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Published On: Wed, Feb 6th, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch says ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ villain based on ‘real life terrorists

Benedict Cumberbatch’s role as the villain in “Star Trek Into Darkness” was a mystery for a very long time, but now the John Harrison character is not just a terrorist, but one based on the real life world. The “Sherlock” spy dropped some of these details, which were revealed in a MTV interview this week.

Benedick Cumberbatch Star Trek Into Darkness“[Look at] real social history and present history, everything that’s going on: uprisings, people who are trying to spread democracy or fight their cause, not necessarily through political means … he is a terrorist, and sadly, that’s part of the fabric of our modern world,” he explained to MTV when we spoke at a “Star Trek” event in late 2012.

“You don’t need to look far to research that one.”

Cumberbatch has described his villain as a “one man eapon of mass destruction”, with the actor’s character set to fight it out with Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk to decide the fate of the world.

And “Sherlock” star Benedict thought that it was important that Harrison was grounded in the ‘Star Trek’ reality, but that espite this the parallels with real world mass killers would be “chilling” for movie fans.

Cumberbatch said: “It was important to me to ground him in a reality that’s based more on his story than, say, a parallel in the real world,” adding: “What should certainly be chilling are the parallels to the modern world.”

Check out the video interview here

The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood and Peter Weller.

Star Trek Into Darkness will hit theatres on May 17, 2013.

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