Leonard Nimoy came out of retirement to appear in JJ Abrams Star Trek (and Fringe), but now he is ready to exit the acting stage again. In a new interview promoting his appearances this weekend in Canada, the actor talks about his final acting performances. Plus, Star Trek’s new Spock Zachary Quinto comments on Star Trek without Nimoy.
Nimoy – exiting the stage
This weekend Leonard Nimoy will be appearing at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, and he is going to kick off the weekend on Friday afternoon at an event in Vulcan, Alberta where they will be unveiling a bust of the actor.
In a new interview with the Toronto Sun promoting his Canadian events, the actor again spoke about his plan to retire again from Star Trek, after recently appearing in the latest Star Trek movie:
I want to get off the stage. Also, I don’t think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto. He’s a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it’s time to give him some space. And I’m very flattered the character will continue.
Nimoy also confirmed that he recently completed work on the JJ Abrams TV show Fringe, and he expects that to be his last work as an actor, saying:
"I’ve been doing this professionally for 60 years,” he says with a laugh. “I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I’ve had a great, great time.”
“I was away from acting for 12 years, so I guess I was seducable. But since J.J. Abrams revived the Star Trek franchise, I felt I owed him something. And I’m glad I did it because he promised me a good story, and it was.
Quinto responds to Nimoy’s (re)retirement
Recently Zachary Quinto has said he would try and talk Leonard Nimoy into doing one more Star Trek, but it seems he is now resolved to being the only Spock in the Star Trek sequel.
Last night Zachary Quinto appeared WET Production’s "Stars Give Love" benefit performance in New York, and NBC New York reports the actor said this of Nimoy’s latest comments:
There’s not even a script and Leonard just announced his retirement — he’s not going to do another movie. Frankly, Leonard has got a mind of his own and he’s going to do what he wants regardless of what other people tell him. I’m just glad that he’s my friend.
Zachary Quinto and Mamie Gummer at ‘Stars Give Love’ event in New York – April 19th (credit: J. Foust, Space Review)
Nimoy’s ‘Victory Lap’
As noted, Leonard Nimoy will be appearing this weekend at e Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and in Vulcan, Alberta. Mr. Nimoy has already attended a number of cons and events in 2010. He says of this final tour:
I’m so grateful to the fans. I call these kind of experiences a victory lap … It’s like having a family meeting — a family reunion.
Here is a list of upcoming appearances for Mr. Nimoy in 2010:
Official Star Trek Convention – Vancouver, BC
Official Star Trek Convention – Las Vegas, NV
Official Star Trek Convention – Rosemont, IL (Chicago area)
Keep track of Mr. Nimoy on Twitter @therealnimoy