What's New September 2010


In this interview Mr. Nimoy talks about Star Trek IV, how he changed the impact of a scene and being asked to produce Star Trek: The Next Generation.

There's a hospital scene when Kirk and McCoy and Gillian go to help Chekov. Originally, Kirk judo-chopped the doctor, knocked him unconscious and put him on the side somewhere. I don't want Kirk hitting a doctor. What for? It's not necessary. I wanted a room he could put doctors into, and then he could melt the lock. It's more fun than seeing Kirk hit a doctor.



Leonard Nimoy Talked to SFX Magazine about "Trek, Fringe and passing on the torch." More here and here.

As Trek Movie reports, a DVD collection featuring Star Trek stars in Westerns is going to be released on Nov. 9th. Episodes with Leonard Nimoy are from Tate, Outlaws, and Bonanza. See also Video Service Corp. A review can be found here.


Leonard Nimoy's New Frontier

Photography is more satisfying than acting or directing because it is intensely personal and enables him to make a statement about the human condition, Nimoy says.

"When you're acting, you're working on somebody else's project and helping them to express an idea," he says. "You're part of a large and complex machine." As a photographer, "I'm a one-man operation. I control everything. I can get an idea in the morning, shoot in the afternoon and have a product in my hand by night time. I've always enjoyed the idea that I can physically make something."

More at SecondAct Career

Leonard Nimoy - So What Else Is News with Marty Kaplan - Air America

Leonard Nimoy talks about his book Shekhina and being banned from talking about it by some Jewish communities. You can download the interview here. (According to Wikipedia, Air America is now defunct.)


In this issue Mr. Nimoy says he was troubled to see the Enterprise blow up in the trailer for his first movie in the director's chair, feeling it created a wrong impression heralding the definite end of Star Trek. He gave advice on how to write to Paramount if someone wanted to complain about something to the studio, relayed a story about meeting the guy who translated the Star Trek novels into Japanese who thought he was the wrong man to play Spock, and, though nobody would listen to him, thought that William Shatner deserved highest praise for his work in the Search for Spock...even when he made him pack and unpack his office at Paramount while negotiations for ST IV were under way.


James Marsters (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who etc.) got to meet his "hero" once, but the experience wasn't exactly what he'd hoped for...

The next fan up first said to James he looked very handsome in person and up close. James cracked some joke about being tired, but ultimately thanked her "because I'm learning to take compliments." Her question was about what James feels at events like this, when he's asked a question by a girl and the moment he opens his mouth to answer, the woman in question is reduced to a pile of goo that spouts gibberish. "I think that's delicious, are you kiddin' me? I think that's just fabulous!" He then told us a story about meeting his hero, Leonard Nimoy, when he was campaigning for George McGovern during his presidential bid. He went up to the microphone to ask Nimoy a question, "and I was just reduced to jell-o. And he didn't like my question, because he was trying to talk politics, so he replied, 'They glued them on with glue, kid.' So I know what it feels like. I used to come to these things when I was younger, man! Spock ears glued on, big 'fro, yeah! Getting my freak on!"

More from his panel at Grand Slam 2007 here.


Digital Spy thinks there might be a chance of Leonard Nimoy being back:

However, speaking on the DVD commentary track for the episode, showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci admitted that they plan to bring Nimoy back in a future episode.

The pair also referred to Bell's exit as an "apparent death".


Leonard Nimoy reads two poems at the 15th Annual Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards




A while ago I was asked on the comments page where exactly Leonard Nimoy appeared in Seven Days of May. The only information I had at the time was that his part was cut from the movie. Well, in this interview we learn that he was not just cut from one movie, but two, and saved from of having to go to London for a third just in the nick of time by being cast in Star Trek.


In I'm Spock (p. 79-80, Century, 1995) Mr. Nimoy writes about the parade he attended in costume as Spock, something he learned never ever to do again.

So while the fan mail kept mounting, I began to get calls from different organizations, all asking me to make public appearances."Great!" I thought, and accepted every offer I could. One call came from Medford, Oregon, inviting me to be grand marshal of the annual Pear Blossom Festival Parade in April 1967.


And when I agreed to go to Medford, Oregon, I decided to go in costume as Mr. Spock, as the parade organizers requested.
I never made that mistake again.
The parade went smoothly enough. I was very grateful to see the huge turnout—the largest in the festival's history—and although it was rather Strange to be in costume as Spock while smiling and waving as Leonard Nimoy in the back of a convertible, I enjoyed myself a great deal along the parade route.
The problem came after, when I was taken to a nearby park. A table was set up an the bandstand so that I could sign autographs. But instead of the hundreds I'd hoped to see, there were thousands of people there. They surged forward so quickly that I was terrified someone would be crushed to death; and then they started pressing against the bandstand so hard it began to sway beneath my feet! The people with me soon realized we were in trouble. Fortunately, the local police came to the rescue and pulled me through the throng!
The incident became a media event, and no one was more surprised than I. Later that afternoon, as I was contemplating what had happened in the relative safety of my hotel room, I got a phone call from the head of NBC's promotion department, who said,"From hereon out, we'll make sure you have security."
So, as I said, I made sure never to appear publicly again in Vulcan guise. But the crowds still kept coming.

Mr. Nimoy tweeted the photo, which had appeared on the front page of the Mail Tribune on April 15, 1967.


Folksbiene Salutes Yiddish; ON THE GO (2006)

“I’m probably the first of Israel’s generation in 30 years to speak Yiddish — and probably the last,” lamented Israel’s New York consul general, Arye Mekel, addressing the crowd at the Folksbiene’s “Broadway Salutes Yiddish” gala. “It is important that all of us Jews in America and Israel do what we can to keep it alive.” Produced by Moshe Rosenfeld, with musical direction by Folksbiene executive director Zalmen Mlotek, the talent lineup included Star Trek’s Mr. Spock aka Leonard Nimoy (another distant Litvak cousin, but on my mother’s side). Describing his audition for Maurice Schwartz, the actor and director who founded the Yiddish Art Theater, Nimoy recalled Schwartz’s wife’s reaction: “‘He looks like a goy!’ I replied in Yiddish. Schwartz nearly fainted. I got the job.” To underscore his Yiddish credentials, Nimoy sang Itzik Manger’s “Oyfn Veg Shteyt a Boym,” then offered the Vulcan split-finger parting gesture, which, he explained, he first saw as a boy in shul!

More here.


Channel Canada airs a new documetary exploring Sex + Religion beginning September 20th.

“Art is about illumination,” says Leonard Nimoy whose photographs of female bodies superimposed with the Hebrew letter Shin represents his interpretation of Shekhina, the female representation of God. Simultaneously erotic, beautiful, and spiritually meaningful, Nimoy explains they were inspired by the ecstatic prayer he witnessed as a youth while attending synagogue services with his Father. “The Torah is loaded with sexuality,” Nimoy says. “It’s not to be viewed in terms of sin, but rather as part of the human condition.”

More here.


Updated with links for Grand Slam XVI (2008)

Reports with photos at ComicMix here and here, Trek News (in German), and Trek Movie. More photos at the Creation Con webpage and Exposay here and here.





For the summary of the episode go here.



Leonard Nimoy appeared on The Take Away on Sep. 3rd to talk about his Secret Selves exhibition. The podcast for the radio program is available here. The interview, by phone, starts at 1h20m.

Secret Selves

At the official photographer's blog for the event you can find photos from the opening day of the exhibition at Mass Moca here and here are snapshots from the sessions with the models.

The Origins of the Primortals

Three days after the failed attempt to capture Zeerus in New York, there are reports that Primaster and the other aliens crashed on their way to a high security government installation. Of the cargo plane with them on board nothing but small debris is left in an out of the way area in the Rocky Mountains. The aliens' bodies, a reporter informs the world, haven't been found in the difficult terrain and Steward Davies is presumed dead. (more)


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