Last week we provided an exclusive early preview from the new Star Trek issue of the UK’s SFX magazine. The issue is on newsstands now and we have more excerpts from Zachary Quinto (Spock) and executive producer Bryan Burk regarding how the film is a new take on Star Trek.
Quinto: this is my Spock
Much has been made about how Zachrary Quinto looks like Leonard Nimoy, but does that mean he will be ‘doing’ Nimoy?
SFX: Did you find yourself adapting your performance to accommodate how Leonard Nimoy portrays him?
Quinto: Never. In fact I did the opposite – to make sure my experience was my experience, It’s the only way stepping into such an iconic role is every really feasible. You have to acknowledge where it came from and Leonard was an enormous resource for me – incredibly generous with his time and his energy if ever I had a question or just wanted to talk about the experience or what he went through as an actor. But in terms of playing him? No – I think that would be a trap, to try and shade my performance with echoes of his. I got the job obviously because there is a physical resemblance between myself and Leonard when he was my age, but more than that I think I got the job because I bought a strong point of view to it, my own point of view. Merging that point of view with the echoes of where he came from and how he approached it from the beginning will hopefully add a new texture, but also have a little bit of the same fabric."
Burk: a future that is not dated
Executive producer Bryan Burk also talked to SFX about the look of the movie:
SFX: Obviously this film takes place before the classic Trek series, so your big, sexy new movie has to look quaintly retro to work in the mythology. How did you achieve that?
Burk: There were conversations with Scott Chambliss, our production designer, and Daniel Mindel, our DP, and particularly with Michael Kaplan, who was our costume designer. The idea was ‘how do you do the future but not make it dated?’ Kaplan’s first film was Bladerunner so the fact he was able to do that in that movie…he and J.J. really dug in and came up with some ideas that people are going to like.
Much more from Quinto and Burk as well as other features on the new movie in SFX issue 175, including ’50 things you need to know about the 2009 movie’. Issue is available now in the UK and should be available now (or soon) in the US at Borders, Barnes & Noble and Virgin Megastores. More info at SFX.co.uk.