Benedict Cumberbatch Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Physical Training, His STAR TREK Fandom, and Challenges of Making a Huge Film

     April 23, 2013


With Star Trek Into Darkness opening in a month, our partners at Omelete recently sat down with Benedict Cumberbatch.  During the interview, they talked about the challenges of making a “huge, huge, huge film,” the physical training, whether he was a Star Trek fan to begin with, how he feels as a new member of the cast, the morality play aspect of the early episodes, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, and Alice Eve.  The film opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D on May 17th.

And if you missed our interview with director J.J. Abrams, you can watch it here.

Benedict Cumberbatch:

  • How he feels as a new addition to the cast for the sequel
  • 0:50 – He describes himself as somewhat of a Star Trek fan.  Cumberbatch especially likes the morality play aspect of the early episodes.
  • 1:40 – Says there were “countless examples” of real-life terrorism that were in his mind as he got into the head of the character.  He worked more on physical training for the fight scenes than character research.
  • 3:15 – Cumberbatch believes in the franchise and appreciates what Abrams has done with the series.
  • 3:50 – Talks about the challenges of making a “huge, huge, huge film.”


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