Thursday 28 February 2013
BEST MOVIE ITALY – MARCH 2013 - Translation by facebook.com/cumberlordbenedict
I’ve never been a Trekker but J.J. moved me.
This is the reason why BC accepted to enter Abrams’ Enterprise in STID, the new episode of the sci-fi saga. The English actor gives us a preview of the movie. Without forgetting his role in Sherlock, he admits he loves playing villains. In the next few months he’ll play Julian Assange and a slave driver in the new McQueen movie… and who do you think is hidden behind Smaug in The Hobbit?
BC, mark this name as the guy is really talented. He has a refined acting career and is known for his roles in the TV series: Sherlock and inTTSS. The main mystery of STID (12th movie of the series, out in June in Italy) and directed by J.J. Abrams revolves around the villain he is playing and he seems to enjoy this kind of roles very much. He will be Julian Assange in the biopic: The Fifth Estate and he is playing Smaug in The Hobbit, as well as a slave driver in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave. This confirms a curious Hollywood trend to cast British actors as villains.
We know his character in ST is called John Harrison and that he is the terrorist the crew will have to defeat, after being obliged to become his allies. He could dominate the world and he acts for a precise reason, according to a cruel logic because “he’s better, at everything” as BC says. We met him during a brief break from the filming.
BC is thrilled by his role, as he explains in his fantastic accent and at very high speed: “He is an extraordinary character. I would define him as an idealist, a part from being a terrorist. His intentions start from a concept of loyalty, although his actions are violent and despicable. He is looking for his vengeance and he is quite dangerous.” He explains. “He uses his body, his weapons and his incredible intelligence to control, manipulate and literally destroy people and the surrounding environment. It is exciting to see him in action. He’s been real fun to portray.”
It is difficult to associate the term terrorist to something funny.
“This character is not only a villain. The results of his violent actions are negative but there is a reason for them, a principle that inspires him and it is the reason why I was so fascinated by this character and that makes him a three-dimensional individual: his personality is layered. The target is to make the audience feel compassion and not only hate towards him.”
When you started as an actor did you think you would end up in a movie like this?
“Absolutely not. Sci-fi wasn’t my favourite kind of cinema as a kid. I remember 2001 and Blade Runner but I wasn’t a fan and I didn’t have that sense of belonging that links trekkers together. To be honest I couldn’t stand seeing the same movie over and over again, so I didn’t follow a particular franchise.”
Have you felt uncomfortable in a sci-fi world?
As far as inspiration is concerned, even in sci-fi, it comes from great movies and that’s all. A beautiful movie will always be a beautiful movie. As an actor who approached this genre for the first time, I decided not to watch the previous movies, as I preferred to give priority to JJ’s needs and follow his instructions as he decided to give me this role. However, I also wanted to be loyal to my standards and that was the most important thing.
Do you feel the pressure to please the fans of this franchise all over the world?
Of course. But you shouldn’t focus on this too much otherwise it becomes too stressful. I’ve learnt you cannot please everyone. You only hope you’ll be able to entertain viewers and you have to trust the people you work for. When I watched ST1, after five minutes I was already in tears (Kirk’s parents die) and this was not the reaction I thought I would have in front of a sci-fi movie by JJ.
You look so different, as far as your body is concerned. How did you prepare for the role?
I trainer a lot, eating 4000 calories a day but the training was real fun, too and fundamental to play action scenes. I had already done acrobatic scenes before but this is a completely new level for me. I was surprised by my performance and this is all thanks to JJ.
How was it to act in an imaginary world with the green screen?
It is very creative and less limited compared to a realistic environment, because you have to use your imagination and you feel free in space. You see the universe they have been able to create, you see yourself in it and it’s a strange experience. There is always a line between yourself as a person and as an actor, you become part of a scenery that is beyond your imagination. I was impressed by the 3D result.
In a short period of time you’ve found yourself involved in (list of his recent roles)… do you feel overwhelmed by this kind of attention?
Yes and no. ST is a turning point in my career but I haven’t done it only to reach Hollywood. I am trying to create a long career for myself. I don’t think the attention is annoying as it is part of my job, but you need some time to get used to it. It is a privilege for me to be part of such important movies: I’ll soon work with M. Streep and J. Roberts, two legends. I can’t reveal too much about the role as Assange, as there have already been too many speculations.
Are you getting used to being famous?
Not yet. I was overwhelmed by Japanese fans recently (during a promotional trip there) and I see the attention is getting wider. At the moment it is a positive energy and I think I am pretty much loved by the Internet too, though I still have some detractors. Let’s see what happens with this villain, as these are the roles I prefer.”
Article by Andrea Carugati
Translation by facebook.com/cumberlordbenedict
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Alice: That horse loved you!source: teawithaview
Colin: (laughs) It did!
Alice: That horse really loved you. Look it’s rubbing its head up and down!
Alice: I really wanted to hang onto it but you can’t just hang onto the horses loving Colin
Colin: They’re like “feed me”
Alice: They were just like “Mmm, you smell really interesting!”
[The Wicked Day Commentary, Colin Morgan and Alice Troughton]
(This is my first translation of something EVER. Not fluent in English nor in Japanese, but I try at least for the fandom :P Tmrw I’m gonna do the whole Johnlock-section. NEVER has a magazine shipped them harder than this one. Surprised it didn’t have doujinshi tbh.)
Cumberbatch talks about the latest movie “Star Trek – Into the Darkness”
“I project a bit of myself in this character… but well, of course it’s the same with Sherlock.”
Because of the PR for “Star Trek; Into the Darkness”, going into cinemas in Japan in September, Benedict Cumberbatch, popular even in Japan thanks to the TV-series “Sherlock”, visited Japan for the first time last year in December. This man, with a history of success in theatre as well as having starred in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” among other movies, is this time around playing the role of the evil John Harrison. During the interview, Benedict’s friendly and in a good mood. Just as his character Sherlock, he speaks just as quickly as he thinks and when his answers tend to get too long, he slaps himself lightly, making this (event) covering a very amusing one.
Please explain to us as much as you can about this new role you’re playing.
I can talk about if it’s just a little. This evil “John Harrison” I’m playing is a man who is unbelievably violent. The terror acts he commits are extremely frightening. His acts are not for a political reason to take over the world with force, nor are they to rebel against controlling powers. No, the reasons for his actions are entirely personal. The wonderful thing with this movie is how it, on the parts of it being a human drama, precisely depicts each and every character’s connections, what kind of intention and goal everyone are carrying and in what way they act/behave. I can’t speak about it in too great lengths, but the evil character I’m playing has a really complex aspect and has been challenging to do.You also have a lot of action scenes, don’t you? Did you have any kind of special training when it came to building your body for it?
I think that no matter what role or what play, the body’s training/discipline is important. Since I think that acting is not only from the neck and up but it’s also how your whole body portrays it, I really try, as well as in the play “Frankenstein” as in “Sherlock”, to really act with my whole body. Especially for this movie I had a lot of action stunt performances, and also 3-4 hand-to-hand fighting scenes, so intense training and practice was necessary. I received guidance from my friend (actor) Tom Hardy’s trainer Patrick Monroe about the body building training, but because I continuously had to have five meals every day and had to work out for 2 hours, my size in costumes got 3-4 sizes bigger. (laughs) But thanks to this I was able to really enjoy this action movie. Since I’m a fan of J.J. Abraham’s action, I felt like I had become the test pilot of a new fun vehicle and with this feeling I was very thrilled being at the scene (filming).Do you have any similarities between you and this role you’re playing?
Up until now I’ve played lots of different roles and in every one of them I’ve projected a bit of myself. The challenge this time around was for me, as an actor, to portray a unique character who everyone can sympathize with at the same time as I make it carry the entertainment-part with it. Every actor is the same, but everyone are carrying a limited palette with them and with this, if you add a part of imagination – of it becoming yourself – I think the character’s substance becomes even richer. That’s why it was so fun to portray Sherlock, because projecting a part of myself is great like that. But if more guys like him being a nuisance existed in reality it’d be really bothersome, right? (laughs)
Up until now, have you imagined yourself to ever be in a blockbuster like this one?
When I was a child, I loved to watch “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars”, among other huge production movies. I thought that those kind of world really existed and I was happy and it was a lot of fun to be able to immerse myself into those kind of stories. After I became a professional actor, I thought it would be wonderful if I one day too was able to star in a big production movie like the ones from my childhood. And although this is the same sensation as being in a play or in TV (series), I was overjoyed when my part in this movie was decided. Not only that the thing I dreamed about during my childhood became reality, but also because what I had prayed for as a professional actor had come true!
(From Screen magazine, Japan, 2013.04 edition.)
You can read it HERE, HERE and HERE.
Cumberbatch. He played Master Ford (Northup’s first slave owner) he was on screen for 15-20 minutes i think. He was more of a sympathetic slave owner but once he sold Northup to Edwin Epps, his screen time was over.
Friday 22 February 2013
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Boyd Hilton, Heat Magazine, December 2011 (x)
That’s grade A Waffle-batch.