Benedict Cumberbatch Calls Abrams a Dickhead for Khan Secrecy Regrets
A couple of days ago J.J. Abrams admitted that he regrets keeping Benedict Comberbatch's Star Trek Into Darkness identity a secret, saying,
"The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront 'This is who it is.' It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimate and accept that's what the thing was.... it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it."
IGN caught up with Cumberbatch and asked him what he thought about Abrams' regret, and this was his hilarious reply,
“What a dickhead,” the actor laughed. “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.”
He's obviously just joking around, but it's still a funny reaction. He then went on to seriously talk about it, saying,
"I don’t know if it’s a bad or a good thing. It was his call. I was fine with it. The intention was to have the reveal for the audience that was going to be thrilling, people were going to go, [gasps] ‘Really!?’ And that worked to an extent, ’cause not everyone knew what they were in for when they went into the theater and some people wanted to join in that thrill of seeing it and experiencing it in the theater rather than having it spoiled from reviews or Internet gossip or trailers that gave everything away.
"So, who knows? For those people, I would say it was a good thing. For anyone else who wants to find out, you know, there are always ways of finding out. And people have their hunches. But I sat in a couple of theaters … and both times, it was like, [gestures] ‘Yeah! Whoa!’ There was a verbal and physical reaction to it. So I was like, well, there, it kind of works."
It did kind of work, and I do like how Abrams tries to keep some secrecy about his films. It builds the suspense and gives the fans something to talk about! You can watch the video interview below.