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Star Trek Into Darkness producer/director JJ Abrams wasn’t sure that introducing Benedict Cumberbatch into the tight-knit cast family that grew out of his first Star Trek movie was going to work, according to comments he made over the weekend at the Television Critics Association. See what JJ had to say about Cumberbatch and his penchant for secrecy below.
Abrams on John Harrison and ‘Into Darkness’ Secrecy
In an interview from a Television Critics Association event over the weekend, producer/director JJ Abrams talked about his various projects, including Star Trek Into Darkness. One of the more interesting bits related to the character of John Harrison, and the movie’s secrecy. Here is the exchange…
Q: Fans originally thought Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Khan. Now that we know he’s playing John Harrison, were you thinking at the time, “Don’t worry, guys, I’ve got this. We’re not going to do what you think.”?
ABRAMS: I just can’t wait for people to see the movie. Benedict is unbelievable. It’s a tall order, coming into that movie, because the crew of the Enterprise – that cast – is so damn good and they’re wonderful to work with and they’re all good hearts. So, to come into that group, as he did, as Alice Eve did and as Peter Weller did, and be one of the family was something that I was doubtful could happen. And he completely did it. I not only love him in the movie, but I love him, as a human being. He’s an amazing guy. I can’t wait for people to see the movie and experience what he’s done.
Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness
Here is more from Abrams talking about his preference for secrecy
Q: You’ve done such a great job at maintaining the mystery and secrecy of the storylines for the projects you work on. Is that fun for you?
ABRAMS: No. It’s only fun to keep things quiet when it finally comes out as scheduled. Then, you feel like, “Oh, I didn’t just spend six months ruining the movie for people. It’s not fun during the experience of withholding because then you sound like a coy bastard and you’re being a jerk. But, what it really is about is making sure that, when you go to the movies or watch the show when it airs, you didn’t read the synopsis that came out of my fat mouth because I was answering a question that I was grateful anyone would even ask. I’d rather people experience it and learn what happens than be told what happens, and see it and have it confirmed.
JJ Abrams at TCA event January 6th
More from Abrams on Into Darkness, Mission Impossible, Fringe and other project at Collider.