It’s been at least a couple weeks since we heard anything from Zachary Quinto, so let’s rectify that some excerpts from an interview (seemingly conducted before Star Trek film began filming) in the new issue of the official Heroes magazine. The actor discusses what drew him to the role of Spock, the negotiation and makeup process, his relationship with Leonard Nimoy and a hypothetical battle between Spock and Sylar.
Quinto states the he was not a Trekkie while growing up. He explains:
I was a peripheral fan. I had seen a few episodes and a couple of movies, but I wasn’t really into the franchise. I was more drawn to the characters and the point in their lives that we meet them. I was drawn to the character elements of the story rather than the international success of the franchise.
Quinto explains that he knew he had won the role of Spock six weeks before it was officially announced at Comic Con in June, describing it as "a very difficult secret to keep." However, he admits:
I told a few people I was very close to, but I waited until the Tuesday and Wednesday of the week we made the announcement to spread the word to the wider circle of my friends and family so they weren’t completely taken by surprise.
He describes the negotiation process he endured for the role as “long” and "drawn-out.” He explains:
Obviously, it is a huge project, to negotiate the terms of the contract, but also to negotiate the schedule, and to get [the Heroes people] to let me do it. [Heroes creator] Tim Kring was behind it from the beginning. He, [Star Trek director and producer] J.J. Abrams, and [Trek producer] Damon Lindelof are basically the three people to whom I ultimately owe gratitude for this.
Quinto also discusses his working relationship with the original Spock,
I’ve had many cool conversations with that guy. He’s endlessly fascinating to me, really intriguing, and a genuine, deep artist. I feel real fortunate to not only have his blessing, but have his involvement in this endeavor. It is going to be enormously helpful and inspiring to work as closely as I already am.
Quinto could not wait to see the final results of his makeup. Having just made a plaster mold of his head and silicon casts of his ears the previous week, Quinto states:
I am really excited to see the technology and how they the ears are made and applied. It is going to be a lot of meditating in the chair, since I imagine it is going to be at least an hour and a half between my ears and eyebrows. … It will also really inform the character hugely to actually have the ears and step into the character from a physical perspective and balance out the emotional work I’ll be doing leading up to production.
Lastly, Quinto was asked who would win in a battle between Spock and Sylar, Quinto’s evil character from Heroes.
That is a tough position to put me in, because who would I want to come in first? Good always has to triumph at some point… Or it could be "The Wrath of Sylar?" We’ll see…
The full interview, including Quinto’s insights on Sylar can be found in The Heroes Official Magazine #2