Benedict Cumberbatch defends Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness Khan secrecy

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Dec 3, 2013, 10:56 AM EST

In the wake of J.J. Abrams’ admission that he was wrong about keeping Khan a secret on Star Trek Into Darkness, the man who payed the villainous Khan Noonien Singh himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, has spoken up in defense of the Trek director.

As you already know, the role was spoiled before the sci-fi flick came out by those who were trying to discover the true identity of “John Harrison,” thus robbing the film of what should have been a shocking reveal. (But would it have been that shocking anyway? Really?)

As for J.J. Abrams' mea culpa that he should never have kept the Khan role a secret, here's what the British actor had to say:

“The intention to have a reveal in the audience, that was gonna be thrilling and people go “Uh! Really?” and that worked to an extent ‘cause not everybody knew what they were in for and they went to the theatre and some people wanted to join in that thrill of seeing it and experiencing in the theatre rather than having [it] spoiled by reviews or internet gossip and trailers that gave everything away so who knows? For those people I would say it’s a good thing.”

For a bit more, have a look at his interview with IGN below:

What do you think of Benedict Cumberbatch’s response? Do you agree with him?

(IGN via Comic Book Movie)