You just can’t keep a good Vulcan down. In a new interview with Sci-Fi Wire, Zachary Quinto, who takes over the role of Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, once again explains that the upcoming film honors the original Trek series. He stresses, however, that the priority for the filmmakers was to make a good movie. Quinto also explains how he thinks his role on Heroes won him the role of Spock.
On the new film’s connection with the original series:
It was done with real heart and real respect and a real effort to honor the origins of this franchise, while at the same time sort of re-imagining those origins. People have been enormously supportive of me playing this role and of our making this movie. We’re all really excited about it.
Quinto explains that making a great movie took priority over what the fans are saying:
I feel strongly that we’ve done really good work as a group, as a cast, as a crew. And I don’t really feel like any of us can or do concern ourselves with anything other than making the best project that we can possibly make. And the response that people have to that is neither in our control nor can it be a concern, because then what are we making it for? The reality is, if we make what we know is in our hearts, then hopefully people will respond to that, and they’ll respond to the fact that it was done with integrity and imagination and creative vitality.
Quinto believes he wouldn’t be in the movie at all if it wasn’t for his role as the villainous, brain-consuming Sylar on Heroes.
I don’t think I would have gotten the movie if I hadn’t already been on the show. It sort of really helped me in that regard, as well. I think it made me sort of a bankable commodity. Like, having never really done a movie before, I think being a part of a show as successful as this one gave the studio the confidence to get behind me as the choice for the role. Also, I’m sure J.J.’s and Leonard’s support helped.
Zachary Quinto attends the Entertainment Weekly & Vavoom Annual Upfront Party at the Bowery Hotel on May 13, 2008 in New York City. (WireImage)
For the full interview, including why he now finds it hard to use the word ‘logical’ in every day life, head on over to Sci-Fi Wire.