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J.J. Abrams and Benedict Cumberbatch talk STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS & John Harrison

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 9:24 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


I think we will have to accept the fact that J.J. Abrams plans to drag out revealing the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain until Star Trek Into Darkness opens.  And although I think the game is starting to irk people more than it is garnering excitement Abrams and Cumberbatch seem to be enjoying the attention.  Abrams and Cumberbatch did shed a little light on the character in a recent interview.  While you won’t get any surprise identity reveals or confirmations of rumored characters, you will get some insight into what makes Harrison so damned dangerous.

Star Trek Into Darkness, opening May 17th in the States, stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Alice Eve.  Hit the jump for more.

In the latest issue of Total Film (via CBM), Abrams and Cumberbatch spend a bit of time highlighting the personality traits and physical characteristics of Harrison.  Here’s what Abrams had to say about the antagonist as compared to Nero (Eric Bana) from 2009′s Star Trek:

“[Nero] was just a raging, vengeful lunatic. All he wanted to do was destroy Vulcan, Earth and the Federation…He had backstory but was kind of irrational. The beauty of Benedict’s [John Harrison] is that he’s completely rational. He’s someone that you can have conversations with. You couldn’t sit down and talk to Nero – he’d bite your head off!”

And here’s Cumberbatch’s own contribution:

“I did a lot of close combat training. He’s a kick-ass warrior, as masterful with his hands and body as he is with weapons…You will have a great discovery during this film, which I think is great…[My costumes] look great. Some of them were (no pun intended) cumbersome and heavy, but some were very snug; you can almost see what religion I am…”


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