Sherlock Scored Star Trek 2 Role with iPhone Audition

Sherlock Scored Star Trek 2 Role with iPhone Audition

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Director J.J. Abrams said the audition was absolutely "compelling."

Benedict Cumberbatch is weird-looking, sure, but there is a twinkle to him that draws the eye. Most of us think of him as the face of Stephen Moffat's Sherlock on the BBC which casts Cumberbatch as a modern-day consulting detective solving crimes in London with Martin Freeman's Watson. In searching for actors to play the antagonist in his high-profile sequel to the Star Trek reboot, J. J. Abrams had Cumberbatch at the top of his list. Last December, Abrams asked the Brit to submit a taped audition, but it being the holiday, Cumberbatch couldn't find anyone to do it professionally. According to an article in the New York Times, he "begged" a friend to record video of his performance with an iPhone, which he emailed to Abrams. Days later, he had the role.

"We observe this little Judeo-Christian cult holiday called Christmas, whereas, you know, some kids in this part of town with their Crackberrys, don't," said Cumberbatch referring to the city of Los Angeles around him.

The audition's low quality didn't affect the performance, in fact, Cumberbatch's scramble to get it made might have contributed to its power. "I was pretty strung out," he said, "so that went into the performance."

Abrams quickly leaped on the casting of the Brit in Star Trek 2, calling the audition "one of the most compelling audition readings I'd ever seen."

Just who is Cumberbatch playing? Is it the role of Khan that many fans assumed the antagonist of the second Star Trek film would be? "You could stick a knife in my thigh, and I wouldn't tell you," he said, before admitting there was one torture technique to which he might succumb. "Pull the hair on my head the wrong way, and I would be on my knees begging for mercy. I have very sensitive follicles."

So do the otters, Mr. Benedict. You don't want us to terrorize them, do you? Just tell us!

Source: New York Times

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Sylar then Sherlock holmes? Is star treks new audience teenage girls by any chance?

rosac:
Sylar then Sherlock holmes? Is star treks new audience teenage girls by any chance?

Have you seen his performance in Holmes? He's extremely good - I'm not surprised he's been cast.

I'd like to see Cumberbatch play a crooked man for once, and I'd hate it if Khan took a great hiatus from the reboot.

inb4 the British complain about another one of their actors playing the bad guy in a movie dominated by Americans.

Seriously though, you Brits have an innate talent to act very evil.

Weird looking? I disagree, I think he is gorgeous.

Y'know if there is any young actor today who could play Khan it is Cumberbatch.

Also this man is just missing a shady war record to become this generations Christopher Lee.

I would happily have sex with Benedict Cumberbatch, and I'm a heterosexual male. Sherlock is a damn good show, and he's an impressive actor.

I can't wait to see what his role is going to be.

I love the show and think he does a great job as Sherlock, so I wish him the best of luck with this role.

Agent Larkin:
Y'know if there is any young actor today who could play Khan it is Cumberbatch.

Also this man is just missing a shady war record to become this generations Christopher Lee.

Naveen fucking Andrews. Just, Naveen Andrews. Not only is he an awesome and powerful actor he at least looks like he could be a Sikh.

A British bad guy in sci-fi? get out of town!

joe-h2o:

rosac:
Sylar then Sherlock holmes? Is star treks new audience teenage girls by any chance?

Have you seen his performance in Holmes? He's extremely good - I'm not surprised he's been cast.

Don't forget his role in Tinker, Tailor, solder, spy.

Suicidejim:
I would happily have sex with Benedict Cumberbatch, and I'm a heterosexual male. Sherlock is a damn good show, and he's an impressive actor.

Pretty sure that makes you not entirely heterosexual. Just by definition.

Which is totally cool.

cairocat:

Suicidejim:
I would happily have sex with Benedict Cumberbatch, and I'm a heterosexual male. Sherlock is a damn good show, and he's an impressive actor.

Pretty sure that makes you not entirely heterosexual. Just by definition.

Which is totally cool.

You underestimate the Cumberbatch. He defies regular convention.

Is it just me or is Benedict Cumberbatch the most stereotypically British name ever?

I didn't like him on first, much like I don't like every new Doctor in the show, but him (and the Doctors too) seem to grow on me.

Never seen Cumberbatch's acting so I can't speak for his acting.

None the less hopefully he'll be good.

joe-h2o:

rosac:
Sylar then Sherlock holmes? Is star treks new audience teenage girls by any chance?

Have you seen his performance in Holmes? He's extremely good - I'm not surprised he's been cast.

Yeah, I just realized me and Rosac can't be friends.

I like people with different opinions, but that was too much.

/sob

Guy couldn't act to save his life. But, given how popular the abortion Sherlock is, I guess standards have fallen.

I've never watched the new Sherlock (or even seen a single clip of it for that matter) so have no idea what Cumberbatch is like on screen.

Speaking of Star Trek 2, I hear MovieBob just can't wait for this film!

After the abomination that was the last Star Trek movie, may we please get a new Star Trek movie that is set in the main timeline with actors that actually have some age on them so we don't have Star Trek 90210 like last time.

Or at least may we get a new tv series that is more in the style of ST:TNG, DS9, or Voyager. Something that isn't made out to be all hip, cool, and overly flashy for the tweens, teens, and hipsters, like the JJ travesty.

Basically something that is just aimed at sci-fi and core Star Trek fans.

Sonic Doctor:
After the abomination that was the last Star Trek movie, may we please get a new Star Trek movie that is set in the main timeline with actors that actually have some age on them so we don't have Star Trek 90210 like last time.

Or at least may we get a new tv series that is more in the style of ST:TNG, DS9, or Voyager. Something that isn't made out to be all hip, cool, and overly flashy for the tweens, teens, and hipsters, like the JJ travesty.

Basically something that is just aimed at sci-fi and core Star Trek fans.

You mean the same crowd that allowed the Star Trek franchise to die by abandoning the films after Insurrection? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result.

Sounds intriguing. Cumberbatch does a believable Sherlock, getting a lot of the character's nuances perfectly.

Never been a Trekkie myself so I can't speculate on what villain would be ideal but I'm sure Cumberbatch will do a fantastic job.

Wold be Damn sad if Khan gets sidelined to make room for more hallway running as happened to Nero.

Sonic Doctor:
After the abomination that was the last Star Trek movie, may we please get a new Star Trek movie that is set in the main timeline with actors that actually have some age on them so we don't have Star Trek 90210 like last time.

Or at least may we get a new tv series that is more in the style of ST:TNG, DS9, or Voyager. Something that isn't made out to be all hip, cool, and overly flashy for the tweens, teens, and hipsters, like the JJ travesty.

Basically something that is just aimed at sci-fi and core Star Trek fans.

No, you can't. Though you could always go and re-watch First Contact or DS9.

GoddyofAus:

Sonic Doctor:
After the abomination that was the last Star Trek movie, may we please get a new Star Trek movie that is set in the main timeline with actors that actually have some age on them so we don't have Star Trek 90210 like last time.

Or at least may we get a new tv series that is more in the style of ST:TNG, DS9, or Voyager. Something that isn't made out to be all hip, cool, and overly flashy for the tweens, teens, and hipsters, like the JJ travesty.

Basically something that is just aimed at sci-fi and core Star Trek fans.

You mean the same crowd that allowed the Star Trek franchise to die by abandoning the films after Insurrection? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result.

Not to mention that compared to what other series have accomplished Star Trek's moralizing and attempts to tackle big issues have always been a little ham-fisted, it isn't terrible but it has always had trouble following through when things get serious. I love the franchise for it's classic status but if it wants to stay relevant it has to change, not only to match the greater sophistication of an audience already used to the foundation Star Trek helped to lay, but to cope with a much more complicated idea of what sophistication even means.

Yes Star Trek XI was kinda simple, but it nailed the crucial humor, heart and camp the show demands, making me care more about the original Enterprise crew then I have in any of the original series episodes I've ever seen. It wasn't a perfect template for everything to come, it was an attempt to focus on fixing the things the series has always struggled with. The action was flawless, the art design was beautiful and the small glimpses we get into the world were more detailed and believable then ever before.

If they can bring a deeper plot in on top of all the progress they made in those areas and keep the same strong writing base, I see no reason why Star Trek 2 can't become one of, if not the, finest moment in the franchise.

GoddyofAus:

Sonic Doctor:
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You mean the same crowd that allowed the Star Trek franchise to die by abandoning the films after Insurrection? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result.

Whatever, Nemesis was good and it came after Insurrection.

MarsProbe:

No, you can't. Though you could always go and re-watch First Contact or DS9.

I could re-watch it all because everything leading up to and Nemesis was good. Enterprise was okay, but it would have been much better if they hadn't had that Temporal Cold War at the core of the series, and just made it the traditional exploration stories and whatnot.

But, I guess when it comes to the Escapist, there aren't many if any people that like the traditional like me. I find that very sad, because that means the death of Star Trek.

The same already happened with Stargate with how they tried to do things all different with Universe with a mostly young team, with angsty youth-like stories, where it is all about relationships instead of the sci-fi, and using that stupid grainy close up to face filming style that the new Battlestar Galactica used. SyFy, hurr durr, tried to blame the ratings on that it was aired on a bad night. Oh no, it couldn't possibly be that they didn't make it like a traditional Stargate series.

People need to learn that you just don't mess with the traditional set up of a franchise, at least when science fiction is concerned, you just end up messing it up, ruining it in the end. ST:TNG was successful with bringing Star Trek back because it kept to the history, and kept to the traditional style story telling. Same goes for DS9 and Voyager, they lasted just as long because while they had their differences, they were exactly the same at the core. It is just plain common sense.

Grey Day for Elcia:
Guy couldn't act to save his life. But, given how popular the abortion Sherlock is, I guess standards have fallen.

Remember, this is about the BBC series, which is awesome, not about the recent Hollywood movie directed by Guy Ritche, which was a piece of shit.

I don't really see why the fact that the video was recorded on an iPhone somehow made it into the news story. Wouldn't "phone" have yielded exactly the same news?

Honestly, I hope he isn't playing Khan.

Khan was a minor villain in the original series - a one episode wonder soon forgotten. Much like Nomad.

As awesome as Khan was in the original ST2, his presence in the movie made little sense. Why did both of the original Star Trek films insist on being reboots of fairly lame episodes? They did it to Nomad in ST1, and they did it with Khan in ST2. Not that ST2 wasn't good, but it didn't need baggage of a lame episode. ST3 and 4 managed to be great without relying on ripping off old episodes - as did ST6. (ST5, of course, was a reboot of the episode Roddenberry could never get made - mostly because it was terrible).

Oh, and all of the Next Gen movies - every single one - was terrible. Picard was out of character, everyone else other than Data got screen-time cut down to the minimum, and all the interesting character development in season 7 of TNG (not to mention DS9) got thrown out the window.

... what was I saying? Oh, right - Khan.

Seriously, they can do better on villains. There are some really good ones from the Original Series. Or - shocking idea - what about remaking one of the episodes that didn't HAVE a villain? City of the Edge for Forever? Devil in the Dark?

Balance of Terror? Okay, Balance of Terror has a villain, and they might not want to revisit the Romulans so soon, but... that would be freakin awesome. They could combine it with The Enterprise Incident for a meatier plot.

Or maybe Day of the Dove for some Klingon action?

Seriously, there is way more interesting stuff than Khan. Here's hoping that Cumberbatch gets something other than a frozen mad-man to play.

 

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