Here’s Why Benedict Cumberbatch Was The First Choice To Voice The Grinch

A major hit over the recent holiday season was Illumination’s animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The movie from the studio most known for its Despicable Me franchise was a major success as its $500+ million managed to finally knock Home Alone off the top spot to be proclaimed as the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all-time. The Grinch‘s charming, funny festive tale was probably the main draw, but it can’t have hurt that it had a big name as its lead voice in the form of the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch.

On previous occasions, the Grinch had been played by horror icon Boris Karloff and comedy legend Jim Carrey, so clearly there’s no one type of actor who can portray the green grouch. With that in mind, why did the filmmakers go for Cumberbatch for their take on the classic children’s story?
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