More Cumberbatch – Responds To Star Trek Villain Speculation [VIDEO UPDATE: Quinto Secrecy Slip Up?] December 12, 2012by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Spoilers,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback
There is even more from the Star Trek Into Darkness junket this week emerging. This time Benedict Cumberbatch denies one of the more prominent reports/rumors about his character, but also spills more about the film. Chris Pine also weighs in. Find out what potential spoilers they offered below. [UPDATE: More video from Access Hollywood, including a possible slip by Quinto]
UPDATE: Pine and Quinto Talk ‘Into Darkness’ w/ a slip by Quinto?
Access Hollywood have now posted videos from their interviews with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.
In this first video Zach talks about how Into Darkness is "bigger" than the 2009 movie and more "absorbing."
In this second video Scott Mantz (a huge Trek fan) asks about how the original Star Trek has many allegorical episodes and how Into Darkness ties into today, where they talk more about how the villain (Cumberbatch’s John Harrison) is a "terrorist." Pine also talks about how Kirk and Spock are two halves of the same person and how they are still on an arc together. Quinto talks about what a visionary Gene Roddenberry was and contrasts him with JJ Abrams.
And in this final video Quinto and Pine contrasted the villains in the 2009 Star Trek film and Into Darkness, and in doing so at one point Quinto accidentally says "Khan" instead of Nero. That should fuel some more speculation even in light of what Cumberbatch says below. Both talk about how Cumberbatch’s character has a big psychological impact on the crew.
Cumberbatch: I’m John not Khan
Cumberbatch was asked by Access Hollywood if he really is playing John Harrison, or could he be playing some other character? (name Khan)
“A few have asked that which is strange,” Benedict told Scott on Monday, joking about it being “strange,” considering it was wildly speculated he would play the youthful version of the character originated by Ricardo Montalban in a 1967 episode of the “Star Trek” television series – “Space Seed” — and later in the 1980s film, “The Wrath of Khan.”
“I play a character called John and not that other name,” Benedict continued. “It’s interesting. Speculation is speculation and that’s all fun.”
Like he did with MTV, Cumberbatch also referred to Harrison as a ‘Terrorist’, saying…
“I play John Harrison who’s a terrorist and an extraordinary character in his own right,” the Brit said. “He’s somebody who is not your two-dimensional cookie cutter villain. He’s got an extraordinary purpose, and I hope that at one point or other in the film you might even sympathize with the reasons he’s doing what he’s doing — not necessarily the means and the destruction he causes. But it was a great ride, not just because he’s the bad guy and the antagonist but also because he has a purpose and it’s hard not to see his point of view at certain points.”
Check out Access Hollywood for more from Cumberbatch.
Cumberbatch chatting to Access Hollywood
Access Hollywood’s Scott “Movie” Mantz also chatted with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who offered some more nuggets on the Cumberbatch’s villain, saying
“Benedict is a much colder, cleaner bad guy. His primary weapon is the ability to manipulate and his ability to use psychological warfare on the crew,” Chris said of the character, whom he dubbed a “terrorist.” “[Kirk is] brought to his knees and has to face his own vulnerability and his own feelings of self-doubt about whether or not he is capable of leading his crew in the battle.”
Visit AccessHollywood for more from Abrams and Quinto on Into Darkness. There will also be interviews with other stars from the film later this week.