Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch never expected success

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch still quite can't believe the success he's having in Hollywood.

The British actor has made a name for himself in films such as Atonement, War Horse and most recently J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness.

Benedict, 36, says his ten-year-old self would be pleased with the impressive career he's enjoyed so far.

"I really don't know. He'd be pretty chuffed. What was I doing when I was ten? I was probably playing Ann in Half A Sixpence at school at that time, so the idea of being in a Star Trek film was probably very far from Ann's mind, and mine!" he laughed in an interview with British magazine OK!

"He would have been really, really surprised and wouldn't quite have believed it. He still doesn't."

Benedict plays John Harrison/Khan Noonien Singh in the Star Trek sequel and boasts an impressive physique in the role.

He says the preparation was the "hardest thing".

"It meant an awful lot of eating in a very short space of time and a lot of working out - but fortunately I had a fantastic trainer in the shape of Patrick Monroe who's also trained Tom Hardy, who's known for getting quite big," he smiled.

"We'd known each other through Tom on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, so that was a lovely thing, but a lot of hard work."

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