Alien-esque Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch managed to persuade JJ Abrams to give him the Star Trek baddie role, not by auditioning, but by cobbling together his own pitch on an iPhone.
According to quotes in the New York Times, Cumberbatch filmed himself acting out Star Trek's villain role on his iPhone, late at night in a friend's kitchen, while in a state he describes as "pretty strung out."
Which sounds perfectly reasonable, as who hasn't re-enacted The Wrath of Khan's most memorable moments while rather worse for wear in a mate's kitchen?
It did the job, mind, with Abrams claiming it was "one of the most compelling audition readings I’d ever seen" and eventually giving Cumberbatch the coveted Star Trek villain role in the rebooted franchise's upcoming sequel. Sounds like we might have the Ricardo Montalban of this generation to look forward to. [Guardian]