Quinto On Spock And SylarBy T'Bonz
September 29, 2008 - 9:10 PM
Zachary Quinto feels no pressure in having to deal with the forty-year history of Spock.
As reported by Trekweb.com, from an article in the latest issue of SFX, even though he is playing Spock, Quinto's version of the half-human, half-Vulcan is different than Leonard Nimoy's version. "...in many ways my experience of 'Star Trek' is such that I am creating another version of Spock," said Quinto. "There will never be another Leonard Nimoy. This is an incredible man and an incredible actor who endeared himself to millions because of his portrayal of this character. And in a lot of ways that takes the pressure off me, because I can't compete with that!"
Quinto made sure that his performance was his, and that he didn't attempt to play Spock the way Nimoy did. "I...[made] sure my experience was my experience," said Quinto. "It's the only way stepping into such an iconic role is ever 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 I ever 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."
Playing Sylar is easier in some respects as Sylar was a new creation. "With Sylar I am the actor who originated the role and that occasions a different kind of space in which to work," said Quinto.
The character of Sylar is exploring conflict and being a villain this year, as reported by Crave Online. "It's exploring the idea of villainy in a lot of different ways and with different people," Quinto said of the new season. "It's going to be a very action packed beginning of the year, for sure."
Quinto feels that there is a chance to redeem Sylar, that he isn't all bad. "It depends on what his motivation is," said Quinto. "He has a lot of different reasons to do things this year. They don't all originate from himself. He's being put into situations where he has to do stuff for other people."