Benedict Cumberbatch Admits He 'Pretended To Be A Lightsaber' As Star Wars: Episode 7 Rumours Continue

Actor said he'd leave JJ Abrams lightsaber voicemails

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Benedict Cumberbatch may be one of the biggest actors out there at the minute, but with the star rumoured to have been given a part in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode 7 movie, he says that he's been pestering the director by pretending to be a lightsaber. Standard.

The Sherlock hunk told The Metro that he left voicemails on director JJ Abrams' phone.

"Yeah, it started with me with sort of… I just sort of would leave casual messages on his phone as a lightsaber," Cumberbatch explained. "I thought he thought he was getting bad cell reception or something."

The movie has been given an initial release date of December 18, 2015 - will Benedict be among the cast members?

Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken out about 'pretending to be a lightsaber' (WENN)

Meanwhile, in other Benedict news, with less than a month to go before the third series of Sherlock returns to our screens, Cumberbatch has revealed that he is nervous about reaching fans expectations when the mystery behind Sherlock's fake death is solved.

Speaking to the Radio Times about the impending new series which will begin on January 1 with The Empty Hearse, Benedict said: "It's important for me to state this. Everyone keeps on banging on about the expectations of how he survived his fall at the end of series two. I'm much more worried about how I introduce myself to the world."

Discussing how Sherlock will react when he returns and his friend and family find out that he never died, Benedict continued: "Although he’s been through a s**tload, as we discover. In his own way it’s cost him. It’s all about how Watson responds to this man coming back.

"Spare a thought for Sherlock. He’s had his challenges and had to confront them on his own. He’s coming back to, not a changed London, but his London is very changed.

"An empty flat, an engaged best friend, and not knowing how to engage with that is heartbreaking. It should be. It should be funny, but it should also be upsetting, hopefully. I hope to God it’s not too cute and that I got it right."

"I’m more nervous about that than anything else, about the gradations of him introducing himself back to Watson," he said.

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