Zachary Quinto talks up the new 'Star Trek' DVD

star-trek-behind-the-scenes_lWhile Zachary Quinto cracked not much more than a knowing smirk while playing Spock in director J.J. Abrams’ re-vamped Star Trek – out on DVD Nov. 17 — “we did do plenty of laughing off camera,” chuckles Quinto. Anyone who’s seen the leaked gag reel from the movie that’s an extra feature on the impending DVD (it’s out Nov. 17) knows what he’s talking about. “J.J. leads with a sense of humor,” Quinto adds, “and that makes it a lot easier when you’re undertaking something as large as this project was.”┬áSo who had Quinto cracking up the most? “Simon Pegg was a big culprit in making me laugh all the time,” Quinto says, but he also singles out co-stars Chris Pine, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood and Karl Urban. “It’s really a funny group of people.”

In one of the making-of documentaries on the DVD, Quinto also talks about when meeting his on-screen namesake for the first time, the very first thing Leonard Nimoy told him was that his life was about to change rather radically. So, has it? “No, not at all,” Quinto laughs, although he’s not joking. “I don’t know — maybe I should be chased down the street by rabid Star Trek fans. But I engage fans on a personal level, and I engage them as myself, [not as Spock]. It’s really important that those boundaries are clear, and that’s always been the case in my life. It seems to be working.” Hopefully, that means Quinto’s career will live long and prosper.

Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal

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  • Kimberly

    Great interview! I pre-ordered my ST XI DVD from Amazon, I cannot wait! The whole cast was just brilliant. Simon Pegg was my favorite in the whole cast but I liked Zachary Quinto as well. The gag reel was a scream.

  • Garbriel Bell

    Thanks for the Trek shoutout, EW. This DVD is goig to huge. I wish you guys (or someone) reporter DVD sales numbers like you do theater sales numbers. I think this one will rank among the biggest in DVD sales history. It looks amazing.

  • Ben

    The movie was awful. It made no sense that Nimoy’s Spock accepted what happened to Kirk’s dad instead of trying to fix it before the end of the movie and decided to just hang out in the new timeline. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a shiny penny: the shine of the new movie will keep the average person’s attention and distract them from all the lame plot holes.

  • darclyte

    Still the best live action movie I’ve seen all year. Second best movie overall only to Coraline.

  • Madd

    Zachary Quinto was the only reason I kept watching “Heros” it’s 2nd and 3rd seasons. I hope he finds another project worthy of his talent.

  • Julie

    Only live action movie worth my money this year as someone side. Compared to the other trash out this summer this movie was gold. Great Cast and Quinto was the best thing in it. Already pre-ordered the DVD

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  • Charla

    Disagree with ya Ben! The movie wasn’t lame, it was one of the best movies I have seen- I think the numbers of the critics and fans speak volumes!

  • FRED

    J.J. Abrams should be hired for all remakes…then they would do justice to the original….would love to see him revamp the X-Files to a totally new level….at least see him try.

  • Carole Young

    Just received the DVD on Saturday and watched it 3 times already – it’s only Monday!!! Absolutely brilliant! Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine and Karl Urban were especially outstanding. Kirk’s entry into the world was sooo moving!!!

  • Wil

    I was skeptical when I first heard that they were changing the timline; but after the first ten seconds of the movie, it made sense how it could be done and it worked. Great cast, great storyline and action packed. May “Trek” live long and prosper

    Peace and long life

  • JDW

    This movie is great! I think the re-imagination of the Star Trek universe is key to its survival. So if it meant changing the timeline then let it be. Star Trek is now current again. The sky is the limit for what has become a stale product. Don’t get me wrong I was a fan till the end but like most of us yearned for some excitement. Star Trek provided that in more ways than one. Take the movie for what it is a reinvention of classic tale. Look at Batman Begins. I can’t wait for Star Trek’s Dark Night!

  • Naja haje

    Rebooting STAR TREK required the solving of 2 problems. 1) they needed a new cast. Success: these new actors are all likeable people. 2) avoid contradictions with previous episodes or movies. That alternate time-line device was a clever solution. I hope we can look forward to more good STAR TREK movies.

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