There are three new images of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain from Star Trek Into Darkness to share. Plus in a new interview Cumberbatch talks about John Harrison’s motivation. Get the details below but beware of spoilers.
New Harrison Images
There are three new images from Star Trek Into Darkness with Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison to share. The first was just tweeted by MTV.
The MTV tweet also let fans know to there will be a special mission on the official Star Trek app for the MTV Movie Awards – airing live Sunday at 9PM Eastern. TrekMovie has already reported there will be some kind of promo so watch the show with your app ready.
The second new image is in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly from the table of contents page. Here is a scan (TrekMovie will try to find digital version without the copy text).
The final new Cumberbatch image comes from the official Star Trek Latin America Facebook page. It is a character image of Harrison. TrekMovie has confirmed this image is not part of the new domestic character poster series (the first of which was revealed today with Uhura). TrekMovie
TrekMovie is trying to find out if there are additional international character posters but we have already shown this image as part of a new international banner.
Cumberbatch talks Harrison Motives (minor spoilers)
Rounding out our Cumberbatch/Harrison news are some comments the actor made in an interview with India’s The Hindu. Interestingly Cumberbatch revealed that Harrison has some kind of political agenda:
What can you tell us about the character you play, John Harrison?
He’s a terrorist. He’s not the usual villain and there’s a real calculation and intelligence to his actions. But also he is a ferocious warrior, for example in hand-to-hand combat and with weapons. We did these fantastic choreographed fight scenes, which I really enjoyed. But he’s equally dangerous in a still moment where he’s not necessarily physically seen to be in charge.
So he’s politically motivated?
I think within the world of the film, very much so. It is a political ideology he is fighting for.
Cumberbatch also talked about his stunt work noting "at one point my character jumps off a bridge" and how he worked out a lot to bulk up for the role – and he also offered this intriguting bit about a scene that may be cut:
You mentioned fight scenes. What kind of physical preparation did you have to do for the role?
I was consuming 4.000 calories a day for about a month and a half. Before that, just eating five times a day was enough but it really ramped up for the last month and a half for this scene, which might be cut (laughs).
I can’t say why at this point. But it was for a scene where my physicality is revealed at one point. But it might be cut because it might not fit in with the final edit. My trainer and I are heartbroken! (laughs)..
Cumberbatch says that Harrison is a terrorist with a political ideology
Thanks to Carol and Geri.