For fans familiar with Quinto's TV work, the concept of the actor once again taking on a villainous character with supernatural abilities may be enough to draw them to the series. But according to Quinto, Charlie Manx and Silar, the character he played on NBC's Heroes, are vastly different in nature. And while he points out it's been half a decade since he was a lead on a series -- referencing his performance as the titular slapper Harry in NBC's short-lived series The Slap -- Quinto admits he was a bit hesitant in taking on the role.
"I was resistant at the beginning, because of the similarities of the genre and the character," he admitted. "But then I read the script and I had a number of conversations with Jami O'Brien and Kari Skogland, who directed the first two episodes. And I felt like there was such a unique complexity to this world and a really incredible collaborative spirit around the project. And so it drew me in. And also the physical transformation that I was able to engage and embrace with this is something that I was really excited about."
The metamorphosis of Charlie Manx is one of the highlights of the series, to be sure. In this day and age of digital effects, the AMC series does things a bit old school with its practical effects and heavy prosthetic makeup. Quinto revealed to us that he'd been actively looking for a role that embodied such a physical, and emotional, transformation.
"One of the first things I said to all the producers, was, 'I really feel like one of the only ways that we can accomplish this is if we get Joel Harlow,' an incredibly talented special effects makeup artist. I worked with him on the last two Star Trek films. And I just knew that if I was going to undertake a challenge like this, that I needed to do it in the hands of someone that I can trust implicitly -- someone who is really the best of the best. And once he was available and interested, it became a whole different conversation, because when you're immersing yourself in the character that exists behind layers of glue and silicone and makeup, you have to be able to trust that, you know, your inner life is going to be expressible. And with Joel, I knew it would be and I certainly wasn't wrong."