As a registered Trekhead (assistant to the northeast district Captain Trekhead of the Earthship Fanterprise [huh?]), whose favorite movie of all time is now Star Trek*, I’ve obviously started a “Zachary Quinto” Google Alert** so I can keep up on all the Spock News. And that is how I found this disturbing story about my hero’s*** troubles on the set. From News.com.au:

It’s probably the most famous greeting in the universe, but the simple Vulcan salute left makers of the new Star Trek film with a galactic-sized headache – because Mr Spock just couldn’t do it.

After much head-scratching, experts on the $150 million blockbuster – which boasts stunning high-tech effects – hit upon a low-tech but logical solution – gluing actor Zachary Quinto’s fingers together, The Mail on Sunday newspaper in the UK reports.

Quinto, 31, admitted he found it impossible to form his fingers into the distinctive V-shaped gesture, saying: “It’s much harder than it looks. Seriously.”

Yikes. They glued his hands together? Star Trek? More like Todd Browning’s Freaks (1932). It may be harder than it looks, but harder than “completely not hard at all” is still really easy. Come on, Zachary Quinto. Now I have to take down my shrine of you****. This kid knows:

“Grow up, Zachary Quinto.”
–This Baby

Get a grip, Zachary Quinto. Get it? Hand humor.

*Inaccurate.
**Also inaccurate.
***Not my hero.
****I have no shrine to Zachary Quinto. I found Star Trek to be a fun summer blockbuster, that is all.

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  2. Nice Freaks reference.

  3. Ok, Cool Zachary, message received loud and clear. Unlike the rest of us nerds, you didn’t spend a lot of your free time as a child trying to strengthen your hand in an effort to give the traditional Vulcan salute. Now go enjoy your beautiful women and your piles of (non-tech industry related) money.

  4. Selena  |   Posted on May 12th, 2009 +19

    My roommate told me this and I burst out laughing! I was all, “Seriously, glue?! Who can’t make that hand gesture?” Then I slowly realized, I was the only one laughing. Turns out she can’t make the gesture either and in her words it’s a, “common disability.” At which point I asked her if she also saddened by the fact that she is unable to throw up ‘West Side’?

    She answered me by stalking out of the room; I guess it’s a touchy subject for her :-)

  5. Its funny you should post this, because last week Mr. Quinto dispelled this rumor during an interview with Newsweek. The interview is “Spock on Spock,” with both Mr. Nimoy and Mr. Quinto, and it’s amusing/a little awkward to watch. Here is the link to the interview and 1:55 is where he does the famous gesture (although he does seem to have to try harder than Mr. Nimoy). So you should go ahead and update/take down this post and stop spreading these vicious rumors.

    • I was just about to post this. C’mon videogum peoples. Haven’t you seen that video? Video it up and see the video evidence of his not-gummed fingers.

      Oy. I’m bored. But seriously, dude can do it, this rumor must cease and desist.

      • EXCEPT. then why does he not make the sign in the SNL clip from last saturday. young cap’n kirk makes it! but quinto conspicuously does NOT. i’m guessing he can make it if he has some prep, but can’t make it on cue. either that or he’s manufacturing this can he/can’t he to get some press and/or distract from the is he/isn’t he gay question. which shouldn’t be a question.

    • You’re really demanding Videogum not defame Spock?

  6. Fuck you Gabe. I can make it in one hand but not another and it’s not easy.

    But I liked your Freaks reference, so we’ll call this one nullified. But if you ever start thinking you’re hand dexterity is superior to mine again, I will be forced poop in all of your socks.

  7. That pic of Quinto makes him look hot. And he’s not. This article is full of falsities.

  8. ben (I will make a Videogum account sooooon)  |   Posted on May 12th, 2009 -1

    The Vulcan hand gesture is not the most common greeting in the universe. Not in this universe, not in theirs.

  9. I thought “you****” was something dirty that you redacted, and which I spent five minutes trying to figure out what it was.

  10. Unlike Gabe, I do have a google search alert for Zachary Quinto, because I’ve adored him for a long time (okay, I don’t really have one, thats too much, even for a fangirl like me)
    anyway, the point I’m trying to make is I’ve long felt alone in my zachary quinto love, but now I open my favorite blog and he’s staring right back at me! Insanity/awesomeness!

  11. i got it. hands…heh.

  12. SpocksLady  |   Posted on May 13th, 2009 0

    It’s hard to do the vulcan salute, I can’t do it. I have to tape my fingers to do it. some people have it easy, but some, like zach and I don’t. dont make fun. :(

  13. I really want to make the “Oh, but Z. Quinto didn’t have any HAND problems with ME! Whoa! Yowza!” joke, because Zach does in fact play for the guys’ team, but public-domain humor like that is usually what straight people expect to hear from a gay guy (thanks, Will and Grace, for years of idiot stereotyping) – and the regulars on this site need something besides Cher puns and bitchy asides about hair to update what seems to be a circa-1995 clue deficit. So, my point: Zach Quinto is mine, all mine! All hand jokes are to be delivered personally by me to Mr. Quinto’s trailer.

    • umm, you know so notorious wasn’t *really* a reality show, right?

    • Quinto makes me wish I was a gay man. I kind of feel bad for him, because when I googled him I noticed that people seemed to think he’s straight. I don’t think he’s denying it, but he hasn’t made any effort to get a fake girlfriend either, which is refreshing.

  14. Erm  |   Posted on May 19th, 2009 0

    He’s left handed. He can do it with his left hand, but not with his right hand. He does it with his left hand in interviews. They had to glue his right hand for the movie.

  15. the ability is herditary. like people who can roll their tongue once, twice, or not at all. or a widow’s peak.

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