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The Voice Behind the New Grinch

By Melissa Gutierrez
Posted On Apr 14, 2016
The Voice Behind the New Grinch

Years before his career completely took off, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, 39, faced a life-changing incident. While in South Africa filming for a miniseries, Cumberbatch and his two friends suffered a flat tire en route back to the set. The three were attacked by a group of armed robbers, abducted overnight, and held at gunpoint. Fortunately, the kidnappers set them free without explanation.

Cumberbatch has commented on the incident that “it’s made me want to live a life less ordinary.”

We think he accomplished just that.

Cumberbatch’s role as Sherlock Holmes was nothing but stellar, his portrayal of Alan Turing in the Imitation Game was pure brilliance, and he brought to life the fearsome dragon Smaug in The Hobbit.

As if he hasn’t proven to be the cream of the crop already, Cumberbatch has been chosen to lend his voice to the title character of a new production of a beloved Christmas favorite, The Grinch, set for a November 2017 release.

Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination Entertainment, shared that Cumberbatch was chosen for the role because they were “looking for a voice to express comedic wickedness while embodying vulnerability.”

If there is anyone who is talented enough to embody all emotions on the spectrum, Benedict Cumberbatch is definitely the guy to do so.

Benedict, your life is anything but ordinary, and for that, we are thankful.