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Benedict Cumberbatch: 19 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Man Behind Smaug

13 December 2013 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Having tackled Sherlock and Khan over the past few years, Benedict Cumberbatch is certainly no stranger to playing iconic roles. And he's just added one more.

Cumberbatch finally gives us a taste of dragon Smaug in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," out Friday, December 13. While Cumberbatch can't really "play" the CGI dragon on screen, the English actor was instrumental in Smaug's creation -- and, of course, also voices the mythical creature.

Whether or not you've seen Cumberbatch on the big screen or the stage of late (it's hard to miss him!), there's still much to know about this rising star. From his African abduction to his mutation, here are 19 things you probably don't know about Benedict Cumberbatch.

1. While on location in South Africa for "To the Ends of the Earth" (2005), Cumberbatch experienced a horrific carjacking in which he was kidnapped, but talked his way into getting released. He subsequently »

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Benedict Cumberbatch kidnapped: 'Sherlock' and 'Fifth Estate' actor talks about past ordeal

13 September 2013 9:49 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor, stealing scenes in everything from "Sherlock" to "Star Trek into Darkness" to the upcoming "The Fifth Estate." Everyone knows that these days. But did you know that Cumberbatch was once kidnapped in South Africa?

The bizarre tale came out during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Amidst questions about "The Fifth Estate," in which Cumberbatch plays Wikileaks hero/villain Julian Assange, the actor described the incident from about a decade ago.

Cumberbatch and two friends were heading back to the set of a miniseries ("To the Ends of the Earth") after a weekend of diving. They ended up traveling at night through the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa and had to stop for car trouble.

"It was cold, and it was dark. I felt rotten. We were wary because that's a notoriously dangerous place to drive," Cumberbatch explained. "Then, poof, the front-right tire blows. »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals He Was Once Abducted in South Africa

13 September 2013 7:28 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch has opened up about being abducted in South Africa eight years ago in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Cumberbatch and two friends had been driving back to the set of To the Ends of the Earth north of Durban when car troubles put their journey on pause. "It was cold, and it was dark. I felt rotten. We were wary because that's a notoriously dangerous place to drive. Then, poof, the front-right tire blows," Cumberbatch recalled. "So we got the spare, but that meant getting all of our luggage out. We were like sitting ducks, adverts for -- not prosperity necessarily but materialism."

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Benedict Cumberbatch: I Was Once Abducted in South Africa

12 September 2013 10:34 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Behind his steely exterior, Benedict Cumberbatch is hiding some pretty emotional experiences. The British actor, 37, opened up to The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview, recalling a terrifying incident that took place eight years ago in South Africa, wherein he and two friends were abducted one late night. "We were in South Africa, in KwaZulu-Natal, this amazing district north of Durban," he began the story. According to Cumberbatch, he had been in town to shoot the 2005 miniseries To the Ends of the Earth. 'It was [...] »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Recalls Being Abducted at Gunpoint in South Africa

12 September 2013 7:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With four movies out this fall, including early awards contenders like August: Osage County, Benedict Cumberbatch is living a dream come true. But it wasn't long ago that the actor - who's known for his roles in TV's Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - was facing a terrifying death. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, 37, tells the story of driving north of Durban, South Africa, to the set of the 2005 miniseries To the Ends of the Earth with friends, when he was abducted and held at gunpoint. »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Was Abducted, and 5 More Things You Don't Know About Him

11 September 2013 3:30 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Benedict Cumberbatch will dominate theaters this Fall with roles in four upcoming films, including The Fifth Estate and August: Osage County. But did you know the Emmy-winning Sherlock has a crazy past? During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict confessed that he once was abducted, prompting us to ask: what else don't we know about him?! We put on our Sherlock caps and came up with some curious information. He's still traumatized by his abduction. In THR, Benedict told the story of his abduction while filming the 2005 miniseries To the Ends of the Earth in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. One weekend, as he was returning from a diving trip, his tire popped. Then all of a sudden his truck was ambushed by six armed figures: "I was scared, really scared. I said, 'What are you going to do with us? Are you going to kill us?' I was really »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Was Abducted, and 5 More Things You Don't Know About Him

11 September 2013 3:30 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Benedict Cumberbatch will dominate theaters this Fall with roles in four upcoming films, including The Fifth Estate and August: Osage County. But did you know the Emmy-winning Sherlock has a crazy past? During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict confessed that he once was abducted, prompting us to ask: what else don't we know about him?! We put on our Sherlock caps and came up with some curious information. He's still traumatized by his abduction. In THR, Benedict told the story of his abduction while filming the 2005 miniseries To the Ends of the Earth in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. One weekend, as he was returning from a diving trip, his tire popped. Then all of the sudden his truck was ambushed by six armed figures: "I was scared, really scared. I said, 'What are you going to do with us? Are you going to kill us?' I was really »

- Maggie Pehanick

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17 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Cast of 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

14 May 2013 8:54 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, J.J. Abrams's follow-up to "Star Trek" hits theaters. "Star Trek Into Darkness" follows the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise as they look to take out a former Starfleet member who's gone rogue. But before you check out the film, why not take a second to brush up on some "Star Trek" cast trivia? We've collected 17 of the most interesting tidbits about the newest Enterprise crew -- you know, for educational purposes. 1. Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) met prior to being cast for the “Star Trek” movie through a mutual personal trainer; now the two work out at the same gym together. 2. Benedict Cumberbatch's (John Harrison) full name is -- are you ready? -- Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, and he was born in London on July 19, 1976. 3. Cumberbatch's parents, Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, are both actors. His mother starred in "Men Behaving Badly" and "Only Fools and Horses, »

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Benedict Cumberbatch reveals carjack scarring

28 April 2013 10:01 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Benedict Cumberbatch is scarred from his carjacking horror. The actor was in South Africa filming TV series 'To the Ends of the Earth' in 2000 when he and two co-stars were carjacked and held hostage in the execution position with a duvet over their heads. They were eventually released in the night and managed to escape to find help at a truck stop shop - but he still bears the scars from the trauma. Talking to the Mail on Sunday newspaper's Event magazine, e said: '[When we were held captive] I had this realisation that it doesn't matter how loved you are in your life, you die on your own. 'I've still got a scar [on my inner wrist] from »

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Cinema Audio Society Awards Nominations! "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises," "Django Unchained" Snubbed!

8 January 2013 1:03 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for the 49th Annual Cas Awards honoring outstanding achievement in sound mixing for 2012. "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit" were nominated but "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises," and "Django Unchained" were ignored. What? They weren't noisy enough?

The Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for the 49th Annual Cas Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2012.

"The Hobbit," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" made the cut in the motion picture - live action category (though "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Django Unchained" were snubbed).

Winners of the 49th Annual Cas Awards will be announced on February 16 at La's Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Sound Mixer Chris Newman will be honored with the Cas Career Achievement Award while director Jonathan Demme will be presented with the Cas Filmmaker Award.

Here's the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award giving bodies, »

- Manny

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