Star Trek 2 is nearing a wrap on principal photography, with the cast and crew working towards a May 17, 2013 release date. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the unnamed villain in this sequel, recently spoke about the production, showering praise upon his director, J.J. Abrams.
"J.J. brings it. It's a very exciting set to be on. He's very imaginative. He's involved in the details, the acting and all the wonderful ideas he has for capturing stories in a fresh and imaginative way. Just the range of stuff I get to do in one day, it's great. Also, what he's asking me, it's just wonderful. I can't say much nicer things than that. I'm basically raving about it, and I don't have a gun pointed to my head. He's a genuinely good human being, as well as being absurdly talented and popular. He's just fantastically talented, just in payoffs and thrills and chills along the way."
While he couldn't share much about the character he plays, the actor reveals he did bulk up quite a bit for the role.
"I've gone up two suit sizes. The character I'm playing, he's strong, I can say that much. I've changed my physique a bit, so that requires eating like a foie gras goose, well beyond your appetite. And, providing I don't feel too ill, I then work out two hours a day with a phenomenal trainer. It's the L.A. way."