Benedict Cumberbatch: My 'Star Trek' Character Is 'Not a Clearly Good or Evil'
After continuously staying mum about his villainous character in "Star Trek Into Darkness", Benedict Cumberbatch opened up a little bit about what kind of bad guy he's playing in the highly-anticipated film. Though refusing to reveal the name of the character, the British thesp did tease fans of how the baddie would become.
Speaking during an Asian press junket for the film in Tokyo on Tuesday, December 4, Cumberbatch dished, "He is very ruthless... He is not a clearly good or evil character." He continued, as quoted by TrekMovie, "He is a villain but the actions he takes has intent and reason."
Furthermore, the "Sherlock" thesp teased that this particular villain in the "Star Trek" sequel was rather complicated. "He is a complicated character not to be judged by white-or-black, or good-or-evil. But this is the appeal of J.J. [Abrams]'s works and I felt challenged as an actor," said the Dragon Smaug depicter in "The Hobbit" trilogy.
Abrams himself weighed in on Cumberbatch's character, "The character is a villain and scary, but I was looking for an actor with humanity who audiences can sympathies with. When I saw Benedict in Sherlock, I wanted to convince him whatever it took. I expected a lot from him, but Benedict responded by acting beyond my expectations."
On the nature of the second film, Abrams explained, "The movie is filled with all elements I love such as action, adventure, the unexpected and thrills." Of the film's title, he said, "I would avoid saying 'Part 2' and hate titles with colons. This time, each characters steps deeper into darkness. It reflects that. No matter how great visual effects, it means nothing if characters don't have appeal. Particularly, this movie has theme that Kirk and crew are 'tried' in face of an unexpected and horrible event."
On the other hand, Chris Pine weighed in on the development of his character Kirk. "In the previous movie, Kirk was a selfish young man," he said. "This time, as a leader, he grows up to be a man leading everyone despite getting out of his mind. I my acting is influenced by growing as an adult in the last four years."
During the Tokyo press event, Abrams unveiled first "Into Dakness" footage to the audience. Though the domestic audience still haven't had a chance to see a very first glimpse at the movie, they don't have to worry no more since Simon Pegg promised the film's first trailer would arrive in a very near future.
Taking to his Twitter, Pegg announced that the much-awaited trailer would be unveiled for fans' viewing pleasure on Thursday, December 6. "Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. Premieres online, this Thursday. Get ready to boldly go again," so he wrote.
The movie itself will make its wayout onto the U.S. theaters on May 17, 2013. Its first nine minutes will be revealed before the IMAX screenings of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" on December 14.
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