Leonard Nimoy said this week he was happy the latest Trek film finally provided his character with the closure he felt had been lacking — so happy, that he wouldn’t even be opposed to playing Spock again.
Nimoy said this in a new interview with Starland, although he immediately cautioned the odds of him being asked to return aren’t very high: “I have no illusions on whether or not they need me. They decided that they wanted to make this film using Spock as kind of an anchor for the story, which I think worked very, very well. They don’t have to do that again. If they decide they have a role for me to play I would be very interested in talking to them about it. But I have every reason to believe that they have established a whole new set of characters and they can sail very well without me and that’s fine. Either way is good with me. I am very gratified that this has happened.”
The actor explained that he returned to the franchise in the first place because he liked the vision of director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Orci and Kurtzman. “My sense of them was very different from the experience that I had had in the previous 12 or 15 years relative to Star Trek,” Nimoy said. “I felt, frankly, that I was a sort of an outsider looking in for many years. My conversation with JJ and the others really gave me the sense that they were looking at Star Trek the way I looked at it from the earlier years on the original series and some of the better films that we did. They were very much in touch with my feelings about what made it work and they were particularly in touch with my feelings on what had moved me and excited me about being Spock.”
According to Nimoy, he actually felt closer to Spock in this latest film than he even did during the time of the Original Series. “It was a ‘performance’ during the series years and during the film years because I was far more human and emotional, in the broadest terms, than the Spock I was playing – now that doesn’t mean that Spock had no emotions; as we all know, Spock had his own inner life. But what I was playing was a very logical, very cool, rational Spock. In this movie, my Spock has come to terms with himself in a very comfortable way. So I see myself up there as Spock now whereas Zachary did a wonderful job bringing us a Spock character before the Spock that I played in the original Star Trek series. And, finally, at the end of this movie, we see him arriving at the Spock that I played during the original series.”
For much more from Nimoy, including his thoughts on the overall future of the franchise, head over to Starland.