4:28 pm - 12/05/2012

Benedict Cumberbatch says Star Trek character is "not clearly good or evil"

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he’s not playing an out-and-out villain in the new Star Trek movie, describing his character as “not clearly good or evil”.

Speaking at a Tokyo press event to promote Star Trek Into Darkness, the Sherlock star said that he plays “a complicated character” in the film who is “not to be judged by white-or-black”.

"He is very ruthless,” admitted Cumberbatch. "He is not a clearly good or evil character. He is a villain but the actions he takes have intent and reason."

The first trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness will be released tomorrow, which should hopefully shed a little more light on Cumberbatch's role in the film.

But Into Darkness’s producer/director J.J. Abrams also opened up a little about Cumberbatch’s part at the Tokyo conference, describing his character as “scary”.

In quotes obtained by TrekMovie.com, he said:  "The character is a villain and scary, but I was looking for an actor with humanity who audiences can sympathies with.

“When I saw Benedict in Sherlock, I wanted to convince him whatever it took. I expected a lot from him, but Benedict responded by acting beyond my expectations."

Cumberbatch was warmly welcomed to Japan by Star Trek and Sherlock fans when he arrived at Tokyo’s Narita airport yesterday, and a poster for Into Darkness was released earlier this week which appears to provide the first glimpse of his Star Trek character (albeit only from the back).

Star Trek: Into Darkness is expected to be released in the UK on 17 May 2013.


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tankmachine 5th-Dec-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
he however is clearly hideous
emmakinney 5th-Dec-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'M SO EXCITED. I love him and Star Trek and whatevs I think he'll be a fab villain.

Slightly OT: Watching 'The Town' with Andrew Scott and HIS FACE MAKES ME WEEP.
emmakinney 5th-Dec-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Really? I think he's so sweet. Have you seen his interviews? He's just so ridiculously cute, and then he's all mad and creepy on screen. I think he's awesome (obvs) :D

He can get it always and forever tbh.
hemsworth 5th-Dec-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
stop teasing and give the trailer now. dnw to wait until tomorrow
hollis1975 5th-Dec-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
i feel like i have been waiting for this movie for a decade. wtf
milkchokolate 5th-Dec-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Ready for that trailer!
age_of_green 5th-Dec-2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'm still betting that it's Sybok, and you can't convince me otherwise.
wauwy 5th-Dec-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)

bite your tongue. Anything introduced in STV should be thrown into the black hole Nero made.

Plus there are leaked pictures of him everywhere with totally human ears.
pastelstar 6th-Dec-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
But a lizard face
hemsworth 5th-Dec-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
we do not speak that name
hoechlingurl 5th-Dec-2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
I need the trailer before I make a decision. Cumbercumber is unfortunate looking but he gives solid performances.

spacebound09 5th-Dec-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
guess he will be misunderstood bay boy tumblr will be sorry and root for then
age_of_green 5th-Dec-2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
I want to make a villain that is absolutely reprehensible. Give him a background story where he’s always been a total dick. But make him a skinny white British dude and watch the amount of backflips tumblr will go through to make him sympathetic.


I think tumblr may have called this one.
zoaster_toaster 5th-Dec-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
OMG this is beautiful.
ninjacandy 6th-Dec-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Frollo has fangirls so anything is possible.

Admittedly, he is supposed to be French but his voice is British sooooo...
zoaster_toaster 5th-Dec-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
It reminds me of the following thing I saw on Tumblr recently about a different film antagonist:

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welurklate 5th-Dec-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
So annoyed at the amount I'm going to have to see this reptile all over tumblr because of this movie. As if Sherlock isn't bad enough.
snortingcoke 5th-Dec-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
totally gary mitchell. BUT GIVE ME A DAMN TRAILER.
hilsongirl 5th-Dec-2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
all of this
meredydd 5th-Dec-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Word. He's a souped up Gary Mitchell (someone I'm thinking is an old school Gary Stu at this point...)
britt_m_89 5th-Dec-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm thinking. The article seems to be pointing in that direction.
wauwy 5th-Dec-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
already in the comicccccccs
hemsworth 5th-Dec-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
executivehpfan 6th-Dec-2012 04:37 am (UTC)
I think so, too.
kaiserschmarrn 5th-Dec-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Whatever people on here may think about him, he's a good actor. Let's see how fast everyone will start stanning for him once the movie comes out, provided he'll keep his mouth shut off-screen.
kaiserschmarrn 5th-Dec-2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
nah I think if Benedict slays it actingwise they'll be like "yeah because he was born to play an alien!11!!1" dududum~

(no mistake, he's said lots of ignorant shit and idc much about him but it's hilarious how people can't let go of his looks... it's starting to actually get more hilarious than the formerly creative insults imo)
shahoney 6th-Dec-2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Eww, no. In his fans' dreams.
sarahvma 5th-Dec-2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
I love him, but that second part is a pretty big IF.
superdogbiter 5th-Dec-2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
i'll be too busy stanning for karl, anton and simon
zoaster_toaster 5th-Dec-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
I think he's a good actor but I will never understand how people are physically attracted to Cumberbatch and his uncanny ability to put his foot in his mouth keeps me from ever stanning him.
wauwy 5th-Dec-2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
I always thought he was a good actor, but he automatically makes me tic with anger now because his fans are so over-the-top repulsive and ubiquitous. There's no way I'll be able to enjoy his performance with them swarming all over my fandom.

Tragic really.
xdecadentx 6th-Dec-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
He's unattractive, no one here will stan for him.
kurtvonnegut 6th-Dec-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
You guys really need to stop projecting and get over the fact that people don't like him with all your "people will eventually stan him, you are all just fickle!!11" bs.
shahoney 6th-Dec-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Well, people hate him NOT really because ~he can't act~ because he sure as hell CAN act. You know the reason people hate him? Because he's a classist, ableist alien-looking motherfucker.

So, NO. I won't be stanning for him. I'll be too busy stanning for Zack Quinto and John Cho.

Edited at 2012-12-06 01:12 am (UTC)
jadehunter 5th-Dec-2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
I have this weird dislike of this guy and I don't even know why. Every time I see a pic of him, I instinctively recoil in disgust and then I get confused, like, "WTF, self?"

There are some people that you just instantly like or dislike, and I guess he's in the instant dislike column. 2nd person ever to make it there, 1st one I've never met in RL.
fauxkaren 5th-Dec-2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
So he'll probably do a lot of bad things, but fandom will feel sorry for him because of a tragic backstory and do its best to woobify him. Aka Loki 2.0
jaimelannister 5th-Dec-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Loki 2.0 is just what was going through my head. NOT AGAIN.
wauwy 5th-Dec-2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
it doesn't matter HOW his character is. he'd be woobified if he played Harvey damn Mudd.

I mean aren't they already woobifying Smaug?
zoaster_toaster 6th-Dec-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Smaug is getting woobied?

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zoaster_toaster 5th-Dec-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
I just posted something similar: http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mejgexbi6K1qh4ba3.jpg
pastelstar 5th-Dec-2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
But you are clearly neither human nor amphibian, smaugerbatch.
sarahvma 5th-Dec-2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Apart from the cold sore, he looks pretty good here.
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