Benedict, on being asked whether he might have felt slighted that he was offered a role that had been turned down by Benicio del Toro. (x)
Here’s another thing that we love about Ben: he doesn’t appear to be the kind of actor who would let minor distractions like this get in the way of getting a good role, or performing it to the best of his ability. And we think that’s the mark of a true professional. The core issue with any part, after all, is not who was offered it first — but whether it went to someone who was able to do it justice.
Benedict Cumberbatch, on being asked whether he was academically bright (x).
"I realised I was being respected and I needed to return that respect."
Rare insight for such a young person, in our opinion — reinforcing our belief that behaviour can change, but character is pretty much set from a young age.
Cambridge Science Festival 2013
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It’s a brilliant, in-depth telephone interview he did as the guest director for the Cambridge Science Festival 2013. Is well-worth a listen.
“It’s this age old question about what mystery is what the unknown is. We can all stand in awe of the unknown and the majesty of what we are part of in this life but I think the beauty of science is that it is as beautiful to me as any religious or spiritual revelation to untag an understanding of your world. There’s so much to wonder at even though we have a really specific understanding of these things we wonder at. It doesn’t diminish the romance of these discoveries. You can still be in awe of something even if you understand it.”
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Benedict Cumberbatch, in his note about the Cambridge Science Festival.
A submission from our friend, phunkyvanspam!
Wonderful quote about Benedict from JJ Abrams
J.J. Abrams has shared a few more tidbits concerning forthcoming sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, singling Benedict Cumberbatch out for particular praise, without giving anything more away about his character.
“I just can’t wait for people to see the movie,” says Abrams. “Benedict is unbelievable. It’s a tall order, coming into that movie, because the crew of the Enterprise – that cast – is so damn good and they’re wonderful to work with and they’re all good hearts.”
“So, to come into that group, as he did, as Alice Eve did and as Peter Weller did, and be one of the family was something that I was doubtful could happen. And he completely did it. I not only love him in the movie, but I love him, as a human being. He’s an amazing guy. I can’t wait for people to see the movie and experience what he’s done.”
Praise indeed. So what else can audiences expect from Abrams’ second bite of the cherry? Well from the sounds of things, the answer to that is scale.
“It’s a far bigger movie,” says Abrams. “What I’m still grappling with and learning how to do is to be looking and thinking cinematically, having come from television. A lot of that is about keeping all that stuff in frame and understanding composition.”
“There were things I wish I had done on the first movie, that I got a chance to do this time. There were shots I wished I’d gotten, that I never got a chance to get, so it was fun to get that chance this time. But, there are no gimmicky things that I’m aware of, that I’m imposing or forcing down an audience’s throat.”
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