Watch Benedict Cumberbatch read out R. Kelly’s ‘Genius’

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Star Trek Into Darkness) has a voice full of gravitas. It’s presumably why Peter Jackson cast him as Smaug for the new Hobbit movie out later this month.

US talk show host and part-time narration talent spotter Jimmy Kimmel must have thought likewise, as he enlisted Cumberbatch’s delivery earlier this week to read out the lyrics of R. Kelly’s song ‘Genius.’

You’re probably thinking, ‘Hey, I’ve seen R. Kelly’s rap-opera, Trapped in the Closet. I know it don’t get better than that. Why should I watch this Holmes guy try to match the World’s Greatest?’

It’s worth it. Promise.


Cumberbatch will next appear in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is set for release on December 13th. The cast also includes Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Lee Pace (Thranduil), Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug / The Necromancer), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Christopher Lee (Saruman the White), Ian Holm (Old Bilbo), Elijah Wood (Frodo) Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), Aidan Turner (Kili)), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori), John Callen (Oin), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), William Kircher (Bifur), James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Manu Bennett (Azog), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Billy Connolly (Dain Ironfoot) and Stephen Fry (Master of Lake-Town).