One of the highlights of Destination Star Trek 3 held in London over the weekend, was the rare opportunity to speak with Leonard Nimoy. On Sunday the original Spock appearing via Skype to a select crowd, and it made for a very intimate talk. The Star Trek legend sang, joked and even talked about the 2016 Star Trek movie and its director Roberto Orci. More details below.
Nimoy: Would Be Happy To Join Star Trek 2016 + Offers Praise For Orci
Leonard Nimoy opened his ‘via Skype’ panel at Destination Star Trek 3 with the song ‘Maiden Wine’ from the TOS episode "Plato’s Stepchildren" (as he did last month when he appeared at SLCC – see video). Once again Nimoy was accompanied by his grandson, who is a very talented guitarist and artist. Leonard spoke of Jonah with such pride and admiration it made for a very touching opening and a personal glimpse into his home life. He then moved on to Q&A with the select audience of VIP ticket-holders.
Of course, the discussion eventually turned to the JJ Abrams series of Star Trek movies (the last two of which featured Nimoy). In reply to a question about the 2016 Trek film, currently in pre-production, Nimoy stated:
"I haven’t seen a script and nothing has been confirmed but I would happy to be involved again."
While Nimoy was playing things close the vest and not adding much to William Shatner’s recent comments about how Bill and he may be appearing as Kirk and Spoke again, he did go on to talk about how impressed he was by JJ Abrams and how the director of the last two films understood the message that Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek represented. Leonard also extended the same support to Robert Orci, who will be co-writing and directing the 2016 Star Trek film. Nimoy added that he is looking forward to having a conversation Orci.
When he was asked (by @SpockVegas, who could have been Leonard Nimoy’s twin) about Zachary Quinto taking on the role of Spock. Nimoy replied as if talking of an old friend "He did a great job, I recognized a deep thought process in Quinto" saying that he didn’t give Quinto instructions on being Spock, but they discussed in detail the Human/Vulcan conflict within the character, which they both believe is central to Spock’s character."
Another highlight of Nimoy’s time at DST3 was when he was asked what was on his bucket list, and he said:
"A bucket list suggests there are a number of things in your life yet to be done, I’ve had and have a wonderful life. Star Trek has been very kind to us [referring to his family] so my bucket list is just getting up every day and just enjoying life and these wonderful days".
The veteran actor, director and artist also spoke of how he enjoyed modern technology, joking how it had previously only existed on the show, and how it allowed him to still connect with fans in ways he had never dreamed possible.
With that Nimoy said goodbye, as only he can, with “Live Long and Prosper.”
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