Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2013

‘Sherlock’ star Benedict Cumberbatch says his ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ role made him a ‘creature from hell’

Benedict Cumberbatch has been promoting his role in Star Trek Into Darkness and the routine which forced the actor to gain weight and workout daily.

The actor went on diet consisting mainly of chicken, potatoes and broccoli while working out to beef up for the part of villain John Harrison.

He said of training to get in shape: “That was the hardest thing in all honesty because it meant an awful lot of eating in a very short space of time and a lot of working out.”

Benedict Cumberbatch John Harrison Star Trek Into darkness photo“I really enjoyed it. I’ve never been asked to before. It’s very integral to the character to have a strong physical shape and presence and be able to move at the same time so he couldn’t be a stiff lump of muscle.”

The Brit confessed that he began  eating 4,000 calories a day at one stage.

“You turn into an absolute creature from hell because all the fuel you’re relying on to get you through the workout disappears… it’s just horrible. Now I know how girls feel. Diets are s***e.”

Cumberbatch joins Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg in the Star Trek sequel.

Star Trek Into Darkness, directed by JJ Abrams, arrives in theaters May 17.


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