It may come as a surprise to some to hear that Sherlock and Parade’s End star Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t a big fan of Star Trek, given that he’s starring in forthcoming movie, Star Trek: Into Darkness!
Benedict, who will play the role of a villain who threatens to destroy the Starfleet while hiding among the ranks, told The Sun that as a child, he wasn’t a Star Trek fan, and instead, preferred to watch Buck Rogers.
Of the early episodes of Star Trek, he said, “I watched it and I knew of it and I’ve seen pretty much every generation of it and I’ve seen some of the films, but I have never been an obsessed fan.
“When I was growing up, I saw Buck Rogers as well as Star Trek on telly, and then film wise I guess it was Star Wars, really…
“I’ve never had that longing to be in the club, even a football club actually. I guess it’s something to do with being an only child.
“I was very gregarious but, I think, I never obsessed with anything, I just sort of bought the T-shirt.”
The paper adds, “It also took some persuasion from director JJ Abrams, a co-creator of US TV series Lost, to get Benedict onboard Star Trek Into Darkness, his second adventure on the Starship Enterprise.”
Of that, Benedict said, “It was the pitch that JJ gave me, a couple of scenes to audition with and he fleshed out the whole world of the rest of the script…
“And there’s a purpose and intention to his otherwise violent and pretty distressing actions that made it really intriguing.
“And I thought, ‘Well, OK, there’s a purpose to this man’.”
He jokingly added, “The costumes look great. Some of them were very cumbersome and heavy, but some were very snug.
“You can almost see what religion I am.”
Star Trek Into Darkness, which debuts on May 17, is set to be Benedict’s biggest box office hit to date, but he’s also co-starring with Brad Pitt in Twelve Years A Slave, and with Meryl Streep in August: Osage County.
As if that wasn’t keeping him busy enough, he’s voicing the computer generated dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, and portraying WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate.
However, during the interview, Benedict revealed that his parents, who are both actors, pleaded with him not to follow in their footsteps.
He explained, “They just saw the pitfalls of it every day. You don’t know where your next job is coming from and it’s unstable.
“You want something better [for your children]. And everything that was bad about it for them, they wanted me to be free of for me.
“But I just kept on doing it, kept on doing it, at school and university.
“Eventually my dad said, when I played Salieri in Amadeus, ‘You are better than I was or ever will be. You will have a really good time doing this for a living.’ And I cried.
“From that moment I thought, ‘OK, if I’ve got his blessing, I’m going to do it’.”
Well thank goodness he did! Here’s a reminder of Benedict appearing on The Jonathan Ross show last month…