Nimoy continued: “They found their own way to bring that talent and intelligence to this movie, and I think it shows.
“If Chris Pine could do anything other than go direct to Starfleet after Bruce Greenwood told him what his life should be about, I would be shocked. I just had to do what Bruce Greenwood told me to.
“When Karl Urban introduced himself as Leonard McCoy and shook hands with Chris Pine, I burst into tears. That performance of his is so moving, so touching and so powerful as Doctor McCoy, that I think D. Kelley would be smiling, and maybe in tears as well.”
Original McCoy star DeForest Kelley had died 10 years previously, so sadly never got to see the movie.