Nimoy On Quinto And 'Star Trek XI'By T'Bonz
September 17, 2008 - 12:52 AM
At seventy-seven, Leonard Nimoy is ready to move on from playing Spock.
As reported by Star Trek Online, seeing Zachary Quinto as Spock was a bit emotional for Nimoy. "It was very moving to me," said Nimoy. "You know, I'm seventy-seven years old and it's time for me to move on. If it had been a lesser actor, and I'm not just talking about his looks, his looks are appropriate. A lot of people say he looks just like me, but he's a very, very good actor, very intelligent. He's well-trained. He knows his business, his work, he's very professional. And if it had been a lesser actor it could have been disturbing for me to see the character pass on to somebody who I didn't think was appropriate. He was a very appropriate actor for it and I'm very pleased that the character passed on to him. I think it's in good hands."
Quinto's work as young Spock passes muster with the man who originally played Spock. "I admire his work," said Nimoy. "I saw some of the footage and I've done a scene with him in the movie, which is fascinating, the two of us standing there talking to each other. And I saw some of the other work he did in the picture. He's very good. So I think the Spock character has a good future."
When asked why Star Trek has had such a lasting appeal, Nimoy said that "['Star Trek'] reaches the imagination. I think one of the most important aspects is the sense of hopefulness about the future. When the world we live in becomes much more complicated and difficult and the 'Star Trek' cast, the members of the Enterprise crew manage to solve a problem with a level of morality and ethics that Romulans could relate to. These are good people doing good work for good reasons. I think that's terribly important, a big part of what the whole franchise is about: the hopefulness of the future, and professional people working together, successfully solving problems."
Nimoy also spoke about Star Trek Online, which is featured in the October issue of Game Informer. When asked what he would like to see included in the game, Nimoy said, "What do you do about humor in this game? Because I think that's very important to the 'Star Trek' fans. If you look back over the product that has been done in the past, the stuff that has had intelligent humor has been the most successful product and people have missed that. As a matter of fact, when I made 'Star Trek IV', which I think had humor, I remember talking to a newspaper man who had seen the picture and was going to review it and he said, "I don't think 'Star Trek' fans are going to like this movie because there's too many jokes. They won't go for the humor." I said you are absolutely wrong. Totally backward. We had not had enough up to that point. They like to laugh at the things that these characters do and say to each other. And I think the new movie is going to be successful, for one reason, because it does have the humor and that's why I asked about the possibility of finding its way into the game. I think it's highly important.