May 2009

S. N. Love it...

5.19.09.

all is settled...

it has been a while.  travels have brought me home.  took a few days of relative solitude to let things breathe.  the last leg of the trip was absolutely raucous and exhausting.  mostly because all of us realized the imminent conclusion of such an epic adventure and wanted to make the most of it.  went back and forth between la and new york a few times.  then touched down in tokyo for a blink before coming home and seeking some desert revelation.  highlight of the trips to nyc?  unsurprisingly...  SNL.  such a mindblowing convergence of childhood dreams and creative freedom.  i mean - come on.  gilda radner?!  kevin nealon!  jan hooks & phil hartman!!!  the history of genius and hilarity and instinct.  the possibility of it all.  the cast and writers could not have been more generous or welcoming.  justin timberlake slaughtered it.  and all i can say is: SNL knows how to throw an after party.  and after after party.  suffice it to say i boarded my 8:30 sunday morning flight to tokyo with literally no sleep.  not being hyperbolic.  but it all evened out.  in the end - and i welcome all of your support in this matter - the simple fact remains: i must host saturday night live imminently.  we're working on it.  to be sure.  tokyo was a brief delight.  whet my appetite more than anything.  there was karaoke until the wee hours after the premiere.  to be sure.  john cho definitely gave the most rousing rendition of lionel ritchie's hello that i have ever heard.  to be sure.  that boy can sing.  go see his band in la sometime.  all told... we all went for it.  all around.  and now the movie's out.  official travel has concluded.  for the most part i have switched into life mode again.  i will likely be laying low the next couple weeks to solidify next steps and gather momentum before the door.  a sincere and direct thank you to all of my fans who have followed my exploits and supported our travels and adventures.  glad to have been able to share some of it with you since you are ultimately the reason that it's possible.  thanks for seeing the film in such impressive numbers and please keep spreading the word.  we'll keep information and ideas flowing through.  and i will most certainly check in again soon.  in the meantime.  some photos.  and please don't miss the merkin interview.  seriously.  my favorite interview from the entire press tour.  to be sure.  be well all.  see you soon.  zq. 

one late night at a bar in the lower east side.  blue light glasses anyone?
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VIDEO: Merkin Interview. Enough said.

Michelle Merkin interviews Zachary & Chris Pine for EPIX.

AUDIO: Sample of ZQ Narrating the "STAR TREK" Audiobook

Here's a 5 minute audio sample of Zachary narrating the Audiobook version of Alan Dean Foster's "STAR TREK" film adaptation. Thanks to Simon & Schuster for sending us the clip. Purchase the audiobook HEREZachary narrates the entire 8.5 hour book and voices all of the characters, which includes parts of the story that are not in the movie. 

Here's the audio sample:

Translation of the German GQ Article

Here's a translation of the GERMAN GQ article, done by Dolores E. Llodra, who translates German, French and Spanish into English. Find Dolores E. Llodra on the web HERE.

German GQ article on ZQ - June 2009

(German to English translation by Dolores Llodra)

Title   -   The Spock 'n' Roller

Inset text   -   On the screen he is the young Mr. Spock, in real life the biggest riddle in Hollywood. Zachary Quinto doesn't just look like the young Marlon Brando, he acts like him too

Story: Joachim Hentschel   -   Photos: Chiun Kai Shih   -   Stylist: Sam Spector

Right page: Polo shirt, Lacoste. Jeans, Lee. Watch, "Chrono Cockpit", Breitling.

Left page: Leather jacket, Diesel. Jeans, Burberry London. Hiking boots, Red Wing Shoes.

Inset text below photo : Quinto is an awe-inspiring leading man. Many times he reminds one of a young Marlon Brando.

Main article:   As a young boy Zachary Quinto liked "Star Wars" more than "Star Trek". His brother was a fan, infecting him with his own enthusiasm. Zachary played with the action figures for hours. Hot-tempered Luke Skywalker was more appealing to him than the diplomatic Captain Kirk, the fuzzy Ewoks more amusing than the cold-hearted Klingons. Amateur psychologists can read into such predilections: Trek fans are generally considered to be more rational, technologically-fixated types with good heads for numbers, while people who prefer the space-saga with Darth Vader are regarded as more emotional and creative. Perfect description of witty actor Zachary Quinto, or not?

"Well," he says hesitantly, when we bring the subject up, "my favorite Star Wars action figure was Jabba the Hutt." The ghastly wormlike creature who kidnaps Princess Leia in "The Empire Strikes Back"? "Exactly. I got such a case of the creeps from him. No clue what that says about me."

XXXXX   -   The question is pretty tricky, since Zachary Quinto is on the point of becoming an icon of the polar opposite, a hero of Star Trek fans. The completely new eleventh adventure in the series is just opening now in theaters with a radically rejuvenated crew and noticeably fresher power. To Quinto falls the honor of following the great Leonard Nimoy in the role of Mr. Spock. While also keeping an eye on the film's box office as always, every actor who has portrayed the pointy-eared space officer has ensured himself a place in the science fiction Hall of Fame. US talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel put it less flatteringly, "Zachary Quinto will be hunted by a horde of nerds for the rest of his life."

The egghead thing has followed him before. In the immensely successful NBC fantasy series "Heroes" Quinto plays the mysterious villain Sylar since the first season in 2006. His specialty: he can absorb the supernatural abilities of other people and consequently busies himself by aspirating their skulls and stealing their brains. Not a particularly nice practice, but Quinto handles it, making the brutal, power-hungry, otherwise utterly unfeeling Sylar into the most interesting figure of the series, whose appearances on "Heroes" one observes are often impatiently awaited.

Nevertheless you get nightmares from him - dark-eyed gaze beneath bushy brows, calm yet deadly. No other young Hollywood star embodies the forbidding coolness of evil, the gentlemanly qualities of Satan, so perfectly at this time as does Zachary Quinto. An awe-inspiring leading man, occasionally reminding one of the young Marlon Brando, Fifties rock 'n' rollers like Elvis and James Dean, a dark, enigmatic note precedes him.

The real Quinto is certainly a disciplined fellow, by necessity. "I jump all over the place, wherever my timetable sends me. And I always do exactly what it tells me," he says. In the sonorous voice one hears effortlessly the sarcasm pouring out. The persistent stress that the production of a series like "Heroes" entails (whose third season is about to end in the US, the fourth about to start filming) goes poorly with the worldwide publicity requirements for the new "Star Trek" film. "Luckily, 'Heroes' is an ensemble-piece, not a one-man show", Quinto says. The world doesn't revolve around the appearances of a shadow-skulking scoundrel like Sylar.

He started out on another track altogether. Son of an Italian father and Irish mother growing up in Pennsylvania, he graduated in 1999 from drama school in Pittsburgh. He then went to New York, to Broadway and smaller Manhattan theaters and became a noted stage performer. It was a starry-eyed start. "I soon moved into that," says Quinto. "From Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and all the others who planned their careers after graduating it was absolutely clear that they went first to New York. One has to prove oneself at the theater to be taken seriously by people in film and television. Now it's the exact opposite, oddly enough."

XXXXX   -   An L.A. residency was enough to win over Quinto. His first and only visit to Hollywood the Moloch was to stay, he swore to himself, as shortly after exams he traveled with fellow students to the West Coast. By the end of the week it was clear to him this was the place to be.

The first television role came in 2000 in the series "The Others", then came smaller guest-starring roles in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Six Feet Under", "Charmed" and larger continuing series, and a somewhat bigger part as computer expert Adam Kaufmann in the third season of "24". Next came the coup of "Heroes". And then the Starship Enterprise flew into the picture.

It's hard to believe, but before his grand entrance in "Star Trek" Zachary Quinto had no films in his resume. The romantic comedies and horror films that other prospective leading men use to work their way up the ladder nowadays he avoided, recommending himself instead through his television work. And through a few self-confident public statements, that some critics found pushy, his aim was fulfilled.

"It all started with an interview I gave my hometown paper at the start of 'Heroes'," Quinto recalls. "At the end the reporter asked me what role I saw myself in next. I had heard a new 'Star Trek' movie was in the works, so I answered, 'I'd happily play Spock.'" Other newspapers later published that text, quoting from there. Journalists seized upon the Spock remark and dug deeper. "I didn't do anything more than answer the question!" Quinto declares, with a tongue-in-cheek grumble. "That a kind of campaign would come of it wasn't clear to me."

Suddenly everyone knew: Quinto wants to be Spock. The "Star Trek" casting director solicited his professional resume, sending the audition request soon after. The decisive thing was the blessing of the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, who (thanks to a time machine) is in ST XI. "I understood immediately that Zach had a strong, expressive inner life," he related in "Entertainment Weekly". "The role requires it. Spock barely moves."

When Zachary Quinto speaks of his work on "Star Trek", he sounds like a little boy who has had a weekend at an amusement park. "I recognize this whole universe first, but I still have to insert myself in the film's subject," he declares - after a childhood without Spock and Kirk he has some catching up to do and this time he is even being compensated for it. He bound his fingers with clear tape two by two to train for the famous Vulcan greeting. He shaved part of his eyebrows off. He worked for a half-year wearing the archetypal bowl haircut. And to every question from friends, about what to anticipate from the sensational huge project, he answered like a Russian secret agent, "I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you", something he already knew from his television work. In a time of plot twists and Twitter-reporting, filmstars quickly become secretkeepers.

"What Spock shares with Sylar from 'Heroes': both are deeply divided personalities," Quinto analyses. "They have two souls that are battling one another inside them. And that is how I can best identify with them. I often act introverted, since I'm torn between my head and heart. I'm probably not alone in this."

XXXXX   -   Will he ever play the pleasant Romeo who marries Jennifer Aniston by mistake? Will it diminish him to have no corpses laying around the cellar of his other half's house? "I hope that a film without laser beams or time machines will turn up soon," he says, laughing and announcing that he possibly had a type of love scene at least one time in the third season of "Heroes".

It's as hard to see Quinto as a likeable son-in-law as it is to imagine him a magnanimous superhero. Even during the interview, in which he makes the greatest possible effort at friendliness, one imagines one hears a vibration of something dark in his voice, not absolutely something a bit evil. Ever a riddle, that can't be explained with an older definite show business term. Perhaps now in this crisis-plagued time there is more of a place in Hollywood for a twilight character like Quinto than earlier.

Does he sometimes use the evil Sylar's despondent voice on workdays to scare people? "Sometimes," answers Quinto, "but only for fun." That's what Sylar would say too, before he devours your brain.

 Small text after end of article   -   GQ.COM   Click for more info: The "Star Trek" film trailer and larger pictures can be found at the GQ website

Upper right photo caption   -   Zachary "Spock" Quinto isn't the only "Star Trek" film novice in the crew: Chris Pine was recommended by Quinto to be Captain Kirk, who knew him from the gym

Inset text at lower left   -   The types I play are all deeply-divided personalities. That is how I can best identify with them.

ZQ in GQ Germany - Magazine Scans

Actual page scans from the GQ GERMANY feature article. LINK to article HERE.

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ZQ in GQ Germany Photoshoot

Shots from Zachary's Photoshoot for GQ Germany. Photographer is Chiun Kai Shih, with whom ZQ has worked before. Link to their site (& full article in German) is at GQ GERMANY.

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VIDEO: The Quinto & Pine "Bromance" Interview

PHOTO: Tokyo Premiere of STAR TREK

The Cast, Director, and Producer standing under a giant replica of the Starship Enterprise at the STAR TREK Premiere in Tokyo, Japan. Thanks to Lucianna at zach-quinto.com for the photo.

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COVER: "INTERSECTION" magazine (article & photoshoot)

Zachary is on the cover of INTERSECTION magazine this month. Inside the magazine is an 8 page photoshoot spread and an interview by a great writer named Nicolas Stecher. CLICK HERE to order or find the actual magazine. Scans below. Click each page to make larger.

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SPOCK --- OBAMA: NY Times article - Maureen Dowd

An Op-Ed piece by New York Times writer, Maureen Dowd, comparing Barack Obama to Spock. Amazing image from the Times is below. CLICK HERE to read the article.

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ZQ NARRATES: the new "STAR TREK" Audiobook

Tomorrow, Simon & Schuster releases the Zachary Quinto audiobook of the "STAR TREK" movie novel adaptation written by Alan Dean Foster, based on Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's screenplay. Zachary narrates the entire 8.5 hour book and voices all of the characters, which includes parts of the story that are not in the movie. Go to the ZQ STORE to buy your copy. 

John Tenuto reviewed Zachary's narration on trekmovie.com - here is an excerpt of that REVIEW:

"The Narration by Zachary Quinto

I cannot offer enough accolades to Zachary Quinto's narration. He is simply the best audio book narrator in the history of Star Trek, and that is saying quite a great deal considering the formidable and venerable talents of George Takei and James Doohan. Yet, Quinto shows all his acting abilities in the audio adaptation and he has a thoughtful style as narrator. He performs Scotty and Chekov flawlessly (watch out Anton Yelchin!). He also has a subtly in his voice while performing Kirk that is very good and displays the assuredness of the character without being a parody. One of the fun things about listening to audio books is to hear how various narrators act out characters of the opposite sex (think William Shatner in "Turnabout Intruder"). Quinto does very good at hinting at the femininity of characters without lisping to exaggerations or stereotypical imitations. In the film, Eric Bana uses several voices as he performs Nero (compare his voices when welcoming back Spock with talking to Pike). Quinto does a very good job of staying consistent and sounding like Bana. Quinto is a true master of various accents.

As the generic narrator, Quinto also displays excellent qualities. His tonation and energy help maintain interest during the 8.5 hours of the audio book. His abilities as narrator and character actor are especially seen in the scenes on the USS Kelvin. With only his voice (no sound effects or music accompany his reading of the text), Quinto is able to convey all the sadness and tragedy of those moments. In fact, he is so good that as a father and fan, I am not embarrassed to say there were tears in my eyes while listening to Quinto's heartbreaking reading of the scenes between Winona and George Kirk. That he is able to engender this kind of emotion in an audio book speaks volumes about Quinto's talent."

See the video below for more information or click HERE for publisher's site. Audio clips are coming from the publisher tomorrow...

Zachary appeared on NBC's "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" on May 9th, alongside castmates Chris Pine and Leonard Nimoy during Seth Meyers' "Weekend Update" segment. See below via www.hulu.com.

COVERS: Entertainment Weekly

Zachary as Spock on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. There were two covers last weelk - one featuring ZQ, and the one below that featuring Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana (and an itty bitty photo of ZQ in the upper right-hand corner). This is Zachary's fourth cover for EW. He remains the only person ever to have two consecutive weekly covers.
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COVER: "SCRIPT" Magazine & Others

Zachary on the cover of SCRIPT magazine, for an article about how Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman came to write STAR TREK. Also the cover of NEWSWEEK, another cover for ESQUIRE magazine in the UK, an alternate cover of STAR TREK magazine, and the cover of AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER.

For a collection of ALL of the magazine covers that ZQ has been on, click HERE for a Facebook gallery or over HERE for a collection on ZQ.com.

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VIDEO: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Leonard Nimoy and Zachary as guests on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" last night. The other guests for the night were Joan Rivers and Rachel Ray. 

Click HERE for the full episode. Below is a clip.


STAR TREK OPENS TODAY - May 8

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LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON - tonight - May 8

Catch ZQ and Leonard Nimoy tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. . . Check your local listings for times.

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"Star Trek is great. No spoilers. But its great!!!" (Jimmy Fallon, Twitter, May 1)

VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel Interview

Newsweek Video - ZQ and Leonard Nimoy

5/7/09 - In their first video interview together, Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto break down their 'fascinating' character's iconic ears, famous greeting and infamous fans.


ZQ Sky Jump in Auckland, NZ

As promised on Letterman, here is the video of Zachary bungy-jumping from the Sky Tower in Auckland, NZ, and falling 53 miles per hour.  


 

VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres Interview

ZQ Interviewed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Youtube

la. ny. la. ny.

5.6.09.

i am flying...

literally.  right now.  we're 29,000 feet above somewhere - benefiting from the newfangled technology of a certain airline experimenting with in-flight wireless.  gives me a chance to catch up with myself a little bit actually.  when i last dipped into the blogosphere (i can't believe i just used that made up word - although i guess technically all words are made up) i had just returned to la from the whirlwind world tour.  but to be honest - since then - the energy has more shifted than abated.  i was in la for five days after london.  the first three were all meetings and playing catch up.  the last two were full court press days at the four seasons for the domestic junket.  television interviews and print and radio interviews also.  finished that last sunday - then left again first thing monday morning to head back to nyc.  this chunk of the trip has been much more talk show-centric.  today show and regis and letterman and a couple more specialized film talk shows.  that was all really fun to me.  like an improv.  i made it my goal to have a blast just staying open to these different personalities and my experience of them.  letterman with dolly parton?!?!  to find myself in the company of legends.  humbling in a most exhilarating way.  also i saw friends and some amazing theater and eric bana's phenomenal movie love the beast at tribeca.  what a great film eric has made.  and how much more it allowed me to appreciate his magnetic and complicated personality.  that was a highlight.  i had one day in the city that was lazy and lovely.  the weather was incredible.  the view from my hotel room simply stunning.  new york in the springtime.  what more could i ask for?  left new york thursday morning landed in la at 12:30pm.  met my family for lunch at their hotel and then got home with less than an hour to spare before getting picked up for the premiere.  how to describe this event.  this experience.  three words maybe?  let's see:  FLASHY.  RELENTLESS.  THRILLING.  family and friends abounding.  so much energy everywhere.  excitement.  enthusiasm.  celebration.  there was an official after party.  an unofficial after after party - thrown by chris and me at a lounge in hollywood for our friends who were unable to be included in the more formal festivities.  and after all of that wound down - 20 or so people ended up at my house until 5am.  just as it should be - i think you'll agree.  i had family in town until sunday.  monday - ellen.  more fun than i could have ever imagined.  adored the experience almost as much as i adore her.  i respect ellen deeply and for many reasons.  not the least of which is she is completely hilarious to me.  and i danced it out for her.  danced.  it.  out.  tuesday - bonnie hunt.  delightful.  also jimmy kimmel.  familiar and riotous.  started packing at 1am with 7am pick-up for the airport.  three hours of sleep.  and here we are.  on the plane.  in the air.  quinto brothers.  back to ny.  more talk shows then on to tokyo.  as the pilot was retracting the landing gear.  barely a hundred feet off the ground this morning.  i turned to my brother and said:  "i can't believe we are doing this again."  but here we are.  doing it again.  and loving every minute.  still.  

wake up joker.  roker don't wait on nobody.
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everybody reeeeeeelaaaaaaax... it's all good.
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speaking of jokers.  ladies and gentlemen.  before the door...
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returned to la.  finishing touches in my torn up backyard before heading out to the premiere.  that's patricia my groomer/wizard.  brigid.  roberta.  
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BONNIE HUNT SHOW - Today - Wed, May 6

Zachary Quinto, who plays "Spock" in the much-anticipated "Star Trek" movie, stops by "The Bonnie Hunt Show" on Wednesday, May 6 (syndicated/log on to bonniehunt.com for stations and times).  He then joins friend Lynn Collins who is in the rival blockbuster, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

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JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Tonight - Tuesday, May 5th

Zachary is the first guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" tonight on ABC at 12:05, 11:05 Central, talking about "STAR TREK". 

Below is a clip of ZQ's last appearance on Kimmel over a year ago.

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BORDEAUX - short film exclusive

Click HERE to see "BORDEAUX" - a short film produced by Before The Door Pictures (Zachary Quinto, Corey Moosa, and Neal Dodson) and directed by photographer/filmmaker Dave Schwep. It features "HEROES" castmembers: Greg Grunberg, Jack Coleman, Zeljko Ivanek, and Masi Oka. Also check out Dave Schwep's other work at his company Dreamsequences. Also find the "BORDEAUX" short film on www.youtube/beforethedoor, where you can embed it in your own site or blog.
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ZQ on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

Zachary will be a guest on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday, May 5th. The other guests are Simon Cowell and The Black-Eyed Peas. The show airs at 4pm, most places, but check your local listings HERE.
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Chris Interviews Zachary Interviews Chris


 

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