Benedict Cumberbatch Fell For 'Neutron Cream' Prank On Star Trek: Into Darkness Set

Benedict Cumberbatch - the star of the new Star Trek movie Into Darkness - has admitted he fell for cast-mate Chris Pine's elaborate prank on the set of the movie. Appearing on Graham Norton's chat show - set to air tonight (May 2, 2013) - Cumberbatch explained how he was persuaded to wear "neutron cream" to protect him from dangerous lasers.

"We were in a really futuristic laboratory with lasers that were trying to split a target smaller than a human hair to create a continual form of energy," explained Benedict. "And I was like, 'Wow, this is the real deal, what can't we touch? What's safe?" He continued, "I got on set and was told I needed to wear 'neutron cream' to protect me. I was gullible and did what I was told, it's America and there is a lot of health and safety." Pine, 32 - also making an appearance on the show - laughed, "And we told him he had to apply the cream in dots all over his face and there he was doing this really intense scene with sunscreen spots all over him." Cumberbatch, who plays shadowy villain John Harrison in J.J Abrams new movie, took the jibes in good humour, telling the audience, "I should have known. They had me, completely had me. It was really very funny."

Kim Cattrall and Eurovision singer Bonnie Tyler also make appearances on tonight's show, from 10.35pm.

Star Trek: Into Darkness hits cinemas in the UK on May 9, 2013. Check out the pictures from the London premiere below:

Star Trek Into DarknessChris Pine, Alice Eve, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana At The Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere

Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana At The Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere In London

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch Looking Suave At The Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere

Alice Eve
Alice Eve At The Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere In London



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mdg1019's picture


Not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer. Would expect better from Sherlock Holmes.

1 year 4 months ago
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