Six Things You Didn’t Know About Benedict Cumberbatch

By Tara Fowler

After years of waiting, “Star Trek Into Darkness” has finally hit theaters. The original gang’s all there, along with a shady new villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Is this baddie, as is claimed, a generic nobody named John Harrison? Or is he really a certain somebody whose name rhymes with swan? Who can say? But since Cumberbatch the actor will be literally everywhere this year (“August: Osage County,” “The Fifth Estate,” “The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug” (and look! There he is outside my window), we’ve put together six fun facts you may not have known about the “Sherlock” star. Go boldly where no man has gone before and read on!

1) He was kidnapped and held at gunpoint in South Africa: And he actually talked his way out of it, much like his television counterpart Sherlock Holmes would have. “I argued my way out,” he told the Daily Mail. “I said, ’If you leave me in here, it’s not the lack of air, it’s the small space. There’s a problem with my heart and my brain.’ I just tried to explain to them: ’I will die, possibly have a fit, and it will be a problem for you. I will be a dead Englishman in your car. Not good.'”

2) He can do a mean Alan Rickman impersonation: By which, we obviously mean excellent. His David Tennant is not bad either. Check out the video below:

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