Young Spock in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Stephen Manley was handpicked by Leonard nimoy to play the pivotal role of a 17-year-old Spock recovered from the Genesis planet in the director’s soulful Star Trek III: The
Search For Spock (1984). his enactment of the Vulcan “blood burning” reproductive cycle of pon farr with model Robin Curtis (who played Saavik) was a highlight. we spoke to the actor at his LA home.
Would you like to play the role again?
Of course – I could pon farr with Robin for the rest of eternity!
What’s the strangest request you’ve had from a fan?
I haven’t had outrageous requests. When fans take a picture with me and we pon farr together they usually go blood red and jump up and down!
Did you get any set souvenirs?
Yes: one set of ear tips.
Would any of your character’s skills have been useful in real life?
Considering I was pon farring with Robin I’m sure that would have come in useful for a much more colourful youth!
Is there anything from the movie you wish was real?
It’d be wonderful if we were already in the time period that Star Trek takes place. A lot of the problems we have now would be completely solved.
What would it say on his gravestone?
I overdosed on pon farr!