Leonard Nimoy Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Appearance, STAR WARS VII And More
Nimoy recalls being asked to make a cameo in Star Trek Into Darkness as Spock Prime, as well as passing on Star Trek: Generations. He also touches on whether or not he'd don the Spock ears again in the future and if he'd be up for a role in Star Wars Episode VII.
In an interview with the official Star Trek website, original Spock Leonard Nimoy talked about being approached by director J.J. Abrams to make a cameo in Star Trek Into Darkness, where he reprises his role as Spock Prime from the 2009 film. He compared this cameo to the one he turned down in 1994's Star Trek: Generations, which he said could have easily been filled by anyone other than Spock. Nimoy also comments on whether or not he's officially done with playing Spock, saying that he's a big fan of Abrams and will "take the call" for another movie if given. Finally, he comments on potentially joining Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, which he says would be "great" despite the fact that he's a key figure in the Star Trek franchise. For the full interview with Nimoy, click the source link below.
On Being Asked To Make A Cameo In Star Trek Into Darkness And Why He Passed On Star Trek: Generations:
"He [J.J. Abrams] just said, “Would you come in for a couple of days and do me a favor.” ... This cameo in Star Trek Into Darkness was about the Spock character. The cameo in Generations was not about the Spock character. It was just somebody named Spock saying some lines that had nothing to do with Spock. It wasn’t about the character at all. The character was just being used to say some lines that needed to be said about the exposition of the story. I suggested to them that they could take those lines and give them to other members of the cast and no one would know the difference. And that’s exactly what they did. So that indicates to you how clear it was that it wasn’t about Spock. It was about something else. So I just let it go. There was no need for me to be there. This story lent itself to the idea that Spock would contact me to ask for information."
On Whether Or Not He's Officially Finished Playing Spock:
"Wow… That’s impossible to answer. I don’t know. I don’t know what J.J. is going to do. I consider him a very good friend. I think he’s done a great thing for Star Trek. I’m very grateful to him. We all owe him a lot. When someone comes along like he has done and picks it up and elevates it, we should be grateful. So when J.J. calls me, I take the call."
On The Possibility Of Reuniting With J.J. Abrams For Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII:
"Oooh. Ooooh, wouldn’t that be fun. I would love to. I think it would work wonderfully. I think it would work just great. I think it would be a great idea, and somebody ought to tell him that."
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