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.
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!
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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
Another great submission from our friend Asa — thank you!
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:
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!
Benedict Cumberbatch, on why he isn’t on Twitter
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!
Benedict Cumberbatch, on claims that he’d been critical of Jonny Lee Miller’s acceptance of the role of Sherlock Holmes in Elementary
We hope that settles this nonsense once and for all.
Benedict Cumberbatch, on the rather malicious misquotes attributed to him regarding Elementary’s Jonny Lee Miller