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May 09, 2012

When Spock met Hendrix: ‘Trek’ icon Leonard Nimoy’s cosmic moment

Posted in: Hero Complex: The Show,TV


leonard nimoy and jimi hendrix When Spock met Hendrix: Trek icon Leonard Nimoys cosmic moment

Noel Redding, left, Leonard Nimoy, center, and Jimi Hendrix, second from right, in Ohio not long before the guitar hero’s death in September 1970.

We’ve just posted the second episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” on the Nerdist Channel on YouTube and it’s an exciting one for us:  Leonard Nimoy is the guest.

We visited the sci-fi icon’s Bel Air home a few weeks ago to talk about “Star Trek,” his evolution as a filmmaker and photographer and his philosophies on family and career. We also talked about a very special photograph — the one that shows him meeting Jimi Hendrix not long before rock’s greatest guitar hero died in 1970 at age 27.

Full coverage: Leonard Nimoy

“Hero Complex: The Show” premiered two weeks ago with our visit to the offices of Ridley Scott and picks up again May 23 with the conclusion of our Nimoy visit. (And just to make sure you check back, chew on this thought: In Part 2, he gives us a William Shatner impression.) But here’s that first installment:

“Hero Complex: The Show” features the great work of  video journalists Jeff Amlotte and Myung J. Chun, and as host my goal is to bring you insightful conversations with the biggest names and brightest thinkers in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics and gaming and deliver it to you in a way that always respects your intelligence. Let us know how we’re doing, and please, don’t hold back. We want to improve every episode and the feedback helps. I’ve been writing for the L.A. Times since 1991 but the on-camera world is a new (and frightening) frontier but it’s also exciting because I’m pretty passionate about pop culture and love talking about it.

If you liked watching the show, check out some of the “Star Trek” coverage below; I’m really proud of the Benedict Cumberbatch story that we published earlier today, for instance. And if you’re going to be in Southern California between May 18-21, take a look at the lineup for our Hero Complex Film Festival, we’d love to see you there. (We had Nimoy as a guest our first year, back in 2010; you can check out video from that and notcie he hasn’t changed a bit while I’m looking like a crewman from episode No. 41.)

— Geoff Boucher

Follow me on Twitter: @LATherocomplex


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