It isn't enough for Zachary Quinto to know that he has locked his place in science-fiction history by playing Sylar on NBC's hit show Heroes. No, he's now entering 'brave new territory' as Spock in the new Star Trek movie.
In an interview with TV Guide, Quinto talks about his anticipation over playing one of science fiction's most iconic characters, as well as revealing some spoilers about upcoming episodes of Heroes and how Sylar plans to regain his lost powers.
Quinto is quick to let us know that the loss of his powers has in no way served to humanize Sylar. 'Sylar's plans for ultimate power have been derailed, but that doesn't give us a chance to know him better. If anything, he's the same guy but even more driven and obsessed and in a place of absolute hunger: 'I want my power back! No time to waste!' During this struggle, he'll align himself with the twins, Maya [Dania Ramirez] and Alejandro [Shalim Ortiz], and they'll go on a journey to New York to find Mohinder [Sendhil Ramamurthy].'
Quinto also reflects on having a fan-club:
There's a group that calls itself the Sarmy - or Sylar's Army - that's dedicated to the support of my character, and they don't like it when he's disparaged. Their slogan is 'Every villain needs a legion of evil supporters.' But what's funny is they do great charity work. It's never bad to have an army.
When it comes to taking the role of Spock, Quinto talks about his excitement about shooting starting soon. 'We're getting ready to shoot in a month, and I just had my first fitting for my Vulcan ears. It felt incredible, and in that moment there was a huge shift for me. Suddenly it was real, and I was like, 'OK! Let's get this thing going!'
Getting cast as one of science fiction's icons wasn't the result of luck or circumstance either; Quinto explains how he lobbied for the role: 'From the day I found out they were making the Star Trek movie, I said, 'I want to be Spock,' and I started talking about it to everybody - to my friends, my agents, reporters who interviewed me. I put my intentions out there clearly and the universe responded.'
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