Cumberbatch, 42, opted not to watch the original 1966 film, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” or the 2000 live-action re-imagining starring Jim Carrey after he was cast because he didn’t want those movies to influence his vision for the role. The British star only has vague memories of seeing that first Grinch movie back in the day, as he notes the cartoon flick isn’t as much of a holiday staple in the United Kingdom as it is in the United States.
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