Cumberbatch Fires Back at Abrams After Director Regrets Keeping Khan’s Identity a Secret; Calls Him a D*ckhead
It was one of the worst kept secrets in recent fanboy movie speculation. No matter how hard director J.J. Abrams, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and the rest of the cast and crew of Star Trek Into Darkness tried, us diehard fans weren’t sold on John Harrison being the movie’s true villain. The more they told us it wasn’t Khan, the more fervently we believed it was. So much so, I found, the movie’s big reveal fell flat and didn’t give the expected emotional punch.
Star Trek Into Darkness received mixed reviews, was enjoyable though flawed, underperformed at the box office, and Ricardo Montalbàn’s iconic version of Khan Noonien Singh remains intact. So why now, seven months later, are we talking about this? Because Cumberbatch, in an interview with IGN, called Abrams a dickhead and that just makes me smile.
It was in response to a comment Abrams recently made admitting it was a mistake to keep the villain’s true identity a secret in the run-up to the film’s release. A bit of a back-handed slap to those who had spent months lying for him, dontcha think? Cumberbatch clearly does, and when IGN asked for his comment on the matter he said,
What a dickhead. [laughs] 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. God damn him.
As you can see in the video below, Cumberbatch doesn’t seem to be truly upset with J.J., perhaps just a little perturbed. Still, pretty funny, no?
Cumberbatch goes on to say that for those who didn’t read internet gossip, early reviews, or watch trailers that gave away too much, the reveal was a genuine surprise and in those cases, the secrecy worked. But let’s be honest, for me, you, and every other sci-fi geek worth their Qapla’, hiding Khan’s true identity was dumb.
Let me know what really think, though. Was the contrivance of a fake identity to cover up Khan a mistake?