Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘STID’ shower scene was deleted, but here it is

We’ve gotten 20 million tips about this, so thank you for thinking of me whenever you see Benedict Cumberbatch without a shirt. You know it’s something I enjoy, even though I don’t think Cumby is a traditional “heartthrob”. Like, even though I’m not Twihard-y about Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Gosling or even Robert Pattinson, I enjoy seeing them shirtless because they are the vanilla beefcake that makes life more interesting. But Cumby’s shirtlessness is something else altogether.

First, some backstory. When JJ Abrams was on Conan O’Brien’s show, he confirmed that he DID shoot a Cumberbatch shower scene for Star Trek Into Darkness, but it got deleted from the final edit. Thankfully, JJ brought it for Conan’s audience. Behold!!

It’s a good scene, although Cumby looks like he is about to murder the water. I do wonder why JJ didn’t include the scene in the final edit… it’s not even like it’s that long, you know? But maybe they didn’t know where to fit it in.

Personally, I think my favorite Cumby-shirtless scene was in A Scandal In Belgravia when Sherlock is dressed only in a sheet in Buckingham Palace and he goes to walk away and Mycroft steps on the sheet. Sigh… CUMBY.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Twitter.

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    Sigh. Beefy Cumby is SO much better than skinny Sherlock.

    • Eve says:

      I’ll take both.

      • Anna says:

        I saw the pix on The Daily Mail site a few hours ago and was trying to figure out how to pass the word to Eve & Fanty. Good thing Kaiser had the same idea!

      • V4Real says:

        It’s too early in the morning and I need glasses, plus i’m on my android phone. I thought it said Bennedict Cumberbatch STD scene; sorry Eve.

      • T.Fanty says:

        You can have Sherlock. I want hot, Alpha CumberKahn. Plus one cardigan.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Eve: we might need to join forces. The formidable Miss Eyre took note of the Cumbernipples. She’s gone quiet, and I’m concerned that she is hastily rearranging the decorations in the drawing room at Thornfield, to entice our boy with hedgehogs and owls and TommyAnne.

      • marie says:

        ha V4, I thought the same thing and I’m staring at a computer screen. I thought “did he get the std in the shower”

      • Eve says:

        @ T.Fanty:

        Weren’t you claiming to be “defending *your* (sherlockian) territory” yesterday? Interesting…

        They’re both mine. MINE!

      • Anna says:


        We know Hiddles is over-eager, but is Cumby really so easily enticed? Plus, over on the other post, Dragonfly King is busy getting busy with the Viking (Scars).

      • T.Fanty says:

        Yes, but Sherlock is openly asexual. I’ll take my fictional chances on the one more likely to do me. In hot, angry, shower sex (thanks Tish), better than Kirk would. He does need to repopulate his species, after all. (Hey! Art mirroring life!)

      • T.Fanty says:

        @Anna? Really? I can’t keep up with that little bonneted floozy.

        Whoop. I just saw she wasn’t there yet. I stand by my comment, in anticipation of her response to a Viking/Dragonfly make out session.

      • Anna says:


        I’m confused: are you and Eve shanking or teaming up?

      • T.Fanty says:

        I think she just left. She said below that she has a headache, but I think we all know the truth..
        *flexes muscles smugly and straightens cleavage*

      • j.eyre says:

        Benedict Arnold-Fanty and Eve – the Cumbernipples are all yours. I appreciate his form in the scene but there is only one chest upon which I would like to lay my head… and hands… and tongue…

        Maybe two chests… well – you could probably say three… and then, okay four – let’s just say it’s a pretty long line and Cumberbatch is not in it.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I presume that only holds true until you need the last piece for your Village People party?

      • j.eyre says:

        Well, now wait a minute – that is part of a matched set. I am not going to throw historical accuracy out the window to maintain my stance that I don’t want Cumby – I have my standards to uphold. Besides, I will do anyone dressed in Village People attire (yes, I know where that sentence could have ended.

        But do not throw iconic gay 70’s glam disco ensembles in my path to distract me from the fact that a mere suggestion of a compliment sent you running into the arms of Eve to take me out. How many of these god-forsaken battles have I stood beside you for this tussled-haired marmet?

        Between this betrayal and Eve “forgetting” to pass on important information to Jenna yesterday – I think I see with whom I should take tea. You may send a hedgehog round to return your key to Thornfield… along with both pieces of my broken heart.

        Between you stabbing me in the back with my own knitting needles and Anna’s skank comment yesterday – I am so distraught I may only be able to be taken by CHarms 4 times today.

      • T.Fanty says:

        How about this: I don’t give up my key, and send this around instead?

        The little line beneath his belly button is where I’ll attach the postage stamps (although that may require some licking).

        On top of that, I promise to send Cumby around whenever you string up Chemboy’s glitter balls.

      • Miss M says:

        *Puts her gas mask on* *Sprays nitrous oxide in the CB air*

      • j.eyre says:

        I don’t need you for my Dragonfly King and you may keep Cumby.

        You want back into Thornfield? Let’s start with this:

        I will see how generous I feel after…

      • T.Fanty says:

        *squeaks and staggers*

        Ohhhhh. I have two questions: firstly, for how long? And will you return him in one piece?

        I will say tentatively yes, but if you feed him to Remora, we are forever severed. I’ll even send him Gatsby style (, if you guarantee no Remora.

        ETA: I know I’ve been a little wayward recently, but I feel sure that your love for me knows no bounds. Who else will come and unstrap you when TommyAnne and Chemboy are passed out from exhaustion on the floor, in a pool of sweat, tears and god-else-knows-what?

      • Anna says:


        I know the pic wasnt for me but I havent a clue who that is


        Am I supposed to start shanking you now, or something, for that CHarms comment, you insatiable trollop?

    • grabbyhands says:

      I think I’m in the minority-I like him beefy and everything, but I miss the willowy season one Sherlock. He looks a bit closer in the current set pictures, but he still looks different.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Heavens to Murgatroyd, Fanty! HOW are you always here first? It’s fine with me, I just don’t know how you do it!

      • EscapedConvent says:

        @Fanty & Miss Eyre,

        Am I that easy to forget?

        *gazes out window of Cumby’s renovated bedroom*

  2. Stephanie says:


    That is all.

  3. Jade says:

    Oh holy moly

  4. Amelia says:


    . . . . .*dead*

  5. lady mary. says:

    mmm,thats a lovely close up of his chest t be nice,must be nice to lay my head there ,in the shower with him ,god lord ,cant blieve the cumby vodoo is working on me ,but iam a sucker for gorgeous men in shower ,dere is always smthn so erotic abt the water tricklin down their chests….ahm excuse me while i go o and check out matt bomers shower scene in white collar and cumby’s

  6. Apples says:

    Wow. Shocked at how much he was able to bulk up. I didn’t think his body was capable.
    Bad decision JJ Abrams. Bad decision.

    • T.Fanty says:

      Re: that. Abrams is *so* stupid. This doesn’t justify the Alice Eve semi-nudity. It reinforces that it was sexist gratuity, because even though he filmed Cumby, he consciously chose not to include it in the theatrical release.

      • Tish says:

        Agree. Male gaze.

      • Mia 4S says:

        I’m not sure I agree TFanty (although it’s a sign of how Star Trek is held in higher regard that some people are mad about a scene that’s not a tenth of what Hollywood usually does). I thought the Alice Eve scene was an akward attempt at romantic comedy. It was poorly edited, but in context I got what they are going for. She needs a particular suit to examine the torpedo, she doesn’t tell him why he has to turn around, he gets curious and peeks and gets an eyefull. She seems more amused with him than upset. The only issue I thought was the camera lingered too long and that it was too little if the filmmakers are trying to set up what I think they are trying to set up (sorry, trying to be vague on possible third movie spoilers).

        I loved the movie a lot (going back this weekend), I had some issues with it too but this wasn’t one of them.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I hear what you’re saying, Mia, and agree that it might have been the intent, but for that to be true, they would have had to scripted more than a two minute interaction. Alice Eve was nothing but a damsel in distress, and the decision to have her strip was entirely congruent with her lazy characterization. Ultimately, she was there to be pretty and to titilate Kirk. Making her a rocket scientist (or whatever the hell she was) didn’t mitigate her objectification.

        ETA: I know Abrams has a history of presenting strong women, but he really sold them out with this movie. Sorry to sound exasperated, but I think this is a *really* bad time for women in the movies.

      • grabbyhands says:

        Agreed. I thought Abrams explanation was pretty weak.

      • Mia 4S says:

        “but for that to be true, they would have had to scripted more than a two minute interaction.”

        And I think there you have hit on the real issue. The scene was out of place. She wasn’t needed in this movie as a love interest. Kirk had tons of great emotional stuff going on….Spoiler Alert…

        Heartbroken over the loss of his surrogate father, struggling with doubts about command, seeing corruption in superior officers, the complicated friendship with Spock….

        ….save the romance for movie 3! It doesn’t need much set up, she’s smart and beautiful, he’s funny, courageous, and looks like Chris Pine. You could have them in bed ten minutes into the movie and I’ll buy it. 😉

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        Amen, T-Fanty, amen!

  7. Tish says:

    He looks so mad! Hahahahaha! I had a giggling fit when I first saw this because he looks so uncomfortable but after the novelty wore of… DAMN!

    Angry sex.

  8. Ncboudicca says:

    Hm. This is good because Cumberb*tches can build on it. For example: where are his hands and what are they doing? Is he holding a bar of Star Fleet soap and is he about to lather himself up? It’s pretty easy to insert an endless variety of scenarios…

  9. moon says:

    I don’t care for the shower scene, but that photo of him carrying a baby got my ovaries exploding

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  11. Al says:

    I hope they include deleted scenes on the DVD release!

  12. Jenna says:

    *sigh* I don’t even like this man like that.

    Eve, are we going to battle again? I just came from a morning workout at the gym, and Karl (thank you Ms. Eyre, for that), so I’m a little tired. Let me know if you want me to set up my artillery.

    • T.Fanty says:

      *waves at Jenna* Simon Pegg tweeted a great pic of your boy today.

      • Jenna says:

        *waves* Hi, T.Fanty! Bye T.Fanty! *runs to check Simon’s twitter* I gots to see my man! Unf! Talk about a morning pick-up!

      • Jenna says:

        Edit: @T.Fanty: You best believe I made that picture a ‘favorite’ on my twitter. Good God, man. Le Unf. <3

    • Eve says:

      @ Jenna:

      I have a splitting headache right now (seriously)…so I must leave :(.

      • Anna says:

        Poor Eve. Go rest and come back in fighting form! Let the Cumbernipples heal you!

      • j.eyre says:

        Feel better, dearest. Is it a migraine? Caffeine and protein – heavy doses immediately and rest in a quiet room.

        If it is regular, tylenol, lots of water and get someone to rub your shoulders and neck.

        Sinus – nose spray and a hot bath (or shower in keeping with today’s theme.) But go easy on the spray – no more than one day and following the instructions on the box.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Here you are, dear. Let these dulcet tones soothe your pain away:

        (seriously though. Feel better)

      • Jenna says:

        Fell better, girlie! Get some rest and watch some Sherlock! 😀

      • Crumpets and Crotchshots says:

        Poor sweet!Feel better soon!

      • Eve says:

        Thank you all for your best wishes!

        I’ll try to remember that next time I’m about to shank any of you :D.

  13. Ravensdaughter says:

    Who’s the tiny baby. His? Hmmm, that could cause guilt if one of us hooked him…
    “Shower of Evil” indeed, btw.

    • MissMary says:

      It’s his godson, Adam Ackland’s newest little one.

      • jules says:

        I hate that I am so obsessed with him that I know the baby is actually Paul McGuigan’s (who directed a number of Sherlock’s and will be the director of that Brian Epstien film) latest sprong. The picture was taken in LA.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      Phew! I think I speak for most of us. Thanks…

      • MissMary says:

        He’s still child-free, lol. TBH I would bet money on him adopting in a few years because I don’t see that man settling down to the marriage and such his mom keeps prodding him for and he talks about in interviews.

  14. Toot says:

    They cut it because he only looks good from the neck down. lol Sorry Kaiser.

  15. GeeMoney says:

    This scene wasn’t long enough. But I’m still happy that I got to see it. *drool*

  16. Tig says:

    Glad to think that this bit of Cumby from upper chest up is deemed to be the equivalent of Alice Eve in full frontal, albeit in underwear. Sure it is.

    Given how slim he is in RL, that was some more eating to bulk up that like!

  17. grabbyhands says:

    I was disappointed. His body looked great, but the scene was ruined by the expression on his face, which looked like he was experiencing severe stomach cramps or something.

  18. Atlanta says:

    He is so wrinkly, how old is he?

    • MissMary says:

      36 but he’s a heavy smoker and apparently doesn’t use sunscreen, judging by the damage to his skin when he’s without the make up they slather on him for red carpet and interview events.

      • ncboudicca says:

        MissMary – can’t say whether or not he uses sunscreen, but you might be referring to the damage on his forehead from burns he suffered putting on the makeup for Frankenstein…

  19. Dani says:

    I have never seen anyone so angry while taking a shower. Yikes.

  20. jules says:

    If only we got to see them forcing “John Harrison” to peal off his filthy, but stylish clothes and helping him into the evil shower that washed away all the dirt after he did manly things on Cronos.
    I’m the brig shower attendant standing just out of view waiting to soap him up because he is a naughty boy.

  21. Nan209 says:

    Personally, I think my favorite Cumby-shirtless scene was in A Scandal In Belgravia when Sherlock is dressed only in a sheet in Buckingham Palace and he goes to walk away and Mycroft steps on the sheet. Sigh… CUMBY.

    Can I hear an amen?

    • ncboudicca says:

      A favorite of mine. Happy it’s on Netflix so I can queue it up anytime I want.

  22. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    YUCK!! He is so fug and looking at that jaw alone (or lack there of), he isn’t going to age well either.

    Oh and that voice that stans rave on about? My hubby and I watched him on Graham Norton the other week, and he does NOT speak like that normally, he obviously puts on his ‘movie voice’ for film/tv roles. My hubby said it sounded like he was a good voice actor- but that was it. We both couldn’t get over how fug he was- even in motion. Chris Pine looked hot and manly in comparison (and I’m not even a CP fan lol).

    • allheavens says:


      What did Cumberbatch do? Murder your first born?

      • EscapedConvent says:


        I wondered that too. You can diss some things about Cumby, but his voice? Come now….

    • Lauli says:

      Come on girls, you can’t ask a silly teenager to be reasonable and fair…

  23. allheavens says:

    Saw STID this morning, good but not great film. Too many plot holes.

    The most of the cast did a good job considering the script they had to work with but Cumberbatch was very good. Cold, calculating and savage, STID the movie faltered but he did not.

    When you are in a scene with someone (Cumberbatch) and they make you look like a child, you (Chris Pine) need to rethink your approach to your character. IMAX does nothing for Chris Pine’s skin, he must have had severe acne as a teenager.

    It was an enjoyable ride but it could have been so much more.

    • Ponytail says:

      Oh gawd, am so glad someone else said it on here. He WAS good, but not enough to save the appalling plot. I was so disappointed, and frankly, the film was so badly paced, started getting bored about half an hour in. And then they rushed the end. And they wasted the [classic baddies] bit – couldn’t there have been a little bit more of characters who even this non-Trekkie has heard of ? It was just a big mess, and I think getting the in-jokes that were supposedly scattered throughout wouldn’t have improved it for me.

  24. Trashaddict says:

    No, no, no, no, no! Saw it on YouTube and his face looked like Tommy Girl’s! I wish I could rip my eyeballs out!

  25. Vera says:

    I do wish Cumby liked the Sherlock curls. I sure do.

  26. DeltaJuliet says:

    WTH? I’m always going on and on about how fug this guy is and now I’m looking at these pics thinking “huh, he’s pretty handsome”. Does it just take awhile to sink in or what?

    • Lauli says:

      The man has some flaws and lots of qualities. Glad you realized it.

    • LilyB says:

      I wasn’t thinking he was so special with Series 1 of Sherlock, but all the sudden, I got bitten hard by the Cumberbatch appeal. OMG. He is delicious, and he looks gorgeous in the Star Trek film. Who cares about bad plot? I just loved following his every move with mine eyes.

    • kronster says:

      Yeah,he grows on you with time.
      Congrats, you’ve been Batched 😉