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Star Trek Into Darkness and Fifth Estate star Benedict Cumberbatch once faced death at the hands of armed kidnappers in a desolate stretch of South Africa.

The scare took place during a weekend off from filming a 2005 miniseries — when Cumberbatch and two friends had a flat tire en route back to the set, the British actor told The Hollywood Reporter.

“We were wary because that’s a notoriously dangerous place to drive,” he said.

“Then, poof, the front right tire blows. So we got the spare, but that meant getting all of our luggage out.

We were like sitting ducks.” Six gunmen surprised them and demanded their drugs (“We had smoked a bit of weed”), money and weapons.

The gunmen bound the three and threw them into a car; Cumberbatch, after complaining about losing sensation in his limbs, was stuffed in the trunk. “I was really worried that I was going to get raped or molested or just tortured or toyed with in some way, some act of control and savagery,” he recalled.

Then, abruptly, the three were cut loose into the night.

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