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Zachary Quinto stepping away from Star Trek for 2 years

Jan. 27, 2010by: Niki Stephens

UPDATE: I got an email from site browser, Sergio today saying that Quinto cleared this all up on his site. Fear not Spock fans, it's exactly as I thought, he's still doing the sequel. Here's the link to what he posted on his blog: "To Clarify..."

Zachary Quinto made an interesting comment about his involvement in the STAR TREK universe. This comes thanks to a heads up from JoBlo visitor, Ardney.

Im stepping away from Star Trek for at least two years no movies, no conventions, no anything for a while," said Quinto. The actor was doing an interview with Wired about contributing his voice to the new STAR TREK MMO, I did this game to make an investment in the fan base."

A couple of weeks ago, we put out the news that the TREK sequel was getting a June 29th, 2012 release date. The actor didn't state whether or not this would have an effect on the second installment, but as far as we know he's still committed to it. Quinto seems to be interested in pursuing other projects until then, Im stepping away from that genre and exploring a lot of other territory." He also mentions that he hopes his fans, used to seeing him in more fantastical settings, will want join him. You can't blame the guy for wanting to branch out. I want to invite them along with me on my journey, which is going to take them out of their comfort zone and into other areas and other styles of storytelling."

Quinto isn't much of a gamer himself, but his production company, Before the Door that was founded with the help of his friends are looking to develop television shows, websites, and several comic books for publisher Archaia. He says that some of the properties he's helping produce as graphic novels could be interesting games.

So, if you're looking to attend any TREK conventions in the next two years, don't count on seeing Quinto.

Extra Tidbit: I have never watched a full episode of HEROES. Am I missing out on something?
Source: Wired Game Life

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12:51AM on 01/28/2010

Talk to Nimoy

Zach should talk to Nimoy about his whole "I am Not Spock" phase...and ask him how that worked out doing voice-overs for In Search Of. As for that he should talk to Denise Crosby too. How'd that distancing herself from the Tasha Yar role work out for her career. So well she had to come crawling back to Rick Berman begging to be back on the show. He should be grateful he landed the Spock role and ride that gravy train into the sunset. Does he understand how many other more talented actors
Zach should talk to Nimoy about his whole "I am Not Spock" phase...and ask him how that worked out doing voice-overs for In Search Of. As for that he should talk to Denise Crosby too. How'd that distancing herself from the Tasha Yar role work out for her career. So well she had to come crawling back to Rick Berman begging to be back on the show. He should be grateful he landed the Spock role and ride that gravy train into the sunset. Does he understand how many other more talented actors out there never get the chance and are waiting tables or serving up Starbucks? How hard is it to do a Vulcan impression, honestly? Arrogant ass.
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5:36AM on 01/28/2010
seems like he just wants to branch out. look what it did for jim carrey. We got the truman show!
seems like he just wants to branch out. look what it did for jim carrey. We got the truman show!
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10:02PM on 01/27/2010
What's there to step away from? He's done a whole 1 movie. If shatner, or nemoy said that comment, it would be understandable. But for Quinto, it comes off as cocky to me. The film was a success, enjoy it!
What's there to step away from? He's done a whole 1 movie. If shatner, or nemoy said that comment, it would be understandable. But for Quinto, it comes off as cocky to me. The film was a success, enjoy it!
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10:56PM on 01/27/2010
He is talking about the genre not Star Trek itself. He has been on heroes for so long and then did a sci-fi movie. He wants to persue different other things out of the sci-fi realm.
He is talking about the genre not Star Trek itself. He has been on heroes for so long and then did a sci-fi movie. He wants to persue different other things out of the sci-fi realm.
6:26AM on 01/28/2010

What He Really Means Is That He's Stepping Away From Fanboys for awhile...

...all he basically was saying was he's sick of the world of nerds and fanboys and once to go off and do something with merit where he's not asked question like "Who would win, a Klingon or a Gorn?" or "Hey, how come [insert Heroes plothole here]?" Anyway, he was trying to say that without offending said nerds.

And yes, Nikki, you should atleast watch the first season of Heroes. Some pretty fine TV right there....
...all he basically was saying was he's sick of the world of nerds and fanboys and once to go off and do something with merit where he's not asked question like "Who would win, a Klingon or a Gorn?" or "Hey, how come [insert Heroes plothole here]?" Anyway, he was trying to say that without offending said nerds.

And yes, Nikki, you should atleast watch the first season of Heroes. Some pretty fine TV right there....
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9:22PM on 01/27/2010
Mark Hammell said the same thing and he ended up doing Corvette summer. Think about it.
Mark Hammell said the same thing and he ended up doing Corvette summer. Think about it.
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12:42AM on 01/28/2010
I did the game to make an investment in my beach hou...er...in the fan base.

Cynical hat, on. It's a play for more money. He's gonna act all disinterested until they bump his paycheck up and will continue to do so until the studio says...hold up, let's relaunch Star Trek...this sounds so familiar...
I did the game to make an investment in my beach hou...er...in the fan base.

Cynical hat, on. It's a play for more money. He's gonna act all disinterested until they bump his paycheck up and will continue to do so until the studio says...hold up, let's relaunch Star Trek...this sounds so familiar...
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10:45PM on 01/27/2010

Extra Tidbit

The first season is great. If it would've ended there, then it could have been considered a terrific mini-series. If you do watch it, just watch the first season and then stop. You aren't missing anything after that.
The first season is great. If it would've ended there, then it could have been considered a terrific mini-series. If you do watch it, just watch the first season and then stop. You aren't missing anything after that.
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8:46PM on 01/27/2010

Whatever

I almost started crying, but remembered that he and most of the cast signed 3 picture deals. As long as he's in Trek 2, I'm not gonna complain. He should do whatever makes him grow as an artist. A damn fine actor!
I almost started crying, but remembered that he and most of the cast signed 3 picture deals. As long as he's in Trek 2, I'm not gonna complain. He should do whatever makes him grow as an artist. A damn fine actor!
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8:48PM on 01/27/2010
Don't be sad. I think it's safe to say he'll be back for the sequel.
Don't be sad. I think it's safe to say he'll be back for the sequel.
8:51PM on 01/27/2010
Haha, I know. I just read that title and my mind went to the worst. I suppose that's what I get for letting my emotions get the better of me...
Haha, I know. I just read that title and my mind went to the worst. I suppose that's what I get for letting my emotions get the better of me...
8:56PM on 01/27/2010
haha It's all going to be alright.
haha It's all going to be alright.
8:30AM on 01/28/2010
Heroes is garbage.. NBC felt like assholes for passing up on LOST so they tried to quickly patch together a LOST/Marvel Heroes mix and failed miserably.
Heroes is garbage.. NBC felt like assholes for passing up on LOST so they tried to quickly patch together a LOST/Marvel Heroes mix and failed miserably.
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12:52AM on 01/28/2010
This really doesn't have a huge impact on the next Star Trek film. Even if he started filming today, it'd still take 2 years to see the movie done.
This really doesn't have a huge impact on the next Star Trek film. Even if he started filming today, it'd still take 2 years to see the movie done.
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11:43PM on 01/27/2010

Disappointing

Heroes was so disappointing. Everything led up to this huge final battle and it was nothing. Hiro could have teleported behind him in the second episode and ended the whole f'n thing.
Heroes was so disappointing. Everything led up to this huge final battle and it was nothing. Hiro could have teleported behind him in the second episode and ended the whole f'n thing.
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8:54PM on 01/27/2010

QUINTO

I know what he's talking about when he says he wants to stay away from ST for a while and true, it's good to get away sometimes.
I know what he's talking about when he says he wants to stay away from ST for a while and true, it's good to get away sometimes.
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11:53PM on 01/27/2010
Im a lil uneasy about the stepping away for 2 years part
Im a lil uneasy about the stepping away for 2 years part
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10:29PM on 01/27/2010
I was worried at first, but the contract is reassuring. I love that you reply to the comments on your articles. That's a great quality!
I was worried at first, but the contract is reassuring. I love that you reply to the comments on your articles. That's a great quality!
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11:20PM on 01/27/2010
Well thank you. :) I love talking to you guys!

Quinto is just distancing himself from the genre really. But also from Star Trek related things, just for a bit. Well, until TREK 2 starts filming.
Well thank you. :) I love talking to you guys!

Quinto is just distancing himself from the genre really. But also from Star Trek related things, just for a bit. Well, until TREK 2 starts filming.
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9:59PM on 01/27/2010
What's there to step away from? He's done a whole 1 movie. If shatner, or nemoy said that comment, it would be understandable. But for Quinto, it comes off as cocky to me. The film was a success, enjoy it!
What's there to step away from? He's done a whole 1 movie. If shatner, or nemoy said that comment, it would be understandable. But for Quinto, it comes off as cocky to me. The film was a success, enjoy it!
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9:46PM on 01/28/2010

Agree...

Heroes is epic. Zachary as Sylar is always fun to watch. cant wait for next episode.
Heroes is epic. Zachary as Sylar is always fun to watch. cant wait for next episode.
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7:39AM on 01/28/2010

read it from the man himself :)

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11:39PM on 01/27/2010
Considering how perfect a fit he was as Spock, I imagine they'll wait for him. For his own part, I think Quinto has the potential to be a really great actor if he does more than just Star Trek. And since beyond the Heroes fandom he's a relative unknown, I am all for him branching out. While two years seems a bit long to wait, I was one of the people who LIKED Star Trek without actually LOVING it.
Considering how perfect a fit he was as Spock, I imagine they'll wait for him. For his own part, I think Quinto has the potential to be a really great actor if he does more than just Star Trek. And since beyond the Heroes fandom he's a relative unknown, I am all for him branching out. While two years seems a bit long to wait, I was one of the people who LIKED Star Trek without actually LOVING it.
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3:31PM on 01/28/2010
Heroes is great. Especially season one, and now with season four. Can't wait for season five.
Heroes is great. Especially season one, and now with season four. Can't wait for season five.
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11:37AM on 01/28/2010
I assume he'll still be Spock when part two rolls around. If not, I don't know that I'd be as interested.
I assume he'll still be Spock when part two rolls around. If not, I don't know that I'd be as interested.
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5:37AM on 01/28/2010
Good to see him branch out. It worked for Jim Carrey, but I hope he's back for the sequel.
Good to see him branch out. It worked for Jim Carrey, but I hope he's back for the sequel.
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2:18AM on 01/28/2010
abwesend bis mehr geld fr Quinto ja? haha
abwesend bis mehr geld fr Quinto ja? haha
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9:25PM on 01/27/2010

He's a damn fine actor..

so he can do anything he wants. He'll be in Star Trek 2 no doubt, he is obligated to according to contract. Also a third pictures as well. As for the extra tidbit, yes and know. I found the first season to be very good, the second season less than average, season three made the show good again and season four is just not that good. I hear their is going to be a season five so...there's that.
so he can do anything he wants. He'll be in Star Trek 2 no doubt, he is obligated to according to contract. Also a third pictures as well. As for the extra tidbit, yes and know. I found the first season to be very good, the second season less than average, season three made the show good again and season four is just not that good. I hear their is going to be a season five so...there's that.
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11:45PM on 01/27/2010

WHO THE FUCK CARES

hes a fucking actor in a fucking movie.
I don't want to fucking follow you anywhere. youre a god damned MEAT PUPPET. do your fucking Spock Impersonation and STFU
hes a fucking actor in a fucking movie.
I don't want to fucking follow you anywhere. youre a god damned MEAT PUPPET. do your fucking Spock Impersonation and STFU
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11:56PM on 01/27/2010
Hes talkin to his fans. Not a fan? Than you dont have to moron
Hes talkin to his fans. Not a fan? Than you dont have to moron
12:13PM on 01/28/2010
haha. As insensitive as that is, it made me laugh.
haha. As insensitive as that is, it made me laugh.
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11:30PM on 01/27/2010

GODDAMN THATS A DANGEROUS MOVE

really it fucks him as an actor and it REALLY fucks Trek2.
then again there is always Nimoy and/or Ben Affleck
really it fucks him as an actor and it REALLY fucks Trek2.
then again there is always Nimoy and/or Ben Affleck
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7:17AM on 01/28/2010
And he would be the guy on the left or right? I have no idea who those people are...
And he would be the guy on the left or right? I have no idea who those people are...
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2:29PM on 01/28/2010
he is the guy on the left. chris pine is to the right, he plays captain kirk.
he is the guy on the left. chris pine is to the right, he plays captain kirk.
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