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Star Trek Into Darkness villain actor Benedict Cumberbatch has a lengthy interview in the May issue of SFX magazine. In excerpts below find out what he has to say about the villain John Harrison (comparing him to Eric Bana’s Nero) and also get an insight into what TV shows the actor was a fan of growing up (spoiler: shows with Hasselhoff).
Cumberbatch: Harrison is a Homegrown Terrorist
The May issue of SFX magazine has a lot of stuff about Star Trek Into Darkness (see earlier article with quotes from Damon Lindelof and JJ Abrams), but the longest interview in the mag is with actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Here are a couple of excerpts…
What kind of dynamic does John Harrison bring to Into Darkness?
Cumberbatch: I thought Eric Bana did a phenomenal job in the first film, he was brilliant as that Romulan, but this required something that was going to blow that incredible, beautifully cast and realised unit apart. So they really had to up the ante a little bit. He’s a homegrown terrorist, someone who has an inordinate amount of skill with close-hand combat and weaponry. But also as a psychological terrorist he’s someone who can plant an idea that’s as vicious as a bomb and explode loyalties and expose relationships and try and turn people against one another to do his bidding. He really disrupts the unity aboard the ship, both physically and mentally. He’s a worthy adversary
Benedict Cumberbatch interviewed in May issue of SFX magazine
The British actor was also asked about his own fandom, and he has some surprising interests…
How much of the geek gene do you possess?
Cumberbatch: Not very much. I’m not very geeky. I’m quite homespun. I would say I’m more modern rustic than gadget-orientated. I like woollen things and log fires and whiskey… I obviously have a latent fan fixation with Star Trek because of how thrilled I was when everyone got together in the first reboot. I never was obssessive about anything I watched when I was a kid, except maybe The A-Team and Airwolf… And I loved Knight Rider and then later Baywatch. I would always try and get near a TV to watch one of those. But I was never obssessed.
Benedict Cumberbatch and some of his favorite things (childhood and today)
More Star Trek Into Darkness in SFX
In additon to the two-page interview with Benedict Cumberbatch,the May issue of SFX magazine went on sale today and there is much more in the Star Trek Into Darkness cover story interview with JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Karl Urban – as well as Paramount’s Brian Miller on the new game. There is also fun ‘Star Trek Prebooted’ feature with light-hearted speculation on what Trek would look like in the 1890s, the 1930s, the 1950s or the 1970s, illustrated by veteran Star Trek comic book artist Mike Collins.
May issue of SFX