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Leonard Nimoy & Zachary Quinto Spock Star Trek Interview

h3SPOCKANDSPOCKh3LeonardNimoyZacharyQuintoInterviewbyPaulFischer.brbrWhenthenewreimaginedStarTrekbeamsintotheatrestherewillnotonlybeanewSpockplayedbyHeroesnemesisZacharyQuintobuttheoriginalandiconicSpockplayedbytheoneandonlyLeonardNimoy.ItwillbeNimoysfirsttimewiththoseVulcanearsforthefirsttimeinalmosttwodecadesbuthispresenceinthenewTrekisfarfromgimmicky.MeanwhilehisyoungercounterpartisgettingconsiderableattentionasthisNewAgeSpockwhoevenhasarelationshipwithcrewmemberUhuraplayedbyZoeSaldanaaplotthathasraisedconsiderableeyebrowsandnottheVulcanones.BothactorstalkedaboutthenewfilmandNimoyreflectedonacareerdefinedbytheiconiccharacter.TheyspoketoPaulFischer.brbrQUESTIONLeonardobviouslythisStarTrektakesplaceinanalternatetimeline.AndtheyoungerSpockisverydifferentfromyourSpock.Imeanhesmuchmoreemotionalmuchmorehuman.Hehastherelationshipwiththegirl.brbrLEONARDNIMOYHedoesdoesntheYeah.Yeah.Inoticedthatyeah.LAUGHTERbrbrbrQUESTIONHowdidyoufeelwhenyoufirstreadthatscriptWereyouresistanttothatbecauseitsquiteasignificantcharactershift.brbrLEONARDNIMOYYouknowIlltellyou.IwasbemusedbyitwhenIreaditinthescript.IwasamazedbyitwhenIsawitonscreen.Ithoughtitwasincredible.brbrbrQUESTIONSodoyouthinkitworksbrbrLEONARDNIMOYBrilliantly.Dontyoubrbrbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.augraphicsstartrek9.jpgalignleftvspace5hspace15QUESTIONWellIguesshesmoreofahuman.IunderstandthatSpockishalfhumanandhalfVulcan.AndIguessitsmoreofahumanSpockandlessofaVulcanSpock.brbrZACHARYQUINTOIdontnecessarilyagreewithyou.Ithinktheresadualityandaninternalconflictbecausehesreallysplitbetweenthosetwohalvesofhimself.ButIjustdontthinkhesgainedthekindofcontroloverthatdualitythatLeonardhadwhenheplayedthecharacter.Thatsthejourneyofthischaracter.ItsnotthathewontarrivethereanditsnotthathepossessesmorehumanitythanVulcanityLAUGHTERItsjustthatheschosentobrbrLEONARDNIMOYThatsgreatIlovedthat.Ilikethat.Vulcanity.Thatsanewone.brbrbrQUESTIONNowbothofyouobviouslyplayedthemosticonicofallthecharactersintheTrekuniverse.HowintimidatingwasitforyoutodothatandhowevenmoreintimidatingwasitforyouZacharytodosowithhimpresentAndLeonardwhatdoyouthinkofthenewSpockbrbrZACHARYQUINTOWellIthinkallofuswerefacedwithacertainlevelofintimidationsteppingintotheserolestheoreticallyalthoughJJdidaphenomenaljobofdefusingthatfromsteponeintermsofreallydictatingthatwewereencouragedtousetheoriginalperformancesaspointsofdeparture.Butfromtherewewereexpectedtoreallydevelopourownpointsofviewandperspectivesonthesecharacters.AndformeLeonardsinvolvementwasonlyliberatingfrankly.IknewthathehadapprovalovertheactorthatwouldplayyoungSpock.SowhenIgottheroleIknewfromthebeginningitwaswithhisblessing.Andfromthatpointwedevelopedourownrelationship.Iwasthefirstonecastinthemovie.IgotcastinJuneandwedidntstartshootinguntilNovember.SooverthosemonthsLeonardandIspentanumberoftimeshangingoutandtalkingaboutjustlifeandaboutthecharacter.Andjustgettingtoknowhimpersonallywasincrediblyfreeingandhelpfulintheprocess.brbrbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.augraphicsstartrek5.jpgalignleftvspace5hspace15QUESTIONAndLeonardwhatdidyouthinkofyournewcounterpartbrbrLEONARDNIMOYIthinkitsappropriatewhentheoldtimerwalksonthesetthateverybodybeintimidating.LAUGHTERItsclassic.Itsclassic.IusedtobethekidonthesetyouknowandIwasintimidated.WhyshouldnttheybeLAUGHTERbrbrbrQUESTIONTherelationshipwithUhurawasthisinthescriptfromthebeginningandwasitsomethingthatdevelopedasyouwentalongAndhowdidyouapproachthisrelationshipthatwasbrandnewtotheStarTrekcannonbrbrZACHARYQUINTOFormetherelationshipreallyprovidesagreatsourceoflevityinthefilmbetweenKirkandSpockbetweenKirkandUhura.BetweenSpockandUhuraIthinkitprovidesareallyinterestingdepth.AndthatUhuraultimatelyrepresentsacanvasontowhichSpockprojectstheemotionsthathecantotherwiseexpress.AndIthinkthatdynamicformewasreallyrewardingasanactor.AndthescenethatZoeandIplayedintheelevatorwasdefinitelyoneofthemostpresentexperiencesthroughshootingandthathasagreatdealtodowithZoeandheremotionalavailabilityandheropenness.Anditwassuchacomfortingconfinedspacethatwewereininthatdayandinthatmoment.brbrLEONARDNIMOYWhatisitthatKirksaystoyouwhenyoureonthetransporterpodsandhehassomethingandyousayIhavenothingtosayaboutthematter.WhatdoeshesaytoyoubrbrZACHARYQUINTOHesaysHerfirstnamesNyotabrbrLEONARDNIMOYOhyeah.AndyousaybrbrZACHARYQUINTOIsayIhavenothingtosayonthematter.brbrLEONARDNIMOYItsagreatmoment.brbrbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.augraphicsstartrek7.jpgalignleftvspace5hspace15QUESTIONLeonardIwantedtoaskyoudidyouhaveanyhesitationgoingbacktothisafterallthistimeAndwasitthescriptWasitJJbrbrLEONARDNIMOYItwasacombinationofthescriptandJJsenthusiasm.AndJJandthewritersOrciandKurtzmantalkingabouttheirsensibilitytheirsenseofwhatStarTrekwasaboutandwhattheSpockcharacterwouldbeabout.AndfranklyIhadfeltmarginalizedforalongtime.IhadntbeenaskedtobeinvolvedwithStarTrekforsomethinglike17or18years.AndthisfeltlikesomebodysaidTheresavaluetoyouthatwedliketotakeadvantageofanddosomethingwith.Anditfeltgood.Itfeltgood.Itfeltlikebeingfranklyappreciated.Iwashappytogobacktowork.brbrbrQUESTIONWhatareyourfondestmemoriesofGeneRoddenberryAndwhatdoyouthinkhewouldhavethoughtofthismoviebrbrLEONARDNIMOYHewasabrilliantcomplicatedmanandwehadacomplicatedrelationship.Itwaslikeafathersonrelationshipandtypicallyclassic.Sometimesitwasgreatandsometimesitwasreallybad.Sometimeswedisagreedstronglyaboutcertainissuesbutobviouslyhewasaveryveryspecialmind.brbrbrQUESTIONZacharydidanyoftheVulcanismsgiveyouanytroubleTheeyebrowsthesalutethingslikethat.WereyouabletogetallofthatbrbrZACHARYQUINTOIspentalittletimeactuallytrainingmyhandstobeabletodothesalute.ThatwasntsomethingthatcameparticularlyeasysoIwouldrubberbandmyringfingerandmypinkyfingertogetherwhileIwasdrivingaroundLosAngelesanddolittleexercisesinthemonthsleadinguptoshooting.Butthatwasaboutit.Everythingelsefellintoplace.brbrbrQUESTIONTheeyebrowsbrbrZACHARYQUINTOYeah.Thatwasokay.Ithink.brbrbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.augraphicsstartrek10.jpgalignleftvspace5hspace15QUESTIONItsbeensaidthatthisStarTrekhastheopportunitytogoplacesthattheoriginalneveraccomplished.WhatarethosethingsbrbrLEONARDNIMOYWellIthinkatitsbestformewhenmakingtheseriesIwasalwayscuriousaboutwhatissuesthewritersweregoingtotackleinStarTrekthattheycouldnottackleinotherseriesinothertelevision.AndthosewerethethingsthatmadeStarTrekinterestingforme.InthisfilmIthinkitsaquestionofvengeance.Itsthedefeatismandtheemptinessofvengeance.ThatmakesitmeaningfulformeandwetackledsomeveryinterestingissuesallthroughtheyearsRacialissueseconomicissues.Ecologicalissuesallkindsofveryinterestingsubjectmatter.SoIthinkthatswhatmadeStarTrekmeaningfulforalotofpeople.WritersweregivenanopportunityinStarTrektotellstoriesaboutissuesthattheycouldnotexpressinothertelevisionshows.Andtheydid.TheyultimatelycameandsomebodywouldcomeupandsaidIhaveagreatfeelingaboutthissubject.Idliketowriteascriptthatdealswiththatissue.brbrbrQUESTIONWereyousurprisedthatittookthislongforthestudiotosortofreinvigoratethefranchiseOrrecastingtherolesthatyouguyshadplayedbeforeHadyouexpectedthisbrbrLEONARDNIMOYIfranklydidntspendalotoftimethinkingaboutthat.Iwasbusydoingotherthings.IsimplyfiguredthatformeStarTrekwasfinished.IhaddonewhatIcouldandwasaskedtodoanditwasoverforme.WhenthenextthefirstGenerationsfilmcamealongIwasleftoutofitandKirkwaskilled.Ithinksomebodywassendingusamessage.LAUGHTERItsoverforyouguys.Itssomebodyelsesgamenow.Andthatsthewayitwasforalongtime.brbrbrQUESTIONZacharyinthefilmyouhavesceneswhenSpockhastostriphimselfvirtuallyofeveryemotion.ForthischaracterwhatdidyouhavetostripyourselfofbrbrZACHARYQUINTOIdidntreallyseeitthatwayactually.IthinkheexperiencesdeeplyrunemotionsandIthinkthatespeciallyinthecontextofhisrelationshipwithhismotherIthinktheresarealdepthoffeeling.TheonlythingIfeltlikeIhadtostripmyselfofwastheabilitytoexpressitinaconventionalway.AndIthinkthatsreallythedilemmaofSpockultimatelybecauseifhedoesntfeelemotionthentheresnoconflictwithinhim.Sotheconflictexistsinthefeelingthedeeplyrootedandsublimatedfeelingofemotionwithouttheopportunitytodomuchwithitotherthanholditwhichisreallychallengingandcanbepainful.brbrbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.augraphicsstartrek12.jpgalignleftvspace5hspace15QUESTIONZacharydoyouthinktheresgoingtobekindofabacklashfromeitheroneofyourfanbasesbrbrZACHARYQUINTOAfanwarYeah.WellIdontknow.ImeanfanreactiondoesntreallytendtobesomethingthatIattachmyselftoverymuch.ImeanIcaredeeplyabouttheworkthatIdoandImgratefulonsomanylevelsfortheseverycontrastingandchallengingopportunitiesthatIvehadinthepastcoupleofyears.Butmyfocusismywork.AndpeoplesreactiontomyworkfallsunderthecategoryofthingsthatIhaveabsolutelynocontrolover.IwouldcertainlylovetoinvitemyHeroesfanstojoinusonthisjourney.Anddontbepissed.Itsallgood.brbrbrQUESTIONLeonardaswellasstarringinSpocksseriesandthefirstsixmoviesyoualsodirected.WouldyouliketogobehindthecameraagainbrbrLEONARDNIMOYNo.No.NoImdonewithallthatthankyou.Ineversetouttobeadirector.AfterSpockhaddiedsortofinStarTrekIItheybroughtmeinforameetingandaskedifIwouldliketobeinvolvedinStarTrekIIIinthemakingofit.AndIthoughtIhadbeentoldthatIshouldbedirectingandItookitasaninsultbecauseIthoughtWhatswrongwithmyactingButIthoughtMaybenowIshoulddothat.AndIsaidIdliketodirectthemovie.AndIsuddenlyfoundmyselfwithadirectingcareerwhichIenjoyedandIhadenoughofit.IdirectedIthinkfiveorsixfilms.Ihadagoodtime.IwouldliketosaythisthatovertheyearsoneofthequestionsthatIveoftenbeenaskedisWhatcontributestothelongevityoftheinterestinStarTrekandwhatmakesitsuccessfulandsoforth.AndIthinkoneofthethingsthatseasilyoverlookedisthefactthatallofthepeopleonthisEnterprisecrewallthepeopleinvolvedinthesecharactersthevariouscharactersinStarTrekarehighlyeducatedhighlyprofessionalpeople.Theyreforthemostpartscientists.Andtheyreallyknowhowtodotheirjobs.AndIthinkpeopleadmirethat.Ithinkpeoplemaynotbeconsciouslyawareofitbutsomehowyousensethattheseareveryprofessionalpeoplewhoknowwhattheyredoing.Andeachmakestheirowncontributiontothesolutionofaproblem.AndwhileIhavetheopportunitytosaythathereIhavetopointoutthattheresgreatauthenticityinthismovie.Ithinkyoubelievethesecharacters.Youbelievethatthesepeopleareprofessionals.AndthatIthinkhassomethingtosayaboutthequalityoftheprofessionalismandtalentofallthepeoplewhoareplayingthesecharactersthatareportrayingthesecharacters.Itsabrilliantcastputtogetherhere.AndImanadmirerofallthecastinthismovie.Ithinktheyvedoneagreatjob.brbrbrQUESTIONZachattheendoftheoriginalseriesitsperceivedthatLeonardtriedtodistancehimselffromplayingSpock.HeevenwroteabookentitledIAmNotSpock.brbrZACHARYQUINTOIreadit.brbrbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.augraphicsstartrek11.jpgalignleftvspace5hspace15QUESTIONAreyouconcernedaboutnowbeingtooassociatedwithSpockasanactorAreyouconcernedaboutthesamekindofconcernsthatMr.Nimoyhadbackin1969brbrZACHARYQUINTOWellIthinkthatwasadifferenttime.Ithinktherewasastigmaattachedtosciencefictionthenthatdoesntexistanymore.Itsbecomesomuchmoremainstream.Ithinkalsopeoplesattentionspansforbetterorforworsehavediminishedsignificantlysincethattime.AndIfeellikereallyitsincumbentuponmyselftodefinethekindofcareerIwant.Andformethatsacareeroflongevityanddiversity.Andsonowitsmyjobtohopefullyutilizethisexposureasaplatformtodootherkindsofworkandimmersemyselfinothergenres.AndtoinvitetheavidfanbaseofsciencefictionandofStarTrekspecificallytocomewithmeonthatkindofajourneynow.BecausethatsthekindofactorIwanttobe.Sono.LAUGHTERbrbrbrQUESTIONLeonardhowdidBillShatnerreacttoyourbeingcastinthismoviebrbrLEONARDNIMOYOhIthinkhehadmixedfeelingsbutitsallworkedoutfine.brbrbrQUESTIONDidyouguystalkaboutyourreturntothefranchisebrbrLEONARDNIMOYNowedidnttalkaboutit.No.UhhuhNEG.brbrbrQUESTIONYougottotalktoyouryoungselfinthemovie.WhatwouldyousaytoyouryoungselfinreallifebrbrLEONARDNIMOYIthinkthescenewithZacharywasaverygoodfathersonscenereally.Itsaguywhossortofbeenthroughitandisgivingthebestadvicehecaninaverybriefscene.Notalotofopportunityforthat.brbrbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.augraphicsstartrek1.jpgalignleftvspace5hspace15imgsrchttpwww.girl.com.augraphicsstartrek2.jpgalignrightvspace5hspace15h3StarTrekh3bStarringbChrisPineZacharyQuintoKarlUrbanSimonPeggEricBanaAntonYelchinZoeSaldanaJohnChoLeonardNimoyBruceGreenwoodBenCrossWinonaRyderbrbDirectorbJ.J.AbramsbrbGenrebScienceFictionFantasybrbRatedbMbrbrThegreatestadventureofalltimebeginswithStarTrektheincrediblestoryofayoungcrewsmaidenvoyageonboardthemostadvancedstarshipevercreatedtheU.S.S.Enterprise.Onajourney...ThegreatestadventureofalltimebeginswithStarTrektheincrediblestoryofayoungcrewsmaidenvoyageonboardthemostadvancedstarshipevercreatedtheU.S.S.Enterprise.Onajourneyfilledwithactioncomedyandcosmicperilthenewrecruitsmustfindawaytostopanevilbeingwhosemissionofvengeancethreatensallofmankind.brbrThefateofthegalaxyrestsinthehandsofbitterrivals.OneJamesT.KirkChrisPineisadelinquentthrillseekingIowafarmboy.TheotherSpockZacharyQuintowasraisedinalogicbasedsocietythatrejectsallemotion.Asfieryinstinctclasheswithcalmreasontheirunlikelybutpowerfulpartnershipistheonlythingcapableofleadingtheircrewthroughunimaginabledangerboldlygoingwherenoonehasgonebeforebrbrbr


 




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