Since his passing late last week, there have been all kinds of memorials and remembrances for Leonard Nimoy. Friends, fans, the President, and Canadians have all shared their fond memories and important lessons learned from a man who touched many, many lives. Most of us were never fortunate enough to meet him, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have an impact. During his time on J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot, he not only reprised his most famous role as Spock, often called Spock Prime, he befriended Zachary Quinto, who plays the new version of the character. The two maintained a close friendship over the subsequent years, and the younger actor crafted a moving tribute to his departed friend.
Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto is braving the wilds of Reddit today, participating in an AMA — “Ask Me Anything” — on the popular site beginning at 1 pm Eastern. If you’re interesting in picking the actor’s brain, you can hit up the main AMA page for the link at the appropriate time. Given how divisive the Abrams Trek movies are, I’m sure at least one question will just be “YOU SUCK?” Even if you’re a hater, be kind, folks. If you’re hoping to contribute in a more productive way, here are some upcoming projects Quinto is attached to, in addition to, you know, that whole Star Trek 3 thing.
- Untitled George Gershwin project – First announced back in 2010, Quinto would be in the lead role as the legendary composer for director Steven Spielberg. It’s been a while since there’s been any news, plus it’s a Spielberg project and that guy stays busy.
- Lucid – He’s executive producing this project, based on a graphic novel by Michael McMillian. “A secret agent uses his skills as a covert spy and Combat Mage to defend the world from evil forces, using magic if necessary.” Can’t go wrong with a good Combat Mage.
- Imperial Palace – A romantic movie set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Imperial Palace has Quinto attached as producer. It tells “the story of a man who manages a casino used as the headquarters for relief efforts and is caught up in a love triangle with his ex-girlfriend and another man.”
- He’s starring in The Girl Who Invented Kissing alongside Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby, and Stephen Graham (This Is England). The romance is about “two brothers whose lives are upended when they both fall for a mysterious young woman who drifts into their small town.”
I have to wonder how many hearts started pounding ferociously when it looked like Zachary Quinto was actually going to reveal unseen footage from Star Trek: Into Darkness on Conan O’Brien last night. I’m sure a rumbling mass of Tweets and texts would have unleashed themselves upon the world had it actually happened during the taping, but I like to think about one-eighth of every fan’s being got super-excited just before Conan’s stilted excitement and the lame fonts from the title mock-up brought them crashing back to reality. I like when people get their hopes up for nothing over something non-life threatening.
Quinto’s clip comes as a belated strike back against the notorious three-frame “preview” that J.J. Abrams “showed” Conan audiences a couple of months back. The Internet runs wild with shit like this. You’re reading my case in point. (That was meta.) Watch the clip below.
Ok that headline’s a little misleading. Spock, the character isn’t gay, just the man currently playing him. Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the recent JJ Abrams reboot of Star Trek, and who will presumably continue to play him in Star Trek: The Next whenever they finally get around to it, recently came out of the closet to NY Mag and announced that he’s totally not into chicks.
That doesn’t mean they’ll make the character gay, he obviously isn’t (though that whole Uhura relationship did seem sort of like overcompensation for something), but it’s about time someone involved with Star Trek somewhere along the way came out of the closet, isn’t it?
Star Trek was once know for pushing boundaries, for knocking down the walls of racism and sexism. The original series was the first television program to air an interracial kiss (sort of) and the whole point behind Roddenberry’s vision was that humanity has finally learned how to get along with each other and let everyone be what they want.