Zachary Quinto, who stars in AMC’s horror series NOS4A2, spoke about his role in the show. Quinto also revealed some Stephen King related Easter eggs that can be found in the series.
Directed by Joe Hill, NOS4A2 (pronounced “Nosferatu”) portrays Charlie Manx, played by Zachary Quinto, as an evil, supernatural immortal being who feeds on children’s souls and leaves what is left of them in Christmasland, where it is illegal to be unhappy. He is challenged by Vic McQueen, played by Ashleigh Cummings, who has the ability to find things that are lost.
The series is based on Joe Hill’s novel by the same name. Quinto told The Hollywood Reporter In Studio that the physical transformation he had to undergo was one of the aspects that drew him to working on the show.
“It was something I was looking for in some way or another in my work, whether it was to be able to immerse myself in a period piece or, in this case, immerse myself into a physical transformation,” Quinto explained. “It was one of the things that drew me to this role and this project, because originally I said no when they first called and asked me to do it. I’ve done archetypal villains in the past.”
He also stated that the script was another part that drew him to the series: “I read six scripts in conjunction with the invitation to join the show and I thought they were really unexpected and exciting and compelling and they drew me in.”
Additionally, Quinto revealed that at first he wasn’t aware that Joe Hill was Stephen King’s son. He claimed that King fans can find Easter eggs throughout the series. “There’s a moment in the show where Charlie Manx unfolds a map of the United Inscapes of America and Pennywise Circus reveals itself,” Quinto revealed. “I think people will catch that if they’re looking for it. There are some parallels, I think, between Charlie Manx and Pennywise.”
He added that: “There are these overlaps and echoes of Joe’s dad but totally in its own world. He’s able to take that lineage and carry it in his own direction, which I respect a lot.”
The show premieres on AMC Sundays at 10:00 PM ET/9:00 PM CT.