With Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch is playing with roles dear to many fans but the actor says if he thinks too much about that it would lead to "madness." Find out what else he had to say about his villainous role in Into Darkness in an exclusive preview excerpt from his interview with Australia’s FilmInk Magazine. But warning, Cumberbatch responds to specific spoilers.
Cumberbatch can’t worry if people hate his portrayal of iconic roles
In the May issue of Australia’s FilmInk, Star Trek Into Darkness bad guy Benedict Cumberbatch talks about a number of things including his time studying in a Tibetan monastery. But he was also asked point blank if the reports about his character in Into Darkness are true – and he also talked about taking on iconic roles. Here is an exclusive excerpt from his interview…
Your’re playing a variation on the villain, Khan, played by Ricardo Montalban in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan?
"Umm, I play a character called John Harrison. I can’t say more."
Sherlock Holmes, Smaug in The Hobbit, and now John Harrison. Are you burdened by these larger-than-life characters?
"I do feel a bit disconnected from reality! I go into an audition, and I don’t think about the consequences of getting the job; I just worry about trying to. If I woke up and thought about how much hate there might be for a particular decision that I’ve made bout a particular huge iconic role that’s dear to many people before I got my dirty ands on it, then I would not sleep at all because obviously that way madness lies. You can’t please everyone, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with people with great taste. I’ve trusted them, and good things come when you trust people."
Benedict Cumberbatch interviewed in upcoming issue of Australia’s FilmInk
The issue also has a feature on Star Trek Into Darkness which includes exclusive interview comments with JJ Abrams, Chris Pine, John Cho, Karl Urban, and Zoe Saldana. There’s also a bunch of classic Star Trek tidbits throughout the issue like
Trivia and a celebration of the character Khan.
May issue of Australia’s FilmInk has extensive Star Trek Into Darkness coverage with interviews
The May issue of FilmInk is on stands April 17 for those in Australia. Overseas
readers will be able to purchase digital version via Zinio or iTunes. (and there is always EBay if you need the real copy). Unfortunately Star Trek isn’t on the cover of this one, the Trek goodness is on the inside.
Cover of May FilmInk with Star Trek Into Darkness interviews (on the inside even though "Spring Breakers" are on the outside)