Even the President of the United States was heard to utter “I loved Spock” when the sad news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing spread last month. Barack Obama was hardly alone, as the world mourned not just Nimoy the actor, poet and photographer, but also the character that he made famous. And that made him famous. It was a Vulcan/Human symbiosis–and Nimoy, classy as ever, learned to embrace the role that came to define him–and which certainly limited his career choices as an actor.
Nimoy’s son Adam Nimoy works with the same dignity his father projected. An accomplished TV director, he’s at work on a documentary about his father’s life due for release next year. The younger Mr. Nimoy is calling the film For the Love of Spock, recognizing the aforementioned symbiosis. For the Love of Spock will honor both Nimoy and Spock–and explore the central part this singular character played in this unique actor’s life. Nimoy’s two autobiographies were called I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock, the latter title more recent. In naming his film, Adam Nimoy acknowledges the critical intertwined natures of character and actor–and finds the love there.