Simon Pegg's radiation trick

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Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana as the Enterprise crew as they face a new foe portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
October 30th, 2013

Simon Pegg convinced Benedict Cumberbatch he was being affected by radiation on the set of 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.

Funnyman Simon played a practical joke on cast member Chris Pine - who plays Captain James T. Kirk in the Hollywood sequel - and it quickly spread, with Benedict worrying it was responsible for him messing up his lines.

Simon explained to The Sun newspaper: ''I don't like seeing people get embarrassed.

''But we were filming in a nuclear facility and one day I said that Chris needed neutron cream - otherwise he'd get sunburn.

''He said, 'What?' And I said, 'Yeah, you'll get a rash from ambient radiation in the air.' From there the trick spread to other cast members.

''Finally, we got Benedict. He had this speech and he kept f***ing it up.

''Afterwards he said, 'Guys, I'm ever so sorry - I've got a real headache. I think the ions were getting to me.' He was so convinced.''

Despite missing a few lines, Cumberbatch - who plays villain John Harrison - said he had plenty of fun making the JJ Abrams movie, particularly filming stunt sequences.

He said: ''Working on the stunt sequences and choreographed fight sequences - it was a joy. I felt like a kid in a candy store. There's one point where I said to myself, 'Are you supposed to have this much fun earning a living?' It's just ridiculous.''