'The Grinch' reveals what he REALLY thinks of Benedict Cumberbatch in exclusive trailer breakdown

A new trailer for Illumination and Universal Pictures’ The Grinch arrived yesterday, and now we’re thrilled to be able to share some exclusive insight into the animated adventure… from The Grinch himself.

The grumpy green grouch took time out of his busy schedule to share some eye-opening behind-the-scenes details in the latest trailer that you might have missed.

In case you needed reminding, you can watch the new trailer below.


Here’s what The Grinch (with a little help on the grammar from the film’s screenwriter Tommy Swerdlow) had to tell us about the latest trailer for the festive feature which hits UK cinemas on 9 November.

0:12 – 0:14

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: If I’m being honest, those kids were very difficult to work with.

0:14 – 0:22

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: I’m not really that mean, but that’s what audiences expect from me so…

0:26 – 0:36

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: I got along well with the actor playing Max for the most part, but I did find the incessant panting a little over the top.

0:44 – 0:47

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: I’m a method actor, so I just don’t act green, I am green. In fact, I went and actually lived in Whoville for pre-production… You can’t get a decent cup of coffee in the whole town. It all tastes like cheer.

0:44 – 0:47

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: I would have stayed out of the wide shot when me and Max are playing chess and gone in tight on me thinking about my next move… a sort of “genius at work” thing.

1:00 – 1:06

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: They tried to feed me red and green sugar cookies between takes and I was like I don’t think you understand, this isn’t an act… I really hate Christmas.

1:12 – 1:17

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: I’m cute as a kid but cuter as an adult.

1:35 – 1:40

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: For me, personally, the film works best when I’m on screen alone.

1:59 – 2:03

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: “This is the loudest snow I’ve ever heard.” That line was totally improvised.

2:04 – 2:05

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: I tried to give this Benedict Cumberbatch some clues on how to play me, but he had his own ideas… you didn’t hear this from me, but he’s a little full of himself… and I honestly didn’t think his Sherlock was that good. I say Bring back Robert Downey Jr.

2:09 – 2:14

The Grinch reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets of his latest trailer. (Illumination/Universal)

The Grinch: That whipped cream gag was my idea.

The Grinch hits cinemas 9 November.

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