Fans of "Fringe" waited patiently throughout the show's first season to meet the enigmatic scientist William Bell. That patience was rewarded in the form of a brief cameo by actor Leonard Nimoy during the season's closing moments and in an extended scene earlier this year.
But based on the words of Nimoy himself, Bell's days on "Fringe" could already be numbered. The actor spoke with Hero Complex about his role on "Fringe," admitting that his turn as the scientific rival of Dr. Walter Bishop's could be at an end.
"I've done three appearances for them," said Nimoy. "I don't know if I will do a fourth."
Two out of Nimoy's three scenes have already aired, with the third performance recently shot. As for why the acclaimed "Star Trek" icon would turn down the opportunity to return to "Fringe," the actor said it has nothing to do with the show's quality, but the character's quality.
"They've asked me to do more, but we have to talk about where the character is going," he explained. "So far my character, William Bell, and my appearances have been used to lay in information about this alternate universe and the experience of being in this other world. And that's OK, but I don't know yet what plans they have for really developing a dramatic story for the character. I'm waiting for a conversation about that."
The bell hasn't tolled for Nimoy quite yet. The actor said that an actual conversation between himself and "Fringe" power players Jeff Pinkner, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and — to a lesser extent — J.J. Abrams are on the way.
"I think they're talking amongst themselves now so they can present some kind of plan, a story arc of some kind," he said.
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