Leonard Nimoy Admits “I AM Spock” In This Exclusive Interview Excerpt
Star Trek Magazine has provided us an exclusive preview of their inteview with legendary actor Leonard Nimoy — 1 in which he admits the title of his 1975 autobiography “I Am Not Spock” was a mistake:
“When I was 17,” Nimoy intones in his extraordinarily warm voice, “I created the determination that I wanted to be an actor, not only to entertain folks but to supply some variety of enlightenment to aid people comprehend their lives and the planet we live in. Currently being involved with Star Trek has accomplished that with an exchange of suggestions and enlightenment that I’m extremely proud of.”
Now 46 years into his shut involvement with Gene Roddenberry’s seminal science fiction franchise, Nimoy has by no means had the adore/hate romantic relationship with the series that some of his fellow castmates have struggled with over the decades, irrespective of what some may possibly have heard or come to comprehend.
Nimoy explains, “I produced a huge mistake in the early ‘70s when I wrote my very first book about my Star Trek experiences. I wrote a chapter in that book about how I was recognized in an airport by a lady who introduced me to her youngster as Mr. Spock. This youngster looked at me and did not see Mr. Spock,” he chuckles. “So I wrote a chapter about the big difference between myself and the character in an energy to give the readers some insight into how an actor goes about constructing a character. It is partially from him or herself and it’s partially from employing elements of other people we could know. I referred to as that chapter, ‘I Am Not Spock,’ that means simply that I’m an actor who portrays Spock and this is how I go about doing it.
“In the very same book,” Nimoy continues, “I stated if I was offered a chance to recognize with any character on tv, I would choose Spock. I admire him, I like him and I respect him. I would rather be identified with Spock than any other character on tv. But the error I produced was in employing that title, ‘I Am Not Spock,’ as the title of the book. Men and women assumed I was rejecting Spock and Star Trek but they didn’t study the book. If you read the book, you’ll discover very the opposite.”
To read a lot more of this exclusive Leonard Nimoy interview, check out out the new issue of the official Star Trek Magazine situation #40, on-sale tomorrow!
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