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Benedict Cumberbatch topless shower scene cut out of Star Trek: Into Darkness

Francesca Menato
by Francesca Menato Published on 23 May 2013
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Benedict Cumberbatch has been developing a legion of female fans over the years and it looks like he's set to get a few more after people see these snaps from the cutting room floor of the new Star Trek film - it's Ben topless in the shower!

A clip of Benedict Cumberbatch stripped bare in the shower has been released!

The video is taken from a deleted scene of his new movie Star Trek: Into Darkness.

It only shows the British actor's naked torso, so you'll have to use your imagination around what's going on outside of the camera shot.

The scene was played last night on US chat show Conan after the film's director, JJ Abrams, addressed complaints about the film.

Some viewers were unhappy about a scene involving actress Alice Eve in her underwear, which, unlike Benedict in the shower, did make it to the cinema.

All the 'Cumberbabes' and 'Cumberb*tches' out there may have liked what they saw, but JJ and Conan O'Brian joked that Ben - who plays villain Khan in the film - looked a little stern as he showered.

Conan said: "He's not enjoying that shower very much."

To which the director commented: "No, that is a shower of evil."

Benedict Cumberbatch topless © Conan

Benedict Cumberbatch


TV actor
born 19/07/1976

The man behind the blockbuster told his host about his decision to keep in the offending moment when Alice is in nothing but her bra and knickers.

He explained that it seemed fair, as there is also a point when the audience sees Chris Pine - who plays Kirk - stripped down.

JJ Abrams said: "To me it was a balance. There was a scene earlier where he is not dressed either so I felt like it was a trade-off.

"But some people felt like it was exploiting her and while she is lovely I can also see their point of view."

He argued that it was not intended to be gratuitous, it was designed to develop character profile: "She's changing and the idea was, the intent was, it's Kirk who was always a womanising character, so the idea was have a beat like that amidst all this action and adventure, have beat where he looks and looks away."

But he did admit that it wasn't well executed.

He added: "I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress.

"We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies, [but I] do not want to make light of something that some construe as misogynistic.

"What I'm saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future."

Benedict Cumberbatch © Getty
by Francesca Menato