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While Zachary Quinto is most well-known for his performances as the pointy-eared Spock in J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek movies, he’s also quickly found success as a producer, working on such Oscar-nominated movies as the Wall Street financial collapse thriller Margin Call (in which he also starred) and the Robert Redford survival drama All Is Lost.
Both of those movies, as well as the acclaimed 2014 crime drama A Most Violent Year, were directed by then-newcomer J.C. Chandor and produced by Before the Door, the company Quinto founded with fellow producers Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa. We asked Quinto and Dodson how they discovered Chandor, why they trusted him enough to make a movie that takes place entirely in water and has only about one line of dialogue, and what they could tell us about his next project, a “big, dramatic blockbuster” about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that will star Mark Wahlberg.
Interview booked by Raquel Bruno. Executive produced by Ayana Morali.