‘Star Trek’: Leonard Nimoy’s best William Shatner impression

May 23, 2012 | 6:52 p.m.

We’ve just posted the third episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” and it’s a good one: Part 2 of our interview with Leonard Nimoy at his home has the “Star Trek” icon talking about the origins of the Vulcan salute, the satisfactions of stage work, the vagaries of typecasting and, to top it off, we even talked him into doing an impression of … William Shatner.

Yes, that’s right, Nimoy’s take on Kirk’s eulogy scene from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

Full coverage: Leonard Nimoy

You can watch it all right here, make sure to check out Part 1.

If you’re just joining us, a quick explanation of who we are and what we do: I’ve been writing for the Los Angeles Times for 21 years on a variety of things (crime, local politics and the music industry among them) but I grew up loving comics and sci-fi and that inspired a blog that has now become a full-fledged website that in turn spawned an annual film festival, a print magazine as well as a free IMAX screening series.

The latest addition to our galactic empire is “Hero Complex: The Show,” which is posted every other Wednesday on the Nerdist Channel on YouTube. “Hero Complex: The Show” premiered with our visit to the offices of Ridley Scott.

— Geoff Boucher

Follow me on Twitter: @LATherocomplex


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5 Responses to ‘Star Trek’: Leonard Nimoy’s best William Shatner impression

  1. guest says:

    I don't care what you and Spock say… The first Star Trek movie was a great one!

  2. @Kcat10 says:

    Thank you for all of your splendid work, Geoff. Thank you for giving so much of yourself and your wonderful talents for us to love and adore, Mr. Nimoy. (I love finally knowing all the fascinating details of what your hand sign means, and it gives me joy.) It would be so great to hear more of your rich experiences. Together you've given us wonderful delights to cherish. Bless both of you for sharing this awesome interview with us!

  3. Robert Leung says:

    I met Leonard Nimoy back in 1976. He was giving a talk at NYU attended by only about 40 people. It was very intimate. He spoke for about an hour and he told that story about how he came up with the Vulcan hand sign. It was touching and funny. He charmed us with great stories about the show. He laughed saying we remembered more about the show than he did. He signed autographs and shook hands and posed for pictures till we all had what we came for. He was wonderful and generous with his time and his memories. This was a great interview! Thank you Leonard.

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