Zachary Quinto caused a bit of a tempest earlier in the week with his comments in one interview about taking a break from Star Trek. In some new interviews promoting Star Trek Online, the actor goes into more detail on his plans for the near future, and how he plans to return to Trek after doing some of his own projects. Excerpts below.
Quinto looking forward to more Spock & his own new productions
An interview with Quinto promoting Star Trek Online will appear in the USA today, and is now online, here are some excerpts of the actor talking about his other projects plus his upcoming return to Star Trek:
You really have been embraced by a vast majority of the Trek faithful.
It’s cool. I’m looking forward to inviting the Star Trek fan base into other territory with me as an actor and a producer and potentially as a writer-director or whatever else comes down the line. If contributing to them and to the things they’re excited by helps that, then I’m happy to do it.
Is there anything in particular you’re going to start working on?
My production company just got financing for our first independent feature, Margin Call, so we’ll be shooting that in New York in the springtime. I’ll be in it. I won’t star in it, and I’ll be one of the producers on the movie. I’m really excited about that, and then there’s a bunch of other stuff that we’re developing down the line. It’s a lot to look forward to.
After Margin Call, do you go straight to filming the Star Trek sequel? Do you have any updates on that yet?
It looks like I’ll be doing a couple of projects between now and then. They’re just now beginning to write the Star Trek sequel so my feeling is that it probably won’t be in production until early next year, 2011.
Excited to put the Spock ears back on?
I’m really looking forward to it, the process. It would be really interesting for all of us to return to the thing that ultimately will always be known for what started our film careers for the most part at this level. I know for myself that’s true. I’m really excited about it, with the perspective that I have and will have then. To step back into that character and that world will be really rewarding.
[Read the full interview at usaweekend.com]
Quinto talks STO
This new round of mainstream media interviews Quinto is doing is to promote Star Trek Online. Another interview was with the Wall Street Journal, where he talked about his prep for STO and if he would do another.
You’ve done voicework before such as for 24: The Videogame. How different is it prepping for a videogame role compared to an acting one?
Hah. I guess I did do that. I was at at a different place in my career for the 24 thing. [Star Trek Online] didn’t require a lot of prep. It’s just about articulating and understating the words.
Online multiplayer games like Star Trek Online often continue for years. Will you keep being involved?
I don’t have any plans to be involved any further. I guess that could change. This was a one time thing and I’m about to take some time away from “Star Trek” in general and this seemed like a good way to do it. We’re going to come back for another movie in 2012.
[Read the full interview at wsj.com]
Here is a quick video with Zach talking more about Star Trek Online.