This weekend Leonard Nimoy will be appearing at the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. The original Spock has done a couple of interviews with the local Seattle media to promote the event, where he talked about handing off his role to Zachary Quinto, why he still goes to cons, and if he thinks Star Trek was ‘robbed’ at the Oscars. Excerpts below.
Nimoy on Cons, Neckpinches, Quinto and Oscar
(excerpts via SeattleTimes)
Nimoy on conventions
Q: What keeps you coming back to these comic conventions?
A: There are stories to tell, questions to be answered.
Q: What is the strangest question from a fan?
A: Would you teach me how to use this neck pinch on this person who is bothering me, so I can knock him unconscious? Spock has this ability to knock people unconscious.
Q: What was your reaction?
A: I’m afraid you might hurt somebody.
Nimoy on handing off the role to Quinto
Q: How do you feel about passing the torch of Spock to Zachary Quinto, who plays a young version of the character in the 2009 remake of "Star Trek"?
A: I enjoyed it thoroughly. It thought that it had a wonderful script, a great cast, wonderful people. Zachary Quinto, I think was a wonderful actor. … I was very flattered with how the character was written, with great dignity and strength and purpose and intelligence. I’m very pleased that the character is in good hands.
Nimoy on the Oscars
Q: Do you think "Star Trek" was robbed at Oscars?
A: It’s sad that "Star Trek" has been so unrecognized over so many years. I was delighted that at least it won a makeup award. … I think that I’m correct in saying that that’s the first Academy Award that "Star Trek" has ever won. … There’ve been some wonderful achievements in technology, in special effects, photography and story, … but "Avatar" was an enormous accomplishment as a motion picture and still it did not win best director or best film.
Mr. Nimoy Also spoke to KIRO radio in Seattle (MyNorthWest), here are some excerpts from that interview
Nimoy on the longevity of Star Trek:
When he joined the cast of Star Trek in the mid 60’s. He says the setting was science-fiction action but it was the great stories that kept the series alive.
"That’s why it’s lasted so long. It’s not just about ships, and chasing, and guns, and explosions. I mean we have our share of that, but there’s also some very interesting ideas behind all of the episodes and they’re good stories.
Leonard on the handover to Quinto
Nimoy now shares the role of Spock with actor Zachary Quinto who plays a younger version of the character in the new Star Trek film series. Nimoy says he’s pleased with the work Quinto did with the famous character.
"It made me very proud that the character was strong enough that it could be passed onto someone else so successfully. I’m very proud of him. I’m very proud of the movie."
Nimoy and Wheaton and more at Emerald City Comic Con
The Emerald City Comic Con is being held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle this weekend. The two Star Trek guests are Wil Wheaton and Leonard Nimoy. Other guests include Aaron Douglas (BSG), Erin Gray (Buck Rogers) and Stan Lee (Marvel Comics). More info at emeraldcitycomicon.com