Wednesday, May 15, 2013
It’s no spoiler I think to say that there’s a huge backbone in this film that’s a comment on recent U.S. interventionist overseas policy from the Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld era… Without being too heavy-handed, I think it’s there, and I think it’s very sensible that it should reflect our time. Benedict, on Star Trek Into Darkness’ topical and political relevance (x)
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Are you kidding me? I mean, no. I’m kind of bamboozled by the idea that I should be fussed about who might not want to play this part before me or might not have been right for this part. You know, I adored the first film and the idea of being a central focus of the film … … There’s just so much to get a hold of as an actor … To say, “Nah, I’m not interested in that,” because somebody else didn’t want to do it would be bonkers.

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.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
I probably had Attention Deficit Disorder or something on the border of it … The teachers realised I could go one of two ways: be creative or destructive. I was made a prefect and it calmed me down. I realised I was being respected and I needed to return that respect.

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.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Thank you to all our new followers …

as well as our old friends who have been with us from the beginning!

As you all may have noticed, we are on semi-hiatus whilst one of us adjusts to life with a newborn baby and the other is frequently traveling.

But we’re still reblogging any relevant material that we find. And above all, we’re open to any and all submissions! So if you spot anything we’ve missed while we were, you know, changing diapers or changing planes, please give us a heads-up and we’ll post it here with due credit to both the source and to you!

Share your love for that sexiest part of The Batch’s body: his sizzling hot, well-developed, prodigious … Brain ;)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Journalism’s always been intrusive. And I think people have always wanted more of people in the public eye when they’re performers than they get with their characters, and you can understand why the obsession, the appetite builds.

I read profile pieces — or I used to, before now. [Pretending to read a tabloid.] “Oh, I learned something about that actor, oh he sounds a bit pompous, he sounds a bit petty, he sounds funny, he sounds lovely, she sounds great, she’s gorgeous, she’s not so pretty, she’s not who I thought she was.” Awful, judgmental s— — which, now that I’m going through it, I wish I could eat it all back.

But you know, my dear ex-girlfriend Olivia, we’re both very good friends still, but I used to berate her for reading Hello and Heat and all those rags, Grazia. I mean, I know why girls read them, of course they f—ing do. She’s a smart one, and she knew to look at it and go, “This is nonsense.” But it was entertaining, you know, hairdressing reading. I quite get why in the handbags of smart, as well as kind of pop culturally hungry girls, they’re great entertainment. But they can be really damaging because people do take them too seriously.

Benedict on gossip and tabloids

Source (x)

Another great submission from our friend Asa — thank you!

Benedict in Metro

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Authors

Here’s a great submission from one of our friends, Asa, who writes:

It’s always interesting to me to know what people like to read. Here’s a neat list of his favorite authors. 

What was the last book you read, and name some of your favourite authors?
Michael Darlow’s terrific biography of Terence Rattigan. Nabakov, Dostoyevsky, Dickens, Paul Auster, William Boyd, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Nancy Mitford, AS Byatt, Beryl Bainbridge, Hilary Mantel, Andrea Levy… Must get on and read more of them!!!

Taken from here:

http://www.londontheatre.co.uk/londontheatre/questionsandanswers/benedictcumberbatch.htm

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thank you for all the new follows!

We’ve been remiss in thanking and saying hello to everyone who’s followed us in the last month or so and we sincerely apologise.

Although we aren’t able to update as often as other Cumberblogs, we hope you enjoy your time with us. And remember, we welcome your submissions — even if it’s just to share with us and other readers your thoughts on the CumberBrain.

We love to hear from you!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I think if I did (tweet) you’d very soon be disappointed because it really is a skill - it’s a skill I genuinely don’t have… Just listen to how much I talk. I’ve already talked over our time (at the Cheltenham Literature Festival) and tweeting is about being pithy. I think tweeting would take so many hours of editing I’d be lost for doing my job.

Benedict Cumberbatch, on why he isn’t on Twitter

Source (x)

Benedict in The Radio Times

Personally, we think it’s wise for him not to be on Twitter, however much we as fans would like it. There’s so much scope for misunderstanding and controversy, and it could end up a distraction from the work he has to do.

What do you think? We’d love to know!

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Under no circumstances would I want Jonny to have anything but rip roaring success. First and foremost he is my friend – it would be pathetic. I made a joke, which doesn’t translate when written (something I’ve learned this summer). I’ve seen him and it’s fantastic. It’s really good and you should all watch it. He’s stunning to watch – he really knows what he’s doing. He asked if I was alright with it – I said of course I am. Don’t take me out of context. Lucy Liu is wonderful – it’s another great relationship.

Benedict Cumberbatch, on claims that he’d been critical of Jonny Lee Miller’s acceptance of the role of Sherlock Holmes in Elementary

Source (x)

We hope that settles this nonsense once and for all.

Monday, August 20, 2012

So much for the “whining about being posh” controversy

Cover of the Big Issue, courtesy of Cumberbatchweb

We’ve watched all the drama over his recent remarks on his “poshness” with both interest and amusement. And we have to say, it’s amazing how so many people can read so much into so little, without even once considering the man’s past, explicitly stated stance on so many pressing issues.

This latest interview*, however, shows the man we’ve always known him to be: politically aware, profoundly grateful for his relatively privileged background and the efforts of his parents to give him a sound education, and deeply angry at the continuing marginalisation of the disadvantaged in his society.

We are living under illusions that are similar to Edwardian delusions of empire and power and state, where ridiculous trade-offs in diplomacy are discussed over fine wines between the landed gentry who are deciding the fates of millions.

My character, Tietjens, is all about duty and how duty is more important than your own well-being. We don’t have that now. Cameron’s Big Society is just a terrible bit of window-dressing for the fact that the government is withdrawing its support for the basic fabric of society and the most needy, the most poor, the most at risk, in favour of bailing out the money system, which we know now is teetering on the brink of utter corruption. It is all happening before our very eyes.

The irony of the First World War was that two deaths — that’s Archduke Ferdinand and the other one I always forget — resulted in millions of deaths. Now, through rogue trading and betting on unstable equities, the actions of a few have bankrupted millions in this world. Yet still they are getting away with it. The system hasn’t changed, they haven’t been imprisoned ...”

And later in the article, we get a clearer perspective on the recurring issues about his background:

His heightened post-Sherlock profile means his voice now carries greater weight, and he intends to use it.

"I might get things wrong along the way, and I know I anger a lot of people because I talk from a very privileged standpoint, but I can’t rewind the clock, I can’t alter the circumstances of my birth … I wasn’t really born with a silver spoon in my mouth or as part of the landed gentry. My parents just worked fucking hard to afford me an expensive education. I was very aware and I made full use of it, which is part of why I am doing all right now. But I’m not just what the label makes me look like, having been to a public school.”

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*Scans courtesy of Cumberbatchweb — please click the picture or here for the full article on their website.