Benedict Cumberbatch Weighs In On J.J. Abrams’ Comments About Keeping Khan Secret
Earlier today J.J. Abrams revealed that he regretted keeping the identity of Khan so secretive before the release of Star Trek Into Darkness. The director said he wishes now he would have been more upfront about the inclusion of the character, going on to throw the studio under the bus for the decision and taking a little jab at a few people. If you missed it, you can read the original article here. Well now Benedict Cumberbatch has shared his thoughts about keeping Khan a secret.
While speaking with IGN about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the site asked Cumberbatch his view on the secrecy surrounding his role in Star Trek. The actor jokingly takes a shot at Abrams and then goes on to state he thought keeping it a secret was actually a good idea:
What a dickhead! I mean the amount of times we had to lie for him. The amount of secrets, the amount of times I had to not talk about it being my character. [Gosh] damn him! No, I love him. It’s logistics isn’t it? I don’t know if it’s a bad or a good thing. It was his call. I was fine with it.
I like the idea…the intention was to have a reveal in the audience that was going to be thrilling where people go “Oh really!” That worked to an extent because not everybody knew what they were in for when they went into the theater. Some people wanted to join in that thrill of seeing it and experiencing it in the theater rather than having it spoiled for them by reviews, or internet gossip, or trailers that gave everything away. Who knows? For those people I would say it was a good thing. For anyone else that wants to find out, there are always ways of finding out and people have their hunches. I sat in a couple of theaters…I saw the end of it in the UK because I was doing press during most of it, and I saw all of it in the states. Both times it was like “Yeah! Oh, what?!” There was a verbal and physical reaction to it. I was like it kind of works, you know.
So Abrams thinks it was a bad idea in retrospect, but Cumberbatch is OK with the decision because it played well with the general audience. Now that the two men have shared their thoughts, who do you agree with? Should Khan have been a badly kept secret or should Abrams have come out and said it was the big bad villain the entire time?
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Source : IGN