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Oh, for fuck’s sake, Benedict.
A BEN A DAY, TEST 37.
A study in DORK.
‘The Adorkable Prince’ Friday, reason 1a (multiple parts will be needed).
FIRST REASON WHY I LOVE THIS MAN: HE NEVER TAKES HIMSELF SERIOUSLY ;)
AND I DO LOVE IT (HIM) WHEN HE ACTS LIKE A TROLL !!!!
(pics are not mine…)
1. 2012 Cheltenham Litt.
2. 2012 Emmy’s
3. 2012 Prince’s Trust Ride
4. 2012 Oklahoma, while filming AOC
5. 2012 Emmy’s
6. 2012 War Horse premiere
7. 2012 The day after Cheltenham
8. 2012 Spencer Hart
9. 2012 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards
Benedict Cumberbatch photoshoot by Gareth Iwan Jones
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- unfortunately he wasnt allowed to give us any spoilers for season three, but he did say he hoped to bring out a slightly more human side to the character
- when asked about the backstory he imagined for sherlock he said that again, he couldnt say how much it would feature in the series or if there’d be flashbacks (returning to his fallback position of ‘no comment’), but as for his use of it as a tool for playing the part he said he ‘likes to go there sometimes, but it’s a place I like to go by myself’ - obviously a very personal creation and comfort for him
- on crying-on-command he said he tended to draw on the emotions, vulnerabilities and motives of the character he’s playing and noted the importance of delicacy when it comes to balancing those emotions with ones from his own past that he could draw on (and that a certain amount of exhaustion can help sometimes too!)
- on Jonny Lee Miller and his new role in Elementary, he earnestly wished his former co-star well with the production and sought to affirm that any bad remarks in the press were misquoted, fabricated or a case of misinterpreted humour - he thinks the show is ‘fabulous’, loves Jonny’s charisma and presence and really enjoys the reinvention of Watson by Lucy Liu
- the misquotes about Lee Miller prompted him to talk about his recent ‘tall poppy syndrome’ and the problems that can come with increased press attention after taking on larger roles. He said he is now a much more guarded interviewer and conscious of how he comes across, as remarks made with humour are easily misinterpreted by those wishing to draw more attention through (rather minor) scandal
- this also led him to talk about ideas of middle class priviledge and ‘anti-posh bashing’ as he has been talked about by some media as a new spokesman for the posh. He seemed uncomfortable with being put in that position saying that ‘the posh and well-educated are articulate and able to defend themselves - instead of making sweeping generalisations about people we should be focusing on the more important issues surrounding class.’
- when talking about the benefits of fame he mentioned being able to provide a voice for charities and those that didnt have one themselves in the public, mentioning a 40-mile-long cycling trip he is going to take next week from Buckingham Palace for the Prince’s Trust, helping children in Britain who are disadvantaged due to their poor home or school lives.
- he did agree with Loo Brealey’s statement that his look and manner made him well suited to playing the period characters (though she added he of course isnt limited to them), and he responded that it was less him being pigeonholed due to class and more to do with his identification with the characters being so much stronger as he is an ‘old soul’ (a description given to him by a Harrow english teacher during his time there).
- on Parade’s End he said he didnt get a chance to read the books before filming, relying on the script and the trust he placed on his co-stars Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens. After filming began he read the four novels voraciously and ‘fell in love’ with Tietjens, going as far as saying he is the character he most loved playing.
- on preparing for roles he said he’d seen a live autopsy leading up to Frankenstein and spent time depriving himself of sensory prejudices in order to simulate being born again as the monster
- his favourite scene to watch as a viewer and one of his favourites to act as well was the infamous Reichenbach suicide. The side of Sherlock that he got to act as there gave him a chance to find vulnerability and a different kind of emotional depth for the character (even if it was just going through the process imagining how sherlock might create/act out those emotions - actingception?). On auditioning with Martin he said the other actors brought something wonderful and creative to the role but when Martin came in, Benedict’s ‘game went right up’.
And as for the crack moments,
- he forgot to take his jacket off until 45 minutes into the talk, at which point he promptly got up, took of the jacket and danced a little as he moved to unbutton the shirt as well to the sound of many wolfwhistles
- he and loo didnt realise they were being projected onto the screen above them until the Q & A session and Benedict had a minute giggling to himself leaning around the shot and messing with the angles
- Mark Gatiss bought the Sherlock coat for him and he wore it around London before the pilot had aired (something he was sad to say he couldnt repeat now)
02-05/50 pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch.
Happy Birthday, mr. Cumberbatch.
└ Happy Birthday, Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch!
I: Do you have any irrational fears?
B: No, I’m quite a rationalist. I’m not superstitious, I think life is too full of natural wonders and logical complexities to worry about illogical things.
I met Benedict Cumberbatch today at an ice cream shop in New Orleans.
I’m visiting from New Mexico for a conference, and a friend of mine lives here and took me out to the place today. We were sitting maybe five minutes and I look up see him walking in.
I freaked out. On the inside. And stared like a freak. Benedict Cumberbatch just walked into the ice cream shop.
Him and his friend ordered ice cream, and because people are asking he got some sort of coffee flavour I believe but not 100% sure in a waffle cone, and then proceeded to sit at the table next to us.
Anyway I was trying to explain to the other girls I was with, one had no idea and the other had heard of him, and I was dying. I didn’t want to be that annoying person, so I waited until they were finished to approach him.
He gets up to walk out and I get up too and say “Excuse me sir” and he turns and looks at me and I say “I don’t mean to be a bother, but I’m a huge fan of yours”
And he breaks out into this huge grin and kinda looks at the floor and says “thank you!” and I’m clutching my phone and I say “I’m sorry, but could I get a picture with you?” and he says “of course!” and we go outside.
Because I’m freaking out I start blabbing and I said “I’m sorry I’m not from here I’m just very excited to meet you.” and he laughs and says “I’m not from here either!” (I died).
He asks where I’m from and I say “Las Cruces, New Mexico.” and he stops and thinks and asks “where again?” and I say “Las Cruces, New Mexico” and he repeats it and nods slowly.
He turns to his friend and asks if he would take a picture, and his friend said “sure no problem!” Benedict comes next to me and PUTS HIS ARM AROUND ME and I put my arm around him and felt his back and I died again.
His friend took the picture and said “I think I got it!” and Benedict said to me “pull it up, make sure it’s a good one!” so I do and we all 3 look at it, me still freaking out that he’s 3 inches from me, and he says “it’s a great one!” and I died.
He then asked why I’m in New Orleans and I explained that I was here for a volunteering conference to help clean up the city. He turns and looks at me and says “I’ve seen thousands of you guys everywhere!” he asks when I’m leaving and I say “tomorrow.”
He starts slowly walking away as I say “thank you so much!” and then I just blurted out “We’re all waiting!” and he stops walking and laughs and says “you know I do other things! But we are going to start filming in January and I believe it’ll be out next fall!”
He waves, says to have a safe trip home, and walks away, and I walk back into the store, a world completely oblivious to everything that happened.