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Leonard Nimoy Quits Acting to Join MMA

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Leonard Nimoy as SpockHere’s the craziest story of the day: Leonard Nimoy is retiring from acting, but he’s not going to go peacefully into the night. Nimoy is going to take a stab at amateur-level mixed martial arts (MMA).

OK, that second part isn’t true. Leonard Nimoy is retiring from acting, but he presumably is going to sit back and dream of all the Trekkies who will spend the next fifty years arguing who the better Spock is. Here’s what the famed actor had to say:

“I want to get off the stage. Also, I don’t think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto,” he says, referring to the actor who portrayed a youthful Spock in last summer’s smash Star Trek  relaunch. “He’s a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it’s time to give him some space. And I’m very flattered the character will continue.”

“I’ve been doing this professionally for 60 years,” he says with a laugh. “I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I’ve had a great, great time.”

“I was away from acting for 12 years, so I guess I was seducable,” Nimoy says. “But since J.J. Abrams revived the Star Trek franchise, I felt I owed him something. And I’m glad I did it because he promised me a good story, and it was.”

Star Trek 2 (untitled sequel) hits theaters in 2012. Nimoy just completed his role as Dr. William Bell in Fox’s “Fringe.”

By Erik Samdahl
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