8:00 pm - 04/25/2012

Benedict Cumberbatch dyes hair, loves J.J. Abrams

"I'm getting my hair dyed at the moment, at work," British actor Benedict Cumberbatch tells Zap2it, calling in from the set of "Star Trek 2," the second installment in director J.J. Abramsbig-screen reboot of the science-fiction franchise.

Cumberbatch, who returns to PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery!" on Sunday, May 6, in the second season of "Sherlock," playing the title role in the BBC's 21st century reboot of that venerable franchise, plays the mysterious villain in "Trek," the plot of which has been shrouded in secrecy.

"The movie goes very well," Cumberbatch says. "It's very, very long hours, but it's an incredible job. It's phenomenal. J.J. brings it. It's a very exciting set to be on. He's very imaginative. He's involved in the details, the acting and all the wonderful ideas he has for capturing stories in a fresh and imaginative way.

"Just the range of stuff I get to do in one day, it's great. Also, what he's asking me, it's just wonderful. I can't say much nicer than that. I'm basically raving about it, and I don't have a gun pointed to my head.

"He's a genuinely good human being, as well as being absurdly talented and popular. He's just fantastically talented, just in payoffs and thrills and chills along the way."

Cumberbatch shot "Sherlock" in Wales, but for "Star Trek," he's in Los Angeles, sometimes on a proper movie lot, with all the amenities that go with it -- such as catered lunches.

Asked if he's enjoying it all, Cumberbatch says, "Yeah, you betcha. It's great. I've gone up two suit sizes. The character I'm playing, he's strong, I can say that much. I've changed my physique a bit, so that requires eating like a foie gras goose, well beyond your appetite, And, providing I don't feel too ill, I then work out two hours a day with a phenomenal trainer. It's the L.A. way."

Cumberbatch has also gotten a chance to film in the Budweiser Brewery in the San Fernando Valley, which was used in Abrams' first "Star Trek" movie as the engine room of the Starship Enterprise.

"It's noisy," he says. "it's very, very, very mind-numbingly noisy. It's slightly like what you'd imagine they'd be playing in your earphones if you were being tortured by some foreign operative. It's not particularly pleasant.

"And yet, it's stunning, and it films beautifully. It's incredible. It's a working, functioning factory, and production doesn't shut down for us being there. It's fantastic, really beautiful."

But, he didn't get to bring home a case of cold Bud.

"No, I didn't," says Cumberbatch. "I'd like to. No, I didn't. There was a nice little tap on one of the big, old vats, and I thought, 'I wonder if I should take a taste.'"


Crossing fingers for a shirtless villain scene in Star Trek.
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dothecrunge 26th-Apr-2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Dyed to what color? o_O
iheartgerryb 26th-Apr-2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I think this interview was done while he was on set, so I'm assuming it was to touch up his dark hair do for his role
whosmurry 26th-Apr-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Probably just maintaining the brown.
ebenetwo 26th-Apr-2012 01:18 am (UTC)

if it's that blonde again...
i'll push you off the roof myself

Edited at 2012-04-26 01:18 am (UTC)
black_swan87 26th-Apr-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
that blonde was straight rachetness
deadtree 26th-Apr-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
Idk, there are a few pics with the blonde that are hot. He can pull it off if he really tries.
enid_keaner 26th-Apr-2012 03:44 am (UTC)
No. He really can't.
mjspice 26th-Apr-2012 07:01 am (UTC)
IKR! It was just awful on him.
winegums 26th-Apr-2012 08:58 am (UTC)
ik, dnw that atrocity on his head again.

He should stick with ginger or stay dark.
ljubavirakija 26th-Apr-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
No pic?

He would be weird as a blond, or a ginge
ebenetwo 26th-Apr-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
he's an irl ginge i think haha
menorahmajora 26th-Apr-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
he would be.
beck_rocks 26th-Apr-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
wuut he's blonde or ginge most of the time
yunaresuka 26th-Apr-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
he has already been both of those and ngl he pulls them off well

but I feel like he is also a different skin color every time so

u kno

ljubavirakija 26th-Apr-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
^ ^ ^ oop @ me. I need to be a better fan
chocool 26th-Apr-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
Imo, he's a lot more handsome with his natural hair color:

It's better shorter, too:

Edited at 2012-04-26 01:45 am (UTC)
comalies 26th-Apr-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Because I'm a cheap fuck instead of buying something for my friend's birthday I'm recording dramatic readings of Benedict Cumberbatch confessions for her. It's quite a fun project. :D
ronfaure 26th-Apr-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
Because you're awesome, you mean
comalies 26th-Apr-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
That too!
angelmonster 26th-Apr-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
I don't understand these tumblr bitches.

My ovaries quiver and I’m a man. Something preternatural, as yet unexplained. 

I mean...embarassing!
quidscipio 26th-Apr-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
HAHAHAH that is a VERY good present
shangman 26th-Apr-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
gurl put that shit on youtube, I'd watch
whosmurry 26th-Apr-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
LOL, I wish my friends were as cool as you.
asdfjklkjhfds 26th-Apr-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
lol, that's adorable!
spacemonkey_699 26th-Apr-2012 01:49 am (UTC)
I wish my friends would do that for my birthday, tbh
enjoyyourbunny 26th-Apr-2012 01:50 am (UTC)
lolol that's awesome.
shining_starsxx 26th-Apr-2012 02:37 am (UTC)
I would love for one of my friends to do that tbh
elementalamber 26th-Apr-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
This is SUCH a good idea. I'm totally doing this. I need to find the right confessions for all of my friends, but I just got some new recording equipment.

You are brilliant. BRILLIANT.
angelmonster 26th-Apr-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
I like him on Sherlock but not outside of it.
britt_m_89 26th-Apr-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
So it seems like he will be on the Enterprise at one point. Knowing this and the fact that he was seen in the undershirt of the Starfleet uniform, it's very possible he's Gary Mitchell a Starfleet officer.
black_swan87 26th-Apr-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
i want to hear him read the tampon scene from 50 shades of grey
zootycoonlady 26th-Apr-2012 01:30 am (UTC)

I hope it's like this.
enjoyyourbunny 26th-Apr-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
omfg I am about to die.
saltireflower 26th-Apr-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Lmao omg
piratewars 26th-Apr-2012 02:08 am (UTC)

the best parts are when they start laughing and you can hear them trying not to laugh
shining_starsxx 26th-Apr-2012 02:45 am (UTC)
Just the combination of him trying not to laugh,the writing and him sounding like Cookie Monster kills me everytime.
lokokobtch 26th-Apr-2012 01:20 am (UTC)
No fucking thanks. His head shape and face configuration are perfectly suited to villainy tho
whosmurry 26th-Apr-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
lickety_split 26th-Apr-2012 01:30 am (UTC)
queencleopatra 26th-Apr-2012 10:33 am (UTC)
sheinhardt 26th-Apr-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
I love JJ Abrams too, Benedict.
dannyupshaw 26th-Apr-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
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fullxcliphxc 26th-Apr-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Crossing fingers for a shirtless villain scene in Star Trek.

Vomiting at the thought.
britt_m_89 26th-Apr-2012 01:24 am (UTC)
He actually looks good shirtless. There's a part in one of The Sherlock episodes where he's shirtless but I don't have a gif of it or I would show you.
iheartgerryb 26th-Apr-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
ugh i haaaate that shirtlessness, the last enemy shirtless>sherlock shirtless tbfh
ljubavirakija 26th-Apr-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
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sadisticsidhe 26th-Apr-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
Agreed. No matter what people think of his face. His body is really nice imo. It's defined but not like bulbous extreme weight lifter muscles.

Edited at 2012-04-26 01:27 am (UTC)
black_swan87 26th-Apr-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
he was shirtless in Sherlock?
whosmurry 26th-Apr-2012 01:31 am (UTC)
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whosmurry 26th-Apr-2012 01:35 am (UTC)

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quidscipio 26th-Apr-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
"Crossing fingers for a shirtless villain scene in Star Trek."


noon 26th-Apr-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
beck_rocks 26th-Apr-2012 01:28 am (UTC)
i love him but i lol'd
shantayustay 26th-Apr-2012 01:53 am (UTC)
de_throned 26th-Apr-2012 02:32 am (UTC)
shining_starsxx 26th-Apr-2012 02:47 am (UTC)
Lol mte
sadisticsidhe 26th-Apr-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
What IS this guy's natural hair color? I feel like it's different in every photo. Is he a ginger or a blonde?

Also I showed my parents the first episode of Sherlock and the next day they asked to watch the next one. SUCCESS. (And in time for Season 2!)
spacemonkey_699 26th-Apr-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
It's auburn.
sadisticsidhe 26th-Apr-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Thank you bb.

I saw a clip of somewhere where he was basically all "look at bb me! I'm blonde." I was like omg seriously so you're not a ginge? Lawd.
iheartgerryb 26th-Apr-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
buffed up two sizes, dark hair.... MY BODY IS BEYOND READY FOR THIS MOVIE
whosmurry 26th-Apr-2012 01:36 am (UTC)
landocalrissian 26th-Apr-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
britt_m_89 26th-Apr-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
I feel like this may be an old interview like when he first started filming, but the article is new?
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