Benedict Cumberbatch: You Should Empathize With My ‘Star Trek’ Villain

Without giving too much away, Benedict Cumberbatch is not the good guy in the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness.

But according to the star, his character isn’t that bad either.

“It’s really interesting. He’s incredibly ambiguous,” Cumberbatch told Celebuzz’s Cory Lopez. “He’s somebody you should have empathy for. His reasoning and intentions are very morally based. He has a real purpose.”

While that purpose may involve ripping “through the fabric of Starfleet,” this villain is not a far cry from Kirk’s characteristics.

“They’re really smart, how they’ve matched the two,” Cumberbatch said.

Be sure to check out more Celebuzz coverage of Star Trek into Darkness this week: we’ve got interviews with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.

The film opens stateside May 16.