Quinto On SpockBy T'Bonz
July 28, 2008 - 9:33 PM
Star Trek XI visits Spock at a difficult time for the half-Vulcan, half-human and explores the challenge and pain that comes with exploring humanity.
As reported by MTV, Star Trek XI will not be shying away from the hard stuff, according to Zachary Quinto. "That's what this movie is about, exploring the humanity of these people. And with humanity invariably comes challenge, and comes pain. We don't shy away from that at all. My character's story, in particular, is firmly rooted in an exploration of what that is. For somebody who's working so hard to stay so clearly separate, it's a collision course with himself in many ways. We visit [Spock] at a time when he's not as in control of his balance, and there's a lot of heartbreak in that."
Working with the man who played the original Spock was a positive, moving experience for Quinto. "I can't say enough about that guy. He's an incredible man with an incredible life, and I hope to have half as much a rich experience. I'm incredibly grateful that he was involved in [the new film], because he made it a richer experience. And that's hard to do, because it was already up there."
Playing a high-profile character means learning how to go out in a crowd without getting mobbed by fans. "I walked the floor [Comic-Con] yesterday," said Quinto. "I feel like there are a couple of rules you have to follow when you're on the floor: One is don't stop. Like, if one person recognizes you and asks for your picture you've got to duck away and take it in a really discreet spot, or you can't do it. Because once one person notices you, then everybody notices. [The second rule is] look like you know where you're going, and you're less likely to draw attention to yourself."
Will there be a sequel to Star Trek XI? "Those are conversations that have to be had by other people before they can be had with us," explained Quinto. "If the movie does as well as we hope it will, then the intention will be that there are more stories to tell. That's up to the fans, and to opening weekend."
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