In the summer movie preview from Total Film magazine, Star Trek Into Darkness director JJ Abrams contrasts Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain with Nero from his 2009 Star Trek film. And in the same mag, Cumberbatch talks about how there is something to "discover" about his character as well. Details below.
Cumberbatch and Abrams Talk Into Darkness
Benedict Cumberbatch is quoted talking about Star Trek Into Darkness in the new Summer Preview edition of Total Film Magazine (via CBM). The actor talked about his training and his costumes, (perhaps treading into TMI territory) and he says something intriguing about his character:…
"I did a lot of close combat training. He’s a kick-ass warrior, as masterful with his hands and body as he is with weapons…You will have a great discovery during this film, which I think is great…[My costumes] look great. Some of them were (no pun intended) cumbersome and heavy, but some were very snug; you can almost see what religion I am…"
That bit about "a great discovery" should fuel the notion that there is more to John Harrison than meets the eye.
Cumberbatch’s Star Trek Into Darkness villain featured in Total Film summer preview
One of the criticisms of the 2009 Star Trek film was that the motivations for the villain Nero didn’t seem fleshed out. Director JJ Abrams says that it is totally different this time around…
"[Nero] was just a raging, vengeful lunatic. All he wanted to do was destroy Vulcan, Earth and the Federation…He had backstory but was kind of irrational. The beauty of Benedict’s [John Harrison] is that he’s completely rational. He’s someone that you can have conversations with. You couldn’t sit down and talk to Nero – he’d bite your head off!"
Abrams: Nero was "irrational" but you can have a nice chat with Harrison
You can get more in the latest issue of Total Film Magazine on sale now in the UK and online.