Zachary Quinto Talks AGENT 47, Shooting in Berlin, the Film’s Specific Visual Style, Action with Character, and Working with Co-Star Rupert Friend

     July 13, 2014


Based on the top-selling, award-winning video game franchise, Hitman:  Agent 47 follows an elite and genetically engineered assassin (Rupert Friend), known only by the last two digits of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck.  His latest target is a young woman on the run from powerful and clandestine forces, but the mission will bring startling revelations about the both the agent and his prey.

While he was at the Starz portion of the TCA Press Tour, to talk about his involvement with the upcoming filmmaker competition series The Chair (premiering on September 6th), Collider spoke to actor Zachary Quinto about his work on the upcoming film, due out in theaters on February 27, 2015.  He talked about how much he enjoyed shooting Agent 47 in Berlin, as it’s one of his favorite cities, how blown away he was by the specific visual style to it, that the action also has an element of character to it, and how he would love to be on Homeland with his co-star Rupert Friend, if he weren’t such a homebody.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.  

zachary-quinto-hitman-agent-47-interviewCollider:  What was it like to shoot in Berlin for Agent 47?

ZACHARY QUINTO:  I love Berlin.  Berlin is one of my favorite cities.  I had a great time living in that city.  I’ve been there many times.  I’ve probably been to Berlin 10 times.  One of my really good friends from college moved there in 2002.  It’s really great, and it’s thriving and growing and building.  I feel really grateful that I got to work there for that amount of time.  I felt really inspired by being there, for sure.  There’s a lot of great museums.  I would spend my downtime exploring the city and looking at different architecture in the neighborhoods.  I love it there. 

The Hitman video game is known for its great action sequences.  What will this film add to the action genre?

QUINTO:  There’s a style to the movie.  Óttar Guðnason, who is our D.P., and Aleksander Bach, our director, were able to do some amazing cinematographic work.  The cinematography in the film is enormously impressive.  There’s a patina to it that is really cool.  I haven’t seen it yet and I don’t know how it will come together, or the degree to which it will succeed visually.  But from what I saw on set, in the monitors, and the sequence that they put together as a teaser while we were making the movie, I was pretty blown away, especially knowing what the budget it.  I think they did some remarkable work.  Hopefully, there is an element of character to it, as well.  With Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann and myself, there are some really cool actors involved.  I’m excited to see what happens with it, for sure. 

As a fan of Homeland, have you put in your bid with Rupert Friend to come do the show?

QUINTO: I would love to be on that show.  Although, I don’t know if I could do it.  They’re in Cape Town now, working down in South Africa, and I’m a homebody.  I’m grateful that I was able to work in L.A. for a number of years, and now in New York.  So, we’ll see.  


  • Werefon

    We need a trailer. NOW!!!

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  • herpderp

    First Hitman was meh. More disappointing since the trailer looked pretty damn spot on for a video game to film adaptation of the Hitman franchise.

    • Werefon

      Yeah, I remember. But Friend looks closer to 47 than any other actor considered for the role.

      But they changed a few stuff from the games as I saw in set photos.
      It might infuriate a lot of fans of the game (again), but as a fan of the game I am surprisingly fine with the changes.

      First of all, he is not clean shaved. He has short hairs. The barcode from the back of his head moved to the back of his neck. Agent Smith (as far as I know Quinto is playing him) looks much younger than in games and previous film.

      As I’ve heard the plot revolves around a genetically modified girl-assassin (just like 47 himself) that is hunted by organization and 47 instead of killing decides to protect her.

    • Gallan

      It was really good for a movie based on a video game, possibly the third best videogame adaptation ever. Mortal Kombat is first, Silent Hill second.

      Especially impressive considering Hitman the game has virtually no storytelling and the character has no character.

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  • Werefon

    Thelma took it better than you.
    You are weak.