When it comes to ranges of emotions, Zachary Quinto has played the extremes. As Spock in the new incarnation of “Star Trek,” the Pittsburgh native plays a character who keeps his emotions under close check.
His role in “The Slap” is the opposite. Quinto portrays a guest at a birthday party who loses control of his anger and slaps the faces of the 5-year-old son of another couple. The mini-series starts Feb. 12 on KSEE24.
This explosion of emotions comes with him having to film the scene where his character slaps the child. The scene with the actual slap was done under strict scrutiny and all of the emotional explosions that followed were filmed without the children on set.
“I think it was really well-handled, really well-executed, and, oddly, for all of us, because we spent so much time shooting that sequence, kind of enjoyable. It was a time of really bonding and getting to know each other. Even though it was in the context of this horrific act, we all had as good a time as we could,” Quinto says.
Quinto liked that the miniseries brings him back to NBC, the network that brought him so much attention when he starred in “Heroes.” His bad guy turn as Skylar made him one of the breakout stars of the series.
He knows his role in “The Slap” is the villain.
“For me this project was about getting into a world that was not elevated or supernatural or science fiction. It’s a very human world.,” Quinto says. “Now that I’ve had a chance to do this, I feel a sense of closure on this villainous aspect of my persona that I have lent to these characters.
“I’m really looking forward to a future of varied opportunities. Some lighter fare perhaps.”
His next project takes him back to the world of controlled emotions as he again will play Spock in “Star Trek 3.” Quinto has no news on the project as he hasn’t started working on the film set to open in 2016.
Police advisers show Sophia Bush the way
Back when Sophia Bush was starring on the drama “One Tree Hill” there weren’t a lot of opportunities to chase down bad guys or drive a speeding police car. Her character was more into chasing down relationships and driving emotional moments.
These days, she gets to do a lot of cop stuff as she stars in the NBC series, “Chicago P.D.” playing tough, no-nonsense detective Erin Lindsay.
She’s not really a police officer but she has to make it look real. That’s accomplished with the police officers who are on set. Even with all the advisers, some of the simplest actions — such as stopping a patrol car and jumping out — can go wrong.
“We were doing that drill and they said, ‘You’ve got to double check the car’s in park. The passenger has to double check it, because you have no idea how many times you’ll leave a car in drive because your adrenaline’s going.’ And we’re like ‘who does that?’ and then we did it,” Bush says.
Thomas Dekker goes for different look
It’s one of those cases where a person looks familiar but out of context, and it’s difficult to put a name with the face. It takes a few moments but it suddenly becomes clear the young man dressed in the perfectly tailored suit and hair gelled to the ceiling is Thomas Dekker.
Fans of the short-lived “The Secret Circle” or the almost as short-lived “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” will recognize Dekker. He was John Connor in the “Terminator” franchise that doesn’t seem to end.
As different as he looks now, he goes through an even more elaborate transformation to play Valentine, the roommate to Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) on the new FOX quirky procedural, “Backstrom.”
Dekker’s credits lean heavily toward sci-fi and fantasy but he wasn’t tired of the genre. It was just a simple matter that “Backstrom” was going to give him a fun player to play.
“I just like interesting parts,” Dekker says. “John Connor and this role couldn’t be any more different. What I’ve tried to do with my whole career is to be as different an unrecognizable as possible.”