Ever since Leonard Nimoy popped up in J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek reboot, rumors have been swirling that Old Spock might be back for the second outing. He let slip that he was in "talks" to come back but didn't go into much more detail—until now.
In a chat with StarTrek.com, Nimoy was asked point-blank whether or not he would be back for Trek 2. Always cool under pressure (would you expect any less from a Vulcan?), Nimoy played down the "speculation" but did talk a bit about his visit to the set while filming was underway. The main reason? He wanted to see the rockin' new bridge of the Enterprise.
"I visited the set one day and that started some speculation about whether I was doing the film. It's all speculation. I talk to these people regularly. Zachary Quinto and I have dinner whenever we can. We just had dinner three or four weeks ago. I talk to J.J. about family. His parents and I go back a number of years as friends. I knew them long before I ever met J.J. So we talk regularly," he said. "I visited the set one day because I had never seen the bridge. When I was in the last film, none of my work was on the bridge of the Enterprise. So I wanted to see the bridge, and the bridge was extraordinary. It's beautifully designed and put together. We talk. It's great. I expect that it's going to be a gigantic film. Look, I think he's put together a wonderful cast of people. His writers are imaginative and energetic. I think we're going to see another great Star Trek movie."
Though Nimoy technically retired a few years ago, it hasn't stopped him from making cameos in Abrams' cult fave series Fringe and a hilarious voiceover in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory. For Nimoy, those side gigs are all part of the winding-down process.
"Look, I liken myself to a steamship that's been going full-blast, and the captain pulls that handle back and then says, 'Full stop,' but the ship doesn't stop. It keeps moving from inertia. It keeps moving. It keeps moving," he said. "It'll start slowing down, but it doesn't stop. It doesn't come to a dead stop. That's the way I am. I still have a few odds-and-ends things that I enjoy doing. I don't want to get up in the morning and have nothing to do that day. That would be boring."
So there you have it. Or not.
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