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Picture of the Day: Zachary Quinto Says Goodbye To His Spock Locks May 26, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast,Star Trek Into Darkness,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , trackback

Our picture of the day comes from Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto. As we have been reported, he and his costars have recently wrapped their work on the sequel. And last night Zach said goodbye to an important part of his character Spock, check it out below.


Goodbye to Spock hair

Last night Zachary Quinto said goodbye to Spock (or at least to the hair).


Some may not know this but Zachary Quinto’s Spock hair on screen is his real hair. So that means that for almost half a year he has to find a way to restyle his bowl cut when not not on set and of course hide his half-shaved eyebrows. So now he has a few years before he has to go back to the Spock locks.

Zach with his Spock hairdo in "Star Trek"

UPDATE: Nimoy responds

The original Spock Leonard Nimoy responded to Zach’s tweet…



1. Lostrod - May 26, 2012

Hair today and gone tomorrow.



2. Red Dead Ryan - May 26, 2012

I wonder if he’ll sell it on eBay?

3. Viking - May 26, 2012

I’d get a crew cut and start over. I used to wear a ‘high & tight’ in the army, and it grows back faster than you think.

4. NCM - May 26, 2012

What a tease!:) I’m sure his Twitter followers would have swooned over a follow-up, post cut shot of his noggin.

5. gilberto - May 26, 2012

The photos for EW were ridiculous for the first film. As he had already had his hair cut, he had to put on a ridiculous wig. It looked really GAY. In the bad sense of the word, which in my opinion has nothing to do to a person’s sexual orientation, but rather to a tacky assexual androgenous look. That made people really worried about the sequel. But Mr. Abrams and Mr. Quinto did not let us down, of course.

6. Sebastian S. - May 26, 2012

At least he can start growing his eyebrows back now… ;-)

7. Punkspocker - May 26, 2012

He’s so freakin cool-always giving his fans part of him . You rock, ZQ.

8. webitube - May 26, 2012

I guess JJ’s security is so tight now the only news we’re gonna get is when the cast get haircuts.

And, I’m ok with this… :)

I wonder when Chris will be getting a haircut?

If staying spoiler-free means reading and responding to “haircut” stories for the next year, so be it… :)

9. Jack - May 26, 2012

“It looked really GAY. In the bad sense of the word, which in my opinion has nothing to do to a person’s sexual orientation, but rather to a tacky assexual androgenous look.”

What if people used Chinese, or American, or Jewish or female, or you get my drift, to describe something lousy. The word wouldn’t have acquired that meaning (lousy, tacky) had it not been all well and good to be gay.

10. gilberto - May 27, 2012

I mean, look at Quinto’s LOOK in those photos in EW just prior to the release of the 2009 film. Quinto’s androgenous look is simply ridiculously gay. Highly photoshopped and with a horrible wig. His character isn’t gay, as we all know, and Quinto himself, as a gay man, was never caught with looks like those. I don’t care for a person’s sexual orientation, but the AMERICAN expression (you coined it, not me – I’m from Brazil) “It’s so gay!” means something caricatural, not meant to offend Quinto or you by my use here. This expression is often used to describe people and situations. According to the Urban Dictionary, in relation to this American idiom “I’s so gay”: “…not necesarily meaning homossexual, gay can mean stupid or pointless, even meek, lame…” That’s what I meant. His looks were stupid and pointless. Or, if you feel more comfortable, as suggested by George Takei, we can use the expression “It’s so Takei.” He doesn’t mind it, and encourages people to use it… As far as I’m concerned, it’s all well and good to be gay, Chinese, American, Brazilian, Jewish or Female. But several expressions were created with those terms. Some have good meanings, some bad. In that same dictionary, the word Brazilian can mean “cool”, or “idiot” in different entries!!!! And the word “American” also has very differnt usages, with 85 entries. Most are good, some are bad. But we Brazilians do like America. After all, we are the people who send more tourists to the US than any other country in the world. And we are also the tourists who spend more money there. Hugs and kisses, my friend!! All the best for you and the other readers of “trekmovie.com.” Straght, gay, or celibate!!!!!!!

11. Tarrax - May 27, 2012

Jack – Gay was a word with a meaning long before it was associated with being homosexual. None of those words you listed have ever had other meanings. If you’re going to call someone down, put a little effort into it.

12. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 27, 2012

Chris Pine has had his hair cut, making it look more brown and less blond.

13. VulcanFilmCritic - May 27, 2012

@ 5 gilberto @10 Tarrax. I am unaware of any previous meaning for the word GAY indicating a “tacky asexual androgynous look.” Gay meant happy or brightly colored. Here a bigot is using the word as a pejorative because it is another word for homosexual. That’s pretty clear.
There’s no room for such intolerance in the Star Trek universe.

14. DiscoSpock - May 27, 2012

#5 “It looked really GAY. In the bad sense of the word, which in my opinion has nothing to do to a person’s sexual orientation, but rather to a tacky assexual androgenous look.”

Well, you opinion has nothing to do with that word’s meaning. When used as you just did, it is a insult, and it has nothing to do with your hypothetical “tacky asexual androgynous look” crap. The fact that you tried to defend it shows that you know you’re in the wrong.

Shame on you! On a Trek board, no less…truly disgusting.

15. Bob Tompkins - May 27, 2012

He should have just let it grow; the look is coming back. I am growing mine out for a purpose; I had my last haircut in May, 2011. I plan my next one June 2013 at which time I will ship the cutting off to the Cancer Society to become someone’s wig in honor of my late wife. I buzzed myself completely- eyebrows and all- in solidarity with her when she had her chemo. I always give a tch- tch when an actor portraying a cancer victim refuses to take that final step of shaving the eyebrows….
Besides, not that many 60 year old men can grow such luxurious locks. If ya got it flaunt it .My dates seem to love it.

16. Bird Of Prey - May 27, 2012

I bet Quinto’s hairdresser had to be especially careful when cutting around the pointy ears! ;-)

17. chrisfawkes.com - May 27, 2012

A few years. I’m hoping only two.

18. Gary neumann - May 27, 2012

Lets hope a year and a hall

19. LongIslandTrekster - May 27, 2012

#13 – Couldn’t have said it better if I tried to myself! Ignorance is one thing, stupidity and insensitivity are another altogether.

20. NCM - May 27, 2012

@9. Jack…

Pudding Head comments aside, females haven’t dodged that ‘lousy’ equation entirely. “You throw/catch/run like a girl” is the first example that comes to mind.

21. NCM - May 27, 2012

@10. gilberto – May 27, 2012:

Okay, maybe you aren’t a puddin’ head–just read post 10. Unsolicited advice: Know your audience. U.S. kids today use ‘gay’ as described in Urban Dic., and “ghetto” to mean “cool.” I don’t know how gay and African American peers feel about such use, but I know many others find it offensive.

I’ve also seen people defend use of “retard” on these threads, saying, ‘I know developmentally disabled people who don’t mind…’ Maybe so: know your audience and if they’re ‘with you,’ go for it. I know the term to be truly painful to some kids, their siblings, and their families.

To use terms without respect for your ‘audience’ is akin to swearing like a sailor while grandma’s at dinner. It’s bunghole behavior.

22. Red Dead Ryan - May 27, 2012

Asinine comments from Tarrax and Gilberto should NOT be tolerated. Clearly these two idiots are bigoted and have issues.

23. Sunfell - May 27, 2012

I hope we’ll see a post Spock-chop picture of Zach soon. There were pap photos of him from last week, still wearing the hairstyle, and with his eyebrows still buzzed- suggesting that perhaps he had to do some pickup scenes after the main filming ended. His buzzing off the SpockLocks means that they’re truly done.

His own hair is chestnut brown, and buzzing it means that he won’t have to try to recolor it.

I thought it was sweet that Leonard Nimoy tweeted ‘You wore him well” after his photo-tweet. I just wonder if Leonard was being coy about his own possible sneak-cameo in the movie- his own eyebrows were buzzed and his hair was suspiciously Spock-like in several recent pictures and videos.

24. Sunfell - May 27, 2012

And regarding that Empire Magazine/EW photoshoot that #5 was somewhat offensively referencing- I believe those photos were taken well AFTER his time on the film. It appeared to me that they had to figure out how to do Zach’s hair and eyebrows without shaving his own eyebrows or re-dying his hair, and resorted to some old-school methods to achieve the results. His eyebrows were actually glued over, and artificial eyebrows applied over them. (I’ve seen an un-retouched photo from this series.) The wig was necessary. And that is why his face had the oddly porcelain and mask-like appearance on those covers. To be honest, when I saw them, I thought that they’d ruined Spock and that the movie was going to be a total disaster. If they’d gotten Spock wrong, what else were they going to mess up?

Happily, the trailers started appearing soon after that, and the Spock I saw in those scenes looked like he should look. Unfortunately, the photos from the EW shoot are often used in press releases, keeping them in perpetual circulation. “Porcelain Spock” lives on, forever.

25. Sunfell - May 27, 2012

Here’s my blog post about that photo, in case anyone might be interested:


26. NCM - May 27, 2012

@25: I see what you mean. Blog looks interesting. I may have to return for a closer look:)

27. Harry Ballz - May 27, 2012

Sell his hair on Ebay?

Hey, how much for a lock of Spock?

28. Red Dead Ryan - May 27, 2012


More than what you’d pay for a sock, I know, its a shock!

29. BrF - May 27, 2012


For whatever it’s worth, first, it should be said that the Urban Dictionary is only a collection of definitions people have thrown online for their own amusement, so I wouldn’t rely on that for much. (“All the definitions on Urban Dictionary were written by people just like you. Now’s your chance to add your own!”)

Second, I take you entirely at your word that you meant no offense, but everything “not homophobic” about that use of the word gay — using it to mean “stupid or pointless, even meek, lame” — is derived from a homophobic sense of gay people, and a lot of people still use the word that way. (I certainly used to, before I had any actual friends who took offense.) There’s just no unlinking the two uses of the word, and when one does use the word, regardless of motive, then meaning will come across as unclear, at best, or offensive, at worst.

That’s just two cents.

30. Harry Ballz - May 27, 2012


Hey, look at the clock, somebody get my glock, I’m in drydock, my belongings are in hock, Ryan does mock, the new Trek does rock, people will talk, others will walk.

There, that outta do it! :>)

31. Harry Ballz - May 27, 2012


I meant # 28!

32. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 27, 2012

That outta do it? Surely, it should be “that oughtta do it”. Better rhythm…:)

33. Gary S. - May 27, 2012

#23 nice to know that Leonard is still supporting Zach .
They seem to have a nice friendship.

34. Red Dead Ryan - May 27, 2012


As time does the tick-tock, I take stock and end this schlock!

35. DestinyCaptain - May 27, 2012

Yes. Goodbye Spock. I thought the same thing when Trek 11 came out..

36. Phil - May 27, 2012

A few years? Spock dies at the end of WOK, remember?

37. Harry Ballz - May 27, 2012


Keachick, I am most pleased to hear that you are gifted with “rhythm”! :>)


Ryan…..what can I say but………..D’OH! :>)

38. gilberto - May 27, 2012

Ok, guys. Understood. I ‘m sorry if I offended any gay reader in this audience. I will rephrase myself: “That E.W. cover made the actors look artificial, badly made up, Quinto had hidden eyebrows in a way that made him look feminine, and not Vulcan, Pine resembled a Ken doll, and both had catatonic eyes. The photoshop used made the two characters look odd and made many people worry about the 2009 film.”
Thanks for the 2 cents, BrF. That was worth a million to me.
Some responded to my post with sarcasm, non-double-meaning offensive words (bigot, crap) and repression, implying that I should be “banned” (because that’s the Star Trek way? I don’t get it!) Well, those things are also a kind of offensive, I guess…”But he started, shame on him!” – some may say…
I work with HIV-positive people (and married one myself), and I don’t consider myself a bigot. Pollitically correct expressions are important, but it’s more important to do correct things. Some people avoid homophobic expressions, but they’re homophobic at heart, doing nothing to improve gay people’s advancements in society, or their well-being. Like the Star Trek writers, who never created any gay character. Some say sexuality is not an issue in the 23rd Century. But my question is: Why then write only heterosexual characters in Star Trek? Always, when there’s sexuality mentioned in Star Trek, it has got to be straight. Didn’t the Star Trek producers ever think about it? Could this overlook be construed as “homophobic”?

39. DiscoSpock - May 27, 2012

#36 – Um, yeah he does. So, what is your point?

40. Red Dead Ryan - May 27, 2012


The first part of your post looked like you were sincere in your apology.

Then the second part was made up of lame excuses, and attempts at deflecting blame and the avoidance of responsibility.

Nice try, pal.

41. NCM - May 27, 2012

@38. gilberto – May 27, 2012:

Understood. Well said.

42. gilberto - May 27, 2012

Oh, my God! I rest my case… Kill me, please… I was avoiding to say I’m gay because people like you always understand only what your hearts devoid of feelings can digest…

43. Red Dead Ryan - May 27, 2012


Ladies and gentleman, I think we got a troll!

44. gilberto - May 27, 2012

If you mean me, not anymore. I have to wake up early tomorrow. By the way, Gilberto is my real name, and If you want to discuss further issues, my main e-mail is gilbertodeazevedo@gmail.com. Good night.

45. Magic_Al - May 27, 2012

Of course Spock’s hair was Leonard Nimoy’s own during the original series, and because of the pace of television production he had to sport the Spock haircut most of the time until the series ended. Most pictures to be found show Nimoy didn’t try to restyle it to the extent Quinto did when off-set.

46. Vivien - May 28, 2012

Nooo, I love that hair!! Once I had a boyfriend with the same style, and since that, I have a fetish of it. I think ZQ looks good with that, too. Today, everyone knows that he is Spock, he doesn’t really have to hide it. I think that’s why Nimoy never hid it.

47. VorlonKosh - May 28, 2012

Gilberto, you just might want to avoid using the “Urban Dictionary” as a source for definitions or synonyms as that is a source meant to provide information on how to offend or not offend people. Meaning, if you want to offend people, use the terms found in the Urban Dictionary…if you do NOT want to offend people, then AVOID using terms in the Urban Dictionary. And of course that is just my opinion, but I think it is a good one.

48. Bird Of Prey - May 28, 2012

How did the iconic Spock hairdo came into existence anyway?? Was this a conscious choice for Spock’s character design, or was this just the hairdo Leonard Nimoy happened to have during the time they started filming TOS??

49. Charla - May 28, 2012

#48- Bird of Prey. I have never admitted this to anyone before but here goes. The iconic Spock hairdo was invented by my mother. Yes my mother.

She met with the costume department back in the day and told of hair that was extremely short above the eyebrows in an attempt to not have to re-cut the hair frequently. In doing so, this saved valuable time, allowing the crew member sporting the shorter bowl haircut additional time for exploration of the universe without having to pause for a trivial though more stylish hair cut of longer bangs.

I grew up with said hair cuts, but thankfully since I am a female, the style did reflect my femininity by my mother’s integration of long hair with amazingly short bangs. I didn’t have to have my hair cut for many years as a result, allowing my youthful exploration of this world to go on unhindered by pausing for frequent hair stylings.

That is how it came about, and I could provide pictures to attest to this. lol.

50. Anthony Pascale - May 28, 2012

guys…move on from the “gay” thing ok.

51. gilberto - May 28, 2012

Pascale, you’re a democrat!!

52. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 28, 2012

My young sons came home using the word “gay” with the meaning that the Urban Dictionary gives. I found it a bit confusing actually – oh no, not another meaning for the word “gay” – 1) happy, fun loving, brightly coloured, 2) homosexual person, usually male and now 3) someone who is thick, lame, stupid, wet…whatever.

I can understand someone who is actually gay, as in homosexual in orientation, being upset because I suspect they have had to go through a lot of crap and name-calling. Gay no longer meant being happy or cheerful, because that is certainly not what they felt after fielding all the horrid, ignorant derision and worse. I have no idea how homosexual men got labeled “gay” en masse as they have.

I don’t know why Gilberto chose to use the Urban Dictionary expression. Perhaps it is for the same reason that when my kids use the word “gay”, I know they are not referring to the sexual orientation of someone or in terms of being cheerful. I just know they are using the word with its latest colloquial meaning. I guess it is about context and knowing the people. When I read Gilberto’s post, homosexuality did not occur to me because of the CONTEXT of the post. No doubt the negative third meaning that the word “gay” does have something to do with people’s negative attitudes towards those who are gay, ie homosexual in orientation, but the word, to me at least, has three meanings.

53. gilberto - May 28, 2012

The Oxford Dictionary says EXACTLY the same thing. I was just saying the photoshoot looked stupid, that’s all.

54. Tarrax - May 28, 2012

22. Red Dead Ryan

Wow, because I corrected someone’s word use I’m bigoted? Are you trying to be insulting just to create an issue or do you make blind assumptions all the time?

55. gilberto - May 28, 2012

But Pascale is right, let’s move on!!
I hope Quinto get as lucky as Nimoy, and have that much of hair and never go bald. I’m going bald myself (I was born in the same year that Star Trek was first aired!), and I get REALLY envious of all that hair that Nimoy at 81 still has!! Or I can follow Shatner’s strategy and “implant” some hair…

56. Tarrax - May 28, 2012

29. BrF

A sensible response. Thank you. Red Dead Ryan, you could learn a good lesson from his/her post, if you’re open-minded enough to see it. Not everyone is being nasty and bigoted just because you say so.

57. VorlonKosh - May 28, 2012

Anthony, you got to admit, we are a passionate bunch of people. Anyway, I don’t mean to use this board as a way to pursue minority equality, but that is what happens when you have Trekkers/Trekkies around trying to pursue equality as what seems to be the initial idea of Star Trek and erase all forms of bigotry whether it is intentional or not. If you really look at Star Trek fans, it’s a bit like a religion since many of us are followers of the good book of Star Trek. And we all know how religion can influence people’s views. :-)

58. Tarrax - May 28, 2012

Sorry Anthony, just got to your post. I in no way support the prior conversation. Red Dead Ryan made a false assumption and I was attempting to educate him/her. Consider the topic dropped. :)

59. gilberto - May 28, 2012

Finally I can say what I wanted to in the first place: I hope Paramount doesn’t decide to invite Quinto for a photoshoot after he has his hair cut. It will look ridiculous. It reminded me of the airbrushed pictures Nimoy took to promote TOS. The network thought people would take offense in such pictures, had they not been “corrected”…

60. VorlonKosh - May 28, 2012

Anythony, I know this is off topic, but have you heard anything new about the new Star Trek toys coming from Hasbro or Diamond Select?

61. Red Dead Ryan - May 28, 2012

Tarrax, I apologize. I misread and misunderstood your post. I now see what you meant.


62. Tarrax - May 28, 2012

No problem RDR. TY for the apology. :)

63. Red Dead Ryan - May 28, 2012


You’re welcome!

64. Jack - May 29, 2012

Tarax. It didn’t have that negative meaning before it meant homosexual — it gained that negative meaning because it meant homosexual. Regardless of the dictionary meaning, it’s not very pleasant to hear. Feel free to say it, but just saying that a lot of gay people aren’t thrilled by it, myself included. Some probably don’t care. Heck, you might be gay, and so might Gilberto, I have no idea — my only point was that, yeah, that other meaning is associated with homosexual…

65. Charla - May 29, 2012

I was trying! but to no avail….

66. Frederick - May 29, 2012

I agree that Quinto looked good in the movie, but the publicity photos released were horrible. He looked like a 20’s flapper girl in makeup and wig for a silent movie.

67. Bird Of Prey - May 29, 2012

# 49: Wow! Thank you for charing that interesting story with us, Charla!

68. gilberto - May 29, 2012

Make no mistake, Mr. Quinto looked fantastic in the picture. He was so perfectly cast, that even his hair could be “vulcanized” and he still looked hot. Mr. Nimoy of course was a very handsome man when he was a young Spock (what the heck – he still is!), but I think Quinto was more atractive and mysteriously sexy in this reboot. That added a lot to the character. And Abrams idea of a romance with Uhura was simply GENIUS!

It’s hip to be whatever you want to be, as long as you’re happy and you have your rights respected. Gay marriage just passed here in Brazil. It’s a huge advancement. Any gay trekkie who comes to Rio for a visit will see that it’s ideed the most gay-friendly environment in the world. And we are proud of that! “Infinite Diversity through Infinite Combinations”! That’s the TREK ideal. Or at least should be.

69. Charla - May 30, 2012

67- Bird of Prey- ok ok I know my little story wasn’t all that…but it was better than where the topic was heading, don’t you think? ok, maybe not with that story. I will try to do better next time.

70. Michael heintz - May 30, 2012

Gilberto you ignorant A-hole!

71. gilbertinho - May 31, 2012

It’s great to see a sample of your American superior politeness! Now that’s what I call ‘politically correct!” Go back to school and learn to use the dictionary. If your school taugjt you anything but to hate everybody with different skin color or different sexual orientation. But, hey, don’t be offensive with words, but be sure to blast them to hell with our weapons of mass distruction to avoid weapons of mass destruction.

72. 790 - June 1, 2012

The new trek is garbage.

Should have the same screen life as his Heroes series.

73. Gberlingen - June 2, 2012

This whole thread devolving into a Gilberto attack is so f-in’ GAY. There I said it too. Have a hussy fit for the next 3 weeks Trekkies.

Btw Star War kicks Star Trek’s ass!

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