Laurence Luckinbill Says Leonard Nimoy Nimoy Wanted To Play Sybok In Star Trek V

In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier we learned that Spock had a half-brother. The fully Vulcan Sybok was played by actor Laurence Luckinbill who has revealed that things were a bit icy between him and Leonard Nimoy. Apparently Nimoy wanted to play both Spock and his brother. Details below.


Luckinbill: Nimoy Wanted To Play Sybok

In an interview with Star, actor Laurence Luckinbill talked about his time on the set of William Shatner’s Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, including how things with actor Leonard Nimoy weren’t exactly brotherly. Luckinbill explains:

Luckinbill: He did not say one word to me for quite a long time, other than “Hello,” because, I found out later, he had really, really pushed hard to have this be a double role, a dual role for him. I don’t know if this is absolutely true. That was the scuttlebutt and I got that from very high up in the food chain of information, that Leonard wanted to play Sybok and play Spock. That would have been a tremendous thing, to do that, but since they weren’t twins, they cast me. I think that Bill wanted a separate actor, and he was right. We were very different people. The best compliment I got was, in the last scenes, 20 or 25 weeks later, Leonard looked at me and said, “You know, you’re terrific in this.” I thought that was a great send-off.

Luckinbill (R) says Nimoy (L) wanted to play his character Sybok in "Star Trek V"

The actor also talked about the general negative reaction the film got from fans and critics, saying:

Luckinbill: I was surprised and disappointed that anybody hated the film. I thought it came down to their dislike of Bill himself. That seemed to be the leading edge of the whole thing, Shatner’s need for comeuppance, blah, blah, blah, “He’s too arrogant,” this and that. I did agree with one of the streams of comment that said that the film was in two pieces. It broke in half with the comedy of the old guard trying to retire and not being able to, climbing and joking with each other in the woods and singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” and the serious story of Spock’s brother, who is attempting to change the universe with this movement of power. I felt the movement of power story was by far the more interesting part of the movie, but that may be because it was my story.

For more from Luckinbill, see the full interview at

Luckinbill thinks critics of "Star Trek V" had issues with director William Shatner (R)


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