Saturday, December 26, 2009

Leonard Nimoy Says J.J. Abrams Star Trek Movie Revived the Star Trek Franchise with a New Audience of Fans

he latest issue of NVision magazine features a new interview with Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy and here are few excerpts of the article, courtesy of ontd_startrek

"Star Trek went on the air in 1966," says Nimoy. "Many of the recent film's audience has not arrived yet. There were three seasons on TV and then we were canceled. And then there was the animated show. And then in 1977 I sat in a packed theater in New York and watched as a crowd cheered at the first Star Wars film. I thought to myself 'I'm going to be getting a call from Paramount soon.' The call came and we made five more with the original cast and four more with The Next Generation. There were more series, more captains, more crew many novels by Bill Shatner. And now there's been a new and amazing movie."

"I think the movie is terrific," says Nimoy. "It has obviously revived the franchise. There's a tremendous amount of new interest for Star Trek as well as a new audience for Star Trek There are a lot of young people who never saw Star Trek before who went to see this movie who are now interested in Star Trek. And I think there will be a number of them who will be interested in a video game and a number of them who will be going back to the original episodes to take a look to see what the roots of all this are about."

Regarding the scene in which Spock meets his younger self, played by Zachary Quinto, Nimoy said "It was very moving to me...he's a very, very good actor--very intelligent. He's well-trained. He knows his work, and he's very professional. If it have 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 it's in good hands."

Regarding Star Trek XII, Nimoy said "I frankly doubt very much that I will be asked to do that again," said Nimoy, "I think that wanted me involved in this movie to help make the transition from the old crew to the new, from the old cast to the new, and I think they did that very cleverly and very successfully. I'm not quite sure how they would find me useful in the future."

The full interview can be found in the latest issue of NVision nmagazine, now on sale.