EXCLUSIVE: Leonard Nimoy Talks ‘I Am Not Spock’

In an exclusive video released to TrekNews.net by Leonard Nimoy’s daughter Julie and her husband David Knight, the legendary actor talks about his 1975 book I Am Not Spock and the reaction to its title.

“People thought I was trying to distance myself from the Spock character — that was not true.” Nimoy says as he clutches the book.

“I caught a lot of heat because people thought I was rejecting Star Trek.” He goes on to read an excerpt from the book where he discusses the character and his feelings toward him. Check it out in the clip below.

As discussed own our exclusive interview with them last year, Julie Nimoy and David Knight launched an Indiegogo crowfunding campaign to raise money for the documentary film COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy. For more information on the project, you can read our interview and visit IndieGoGo page.

LOS ANGELES, CA – January 18, 2016 – Julie Nimoy, the daughter of the late legendary actor Leonard Nimoy, and her husband, David Knight, just launched an Indiegogo crowfunding campaign to raise money for COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy. The documentary film will aim to both entertain and educate viewers about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in order to raise awareness about the ailment that took the life of the “Star Trek” star. The Indiegogo campaign link can be found here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/copd-highly-illogical-a-tribute-to-leonard-nimoy/

Generations of science fiction fans know my Father as his iconic character Mr. Spock on the starship Enterprise. The documentary is an intimate look at Leonard Nimoy’s life, legacy, and his final years advocating for greater awareness around chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“Leonard felt he had a responsibility to educate people about COPD and create awareness,” explained Knight. “We’re committed to sharing his story with the world through this documentary film, while spreading knowledge about COPD, a common but often undiagnosed disease affecting over 30 million Americans.”

After his diagnosis in 2013, Nimoy went public with his condition and became a COPD activist on social media. Knight said it’s likely his father-in-law had symptoms a few years before his official diagnosis and one of the film’s goals is to reach the millions of people who have the disease, but do not know it.

Produced by Leonard’s daughter, Julie Nimoy, and her husband, David Knight, they are looking to raise $150,000 on Indiegogo, in order to complete the film in 2016.

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  • I read the book, and I agree that people have woefully misunderstood it.

    It wasn’t that Mr. Nimoy was trying to repudiate Spock but rather that he was pondering questions of identity in general. In much of the book, it seemed as if Mr. Nimoy were trying to convince himself that he had any value or worth apart from Spock. The outpouring of fans’ love for Spock was so strong that I think it made Mr. Nimoy feel a bit unloved in comparison, and he wondered what value he had, aside from his most famous character.

    It’s actually a sensitive, insightful, and interesting book, and it made me want to hug poor Mr. Nimoy and reassure him.

    Of course Spock feels bigger and more valuable. Spock is a fictional character, and he gets to be perfect in the way that characters are and real human beings never can be. But Spock’s perfection is illusory, because he isn’t real (except in all of our hearts).

    While Mr. Nimoy, being real, couldn’t achieve perfection, he was not just a wonderful actor but also a real mensch. The stories of his forcing the hiring of George Takei and Nichelle Nichols for The Animated Series and his forcing the equal compensation of Ms. Nichols for The Original Series show him to be ethical, considerate, and caring. For a real live human being, that’s as good as it gets. 😉

  • Ryan Ann

    I can not believe it has almost been one year since he passed away. He was so much a part of my growing up and my life. I still feel very saddened by his death and miss him so much I would have loved to have seen him be a part of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and take part in the major convention. Mr Spock was my favorite character on Star Trek (only Nimoy’s version) and Mr Nimoy did so much to make the character of Spock creative and interesting. How he did not win an Emmy for this role is quite unbelievable to me. Leonard Nimoy was an amazing man in so many ways and he was so talented in so many venues. His photography was pretty cool and so versatile. He also had many good movies outside of Star Trek (“Never Forget” comes to mind, in which he plays Mel Mermelstein, a Holocaust survivor who challenges that the Holocaust never happened in court and wins. he was also great as William Bell in “Fringe”. He also seemed like such a gentleman and mensch off screen. I would have loved to have met him and now regret that I never will. I wish the best to Susan Nimoy and the rest of the Nimoy family and give all of them my warmest regards. You will be missed and will always be remembered Leonard Nimoy. I love you!!!! :):):)

  • SuperByteMan

    CROW FUNDING?

    Does this mean that the Knights are using birds to help them raise funds for the documentary. I wonder how their documentary will be different from the documentary that was allegedly started by Mrs. Knight’s older brother in cooperation with their father?