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J.J. Abrams and Benedict Cumberbatch reveal more about 'Star Trek' villain John Harrison
We promise this isn't just another "Is he Khan or isn't he Khan?" story.
Benedict Cumberbatch is playing a mysterious villain known as John Harrison in J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness." While little is known about the character's origins or motives, Cumberbatch and Abrams shed a little light on Harrison in an interview with Total Film (via Comicbook Movie).
Abrams compared Harrison with Nero, the revenge-driven baddie played by Eric Bana in 2009's "Star Trek. “[Nero] was just a raging, vengeful lunatic," Abrams explained. "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 [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!”
Cumberbatch elaborated, also discussing the physicality of the role. "I did a lot of close combat training," he revealed. "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… [The 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…"
Well that's pretty inappropriate, Cumberbatch. We just want to know if you're playing Khan or not, not to mention what that "great discovery" could be. We'll find out in May.
The sequel also stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood and newcomer Alice Eve.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" opens on 3D IMAX screens in the U.S. on May 15, and will open on regular screens May 17.