Quinto trans­forms for AMC’s ‘NOS4A2’

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Style & Seen - ROB OWEN

PASADENA, Calif. — Green Tree na­tive Zachary Quinto broke into the lime­light play­ing the vil­lain­ous Sy­lar on NBC’s “He­roes,” but for AMC’s sum­mer hor­ror drama “NOS4A2,” based on the Joe Hill novel, his lat­est bad guy char­ac­ter re­quired a more sub­stan­tial phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion.

Mr. Quinto un­der­went four hours of makeup to be­come 135year-old Char­lie Manx, a vam­pire­like be­ing who feeds off the souls of chil­dren rather than their blood.

“I had been look­ing for a project and a char­ac­ter that would give me the op­por­tu­nity to re­ally trans­form and into whom I could dis­ap­pear,” Mr. Quinto said dur­ing an AMC press con­fer­ence at the Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion win­ter 2019 press tour. “I was a lit­tle re­sis­tant at first, to be hon­est, about the hor­ror na­ture of the show and the kind of ar­che­typal vil­lain that I’d be play­ing. But as I read the scripts … it seemed to me

that there was a real depth and an emo­tional ground­ing in these char­ac­ters.

Mr. Quinto said he ex­pects his His­tory “In Search Of” series will be re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son, but the fu­ture of the “Star Trek” movie fran­chise, where he plays Spock, is on hold. Di­rec­tor S.J. Clark­son (”Jes­sica Jones”) was ex­pected to di­rect the fourth movie, but now she’s di­rect­ing HBO’s “Game of Thrones” pre­quel pilot, leav­ing “Trek” dead in the wa­ter.

“[Those are] con­ver­sa­tions we’ve been hav­ing for a while in terms of what the fu­ture of the fran­chise is, and it’s in process, so I don’t know ex­actly what to say ex­cept there are no plans for a movie hap­pen­ing at this mo­ment,” Mr. Quinto said. “I would love to [play Spock again]. I feel like that’s been an an­chor of my cre­ative life for the last 10 years now. If I can go back to it, I’d al­ways be happy to, and I love my ‘Star Trek’ fam­ily, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Hamill joins ‘Knight­fall’

When His­tory’s “Knight­fall” re­turns for its eight-episode sec­ond sea­son at 10 p.m. March 25, “Star Wars” le­gend Mark Hamill (aka Luke Sky­walker) will join the cast as a Knights Tem­plar leader who has no de­sire to give for­mer Mas­ter of the Tem­ple Landry (Tom Cullen) a sec­ond chance.

“I’m play­ing ba­si­cally the equiv­a­lent of a me­dieval drill sergeant,” Mr. Hamill said. “Landry is seek­ing re­demp­tion. He wants to re­join the Tem­plar Knights, and I’m dead-set against it. Hence, you have drama.”

Mr. Hamill said he didn’t re­al­ize there might be sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the Knights Tem­plar and the Jedi of “Star Wars” un­til af­ter he ac­cepted the role.

“I didn’t re­ally think it through,” he said. “I’m sure Ge­orge Lu­cas drew from so many dif­fer­ent in­spi­ra­tions, both from the movies and lit­er­a­ture. He was prob­a­bly think­ing more of King Arthur and the knights of the round­table be­cause it was more ide­al­ized and glam­orous cer­tainly than the Tem­plar Knights, but there’s no ques­tion his in­spi­ra­tion was rooted par­tially in this mythol­ogy.”

Still ‘Killing Eve’

BBC Amer­ica’s “Killing Eve,” a re­cent Golden Globe win­ner for best TV drama, was the rare TV series that saw its first-sea­son rat­ings grow week to week. Sea­son two, pre­mier­ing at 8 p.m. April 7, will air on both BBC Amer­ica and sis­ter net­work AMC in an ef­fort to grow the show’s au­di­ence even more.

The new sea­son picks up 30 sec­onds af­ter sea­son one ended af­ter MI-6 agent Eve Po­las­tri (San­dra Oh, who won a Golden Globe for her role) stabbed psy­chotic killer Vil­lanelle (Jodie Comer).

“What is most in­ter­est­ing about Eve stab­bing Vil­lanelle at the end of [sea­son one] is Vil­lanelle’s re­ac­tion to that, and just how emo­tion­ally she per­ceives that,” Ms. Comer said. “It both af­fects them and changes them in a way nei­ther of them are quite ex­pect­ing.”

“They’ve crossed a line,” Ms. Oh added. “There’s no go­ing back, and I think we have a lot of en­ergy at the be­gin­ning of the series, and that pushes both of them into a dif­fer­ent place of vul­ner­a­bil­ity.”

Co-star Fiona Shaw, who plays MI-6 boss Carolyn, posits why “Eve” struck a chord: The show’s hu­mor is about the in­sta­bil­ity of the time that we’re liv­ing in.

“Maybe you’re not in any in­sta­bil­ity in Amer­ica, but we cer­tainly are in the UK,” she said, prompt­ing laugh­ter. “We have no idea how the world’s gonna change next, and I think this series ab­so­lutely nails that.”

AMC Net­works up­dates

AMC brings back “Into the Bad­lands” (10 p.m. March 24) and “The Son” (9 p.m. April 27) for their fi­nal episodes.

On BBC Amer­ica, new sea­sons of “Top Gear” (9 p.m. April 25) and “Luther” (8 p.m. June 2) are on tap.

IFC brings back “Brock­mire” for sea­son three at 10 p.m. April 3.

Chan­nel surfing

The Hollywood Re­porter says “The Walk­ing Dead” star Danai Gurira (”Black Pan­ther”) will de­part the AMC zom­bie drama af­ter ap­pear­ing in a lim­ited ca­pac­ity in sea­son 10. … Ac­tress Allison Tol­man (”Fargo”), who starred in the shot-in-Pitts­burgh ABC series “Down­ward Dog,” will head­line NBC drama pilot “Emer­gence” as a po­lice of­fi­cer who takes in a child found near a mys­te­ri­ous ac­ci­dent. … Pro­duc­tion has be­gun on McCand­less na­tive Greg Ni­cotero’s six-episode “Creepshow” an­thol­ogy series for stream­ing ser­vice Shud­der, which will in­clude sto­ries by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Josh Maler­man and Joe Lans­dale.

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