Benedict Cumberbatch on Mowgli and the GrinchReported on Tuesday, November 6th 2018
While Benedict Cumberbatch was busy earlier this year trying to protect all of reality from Thanos' snap in Avengers: Infinity War, the latter part of 2018 has the actor in less strenuous yet more villainous voice roles in both The Grinch and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.
Cumberbatch spoke to Screen Rant about the differences between doing another motion-capture role as Shere Khan in Mowgli versus a pure voice acting role as the Grinch.
Screen Rant: You have an incredible voice. You've done a lot of voice acting, from narration and animation to motion capture. So what drew you to this role in The Grinch?
Cumberbatch: I think the book has certainly been part of my childhood, but it's not as popular as it is in the States. I knew the book, but I didn't know the Boris Karloff or Jim Carrey incarnations, but I was aware of the Carrey one, but I think I was too old to watch it. I mean, I was in my 20s, it was about twenty years ago. Anyway, the point being, I was very flattered. It's Illumination doing an animated feature, and what's not to love about The Grinch? He's wonderful, iconic, and green. It was a joy to be a grinchy Grinch. It was terrific. They wanted me to use my natural accent for the voice, which was very nice, and they said they loved the way I speak, but I thought, he's gotta be American, especially in the context that the rest of the cast is mostly American. It took four of five sessions to get the voice right. The script was so good, and Illumination's back catalogue was so good. The animation I got when I came in was very limited, but it was already very exciting. It was just excellent.
Screen Rant: what can you tell me about Mowgli?
Cumberbatch: It's like a battle for Andy Serkis, it's his passion project, and it was so hard when Disney brought out their beautiful, updated version, and it's so hard to have two at the same time. But you know what? It is so different, and it's so much nearer to the book, it will have a wonderful ride, I think. He's a very clever man, Andy; not only is he the godfather of motion capture, but even without the final rendering of the avatars, he's phenomenal, I mean Oscar-worthy. And to be directed by someone in that style was exciting enough, but when it's a friend and someone who is good an actor as Andy, it was just a joy to do, and it was a wonderful, extraordinary role. Shere Khan. Of course, he doesn't have a light side to him, or doesn't learn. He's too far gone, he's a damaged creature.
The Grinch is out now in theaters after mustering over $60M at the US box office. Mowgli, which has had a somewhat bumpy ride in terms of release will be in limited theaters on November 29th, before streaming Netflix on December 7th 2018.
Check out the full interview at the Screen Rant source link below.