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Zachary Quinto: Gearing Up For George Gershwin

Zachary Quinto: Gearing Up For George Gershwin

Star Trek star Zachary Quinto is set to play famed composer and pianist George Gershwin in a biopic at DreamWorks Pictures.

The 32-year-old actor will play the pianist, whose brother Ira was responsible for more than a dozen Broadway shows. DreamWorks will reportedly be supplying accent and dialogue coaches for Quinto.

The film is one of three projects that Steven Spielberg is looking to direct, Deadline Hollywood reports. Doug Wright (Quills) penned the script for the movie which could begin filming as soon as April. An official announcement could come later this week.

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  • http://jusjared.com evelyn

    he´s so gorgeous, amazing ,hot hot hot i love him.
    something missing in his life true love, perhaps. I LOVE YOU FOREVER! ZACH.

  • ABC

    Jared – Your article makes it sound like George’s brother Ira died at 38 after being responsible for more than a dozen Broadway shows. In fact,
    George’s brother Ira died at age 86, many years after George died.

  • stalkerette

    This sounds great, hopefully Stephen Spielberg will make it happen, unlike some of his other film projects.

    But why the dialect coach? Gerschwin was American, wasn’t he?

  • Smile

    I can’t wait and a good choice. The dialect coach might be for Gershwin’s Brooklyn accent.

  • Smile

    @ABC
    Right it makes it seems like Ira died at 38 too.

  • Liz

    What a wonderful idea. I love Gershwin’s music, especially “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess. His life was really interesting and groundbreaking. Probably the first artist to bring African American music and actors into mainstream culture and theater. When Fantasia sang “Summertime” on American Idol, I was moved to tears. It was that good.

    Quinto is so talented and, of course, Spielberg is pretty talented himself :)

    I hope this is true. I would definately go see it. I hope it has a good companion album.

  • amtj2008

    Gershwin is american but also a jewish man from brooklyn, he has a specific accent. Zachary has a pittsburg accent, so therefore he needs a vocal/dialogue coach to say things properly. Where the hell do you people see anything abouth either of their deaths? is there some imaginary paragraph? I agree I cannot wait, if this happens, I love gershwin arrangments.

  • stalkerette

    @amtj2008:

    “Where the hell do you people see anything abouth either of their deaths? is there some imaginary paragraph?”

    They fixed the article and edited the misleading stuff out.

  • Smile

    @stalkerette
    The fixed the wording on the aritcle
    It was originally worded that “The 32 year old will play the pianist, whose brother Ira was responsible for more than a dozen Broadway shows, died at 38.”

  • Smile

    correction They fixed the wording on the article.

  • stalkerette

    @Smile:

    I know, it’s what I’m saying.

  • Stacie

    I can’t wait . Zach is so lovely .

  • Smile

    Sorry stalkerette I guess I had the same problem as the JustJared folks.

  • stalkerette

    @Smile:

    Nevermind the phrasing of the article, what we need now is an OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION.

  • angeles

    If he does that role, hope he’s ready for even more speculation about his private life and his sexuality. Because I have a feeling that role is going to make him even more famous than anything Star Trek could ever do.

  • http://www.ehrensteinalnd.com David Ehrenstein

    Years ago Marty Scorsese planned a Gershwin biopic. Paul Schrader write the script. But the project never got off the ground.

    Doug Wright’s a good writer so there’s hope for this. Plus on the basis of “1941″ it’s clear that Spielberg has what it takes to make a musical.

    The Big Question: Who’s gonna play Oscar Levant?

  • stalkerette

    @angeles:

    I think he got ready for that when he decided to be a Hollywood actor ;)

    @David Ehrenstein:

    And who’ll play Kay Swift?

  • angeles

    @stalkerette:

    Not like this, doing a movie with Spielberg is like an automatic trip to the Kodak theater itself. Well at least in recent years anyway. I hope he does the film, that era of the 20′s/30′s seems to suit him with his looks and the fashion of that time.

    He thinks his life is crazy now with fans going to Silver Lake coffee shops just to run into him, it will get even more crazy I think as time goes on.

  • Keegan

    George Gershwin was gay. Zachary Quinto is too. Great match.

  • angeles

    @Keegan:

    I thought he was bi? I know he was involved with Kay Swift for many years.

  • alguien

    @angeles:

    statistically speaking, this puts quinto in a good oscar position as the academy loves the biopic.

  • Karen B

    Gershwin was at most, bi, given the big scandal in his life was his involvement with a married woman.

  • amtj2008

    Wow, that did not take long. I have never heard that Gershwin was gay, I heard about the married woman, but never gay. How ignorant is to say that a non-confirmed actor is gay, playing a also considerable heterosexual man, is great. He is an actor, his personal life has nothing to do with his roles. It appears everything he does is going to have gay connotations.
    Also I doubt he would be more scrutinized, even if he wins an oscar. There are more trekkies and heroes fans, then people who actually know gershwin by name. Yes it is a speilburg film but Zach is unconventional looking, I think the amount of paps would be the same.

  • Hello

    I am really weirded out by the gay statements. I did a quick search of Zach and so many gay stories are written about him. There are stories that he’s dated men back in the days…I think in college and stories that he’s dated men in LA. Are these stories even true? I don’t want to believe them because I’m trying to be open minded and we haven’t heard him say that he’s gay but how come I feel as if he may be gay. Am I being influenced by all the negativity? To those that say he isn’t gay is it because we want to avoid the subject and don’t want to believe that he is and for those that believe he’s gay is it because of the way he looks or acts that makes people think that he is? Which is it?

  • angeles

    @Hello:

    He’s never said anything about his sexuality, in fact he refuses to speak about it. So there really are no clear answers.

    >To those that say he isn’t gay is it because we want to avoid the subject and don’t want to believe that he is

    I don’t want him to be straight for the sake of being straight or thinking that if he was I would have a snowballs chance in hell of being with him. Before I met him I already had an idea of what he could be like from all the rumors I had read on the internet, that he was flamming, that he was an arrogant bastard and even that he wasn’t much different than Sylar. He wasn’t at all like the person the internet lead me to believe. My impression after meeting him, straightest guy at the gay play, gentle, sweet and flirty as hell. I was shocked that my gaydar didn’t go off, bf’s gaydar didn’t go off either.

    Now I’ve been attacked on JJ.com before for saying that my impression of him was that he was either straight or possibly bi-sexual. I don’t know if he’s straight or bi, that was just my impression of him.

  • angeles

    Oh yes I’ve heard about the college rumors, everything from him sleeping with his professors to participating in drunken, sex orgies that apparently the drama dept at CMU is known for, to that he was asexual and devoted to his studies. So what was he in college? A teachers pet with benefits, a bastard son of Dionysus or an asexual drama student/bookworm type?

  • Hello

    @angeles: I haven’t heard about the asexual stuff or sleeping with his professors, drugs, sex orgies but I guess there’s a first for everything. I heard he went to college with Matt Bomer and now there are stories out there that Matt is also gay. Same thing with Chris Pine. I know Chris didn’t go to college w/ Zach but the whole thing with Chris and Zach is also nonsense. Now this isn’t Zach related but there were also stories about Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick having some kind of gay romance but Ed is dating his co-star. Anyway, my point is that I guess stories we read or hear just he say she say stuff unless we hear it from the direct source. I can’t say that I’m not interested in knowing their personal life because I’m just as interested to know just as much as the next person that will write on this blog.

  • angeles

    Re; Matt Bomer

    I read that Matt is in a long term relationship with an agent and they have a couple of kids together. He’s been with the guy for several years I think. I mean I could be wrong, it’s just what I’ve heard.

  • Hello

    So…Matt Bomer has children and has been in a relationship with an agent for several years which by the way…there are stories written about him regarding this but yet we don’t believe that Zach is gay regarding stories written about him? Hmm…I find this soo bizarre. Back to what I said about he say she say stuff. I don’t doubt that Matt has children and in relationship with a male agent so maybe I shouldn’t doubt that Zach is gay. Or am I just running in circles here? And why do we keep talking about his sexuality because it’s brought up every single time which is starting to get old. Don’t you agree?

  • amtj2008

    @Hello: It is weird because these people who claim they went to CMU with him and knew he dated men, do not exist. One, there are also people have claim they attended cmu with zach and he was straight. Two, take in to account he is still close with mostly all his friends, if he is so private, how would these random people know? Three, people need to look asexuality up in the dictionary. It means not having or involving sex, sex as in male or female. I definitely believe that people perception of him is clouded because all they hear are rumors. I can say that when I met him, way before he was popular, that I had no inclinations that he was gay. Not that I believes gay to be bad, but people have faulty logic why he is. The logic that hanging with possible gay people make you gay is complete b.s. Like if you know a rapist, then you one too.

    I can tell you that one , if you have ever been to LA/NY/Chi then you would know that Zach does not dress gay. Two, have you ever been to pittsburg?, I am telling you I did not meet one macho man there. Three, I do not know about you but I do not yell my sexual preferences to random people. So not saying anything does not mean you have something to hide. It is hard to believe anything you read on the internet, everything can be edited or changed by anyone.

  • Craig

    George and Ira were a team. George was the composer and Ira was the lyricist. BOTH were responsible for the same Broadway shows, although Ira went on to write with several other composers after George’s death. A little homework for this article would have been nice.

  • Heather

    I’ve never heard of the college rumors either LOL… but theatre departments can get a bit nutty that is for sure, but nothing about sleeping with his professors. I have heard bi, gay, straight and asexual rumors, but anyone can claim to be anyone. Heck I can claim I had sex with Zach after meeting him, prove me wrong?

    Granted I did not have sex with Zach, but really, how can you prove it? :) Just like creepy youtube video guy when he claimed to have had sex with Zach at the Akbar that very night… when Zach was in NYC, Akbar is LA and I quote the movie “Peters Friends” “he must have an incredibly long dick”

    Ang, I saw some crazy fangirls at the play, sat next to a particularity scary one with Margot Kidder eyes, but I didn’t know any of them stalked around for him later? Poor Zach :( and I also vouch for what Ang says about meeting him. VERY sweet, flirty, funny and gentle. Just so kind, even though I almost made him spill his wine :( we had a nice laugh about that. I do wish he went to the dinner after, but he probably had his reasons and kudos to him for coming to the show if he was feeling crappy! Shows he is a consummate professional. Also did not see “secret girlfriend” in the audience ;)

    Congrats to him for getting this role.

  • angeles

    @Hello: \

    Well I think the reason why the rumors about Matt are believed is because his friend (who also happens to be the webmaster at Zach’s site) once made a post (not at Zach’s site, but I believe Queerity I think that’s what the site is called?) about Matt and his sexuality and how it was no big deal. To be honest I had never even heard the name Matt Bomer until a few months ago and suddenly he became this big deal and people began to connect him with Zach. And since Zach already had the gay rumors following him, people began to dig up info about Matt (I guess they figured, gays of a feather, flock together?). They found some old candids of him kissing a guy and then found out he has been in a relationship with a man for years and that they have three kids. I don’t know how true the story is, but that’s what I read. I mean if it is true, good for him and I hope he’s happy.

    As for all this sexuality question going around in circles, yes it gets old because there is never proof of anything and he will never say anything. We can all have our assumptions of which sex Zach might be sleeping with, but we will never know for sure.

  • angeles

    >Ang, I saw some crazy fangirls at the play, sat next to a particularity scary one with Margot Kidder eyes, but I didn’t know any of them stalked around for him later?

    I don’t know if it was ‘Margot” herself who stalked him to that coffee place (and your description of her eyes just makes me crackle with laughter, I can’t help my self Heather…), but I know a few fans went over there next day for some coffee. I’m trying to remember the last time I was actually in Silver Lake and I can’t, dunno about anyone else here, but I sure as hell wouldn’t travel over there just for a cup of coffee.

  • stalkerette

    I don’t think people in general connect Matt Bomer much with Zach or that he would somehow transfer the gay rumors to him ;), it’s just that when Bomer made his big break with White Collar, the downside to fame reared its ugly head and in this case, it wasn’t difficult to find “incriminating” material to “discredit” him, revealing that who was marketed to be an obvious sex idol for all the female viewers was actually gay. See also Neil Patrick Harris (admittedly a slighty different case, but same start).

    The problem here is the double standard that’s in practice here (even if some of us disagree with it, it’s still out there) – the idea that being gay is something actors need to hide, because it would hurt their public image.

    So it’s understandable that people like Matt Bomer (or even NPH in the beginning) go out of their way to hide their sexuality, although by doing so, they support the mechanism that discriminated against them in the first place. Talk about moving in circles.

    With Zach, again, we don’t know and I agree with angeles that a lot of people (including me) accepted the gay rumors when they were first spread around (in my case because they just seemed to offer an easy and obvious explanation why he’s never been linked with any woman.) All that is said now is just further distortion of what was gossip to begin with, so – impossible to tell.

    Although there was that blog that assumed he was out already – they posted about it and then someone told them they might get sued and they edited it and ended up taking down – remember? Fun times.

  • Heather

    True, and it is known that he lives in that area, I can see if you have a friend in the area (I do and had lunch with her yesterday) but after the night of not seeing him, and going all that way, then “by chance” you run into him… then while i searched the person first said she talked to him, then said she drove by him and he was with friends, then with his brother. If you are going to make stuff up, keep your story straight!

    I am glad I made you laugh today Ang :)

  • angeles

    @Heather:

    I heard they talked to Zach, and petted Noah and he was with friends? So he was with Joe and Noah, instead of his friends and Noah? Those fangirls confuse me.

    >Although there was that blog that assumed he was out already – they posted about it and then someone told them they might get sued and they edited it and ended up taking down – remember? Fun times.

    I remember that Stalkerette, and I think I remember that they not only put Zach at #1, but declared that he was already out. Then they began to backpedal saying they hoped he was gay because it would be amazing to have another actor like him who was out.

    Then they took him off the list completely.

  • Heather

    Yea there were a couple fangirl recollections I heard of, all I know is none of them were me, so I have no clue what really happened or if it did happen. They are confusing let me tell you. I heard- Just drove by him while in truck, Zach nearly hit them with his Prius, saw Zach/Joe/Noah, saw Zach/Friends/Noah… so Zach was busy on Sunday I guess walking around and nearly hitting people with his car LOL.

  • angeles

    @Heather:

    He almost hit them with his Prius? Seriously, wtf? I bet the next story will be how Zach ran over one of them with his silent hybrid, and took the bleeding, nearly comatose fan to the hospital himself. Or am I giving these kittens way too much credit?

  • amtj2008

    I actually saw the article on ONTD and was pretty pissed. They listed his source as perez and unknown, bad journalism. They had like 8 hot males women wish they could sleep with or something along those lines. Matt bomer was on the list and Zach was #1. probably because he was the only recognizable “star” on the list. No one else was even remotely close to zach level of fandom. Within an hour it went form wish, to removed. Queerty also perpertrates the rumor zach is gay, even called sean akers webmaster to gay stars. The gays on that site are very *ignorant.

    I know that this arquement will never cease and we keep talking in circles, but at this point we have to. It appears no one reads the other topic comments and new people/old people come on her an ask the question. If you do not respond it is like saying it is okay to be ignorant when it comes to these matters.

    As far as fan girls I have to cite the “tiger woods accident”. Remember it started breaking news tiger might be dead, then critical injuries, then mild, then wife beats him, and bam! infidelity. They might have saw a pruis like his and made this sh*t up. You have to wonder what type of person follows a man to his neighborhood/house? A crazy one, one that their opinions/stories are questionable.

    * Please do not take this the wrong way, ignorant does not mean stupid. It means uneducated or not properly educated.

  • Michelle

    @Heather…

    The story was after the play the ladies were sitting outside the theater and Zach passed by in his Prius nearly hitting one of the girls. The coffee shop story didnt occur til the next day as one of the fans were heading back to their truck and saw Zach walking Noah and he was with friends. She petted Noah and chatted up Zach and that was the end of it. I live in the area and seeing Zach as well as other celebs is a daily occurance. LOL No biggie for a local. Intelligencia has an awesome coffee selection so I would advice anyone to try it out. It’s a second home for me.

  • Heather

    I wish I got to chat up Zach again :( maybe next time he does a show or something and I go!

    I think the issue some people had, and this is peripheral is the girls seemed to seek him out since he did not go to the dinner after on Saturday, since it is well known that Zach lives in that area, but it is IS a cool area. I was there Monday eating lunch with a friend. So who the heck knows!?

  • angeles

    Michelle,

    Now that it’s been explained, there is a lot more clarity about what actually happened. I still don’t think they should have gone to that particular coffee shop because honestly it comes across as kind of desperate. They know he frequents the place, so I doubt they were drawn to the place just for the coffee ya know. But anyway….

  • http://dailyzqphoto.tumblr.com DailyZQPhoto

    Good evening ladies. I see that some people make it a hobby of their’s speculate and gossip and perpetuate or dispel rumor about someone they will never have a chance in hell of sleeping with. Welcome to celebrity culture. There are fangirls, who stalk Zach, go to his coffee shops and then say, “We’re jesting. We’re not REALLY creepers. *nudge nudge*” There are gay men, taking videos of themselves standing in lines at Akbar, joking that they’ve entered into relations with Zachary Quinto.

    How intriguing! How creepy! Celebrity culture! Aah!

    Lately, I’ve been thinking we can develop a new kind of healthy fan-celebrity relationship.

    What if we used our voice to change the media we find ourselves increasingly involved in? I think you all agree that either Hollywood or society continues to believe actors must keep silent on their orientation or else their career opportunities will be limited. I don’t know how true this is in practice, but aren’t we the foundation of the decision-makers’ revenues? So, is it the case that the audience will not tolerate gay actors, or is it simply a misconception only on the producers’ and casting agents’ side? If this is a misconception, then we as an audience by all means have the obligation to break it and liberate the celebrities, don’t we?

    We can convince people through our power in the blogosphere that the danger of coming out for a celebrity is falsely feared. That, in fact, we will still continue to respect and follow actors who come out. I know I will. Maybe I’m just stuck in some strange enclave of society on the West Coast that is more forward-thinking than any other region in the country. But I can’t believe there are populations out there, who are the ones buying the tickets and making these productions possible, who will absolutely ruin an actor’s career once the news is out.

    This sounds like naivety. But I want so badly to be disproven.

  • angeles

    Heather, you know I was thinking, wish there was a way to talk to you off this board, without broadcasting a user name, twitter name or e-mail to the sockpuppets running around on here.

  • http://dailyzqphoto.tumblr.com DailyZQPhoto

    @angeles:

    I didn’t mean to directly comment on anyone here in particular. I sincerely want to open a discussion about how everyone including sites like mine can change for the better!

  • Heather

    I agree Ang, maybe we can find a way, you are a ton of fun to talk to.

    DailyZQ, you have valid points but I think the blanket statement you seem to use to ALL of us about how it is a “hobby to speculate about a man we will never sleep with” and how we all will not accept Zach if he comes out is a bit harsh. I for one will still adore Zach’s work and still think of him as that sweet guy I met at a play once who took time to talk to me, even in the presence of rabid fan girls, his own friends being there and EVERYONE wanting a piece of. Him being gay doesn’t change who he is, sexuality is a part of who you are, but not the whole of your being.

  • Heather

    D ZQ photo, sorry I saw your post after I posted my above statement :)

  • http://dailyzqphoto.tumblr.com DailyZQPhoto

    @Heather:

    My comment was the opposite-

    The point of my comment was that you and I WILL accept an actor if he comes out, but actors do not come out because there is a miconception out there that we won’t. When in reality, the only people preventing their coming out is on the industry side – the producers and financiers who apparently believe that audiences will not tolerate or accept an actor once he is out.

    However, I don’t know. WOULD people stop seeing films if a particular actor came out? Maybe that’s true. But as far as you and I are concerned, that is not true. So the industry is either ignoring or is ignorant of you and I, and thereby possibly miss the potential to relax the fear and entrapment celebrities suffer when they’re not straight.

  • http://dailyzqphoto.tumblr.com DailyZQPhoto

    @Heather:

    Oh ok…

    yeah so the first sentences about “hobby of speculating about a man they’ll never sleep with” was just a sarcastic kind of confession… we’re all on JustJared, this is what we do. Let’s be honest and laugh about it. :D

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