Heard the story of Simon Pegg and Chris Pine fooling Benedict Cumberbatch into wearing protective ‘neutron cream’ on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness, only to later tell him it wasn’t really needed, and wasn’t even real?
Well, Mr Pegg finally just shared the photographic proof of this little jest on his Twitter account…
EDIT: The Spoiler-free review is now updated with our impressions of the IMAX 3D and standard 2D presentations of the film, ahead of the US opening of the film.
Star Trek Into Darkness begins rolling out in cinemas worldwide from today.
The film features Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious villain John Harrison, in a complex and multi layered performance. Sherlockology has just published two detailed reviews of the film - one completely plot spoiler free, the other going into a far greater analysis of Benedict’s performance and the part his character plays in the thematic weight of the story.
From our spoiler free review:
Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance completely dominates the film. Bringing both predatory intellectualism and imposing physicality, he effectively steals every scene he features in and forces the other members of the cast he interacts with to raise their game in kind. It sounds churlish to point this out of course as this is a distinct character, but at times the edge of his Sherlock Holmes shines through in some relentless explanatory dialogue - but then he surprises you by exploding into ferociously violent action of the kind we have never seen him play before. Cumberbatch gives us a far superior villain than Eric Bana’s Nero in the previous film, one that is manipulative and dangerous, and certainly not above attempting to engender our sympathy to his cause - Harrison has without doubt been wronged by those he seeks revenge against, but despite the presence of a single, long tear when his motivation is revealed, the thought of siding with an avowed terrorist remains an uneasy concept. But of course, Star Trek is all about uneasy concepts, and the holding of a mirror to our preconceptions is its greatest strength.
You can read the full review on our website. The spoiler free review contains the link to the spoiler review at the conclusion, giving you the choice of reading on if you so wish!
Stuart A Life Backwards starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy is currently only £3.99 on Amazon UK. If you’ve not seen it we highly recommend it.
UPDATE: It seems Amazon have just put the price back up to £6.34 although it was showing as £3.99 when we first posted.
You can grab your copy here.
A nice new article has just gone live on the Wall Street Journal, with Benedict Cumberbatch talking about his performance as Smaug in the upcoming second film in The Hobbit trilogy.
Mention Smaug, the classic storybook dragon of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” and a ray of delight flickers across Benedict Cumberbatch’s pale eyes.
Smaug, “a most specially greedy, strong and wicked worm” of Tolkien lore, is for many children their first encounter with fire-breathing, scaly dragons. “First one for me,” Cumberbatch is quick to add. “My dad read the book to me and it was a bedtime treat if I had done well. If I had been a good boy, I’d get two chapters as opposed to maybe one or none if I had been really bad.”
Read more on the Wall Street Journal.
Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington attending the BAFTA TV Awards 2013 this evening in London
Just a little note - two years ago today, we set up a little Twitter account named Sherlockology, which has grown into something that completely eclipses any expectations we may have had on May 11 2011.
So on what is effectively our second Birthday, we just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the hundreds of thousands of others who follow us on our social media accounts and on our website!
Now, we’re off to celebrate with lunch at Speedy’s Cafe! Thanks everyone!
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