Benedict Cumberbatch: His Biggest Roles Before 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
A lot of people will be meeting Benedict Cumberbatch for the first time this weekend with the release of "Star Trek Into Darkness," where he portrays a certain well-known villain. No spoilers, but here's a hint:
Still others know him for redefining another iconic role on BBC's "Sherlock," now in production for its third season. But the British actor has been taking on well-known personas for even longer than that.
Stephen Hawking (2004)
In the biopic from the BBC, Cumberbatch plays Stephen Hawking during his early years at Cambridge, coming to terms with an early theory and the beginnings of his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The role earned him a BAFTA nomination (the delightfully named British version of an Oscar).In addition, Cumberbatch narrates Hawking's documentary series "Into the Universe" and "Grand Design," and he's a part of an upcoming documentary to be released in theaters also called "Hawking." To avoid any confusion, this more recent documentary also features Buzz Aldrin, Sir Richard Branson, and Jim Carrey. Yes, that Jim Carrey. No, we don't get it either.
Currently available on Amazon Instant Video (the old one, not the Ace Ventura one).
Vincent van Gogh (2010)
Taken entirely from actual letters written by and to Van Gogh, this documentary won a Rockie award at the Banff Festival in Calgary proving, once and for all, that the U.S. has the most boring award names in the world.