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(The New York Times)   Benedict Cumberbatch explains how he won his Star Trek role by beaming an audition to J.J. Abrams's ready room from Gloucestershire   (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 57
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2012-04-27 12:46:08 AM  
I think we're living in Star Trek's future. Filming an audition on one mobile device, sending it to another mobile device, between this and asteroid mining, sure looks like we've arrived in the future ahead of schedule.
 
2012-04-27 12:55:56 AM  
Wait, J.J. Abrams is remaking Star Trek? When did THIS happen?!
 
2012-04-27 01:11:10 AM  

rynthetyn: I think we're living in Star Trek's future. Filming an audition on one mobile device, sending it to another mobile device, between this and asteroid mining, sure looks like we've arrived in the future ahead of schedule.


What if I told you that Aladdin took place in the future? Thousands of years beyond even Star Trek?
 
2012-04-27 01:18:25 AM  
Sometimes I'm disappointed in the future and our lack of flying cars, but then I open up my phone and think wtf this is science fiction in my hand every day and I usually turn it off in annoyance.
 
2012-04-27 02:56:44 AM  

FishyFred: rynthetyn: I think we're living in Star Trek's future. Filming an audition on one mobile device, sending it to another mobile device, between this and asteroid mining, sure looks like we've arrived in the future ahead of schedule.

What if I told you that Aladdin took place in the future? Thousands of years beyond even Star Trek?


Where does Waterworld fit in the timeline? This is a very important question.
 
2012-04-27 03:02:05 AM  
I am constantly amazed at how farking clueless those that run Hollywood truly are. If Abrams wanted to see if Benedict could act, all he had to do is netflix the Sherlock series, or go see farking War Horse, ya know, directed by that hack Steven Spielberg. It's not like J.J. didn't have the Oscar screener sitting in his mailbox.

The fact that they're so farking insecure in Hollywood that they had to get this guy to dance like a farking monkey on Christmas no less, even when they weren't going to be around to see it, goes to show how they have no farking class.

It's not like he's going to show up on the set of Star Trek 2: The Argos Checkmate and suddenly forget how to act 1000x better than anyone else on the set.
 
2012-04-27 03:05:06 AM  
1.) I read that in Cumberbatch's Sherlock voice.

2.) How many think Apple will use this as the premise for an advert timed between the end of Sherlock Series 2 and the opening of the next Star Trek movie here in the US with some silly Siri dialog?

2a.) How long before some Farker makes up said commercial in 2?
 
2012-04-27 03:18:50 AM  

wookiemonster: If Abrams wanted to see if Benedict could act, all he had to do is netflix the Sherlock series, or go see farking War Horse, ya know, directed by that hack Steven Spielberg. It's not like J.J. didn't have the Oscar screener sitting in his mailbox.


The fact that he got the call was because JJ knew he could act. What he didn't know is if he could pull off whatever it was that JJ wanted specifically for the role so he had him read a few lines in character. Nothing odd about that process at all. Heck, he had enough confidence in him to only ask for a quick video, not fly to LA to audition in person.

And it's not like he's the first person to get a role like this. Hugh Laurie send in a video he filmed from his hotel bathroom in Namibia to get the role of House.
 
2012-04-27 03:29:33 AM  
I didn't see Eddie Izzard anywhere on that page.
 
2012-04-27 03:37:13 AM  
"Obviously."
 
2012-04-27 03:43:43 AM  
I want a role on Star Trek. If they ever end up on a planet where there is a race of fat chronic masturbators that enjoy lubricating their alien genitalia with Ben-Gay and Sriracha sauce while viewing Japanese falaka videos, you can bet Mr. Spock will not think it illogical that perdition's flames emit from all three of his Vulcan bungholes.
 
2012-04-27 03:44:32 AM  

wookiemonster: I am constantly amazed at how farking clueless those that run Hollywood truly are. If Abrams wanted to see if Benedict could act, all he had to do is netflix the Sherlock series, or go see farking War Horse, ya know, directed by that hack Steven Spielberg. It's not like J.J. didn't have the Oscar screener sitting in his mailbox.

The fact that they're so farking insecure in Hollywood that they had to get this guy to dance like a farking monkey on Christmas no less, even when they weren't going to be around to see it, goes to show how they have no farking class.

It's not like he's going to show up on the set of Star Trek 2: The Argos Checkmate and suddenly forget how to act 1000x better than anyone else on the set.


How is this clueless? The director wants to see an audition. He probably has seen him act in War Horse and Sherlock and knows he can play those kinds of roles but maybe that's not the style he wants. Or at least not the exact style.

Plus, this is the director's project. He can do whatever he wants. It is the actor or actress that needs to prove themselves because the director could probably find lots of other people. And if proving yourself means doing a short little film using the talent you already have, I'd say that's pretty easy. Even if it was around Christmas.
 
2012-04-27 03:57:14 AM  
It makes me proud that we've gotten this far in an Abrams thread without anyone bringing up the subject of "lens flare."

/Oh, wait...
//Crap.
 
2012-04-27 04:01:34 AM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: It makes me proud that we've gotten this far in an Abrams thread without anyone bringing up the subject of "lens flare."


FTA: "and she's balancing two chairs to get the right angle on me and desk lamps bouncing light off bits of paper, just trying desperately to make it look half-decent"

I think he covered lens-flare already.
 
2012-04-27 04:45:27 AM  

wookiemonster: I am constantly amazed at how farking clueless those that run Hollywood truly are. If Abrams wanted to see if Benedict could act, all he had to do is netflix the Sherlock series, or go see farking War Horse, ya know, directed by that hack Steven Spielberg. It's not like J.J. didn't have the Oscar screener sitting in his mailbox.

The fact that they're so farking insecure in Hollywood that they had to get this guy to dance like a farking monkey on Christmas no less, even when they weren't going to be around to see it, goes to show how they have no farking class.

It's not like he's going to show up on the set of Star Trek 2: The Argos Checkmate and suddenly forget how to act 1000x better than anyone else on the set.


I'm sorry you were turned down for the part of '3rd Hobo from the left' I'm sure your performance would have been scintillating. Hollywood's loss.
 
2012-04-27 04:52:02 AM  

wookiemonster: The fact that they're so farking insecure in Hollywood that they had to get this guy to dance like a farking monkey on Christmas no less, even when they weren't going to be around to see it, goes to show how they have no farking class.


You sound like you are 12 years old. Really? He's a frickin' actor.
 
2012-04-27 04:53:46 AM  
And Tom Hardy is a fine actor, but I wish someone would have bothered to ask him to audition for the part of "Picard Jr." in Nemesis. We could have avoided a lot of terrible cinema.
 
2012-04-27 06:01:27 AM  

Confabulat: And Tom Hardy is a fine actor, but I wish someone would have bothered to ask him to audition for the part of "Picard Jr." in Nemesis. We could have avoided a lot of terrible cinema.


Indeed.

A Successful Nemesis may have meant that Paramount wouldn't have decided to whore Star Trek out to the first hack they could find.
 
2012-04-27 06:05:06 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Confabulat: And Tom Hardy is a fine actor, but I wish someone would have bothered to ask him to audition for the part of "Picard Jr." in Nemesis. We could have avoided a lot of terrible cinema.

Indeed.

A Successful Nemesis may have meant that Paramount wouldn't have decided to whore Star Trek out to the first hack they could find.


While I see your point, J.J. Abrams isn't a hack. You're just mad that he's critically and commercially successful.
 
2012-04-27 06:11:06 AM  

Confabulat: FirstNationalBastard: Confabulat: And Tom Hardy is a fine actor, but I wish someone would have bothered to ask him to audition for the part of "Picard Jr." in Nemesis. We could have avoided a lot of terrible cinema.

Indeed.

A Successful Nemesis may have meant that Paramount wouldn't have decided to whore Star Trek out to the first hack they could find.

While I see your point, J.J. Abrams isn't a hack. You're just mad that he's critically and commercially successful.


If you need to go back to Kirk, Spock, and McCoy in the farking vast Star Trek universe, you have no original ideas.

However, the real turning point would have been getting rid of Berman and Braga after DS9 ended, and installing the DS9 creative crew as overlords of the Trek franchise.

Everything that went wrong with Star Trek after DS9 went off the air was because of Berman and Braga.
 
2012-04-27 06:13:34 AM  

Confabulat: And Tom Hardy is a fine actor, but I wish someone would have bothered to ask him to audition for the part of "Picard Jr." in Nemesis. We could have avoided a lot of terrible cinema.


Having recently rewatched that movie...ugh, it was just as bad as I'd remembered it being.
 
2012-04-27 06:19:00 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Confabulat: FirstNationalBastard: Confabulat: And Tom Hardy is a fine actor, but I wish someone would have bothered to ask him to audition for the part of "Picard Jr." in Nemesis. We could have avoided a lot of terrible cinema.

Indeed.

A Successful Nemesis may have meant that Paramount wouldn't have decided to whore Star Trek out to the first hack they could find.

While I see your point, J.J. Abrams isn't a hack. You're just mad that he's critically and commercially successful.

If you need to go back to Kirk, Spock, and McCoy in the farking vast Star Trek universe, you have no original ideas.

However, the real turning point would have been getting rid of Berman and Braga after DS9 ended, and installing the DS9 creative crew as overlords of the Trek franchise.

Everything that went wrong with Star Trek after DS9 went off the air was because of Berman and Braga.


But... then Battlestar Galactica would never have happened
 
2012-04-27 06:19:24 AM  
Here, let me FTFY.

FirstNationalBastard:


A Successful Nemesis may have meant that Paramount wouldn't have decided to completely re-write the whore Star Trek out to the first hack they could find. universe.

 
2012-04-27 06:20:22 AM  
Apparently Abrams didn't think highly of him enough to let him keep his natural hair color.

/seriously, ever time I see him not as a red head I think it's such a disappointment
//man is seriously a very, very hot read head
/and then he opens his mouth and stupid comes out, and I just have to sigh and pull out the duct tape again
 
2012-04-27 06:24:15 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: If you need to go back to Kirk, Spock, and McCoy in the farking vast Star Trek universe, you have no original ideas.


Bleh. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy ARE Star Trek and always were. Everything else was a pale imitation. I'm happy Abrams recognized it. And give George Lucas more reasons to ignore Han Solo and Luke.
 
2012-04-27 06:25:33 AM  
I mean, the Star Wars universe is huge, why should we care about Han Solo or Lando Calrissian? More Jar-Jar!

Data was a weak Spock imitation and the only decent character in TNG was Picard.
 
2012-04-27 06:51:20 AM  

Confabulat: Data was a weak Spock imitation and the only decent character in TNG was Picard.


Actually, Data was pretty much Questor from THE QUESTOR TAPES, though
that character was heavily based on Mr. Spock.

Otherwise, though, I agree with your thesis.
 
2012-04-27 07:24:39 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: Actually, Data was pretty much Questor from THE QUESTOR TAPES, though
that character was heavily based on Mr. Spock.



My God, I found another human being who remembers "The Questor Tapes."
 
2012-04-27 07:43:44 AM  

brainlordmesomorph: DjangoStonereaver: Actually, Data was pretty much Questor from THE QUESTOR TAPES, though
that character was heavily based on Mr. Spock.


My God, I found another human being who remembers "The Questor Tapes."


I vividly remember watching it on first run. Well, half of it anyway. I was 8, and
had to go to bed halfway through, and never knew how it ended until I was
well into college.

The scenes where he builds his own face, and him winning at the craps tables
are indelible images from my SF media childhood.
 
2012-04-27 08:37:54 AM  

rynthetyn: I think we're living in Star Trek's future. Filming an audition on one mobile device, sending it to another mobile device, between this and asteroid mining, sure looks like we've arrived in the future ahead of schedule.


Don't forget three-d printing, which is the common ancestor of replicator and teleporter tech.
 
2012-04-27 08:37:56 AM  
When I was 14 (between TOS and STTMP) I was writing my own SciFi, trying to make something "better than Star Wars" (essentially stealing Trek), and had my own "first intelligent android on a starship" based on Questor.

Coincidentally, the guy in charge of this project was "Admiral Riker" (although he was Kenneth John Riker)

When TNG came out, I used to wonder "Did someone find my notes?"
 
2012-04-27 08:48:29 AM  
Any parent who would name their child Benedict Cumberbatch should be shot.

Sincerely,

Marvyn Wheaseldun
 
2012-04-27 08:54:20 AM  

ChaoticLimbs: Any parent who would name their child Benedict Cumberbatch should be shot.

Sincerely,

Marvyn Wheaseldun


Well, you can't expect a British parent to use any sort of common sense when naming a child, his father's name was probably Nigel.
 
2012-04-27 08:57:40 AM  
He's another actor who seems like he might be a genuinely fun person to hang out with.
 
2012-04-27 09:06:22 AM  

FirstNationalBastard:
Everything that went wrong with Star Trek after DS9 went off the air was because of Berman and Braga.


There was Star Trek after DS9? I believe you're mistaken. The J.J. Abrams movie is the first Star Trek project since DS9 went off the air.

/Selective Memory
//Doubleplusgooding cinema since 1991*


*Release of Highlander 2:The Shiatening.
 
2012-04-27 09:11:17 AM  

edip1976: FirstNationalBastard:
Everything that went wrong with Star Trek after DS9 went off the air was because of Berman and Braga.

There was Star Trek after DS9? I believe you're mistaken. The J.J. Abrams movie is the first Star Trek project since DS9 went off the air.

/Selective Memory
//Doubleplusgooding cinema since 1991*


*Release of Highlander 2:The Shiatening.


Hey, I live in that universe too!
 
2012-04-27 09:44:51 AM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: ChaoticLimbs: Any parent who would name their child Benedict Cumberbatch should be shot.

Sincerely,

Marvyn Wheaseldun

Well, you can't expect a British parent to use any sort of common sense when naming a child, his father's name was probably Nigel.


They probably had plans for him.

/would you prefer Metta World Peace?
 
2012-04-27 10:11:13 AM  

Confabulat: And Tom Hardy is a fine actor, but I wish someone would have bothered to ask him to audition for the part of "Picard Jr." in Nemesis. We could have avoided a lot of terrible cinema.


His audition was actually pretty good. So should we blame the director?
 
2012-04-27 10:15:46 AM  

Mattevil: Confabulat: And Tom Hardy is a fine actor, but I wish someone would have bothered to ask him to audition for the part of "Picard Jr." in Nemesis. We could have avoided a lot of terrible cinema.

His audition was actually pretty good. So should we blame the director?


I've never seen that before. Huh. That seemed actually like Star Trek.
 
2012-04-27 10:19:27 AM  

brainlordmesomorph: DjangoStonereaver: Actually, Data was pretty much Questor from THE QUESTOR TAPES, though
that character was heavily based on Mr. Spock.


My God, I found another human being who remembers "The Questor Tapes."


img205.imageshack.us

I saw that when it first aired....
/get off my synthetic lawn....
 
2012-04-27 10:36:41 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: blah blah blah Berman blah blah blah Braga.


/farkin fanboys killed Trek
/Enterprise kicked ass in its final 2 seasons.
 
2012-04-27 10:50:27 AM  
Apparently, Cumberbatch's mom is Wanda Ventham:

images.wikia.com

So, um...yeah.
 
2012-04-27 11:28:28 AM  

Serial: wookiemonster: If Abrams wanted to see if Benedict could act, all he had to do is netflix the Sherlock series, or go see farking War Horse, ya know, directed by that hack Steven Spielberg. It's not like J.J. didn't have the Oscar screener sitting in his mailbox.

The fact that he got the call was because JJ knew he could act. What he didn't know is if he could pull off whatever it was that JJ wanted specifically for the role so he had him read a few lines in character. Nothing odd about that process at all. Heck, he had enough confidence in him to only ask for a quick video, not fly to LA to audition in person.

And it's not like he's the first person to get a role like this. Hugh Laurie send in a video he filmed from his hotel bathroom in Namibia to get the role of House.


Yes, but Hugh Laurie is English and generally known for his comedic roles. It's not obvious he could pull off an American in a drama.
 
2012-04-27 11:43:31 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Yes, but Hugh Laurie is English and generally known for his comedic roles. It's not obvious he could pull off an American in a drama.


And this is a Star Trek movie. While Cumberbatch is fantastic in dramatic roles, he might not have worked in the Star Trek universe unless he could do whatever it was JJ asked him to do.

And while many people have seen him in Sherlock, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and War Horse, he's still a relatively unknown commodity. This is hardly out of the ordinary for him, as I'm sure he still has to audition for most of his roles.

Hell, even A-listers "audition". Most of the time the studio or director will have a shortlist based off who they want in the role, but they'll still have them come in and do a reading, to see if they'll be the right fit for a role.
 
2012-04-27 12:05:34 PM  
If George would get off his high horse and permit someone to make the Thrawn Trilogy to film, Cumberbatch would be perfect to play the Grand Admiral. Some blue face paint and red contacts to complete the look.
 
2012-04-27 12:15:54 PM  

phyrkrakr: Apparently, Cumberbatch's mom is Wanda Ventham:

[images.wikia.com image 351x480]

So, um...yeah.


Damn. I remember her from UFO; quite a striking woman, and now that I know
she's his mother I can actually see the resemblence in the nose & eyes.
 
2012-04-27 12:23:47 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: phyrkrakr: Apparently, Cumberbatch's mom is Wanda Ventham:

[images.wikia.com image 351x480]

So, um...yeah.

Damn. I remember her from UFO; quite a striking woman, and now that I know
she's his mother I can actually see the resemblence in the nose & eyes.


And in those titties, am I right?
 
2012-04-27 12:26:26 PM  
I can't look at that name without thinking of Eddie Izzard.

Kringelbert Fishtybuns!
 
2012-04-27 12:40:17 PM  

Crudbucket: DjangoStonereaver: phyrkrakr: Apparently, Cumberbatch's mom is Wanda Ventham:

[images.wikia.com image 351x480]

So, um...yeah.

Damn. I remember her from UFO; quite a striking woman, and now that I know
she's his mother I can actually see the resemblence in the nose & eyes.

And in those titties, am I right?


Please! Show a little cultural sensitivity. In England those would be known as "cracking great knockers."
 
2012-04-27 02:32:15 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: Crudbucket: DjangoStonereaver: phyrkrakr: Apparently, Cumberbatch's mom is Wanda Ventham:

[images.wikia.com image 351x480]

So, um...yeah.

Damn. I remember her from UFO; quite a striking woman, and now that I know
she's his mother I can actually see the resemblence in the nose & eyes.

And in those titties, am I right?

Please! Show a little cultural sensitivity. In England those would be known as "cracking great knockers."


"Smashingly huge yabbos"
 
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