R.Kelly gets ‘revenge’ on Benedict Cumberbatch by singing about Khan


A few weeks ago, Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s late show and Kimmel asked Ben to do a “dramatic reading” of the lyrics to R. Kelly’s new song “Genius”. The result was pretty awesome. I’m saying that as a Cumberbitch, of course, but I really liked how game Ben was, and how “cheeky” he can be. Here’s the video again:

If you couldn’t tell, I guess R. Kelly was the other guest on Kimmel that night, which means that Benedict and R. Kelly probably shared Kimmel’s green room together, and they probably met and hung out and maybe had a drink together. Which means that they’re now buds. Well… at least they’re tight enough where R. Kelly feels like he knows Ben well enough to do his own “dramatic interpretation” of Benedict’s Khan character in Star Trek Into Darkness. When Kelly appeared on a talk show late last week, the host got him to do something… well, rather wonderful.

That was cool, right? It wasn’t mean-spirited at all, and R. Kelly is all “I got him back!” I would approve of R. Kelly lyric reinterpretation of all of Benedict’s lines, quite honestly. And I would like to see more dramatic readings from Benedict of R. Kelly’s insane lyrics. Let’s take this to the next level, gentlemen.



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  1. Jane says:

    BC still owned R. Kelly. His reading of Genius well…was genius, sexy as he** and very funny.

  2. Enny says:

    Dammit! Why do you have to keep posting things to make me actually . . . like R. Kelly?

  3. GeeMoney says:

    How awesome was that?!? Too funny.

  4. lady mary. says:

    u srsly can’t dislike Cumby ,no matter how many logical reasons one tries to find to dislike him,,,sigh!!! this reminds me of another brit i was gaga abt RUFUS SEWELL, now that was a sex god i would have given anythin to be banged by him

  5. SG says:

    That was so cute. His excitement was hilarious.

  6. madhatter_xam says:

    “where R. Kelly feels like he knows Ben well enough to do his own “dramatic interpretation” of Benedict’s Khan character in Star Wars Into Darkness.”……Trek…..Star Trek……

  7. alison8761 says:

    Hey!!! This!!!


    Benedict singing for August: Osage County. very sweet. maybe slightly spoiler-y for the film.

    • LadySlippers says:

      But he’s in character and not showing vocally what he can do. Although, you can hear that he probably has a fantastic voice (his foundation is sound but he’s holding back as Little Charles isn’t confident).

      To further illustrate my point, he sang as Edmund Talbot and that was a way better example, I think, of the potential of his singing voice. But even there — he’s still singing in character with his character’s inflections.

      • curlsunited says:

        @LadySlippers: Glad you mentioned this. I ADORE him as Edmund Talbot (so young! So brash! So witty!) and his rendition of Figaro’s aria (in Italian) is the icing on the Cumbercupcake, although he’s in character and doesn’t make full use of his rich velvety voice.

        Oh, let the man sing:

        “I would love to do musicals,” he tells us. “My voice is all right, I’ve got a reasonably good tenor. I’d like to revive a musical called City Of Angels that I was so impressed with. There’s a great part in it that I’d like to play. I’m not a massive musical theatre-head but my parents took me to see it when I was 21. I’ve wanted to be in it ever since.”

  8. Skye says:

    If R. Kelly starts singing about Star Trek, I want to hear him as Captain Kirk singing to his next potential piece of alien tail. Then I want Cumberbatch to read it dramatically. Make it so, Number One.

  9. Jessica says:

    Star TREK into Darkness. Not Star Wars. Star Trek and Star Wars are two different things.

  10. judyjudy says:

    R Kelly is NOT a gentleman.

  11. Oceansoul89 says:

    Ewww.. R. Kelly is one nasty dude.

  12. rep says:

    Thank you Jessica. I thought I was going crazy trying to figure out when Cumby was in Star Wars.

  13. rainy17 says:

    Freaking hilarious. Still think R Kelly is disgusting.

  14. Thora says:

    Even if it was funny he’s still a creep, yuck.

  15. R Kelly is gross–but he’s much better at this kind of thing than Kanye.

  16. tc says:

    The Village Voice just published an article detailing the specifics of R. Kelly’s assault accusations. There are DOZENS of young women who have accused him of assault. DOZENS. And now on twitter, even more young women are coming forward. Read it before you dismiss or overlook his predatory behavior: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2013/12/read_the_stomac.php#more

  17. Emmeline says:

    Well Cumberbuck should not try to use his music to promote himself.