This week Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy has a new photography show all about "Secret Selves" open in Massachusetts. In a new NPR interview promoting the opening, Nimoy also talked about how the Star Trek movie brought closure to Spock and how his decision to retire is final. Details below.
Leonard Nimoy on retirement and bringing closure to Spock
In an interview with WAMC Public Radio, mostly focusing on his new "Secret Selves" photography show, Leonard Nimoy also discussed his retirement of acting (which seems very final) and his final time as Spock.
Nimoy on his "announcement" to retire from acting
It was an accident [laughs]. I was finishing a conversation last year after I had done the Star Trek movie last year and typically [journalists] will say "What’s next for Leonard Nimoy?", and I said "that’s it, I’m done, I have had enough of this" off the top of my head. I hadn’t planned on making an announcement, but it went out there like a shot "Nimoy Quits…Nimoy Retires…It’s Over". And I was kind of glad. It gave some finality to the idea. Otherwise I might have dibbled along for a while and I didn’t want to do that, so it was. So it was an accident, but a happy accident.
Nimoy on his final roles in Star Trek and Fringe
I went back to the Star Trek movie because it offered me a chance to do something with the Spock character that we had not done, and that was to kind of bring him around full circle and give some closure to the character. And then having done that and having a very good experience, the people who made the Star Trek movie asked me as a favor to do some appearances on the Fringe television show and I did five episodes, and I said "you got it guys" and they said "if we come to your home, can we shoot some more?" and I said "no, it’s done". So it’s over. I am totally committed to the photography now.
Nimoy in Season 2 finale of "Fringe" – his final appearance as actor
Got to WMAC to listen to the full interview with Leonard Nimoy, talking about retirement and his new Secret Selves show.
Nimoy’s new Secret Selves show
Leonard Nimoy’s "Secret Selves" show is open now at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA and R. Michelson Gallery in Northampton, MA. The theme of the show is to show the subjects "alternate identity" as subjects were asked to show who they thought they could be.
Nimoy at his "Secret Selves" preview
You can order the book for secret selves for $39, or $75 signed by Nimoy
Here is a clip from the DVD that comes with the book.
Here is Nimoy talking to Bill Shatner on Raw Nerve about the idea for "Secret Selves".