Nice story in the Los Angeles Times today: Leonard Nimoy, who has just announced his retirement from acting, spoke graciously and at length at the inaugural Hero Complex Film Festival, sponsored by the paper, in Los Angeles this weekend. You can see some video of the event here, should you be so inclined, but I especially liked this quote from Nimoy, when asked his thoughts about Zachary Quinto:
They sent me some footage to look at when they were deciding who should do that job. i said, ‘He looks enough like me to make it work.’ But more importantly you can see him thinking, there’s a brain [there behind his eyes], there’s some thought going on, which is very important to this character because there’s so much inner life in the Spock character. Zachary is a very well-trained and intelligent actor…. I’m very flattered to see the character live on with a good actor…. [But] when we first met, I said, ‘Do you have any idea what you’re getting into?'”
His last words to the crowd? “Live long and prosper, my friends!” But of course.