With director J.J. Abrams' penchant for secrecy, the mystique around Benedict Cumberbatch's mysterious Star Trek Into Darkness baddie has dominated the headlines—probably garnering more attention than the movie itself. So what does Cumberbatch think of all the wild speculation?
Not surprisingly, he's getting kind of tired of it. Cumberbatch's character is a Starfleet officer-turned-terrorist named John Harrison, though it hasn't killed speculation that he's secretly a version of famed Original Series-era baddie Khan.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Cumberbatch said he'd much rather talk about the actual movie while making the press rounds:
"It's achingly irritating. Believe me, I'd rather talk about the role and the fantastic story and all the things J.J. [Abrams] has come up with. And then everyone would be as excited about the film as I am. But then of course I think I would be on a phone call coming from J.J.'s office ...What do you think of all the speculation over Cumberbatch's character? Does it help build buzz, or is finally starting to get old?
Mystique is rare now, isn't it? There aren't that many enigmas in this modern world. Myself, I quite enjoyed seeing Super 8 and not knowing the story and then being mesmerized by it ... [but] we live in the modern world, which is a place of oversaturation and now people, especially Trekkies, want to know everything before they witness it themselves. It's strange to me. I think of it as a kid having a box of chocolates and not knowing what's good for them. They eat three and they keep eating as they get sick ... and the candy is gone."
(Via Entertainment Weekly)