Standing across from and interacting with another actor playing the same character that he made famous over forty years ago was surreal for Leonard Nimoy.
As reported by TrekMovie.com, from an article in SciFi Now, Nimoy and Zachary Quinto faced each other when the two Spocks appeared in the same scene. “That was so weird, standing there and talking to him,” said Nimoy. “We have a scene together that’s a mind twister. We’re both the same person, each coming from a different time frame. It’s pretty remarkable to stand there and talk to him and listen to him and interact with him. And by the way, he happens to be a terrific, talented, intelligent actor. It was wonderful. I admire him. I think he’s got a very interesting task and did a wonderful job of it. I think he’s special and I think very highly of him. Not just him, but I have a personal connection because of the role he’s playing.”There is no resentment on Nimoy’s part in seeing other actors take on the roles that he, Shatner and others made famous. “They’re very talented people and it’s fascinating to watch the roots of the characters that Bill Shatner and DeForest Kelley and myself and the rest of us played,” said Nimoy. “When we started doing the show, we were a crew on the Enterprise going out and doing our missions. In this movie, we see the seeds of those characters being planted; where they came from before the Enterprise, where they came from before they met each other, how they met each other, and what the circumstances were and how they became that crew that we eventually played. It was great fun to watch.”
Is Nimoy finished playing Spock forever? “Never say never, but I would think so,” said Nimoy. “The torch has been handed off to a wonderful new cast and a new actor playing Spock. Would I consider being the alter ego again and coming back in some form to play a scene with Zachary Quinto to exchange ideas with him? Might be interesting, but it’s not up to me. If I got that call, I would certainly listen.”