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Quinto trusts his instincts for good causes, Spock

Zachary Quinto might be headed into other worldly places this summer in "Star Trek Into Darkness," but he says a social issue that's near and dear to him is taking care of the earth.

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
The Associated Press
Modified: April 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013
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Zachary Quinto, a cast member in "Star Trek Into Darkness," arrives at CinemaCon 2013's Opening Night Presentation from Paramount Pictures at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, April 15, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

If not ubiquitous, Qunto will become a lot more familiar in the coming months. The J.J. Abrams interpretation of "Star Trek" already has the franchise's fans buzzing — and they aren't shy about giving their opinion to Quinto.

"It's exciting, and there's a lot of anticipation," he said. "I hope it lives up to people's expectations."

He said "Star Trek" breeds some of Hollywood's most loyal fans, and for the most part the diehards have been "pretty respectful and supportive."

Still, he said he has to play Mr. Spock based on his gut and not how the fans might write the role. "I can't open myself up to other people's opinions unless they're people I know and trust their opinions."