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Zachary Quinto: 'We need to connect without devices between us'

Published 22/07/2016

Zachary Quinto
Zachary Quinto

Snowden actor Zachary Quinto has addressed the film's director Oliver Stone's controversial comments about Pokemon Go, admitting he agrees that we should be promoting interaction without the use of technology.

Zachary Quinto feels Pokemon Go is limiting people's face to face interactions.

The 39-year-old actor is the latest to speak about the new augmented reality game, in which users are encouraged to go out into the real world and 'catch' the digital creatures based on their location.

Oliver Stone, who directs Zachary's latest movie Snowden, hit headlines when he described the app as "a new level of invasion". And while Zachary doesn't have the same strong views as Stone, he does understand where the director is coming from with his remarks.

"I think it's great that people are engaging with one another, but I feel like the ultimate goal for us is to be able to do that without these devices in our hands," he told Entertainment Tonight. "And I realise that technology has evolved and there's a lot of good that comes from that, and I have no judgement of people that are into it, but I feel like, how do we facilitate the conversation about connecting without these devices between us?"

Zachary first referenced Pokemon Go when he posted a video to Instagram showing his Star Trek Beyond co-stars Chris Pine and Sofia Boutella repeatedly saying "Pikachu" - a character in the game.

While he thought the footage was "really funny", he admits it didn't go down too well with some of his followers.

"I was trying to talk about my judgement of Pokemon Go, which people didn't take really kindly to," he smiled ruefully.

Of Oliver's comments, Zachary added: "I tried to make light of it. He went a little bit more to the real heart of the matter, which I think is a really relevant point that he made."

Zachary was speaking as he attended San Diego's Comic-Con on Thursday (21Jul16) to discuss Snowden, which centres on former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information and exposed the National Security Agency's (NSA) monitoring of American civilians.

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