J.J. Abrams recently commented on all the secrecy surrounding the villain’s identity in Star Trek Into Darkness and admitted that it may have been a mistake. The thing is, that mistake involved getting all the people involved in the film to stick by the lie until the movie debuted. This was likely not easy for many of them, especially Benedict Cumberbatch who played Khan. During an interview with IGN, they asked Cumberbatch how he felt about Abrams’ comments and the actor was pretty blunt, albeit in a lighthearted way:
“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.”
Despite Abrams’ apparent change of heart over the decision to keep Khan a great big secret, Cumberbatch doesn’t seem so sure that it was a mistake:
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.
I’m thinking Abrams will have clear cast and character lists for every film he does for the rest of his career after all this controversy.
See video of the interview after the break…