"The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront 'This is who it is.' It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimate and accept that's what the thing was.... it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it."
IGN caught up with Cumberbatch and asked him what he thought about Abrams' regret, and this was his hilarious reply,
“What a dickhead,” the actor laughed. “I mean, the amount of times we had to lie for him. The amount of secrets, the amount of times I had to not talk about it being my character. God damn him.”
He's obviously just joking around,