'The Grinch': Benedict Cumberbatch on what makes this rendition of the Dr Seuss Christmas classic different
Benedict Cumberbatch succeeds Jim Carrey as the foul one with garlic in his soul, and he tells us how this movie is different.
Well, it isn’t quite that time of the year yet, but as the holiday increasingly gets more commercial, Christmas trees and tinsel have begun appearing across shopping centers, malls, everywhere, fake snow and all, and there is no stopping it. There is, however, the man who tried stopping Christmas and he is going to be showing up soon with his termite-ridden smile again. Yes, that monster as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch, is back to steal Christmas as it disrupted his tranquil solitude with its increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations.
Benedict Cumberbatch succeeds Jim Carrey as the foul one with garlic in his soul and he spoke of how this movie is different. While Carrey’s 2000 rendition, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ of the Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic was a fairly light watch, Cumberbatch hinted ‘The Grinch,’ set for release in the US for November 9, would be a lot more true to the book.
“I think what’s different and special about this version of the Grinch is that it is very loyal to the book, which is a very thin book, but, it brings it into a world where you have an endless amount of adventure around that, and tiny phrases in the book are catapulted into massive set pieces,” Cumberbatch said. “The amount of energy, I’d say makes this a very special version of it, the amount of visual invention and flair and freedom, that the artists have had making this.”
Almost sympathizing with the character, whose heart is filled with socks, that he plays, Cumberbatch said: “(The) over-blown and over-produced and over-magnified elements of festivity around Christmas and Thanksgiving can just be a bit too much and he’s funny, that’s certainly what’s going to be memorable of this Grinch, he’s very witty and he’s self-aware.”
Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who — a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer — plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for helping her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?
The Grinch opens in theaters nationwide on November 9 and tells of the redemptive power of kindness and the true spirit of Christmas.