Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has said that he could not get himself to refuse The Grinch when he found out that it was going to be remade. The upcoming version is going to explore the Grinchs back story, delving deeper into his past life. The Illumination and Universal helmed animated flick is based on Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic of the same name. The original book tells the story of the grumpy Grinch who hates Christmas and plots to ruin it for all the people of the neighboring village called Who-ville. The film has released in India back on Friday, garnering great reviews. The Doctor Strange star voices the titular character of the Grinch.
"It was important to me that we told the story of someone who had a reason for his behaviour, before his conversion. I think everyone gets a vicarious thrill out of how the Grinch behaves, the curmudgeon-liness of the guy," Cumberbatch said in a statement.
"How this sort of over blown, over produced and over magnified elements of festivities around Christmas or Thanksgiving can just be a bit too much. He's funny, and hopefully that is what's going to be memorable about this Grinch. He's very witty and he's self-aware and there is however many sizes too small his heart is, there is a very strong beating heart to this," he added.
The actor also revealed that he was drawn towards the project because of Illumination.
"Their stable is filled to the rafters with fantastic films, and the movies are witty, smart, moving, and there's goodness in them," said Cumberbatch.
"With this film, they had great reverence for the original book, which I did, too. And they're just great to collaborate with."
Other actors who have lent their voices are Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury, and Cameron Seely.
- Rubaina Bilgrami
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