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Benedict Cumberbatch [11]


Born:July 19, 1976 (45)
Filmography Rating:7.71 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.99 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.20 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78.35%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012](36) => Necromancer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition [2013](37) => Necromancer
Star Trek Into Darkness [2013](37) => Khan
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [2013](37) => Necromancer / Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition [2014](38) => Necromancer / Smaug
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [2014](38) => Smaug / Necromancer  (voice)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Extended Edition [2015](39) => Smaug / Necromancer  (voice)
Doctor Strange [2016](40) => Dr. Stephen Strange
Thor: Ragnarok [2017](41) => Doctor Strange
Avengers: Infinity War [2018](42) => Doctor Strange
Avengers: Endgame [2019](43) => Doctor Strange

Trivia that mentions this person:
Star Trek Into Darkness [2013]
  • Benicio Del Toro was in early talks for the role of John Harrison, but eventually declined due to monetary issues. Demian Bichir, Édgar Ramírez and Jordi Mollà were considered afterwards, before Benedict Cumberbatch was finally cast. Mickey Rourke was also considered for the role of Khan Noonien Singh.
  • J.J. Abrams pitched the villain to Benedict Cumberbatch as a combination of The Joker (The Dark Knight), Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) and Jack Torrance (The Shining).
  • One of the key action setpieces, the space jump sequence, was largely achieved by pulling Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch along the floor on a hoist.
  • The scene which Khan is put back into suspended animation was written, as a possibility, that Khan, with Benedict Cumberbatch returning in the role, may return in a future installment.
  • Writer Damon Lindelof apologized on Twitter for the seemingly gratuitous and much criticized scene where Alice Eve strips down to her underwear. J.J. Abrams would counter the criticism later when he appeared on Conan O'Brien's talk show and premiered a deleted scene featuring Benedict Cumberbatch showering. For her part, Eve later stated that she didn't feel exploited by the inclusion of her strip scene.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch's character was not revealed to the actor until a week after he was cast. A studio representative flew to London from Los Angeles with the script handcuffed to his wrist.
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012]
  • Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug/Necromancer) both star together in the BBC production of [Sherlock]; Cumberbatch plays the title role with Freeman playing Dr. Watson.
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [2013]
  • Benedict Cumberbatch suggested to read the Necromancer's Black Speech backwards to make it sound diabolic and unholy.
  • Eva Green auditioned for the part of Tauriel in 2010, losing the role to Evangeline Lilly. Green's audition took place right after Benedict Cumberbatch's, who successfully obtained the role of Smaug.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch studied iguanas and Komodo dragons at the London Zoo's Reptilian House to prepare for the voice of Smaug, aiming for a tone that would "bridge between animal and human, a deep and rasping guttural dryness to the voice."
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition [2013]
  • Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug/Necromancer) both star together in the BBC production of [Sherlock]; Cumberbatch plays the title role with Freeman playing Dr. Watson.
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition [2014]
  • Benedict Cumberbatch suggested to read the Necromancer's Black Speech backwards to make it sound diabolic and unholy.
  • Eva Green auditioned for the part of Tauriel in 2010, losing the role to Evangeline Lilly. Green's audition took place right after Benedict Cumberbatch's, who successfully obtained the role of Smaug.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch studied iguanas and Komodo dragons at the London Zoo's Reptilian House to prepare for the voice of Smaug, aiming for a tone that would "bridge between animal and human, a deep and rasping guttural dryness to the voice."
    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation [2015]
  • Benedict Cumberbatch was the first consideration to play as a villain.
    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens [2015]
  • Captain Phasma was originally going to be a man, and J.J. Abrams was allegedly looking at Benedict Cumberbatch (whom he had worked with on Star Trek Into Darkness) for the role. However, after the film drew some complaints about the lack of women in the cast, the decision was made to make Phasma into a woman.
  • Chloë Grace Moretz, Saoirse Ronan, Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, [?] Alex Pettyfer, [?] Sullivan Stapleton and [?] Jack O'Connell were rumored to have auditioned for a role, while Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman were rumored for different roles. Oldman auditioned for the role that went to Max von Sydow. This is the second time he was considered for a part in a [Star Wars] film, as he was approached to voice General Grievous in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
  • Kevin Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch visited the set. Smith, infamous for his open and talkative nature, was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement, and J.J. Abrams had World War 2 style propaganda posters titled "Loose Lips Sink Starships" hung up around the set as a reminder to Smith not to reveal spoilers for the film to the public. True to his word, the only tidbit Smith revealed about his visit was that he cried when he stood on the Millennium Falcon set, as it reminded him of how much he loved [Star Wars] as a child.
    Doctor Strange [2016]
  • Benedict Cumberbatch received help with finger-tutting movements from dancer [?] Jayfunk, to make the spell-casting gestures look fluid and agile.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch recommended that he play Dormammu during production, and Scott Derrickson liked the idea of Cumberbatch playing hero and villain: "That role was an ultra-inflated version of Strange, an ego run amok.There's something interesting about this confrontation of this tiny guy with the power of time and this monstrous conqueror. I couldn't think anybody to interact with Benedict than he, himself."
  • Benedict Cumberbatch was the first choice and was offered the lead role of Stephen Strange, but he initially had to decline due to his theater commitments playing Shakespeare's Hamlet, which clashed with the film's proposed shooting date. When the release date was pushed back from July 2016 to November 2016, he was able to commit to shooting. Joaquin Phoenix was the studio's second choice for the lead role but, after a few months of deliberation, eventually turned down the offer due to his reluctance to do a multi-picture deal that was required by the studio if he signed on.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch states that the spiritualism of Doctor Strange is what appeals to him the most about the role. "I'm very excited about that spiritual dimension. It's something that's been a huge part of my life. I meditate a lot, that's a huge tool in trying to calm myself, get away from the crazy circus of it all, have a focused mind as well as be a kinder, considerate person in the world," said Cumberbatch.
  • While filming, Benedict Cumberbatch walked into a comic book store, in full costume, and bought an actual Doctor Strange comic.
  • Mads Mikkelsen's brother [?] Lars Mikkelsen was the voice of Doctor Strange in the Danish dub of 2007's Doctor Strange film. Lars had also played an antagonist in Benedict Cumberbatch's show [Sherlock].
  • Each "Doctor Strange" feature has starred a [Star Trek] actor:
    • Michael Ansara, who was the Klingon Kang in [Star Trek], voiced the Ancient One (in an uncredited role) in the 1978 Dr. Strange.
    • Jeffrey Combs, who has played various [Star Trek] roles, was Doctor Strange in 1992's Doctor Mordrid (a version with names changed).
    • George Takei, who was Hikaru Sulu in [Star Trek], was Wong in 1996's Spider-Man: Sins of the Fathers Chapter 1: Doctor Strange.
    • [?] Paul Nakauchi appeared in [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]: {The Homecoming} and was Wong in 2007's Doctor Strange.
    • Kevin Michael Richardson, who voiced several aliens in Star Trek Into Darkness, was Baron Mordo in the 2007 Doctor Strange film.
    • Benedict Cumberbatch, who was Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness, stars in this film as Dr Strange.
    • Although not an actor, Michael Giacchino composed the soundtracks for Doctor Strange and the three [Star Trek] reboot movies.
    Thor: Ragnarok [2017]
  • Before the sets created for Marvel's Doctor Strange were demolished, Waititi took advantage of them by writing and filming a scene for Ragnarok featuring Thor meeting Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange. Marvel and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson felt the scene was "kind of perfect" to show Strange joining the wider MCU after his stand-alone introduction in that film, so the scene appears during the credits of Doctor Strange.
  • Four of the male cast have appeared in at least one [Star Trek] movie: Karl Urban (Skurge) played Dr. McCoy in Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Star Trek: Beyond. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) was Lieutenant George Kirk in Star Trek. Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) played Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Idris Elba (Heimdall) played Krall in Star Trek: Beyond. In addition, Clancy Brown guest starred as Zobral in an episode of [Star Trek: Enterprise], season one.
    Avengers: Infinity War [2018]
  • Zoe Saldana is reunited with [Star Trek] villains Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba in this film, though she shares scenes with neither of them this time. She also shares scenes with Chris Hemsworth, with whom she never shared a scene in 2009's Star Trek. The role of Bruce Banner/Hulk, in the unrelated Hulk film, was previously played by [Star Trek] villain Eric Bana.
    Captain Marvel [2019]
  • This film adds the seventh and eighth actor from a [Sherlock Holmes franchise] to appear in the MCU: Jude Law joins his own Sherlock, Robert Downey Jr.; Benedict Cumberbatchand Martin Freeman; and of course, John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Holmes & Watson (2018)). Rachel McAdams (from Doctor Strange (2016)) was also a part of the Robert Downey Jr., [Sherlock Holmes franchise]. Gemma Chan also appeared as Soo Lin Yao in Sherlock: The Blind Banker (2010). Sir Ben Kingsley played a brainier Dr Watson in Without a Clue (1988).
    The Scarlet Pimpernel [1982]
  • Sir Ian McKellen and Timothy Carlton appear in this movie. Decades later, McKellen appeared in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), along with Carlton's son, Benedict Cumberbatch.
    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald [2018]
  • The early rumors on who would play the young Albus Dumbledore included Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch and then Jared Harris (the son of the late Richard Harris, who played the older Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies).
    Avengers: Endgame [2019]
  • Rhodey mentions Star Trek in his list of films about time travel. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has featured several actors from the [Star Trek franchise]: [?] Damion Poitier, Miguel Ferrer, Chris Hemsworth, Alice Krige, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, and Zoe Saldana.
    WandaVision [2021]
  • The original script for the episode contained an appearance from Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and was to have explained that the commercials on the show were Strange's attempts to break through the sitcom reality and contact Wanda, but this was cut out of fear that it would take away focus from Wanda.