Benedict plays villain John Harrison in sci-fi flick

Benedict Cumberbatch had to get into serious shape for the role of villain John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness. 

He actor admits that the gruelling regime he followed to beef up was a very tough challenge.

‘That was the hardest thing, in all honesty,’ says Benedict, 36.

‘It meant an awful lot of eating in a very short space of time, and a lot of working out – but fortunately I had a fantastic trainer.

‘I’d never been asked to do that before – it was very integral to the character to have a strong physical shape and presence, and to be able to move at the same time, so I wasn’t just a stiff lump of muscle.’

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