Nimoy Calls Trek 'Unbeatable, Unmatchable! Unique!'By Michelle
July 23, 2004 - 7:16 PM
Challenges are what keep Leonard Nimoy (Spock) engaged, the actor said, calling himself retired from the profession but still involved with Star Trek through conventions and appearances.
Speaking to Star Trek Magazine (via Sci Fi Pulse), Nimoy described his experience working on Star Trek as "Unbeatable, Unmatchable! Unique!" and "quite marvellous", crediting his chemistry with William Shatner (Kirk) and DeForest Kelley (McCoy) for much of the show's success and his enjoyment.
Asked about what initially drew him to the series, Nimoy stated, "I knew that Spock was an interesting character...a character with an interesting internal life. He was a unique presence on the show and I was excited by the opportunity for performance, but I had no way of knowing whether Star Trek would be a success, nobody did...I was interested in it from the point of view of the acting challenges it presented."
In a previous interview with the same magazine, Nimoy had said that the scariest artistic challenges are often the most rewarding. Currently working as a photographer, with his most recent project being a controversial collection of erotic spiritual images entitled Shekhina, Nimoy said that he also enjoys spending time doing guest performances on television shows like Futurama, which reunited him with Trek castmates, and sorting through memorabilia, including such happy memories as being recognized as Spock by John Wayne.
The complete interview with Nimoy is in issue 116 of Star Trek Magazine, available in the UK. Thanks to Sci Fi Pulse for these excerpts.