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Quinto On 'Heroes' And Sci-Fi

By T'Bonz
September 8, 2008 - 8:40 PM

With his work on 'Heroes' and 'Star Trek XI', Zachary Quinto is now experiencing what it's like to have a place in the world of science fiction.

As reported by, Quinto's entry into the world of science fiction was unexpected to him. "I never imagined my [theatrical] experience would lead me so deeply into the comic book and science fiction world as it has, but, again, it's something that I'm incredibly grateful for," he said. "And it makes sense when you look at it from that perspective, because I think there's something very theatrical about those worlds. Obviously, the world of 'Heroes' is incredibly heightened, and there's something very theatrical about it. So while I never really expected it, you know, it doesn't necessarily surprise me now that I have been ensconced in it."

The fandom has been a positive experience for the man who portrayed both Sylar and Spock. "...It's a really exciting group of fans, so I feel like that's something else that is an added bonus to the whole thing," said Quinto. "It's like probably the most ardent group of people that you could ever be working for in terms of fans and their enthusiasm for the stories that you're telling. So I'm happy to be here. Now that I am, I definitely look forward to sort of exploring other areas of storytelling, but I'm so grateful that this one has led me to a point where I'll be able to do that."

Quinto went on to discuss Sylar, the character he plays on Heroes. When asked if he had any way of knowing how viewers would respond to the character (both loving and hating him,) Quinto said, "I don't think there's any way to sort of predict the way that things as powerful as this show has been for all of us involved in it and for our audience. When you get involved in it it's something that sort of takes you by storm a little bit. This is obviously the biggest example in my experience of that happening, but, yeah, there's really no way to predict it. And, obviously, [I'm] most grateful that it did, but had no way of knowing when I signed on."

Learning more about the background of Sylar and what drives him would be interesting for Quinto as well as for the fans of Heroes. "Well, I'd certainly be interested in learning as much about his background as the writers see fit. I mean, we do go there again this year. At a certain point you'll sort of revisit that character and the shades of that character as you first saw him. As far as how evil I'd want him to get, I feel like Sylar's evil is rooted in a great humanity and in a lot of smallness and a feeling of sort of emptiness. And so I don't really look at it as 'how evil can he possibly get?' I sort of look at it as like what he has in front of him and the choices that he makes in order to seize his opportunities or to feel [special]...He's constantly, constantly wrestling with the desire to feel special, the desire to feel valid, the desire to feel viable. So I feel like those are the ways I come at it, more than the level of evil that he achieves because those are really just means to an end."

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