He was able to strike a balance in his relationships with people, especially fans, which I really admired. He inspired and influenced an entire generation because of this role that people connected to. He was able to make the fans feel seen, like they really connected with him. And yet he also cultivated a kind of distance that preserved him. I took note of that as I got deeper in the world of Trek and deeper into the exposure that this character would bring.
Leonard lived his life so beautifully and with such grace. He was a very honourable person, and his life reflected that. His family reflects that. I lost my father at a very young age, and Leonard came to occupy a space in my life that was like a father figure. I had this person that I could look to with such respect. He was refined. And he cultivated a sense of dignity and respect for other people.
Also? An excuse to post this (again):
This whole movie makes me cry.