"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 [DeForest] would be smiling, and maybe in tears as well."
"After each days shooting, we’re tired. We just want to go home, have dinner, and relax before going to bed. We’re usually asleep by nine o’clock, because we have to be in make-up at the crack of dawn. Lenny has a trick he sometimes pulls. He calls Bill and me at about eight-thirty and reminds us to go beddy-bye."
“Bones was a humanist with a Georgia accent…no ‘country doctor’ but a homebody scientist with wielding a magical tricorder of the future and the promise of a better life for all of us. He took it upon himself to heal the Universe, and that’s why the character of Bones is so universally loved. Or is it just the character? One of the joys of reading this book is that you will come to know that there is no line between Bones and the actor who played him. The man and the part were one. What Bones was, DeForest was: a Healer. He brought that healing spirit to his audience. He brought it to his friends. May that spirit live to the twenty-third century, and beyond.”
"One publicity release declared that “unlike Nimoy and Shatner, Kelley has not cut a record.” The fellows were doing all that they could to promote Star Trek and themselves, but Kelley wasn’t going to be a part of it. He thought about making records. “If [McCoy] did, I’m sure the kids would buy it just to have something from one of the three of us. The other day, I kidded Nimoy on the set by telling him that I was going to make a record. I was going to call it ‘Sounds from Sickbay’ and it would consist of grunts and groans.”"
DeForest Kelley on why he never released a Trek album [via]
"[During filming the first episode] Leonard Nimoy and I went to lunch…and Leonard had his ears on, which at the time he was not too keen about [and] was very worried about it, and he was telling me that he was concerned…and sometimes felt like a rabbit. We had a bunch of celery sticks and carrot sticks that were on the table, so I picked up a couple of carrot sticks and handed them to Leonard. He said, ‘De, don’t ever do that to me again.’ But those ears finally became a very important thing to him, didn’t they?"
"“The other cast members weren’t slouches either. One day, during a particularly intense confrontation between McCoy and Spock, DeForest Kelley leaned forward and kissed Leonard Nimoy on the nose. Leonard just stared at him, shocked, then realized what he had done and broke up.
But it didn’t end there. They couldn’t do a retake. Every time Leonard got close to DeForest and looked him in the eye, he broke up laughing again. And the effect was contagious. Pretty soon no one on the set could keep a straight face. Leonard and De were too conscious of their nose-to-nose position, they couldn’t stay in character long enough to do the shot. Finally, Joe Pevney, the director, gave up. They had to move to another set and pick up some other shots”
MCCOY: You’re going to leave here without them and run off on some wild goose chase halfway across the galaxy just because you found a discrepancy in a hydrogen cloud? SPOCK: Doctor, I am chasing the Captain, Lieutenant Uhura, and Ensign Chekov, not some wild aquatic fowl. This is the only lead we’ve had.
This is one of my least favorite episodes of Star Trek (the main plot sucks) but this exchange is hilarious. Also, I really dig the female navigator.