|Leonard liked to tell people that he had been born in Boston, his parents had come to America as immigrants, aliens, and then he went to Hollywood to become an alien.|
If there was a character that he drew on to create the sense of alienation he needed, it probably came from one of his favourite movies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in which the great Charles Laughton created the unforgettable Quasimodo. Quasimodo was the essential outsider, and Leonard had so much empathy for him that he wanted to cry when he saw that movie.
He wanted the audience to empathise with Spock, who was caught in an internal struggle between his human side and his Vulcan side, which resulted in a continuous struggle between logic and emotion. [...]
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