Spock Prime gives a State of Star Trek
The following are excerpts from the new USA Today interview with Leonard Nimoy.
Is there something at the core of the Star Trek stories that people come back to?
I don’t think there’s a simple answer to that. Star Trek has always been a hopeful view of the future, as opposed to some of the doomsday stuff that we have seen. I think the collection of characters has always been intriguing, the chemistry between these various characters and where they come from and what they bring to the party, particularly the Kirk, Spock and McCoy characters, the triumvirate. I don’t mean to diminish anybody, the whole cast made contributions. I think people enjoy watching this group of characters solve problems together. This film (the 2009 Star Trek), I think gives us a really wonderful look at how these people came together as a group and how this team was formed. It’s just fun to watch. It’s an exhilarating movie. So we are on track again. I say ‘we,’ I really think – I’ve said, ‘I am done’ several times — I don’t think they need me anymore. I think I was useful in this last film. I don’t think they need more for the next one.
There will be another one.
Over the years, is there a favorite line of dialogue from Spock?
Yeah. (Laughs). ‘Live long and prosper’ has become part of the culture. But the one that I had most fun with was at end of an episode we did in the second or first season many years ago (The Devil in the Dark from the first season; details here). We used to do a scene, typically at the end of each episode, which was kind of a wrap-up of the episode. We’d be standing around the captain’s chair on the bridge and it would be McCoy, the captain and myself and maybe others and we would do kind of a wrap-up conversation. In this particular one I am thinking about, Kirk says to Spock something like "Spock, there is hope for you after all. You’re becoming more human all the time." And Spock said, ‘Captain, I see no reason to stand here and be insulted.’ I always enjoyed that.
Did Zachary Quinto have any lines as Spock that stood out for you?
He was very good in this movie. I was really impressed in the scene where he rejects the entry into the Vulcan Science Academy, when they tell him that in spite of the flaw in his genetic makeup they are accepting him and he refuses the offer saying in effect, ‘Go screw yourself.’ But what he did with ‘Live long and prosper’ in that moment was very refreshing to me. … I don’t know whose choice it was, his or J.J. Abrams’ but whatever. When I saw that I thought, ‘Whoa, that’s good.’ Nobody ever said, ‘Live long and prosper’ with that subtext before.
There is much more from Nimoy on Star Trek. Read the rest at USA Today
Leonard Nimoy in "Star Trek"