Don’t you just hate it when you hear the news that a very lucky actor who has gotten a juicy role in a successful franchise starts the “I’m going to quit” chant.
Emma Watson, Hermione Herself, did that dance every time a new Harry Potter film was set to go before the cameras. Her case was worse. Nothing more annoying than an overpaid teenager whining about her art.
And so began the news from Zachary Quinto (pretty much unknown aside from Heroes fans), that he seemingly just couldn’t bear another moment working in what looks like a very successful new series of Star Trek films.
My personal feeling upon hearing this was that, even though I think he did a very fine job as Spock, he should give it a rest. Let the producers slap the pointy ears on some other lucky unknown actor. My second reaction was, didn’t they sign this guy to a multi picture contract? Doesn’t he HAVE to play Mr. Spock until he’s as old as the original Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy?
But all of this speculation was just that. Supposedly it’s all a terrible misunderstanding. Mr. Quinto, though needing a break from all of his Star Trekking, is not deserting Star Trek 2. He isn’t hanging up his ears, so to speak. While he won’t be making anymore appearances in public or participating in video game production, he will soldier on.
Here is his statement from his personal blog:
i have been inundated with questions and confusion about a comment i made during an interview with wired – about the new atari star trek online game – in which i said i am stepping away from trek for the next two years. obviously i will be a part of any upcoming films… reprising my role as spock. what i meant was that in the meantime i won’t be making any public appearances related to the franchise – or doing any more auxiliary projects pertaining to the trek universe. i will be focusing my efforts on other projects and preparing to shoot the next film – which will be released in june of 2012… two years from now. hence the no trek for two years remark. worry not trekkers. it was a misunderstanding of context. i am not spock. but i am spock. all at the same time.”
For the record, I’m glad to hear Quinto is continuing in the role. He is a great Mr. Spock, but perhaps more importantly the world is a better place knowing there won’t be a reality casting show titled “The Search for Spock” any time soon.
Let’s say Zachary Quinto decides one day he wants to forsake Mr. Spock. Who do you think could step into the ears?