Benedict Cumberbatch was reluctant to be cast as the bad guy in 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' because he hates he fact Americans also want to make English actors play villains on screen.
Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't want to be stereotyped as an English villain.
The 36-year-old actor was concerned about being perceived as another well-spoken, British bad guy when he took on the role villain John Harrison in J.J. Abrams' upcoming sci-fi sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
He told The Sun newspaper: ''I am very aware of the English tradition of an actor being from a different culture coming over and they are being like, 'God, this guy does theatre and c**p. We'd better give him the bad guy role and a cape and just make him be really horrible.' ''
The 'Sherlock' star also admitted he couldn't identify with the franchise's loyal group of fans - known as 'Trekkies' - because he has never been obsessed with anything.
Although he was aware of the TV series and films, Benedict admits 'Star Trek' didn't mean a ''huge deal'' to him growing up.
He confessed: ''I watched it and knew of it and I've seen pretty much every generation of it and I've seen some of the films, but I have never been an obsessed fan.
''I've never had that longing to be in the club, even a soccer club actually. I guess it's something to do with being an only child. I was very gregarious, but, I think, never obsessed with anything. I just sort of bought the T-shirt.''