Quinto Publicity Continues To Draw AttentionBy Michelle
August 29, 2007 - 9:21 PM
Zachary Quinto continues to make publicity rounds now that he has been cast as Spock in the upcoming Star Trek film, and others involved in the project have chimed in about his casting.
Having met several times now Leonard Nimoy and reportedly visited the original Spock actor and his wife at their home, Quinto was quoted in The National Ledger as saying, "I'm cultivating as much of a relationship as he's willing to have...I've made it clear I'd like to meet once or twice a week, for dinner or whatever," prior to the beginning of the film's shoot in November.
"To step into a role this iconic and have the actor who created it at your side -- it's a true gift," added Quinto. "His involvement and support really mean the most to me at this point."
TrekMovie.com has Paramount press kit images and quotes from Star Trek Magazine's Comic-Con coverage, in which producer Damon Lindelof talked about "the pure magic of seeing Zach Quinto and Leonard Nimoy in a room together for the first time...exactly the magic we’re trying to put on the screen. Mr Spock is a character that transcends sci-fi, he’s almost mythic."
Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci said it had been very important to them to try to convince Nimoy to play Spock as they scripted him. "We knew the odds that our script would actually lure Nimoy were about a million to one, but it was a gamble we had to take," they agreed. "To have him sign on and then manage to also get Zachary Quinto, who everyone can see is going to be an inspired heir to this legacy, is like winning the lotto twice in a row."
And outtakes from USA Today's interview with Quinto and Nimoy have been posted on YouTube, with Quinto cracking his knuckles and Nimoy calling his casting "logical."