Zachary Quinto Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Returning To Spock, Leonard Nimoy & More

Zachary Quinto talks more about his return as Spock in this summer's highly anticipated Star Trek sequel, comments on the pressures of being a part of the franchise, his relationship with Leonard Nimoy, and J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars.

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By Paul Romano - 2/16/2013


In an interview with Huffington Post, Zachary Quinto talks in depth about his return as Spock in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness this summer. He reiterates prior comments about the highly anticipated sequel being bigger, darker and more action-packed than the 2009 film, and he also discusses his relationship with Leonard Nimoy (the original Spock) and how much of an influence he had on Quinto's take on the character. He then talks more about Abrams moving over to directing Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII, praising him for making such a decision. For the full interview, click the source link below.

On Returning To The Role Of Spock And The Pressure Of Being A Part Of Such An Iconic Franchise:
"I never felt any pressure from being a part of that franchise, I only felt supported and I only felt supported and I have only felt like my job is to get to work and be a part of something that people want to watch and want to see. That certainly was the case the first time around and I think it will be more the case this time, because it is such a bigger experience we shot this movie in 3D and IMAX and I think the story just lends itself to much more of an explosion onto the summer movie schedule scene. I am just really excited to get it out there and share it with people and I don’t feel any particular individual pressure to doing anything other than my job and my job is already done I shot it in the first half of 2012, so I’ve been done for awhile and now the responsibility is in everybody else’s hands to bring it all to life. J.J. [Abrams] is just a genius and everybody who works around him is incredibly talented at what they do, so I feel like people won’t be disappointed, that is certainly my hope."


On What We Can Expect From Star Trek Into Darkness:
"Yeah, darker, bigger and there’s just more at stake for everybody. So, I think that’s exciting for an audience. More action, more peril and there’s more at stake, as I said, for the crew of the Enterprise this time around. More danger and just a bigger, bolder experience I would say."


On His Interpretation Of Spock And His Relationship With Leonard Nimoy:

"It’s definitely my own interpretation, Leonard and I obviously spent time working together on the first film and became very good friends and are still very close and speak of the character from time to time. He was very clear about wanting to hand it [the character of Spock] to somebody that he could trust and that would respect the character the same way that he did. We are very different people and we come at the experience from very different perspectives and invariably it is going to be unique to me even though it is a character he created. I think J.J. really supported that as well, he wanted all of us to bring our own points of view and perspectives to the characters we are recreating. I think all of us have done that and I think that now that we are into our second film the thing that was most important to all of us was maintaining our sense of personal integrity and personal relationships to the characters we set.

"I don’t think it affected my portrayal; it affected my appreciation for the character, my appreciation for how important it’s been to him in his life and how much it’s been formed from his perspective and his work and his creativity. I’d say getting to know Leonard was one of the biggest gifts of the experience that first time around and now having him in my life the way I do; it means the world to me that he is invested not only in me and my relationship with the character of Spock, but also me as a person and me as I relate to the world. I have learned so much from him and I value him so much, so to me [him being on set] took a lot of pressure of actually when we were making the first movie, because I felt like he was always there for me if I needed any help, advice or guidance. We had many conversations during the first movie about the character and it was enormously helpful to have him around, certainly more helpful than it was stressful."


On J.J. Abrams Directing Star Wars: Episode VII:
"I support J.J. and his pursuits and the expansion of his entertainment empire. I think he is one of the most revolutionary storytellers in the business and I think that this bold, bombastic statement on his part from a creative standpoint is going to be a huge part of a legacy to revitalize one franchise only to follow that up by revitalizing another of that scale and scope. I think it’s so impressive and I think he is a perfect choice for it. I can’t wait to watch what he does with it, I think it will be a remarkable experience. He basically has the sci-fi market cornered now, so I think that is a great place to be. In one breath I was surprised and in the next breath it made perfect sense."


Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve and Anton Yelchin. The film is set to hit theaters May 17th.











Source: Huffington Post
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Superior - 2/16/2013, 9:16 AM
Sadly this has to be his final role as Spock, he wore Nimoy's shoes very well.
Superior - 2/16/2013, 9:17 AM
I expect him to go out with a bang on this film and I wonder who's going to replace him.
TheFascinatingMan - 2/16/2013, 10:15 AM
Wait he's leaving?
skidz - 2/16/2013, 10:15 AM
@Marauder: You're assuming he won't come back. They aren't rehashing the Wrath of Khan and (while we can guess) we can't say he's flat out going to die.
Kamdan - 2/16/2013, 10:19 AM
I wish he'd get rid of that condensation that he has when he delivers his lines. It's not Spock.
pintoman - 2/16/2013, 10:46 AM
Yes, he's not Spock and Abram's Trek is not really Trek. He didn't revitalize Star Trek. He tore it apart and put the Trek name on it.
pintoman - 2/16/2013, 10:47 AM
Namor prefers women I'm sure. Quinto doesn't come across on screen as a character that prefers women.
Egg - 2/16/2013, 10:51 AM
@Kamdan..So when he delivers his lines he does so changing the physical state of matter from a gaseous phase into liquid phase?
cmax - 2/16/2013, 10:54 AM
I thought Quinto said sometime ago he wasn't going to play Spock anymore after this.
themcdougalbugle - 2/16/2013, 11:09 AM
Brad Bird should direct Star Trek 3.
CaptainPresley - 2/16/2013, 11:41 AM
Quinto has commented that he wasn't sure if he would do a third Star Trek, but since they all signed a three picture deal its not like he has a choice.
SotNatt - 2/16/2013, 11:47 AM
A lot of run-on sentences, Romano. Please, do something about that.

@Egg I think what Kamdan meant to say is that Quinto's Spock is condescending, where Nimoy's Spock was not, which is completely untrue.

If anything, due to the sheer volume and scope of TOS episodes, we see more of the snarky, condescending Spock that you don't see within the span of the films.

Nimoy's Spock was a very condescending character, but he delivered his shade in such a dry and analytic manner that it usually took Kirk or Bones, people who knew him well enough, to sauce out the mean-spirited intent of his words or behavior.

@pintoman...you're an idiot, as per usual.

Abram's Star trek is a glossy-eyed mess most of the time, true, one that doesn't really say as much as the TOS series did in terms of social issues and politics, but, as far as popcorn flicks go, I wouldn't be disinclined to watching it.

Sure, the spirit of TOS isn't there, and the execution is mediocre, but...what do you know? I forgot what point I was trying to make.

Not that it matters. I just don't like you.

Quinto, you do what you gotta do. It's your career, not ours. Although, now that's it in my head, I can totally see him as Namor.
QuinlanVos - 2/16/2013, 12:24 PM
@Pintoman

Don't bash the dude because of his sexual preference I'm straight but whatever he wants to go home too that's his choice it's 2013 now GET OVER IT! And your wrong he hooked up with 3 different chicks in heroes so he would rock as Namor.

And Sylar rules arguably one of the best villains of any universe tv, movie or even comics!
pintoman - 2/16/2013, 12:41 PM
"Quinto doesn't come across on screen as a character that prefers women."
pintoman - 2/16/2013, 12:51 PM
The only reason anyone could see him as Namor is because Namor's hair and eyebrows are like Spock's. Outside of his Spock makeup, he wouldn't be a better Namor than anyone else.
Boogie138 - 2/16/2013, 1:33 PM
@pintoman: what the fcuk are you trying to say? i not sure if your gaybashing, or really looking for a womanizing spock...
pintoman - 2/16/2013, 1:48 PM
lol...It's not gaybashing...and it's not wanting a womanizing Spock.

It's just that despite his makeup, Qunito just doesn't make a good Spock and one of the reasons is his voice which makes this Spock come across as not straight (whether Qunito is straight or not). It's not about what Qunito is...it's about how his Spock appears which, like Abrams's Trek, sucks.
flannelmandude - 2/16/2013, 4:32 PM
The only reason Quinto was cast as the role of Spock is because of his big nose. That's it.
Kamdan - 2/16/2013, 9:03 PM
@Egg Haha, yes, exactly. Sorry, "condescension."
Maximus101 - 2/16/2013, 10:21 PM
I'm beyond excited to see this movie. The 9 minute prologue just left me wanting more lol
loki668 - 2/16/2013, 11:37 PM
Why worry about his sexual orientation? Kirk would sleep with protoplasmic ooze in the original series! He (Kirk) was trisexual: He'd [frick]ing try anything!

Lord Loki has spoken
Superior - 2/17/2013, 6:07 AM
Wait, never mind, Quinto recently came out and denied the rumors.
yingyangpalms - 2/17/2013, 1:17 PM
Its not easy to play a Vulcan. Quinto's Spock is very similar to Kevin Nealon's SNL Spock.
The Top Vulcan list:
1. Nimoy
2. Tim Russ
3. Mark Leonard
4. Kim Catrall
5. Robin Curtis
6. Kirstie Alley
7. Quinto
CaptainPresley - 2/17/2013, 7:44 PM
I think Quinto makes a great Spock. I think he is closer to Nimoy's Spock than Pegg is to Doohan's Scotty. And let's not even talk a out Checkov.
Carl - 2/18/2013, 1:29 AM
hey girl, haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
mikefont - 2/18/2013, 6:00 AM
@ yingyangpalms
You forgot Jolene Blalock! Best LOOKING Vulcan for sure!
riseofloganX36 - 2/18/2013, 8:16 AM
In the words of Sheldon Cooper...



And this movie can SUCK IT!

UNTIL next time TRUE BELIEVERS!
yingyangpalms - 2/18/2013, 1:59 PM
@mikefont Yeah I forgot about her but though I watched every episode of Star Trek, TNG, DS9, Voyager, I never watched an entire episode of Enterprise. Ive seen her in scenes but not enough to know where she is on a Best Vulcan list.

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