While at Starfest in Denver last weekend (see report), Star Trek’s new Spock, Zachary Quinto, gave an interview to Screen Geeks Radio where he talks about his Star Trek experience, working with Leonard Nimoy and director JJ Abrams…and what it was like the first time he put on those pointy ears. Details below.
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Here is a transcript of the Trek parts…
Quinto on his first experience of Trek?
The Original Series, I imagine. I remember seeing that on TV when I was a kid, maybe nine or ten years old. I certainly enjoyed it, but I wasn’t a fanatical fan when I was a kid. I feel that have learned the majority of what I know about Star Trek since I started shooting this movie and really deepened my appreciation for it since I have been involved and got to meet the people that were responsible for creating it back then in the 60s when it started. So I have a deepening value for it in my life now, then when I was a kid.
On career advice from Nimoy
Well Leonard, it is not quantifiable by one sort of axiom or one sort of piece of advice. He and I have become actually fairly close in the process of making this movie and he’s been very supportive of me from the beginning. In his contract he had to approve the actor that played the role, so I had his support from the first time that I came in to read for it. And that means the world to me. So just getting to know him transcends any sort of particular advice he could give and I feel really grateful for that relationship.
On Abrams as director
JJ’s like magic. He really is. I mean he’s so talented and so respectful and so generous. You know, they don’t really come like that very often. So the fact that I’ve been able to draw into my experience and be drawn into the experience of someone like that…and also, for that matter, someone like Tim Kring [executive producer of Heroes] who is similarly a very magnanimous person and a very formidable talent. It’s a really nice combination. And I feel incredibly safe and I have implicit trust in JJ every step of the way and this process was a real big learning curve for me to be involved in something so epic and huge scale. Heroes is big enough, but this is that times ten really. That’s really been a great part of the experience as well is getting to learn from working with him and learn from watching him work. It’s kind of a masterful experience. He’s really, really ‘super-cool.’
On the Vulcan ears
It was really trippy. It came in stages. I had to get fitted for the ears and that was a process. And we had to shave and pluck my eyebrows to put them in shape for the role and there were a lot of different stages of it. Then I had to get my haircut. In terms of make-up, the process took about 2 1/2 to 3 hours ever day. I would say ‘surreal’ was the way I felt the when I saw the ears first time. Then the ears changed and then they evolved. Then I saw other people in the ears. Then I saw Leonard [Nimoy] in the ears. And so it was a very gradual immersion into the character in terms of preparing for it before we started shooting. Then once we started shooting it wasn’t so gradual anymore. It felt comfortable after a while. I didn’t even feel like I had anything and then I would walk past a mirror and the truth would be revealed.
Quinto at Starfest
(Photo: Marc Borai)
Quinto also talked about what he wants to do next, who his influences are, and how he wants to get back on the stage. Listen to the full interview at ScreenGeeksRadio.