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More details about Cumberbatch’s John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness

December 27th, 2012 by Marc Comments

It’s all about Star Trek these days, isn’t it? (Never thought I’d write those words)

Well Empire Magazine has a special Trek-centric issue this month and reveals some interesting bits about both the movie and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Starfleet officer turned Galactic terrorist” John Harrison.

“He’s sort of superhuman, pretty much unbeatable,” Benedict Cumberbatch says.

“Brainy and brawny. He manipulates situations. He’s incarcerated when Kirk is talking to him and yet he still gets Kirk to do his work for him. He pushes him into a corner where the only route to salvation is cooperation. There is a real Hannibal Lecter quality to him.

“He was within Starfleet and has now turned against the organisation and is hell-bent on revenge,” says director J.J. Abrams.

“He’s responsible for a very violent, horrific attack in London and then one in the States. He believes he and others were wronged and is focused on destruction. He’s an incredibly brilliant strategist who is aware of various truths that Kirk is not privy to.”

Kirk himself, Chris Pine, says of Harrison: “He is just as intelligent and logical as Spock, but is also one very bad motherf@#ker”.

Hmmmmmmmm…. Anyone else still think Harrison isn’t who this character really is? Yeah, us too.


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….