Meet Mr. Spock

IT’S Thursday afternoon, July 26, 2007, at San Diego’s Comic Con, the largest comic and popular arts convention in the world.

J.J. Abrams, the director and producer of the latest Star Trek movie, leans into the microphone. “Ladies and gentlemen [dramatic pause], Zachary Quinto is Spock.”

Quinto enters, to whoops, cheers, applause and camera flashes, his face carefully expressionless, save for the merest hint of a smile. He half-raises his right hand. This will be his first movie role. He is, he notes later, an eight-year overnight success story. He turned 30 the previous month.

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