WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch Miserably Fails a Star Trek Quiz

Benedict Cumberbatch, who will play the villain of the Star Trek sequel (and possibly a well-known adversary, at that), recently had his knowledge of Star Trek tested during an interview with MTV.

“I think it’s best to, like a lot of acting you do, you have to start from a knowledge base of zero in order to have every experience that you’re portraying again and again and again feel like fresh,” Cumberbatch said. “So I purposefully made no attempt to learn anything about anything.”

When asked if he knew what the Botany Bay was, he said he had no idea.

“No. What’s the Botany Bay?” he asked.

Cumberbatch’s answers, especially those regarding Khan’s Botany Bay, seem a bit strange and somewhat dodgy.

Watch the video below.

Tell us what you think of Cumberbatch’s responses in the comments.

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  • Buzz Cagney

    He thinks he playing Obi Wan I think. Wow is he ever in for a surprise!

  • OK, this does not inspire confidence, but how much did Ricardo Montalban know about Star Trek at first either?

  • Jenna Steere

    I can’t believe everyone doesn’t realize he’s pretending! He’s that good an actor, people, even in interviews. He knows the broohaha and he can’t even hint at anything that anyone could jump on. He also says he doesn’t prepare for roles which if you’ve seen other interviews is pure silliness as he’s well known as a obsessive preparer.

  • roseytrebles

    He is absolutely pretending!  This is the man who read every single Sherlock Holmes story once he’d gotten the part of Sherlock; he’s just having his fun with the interviewer.  <3 him

  • Histhespian

    Hilarious! I love this.