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!

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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, September 24, 2012
That’s what hurt me about it — it’s a very high class problem to have, to be over-scrutinized for every word you say, but when people start quoting you for things you didn’t say, that’s when it becomes a bit weird and you lose control. I just made sure that he was alright and of course he was, because he’s a grown-up. I issued a statement saying “this is not what I said at all.”

Benedict Cumberbatch, on the rather malicious misquotes attributed to him regarding Elementary’s Jonny Lee Miller

Source (x)

Benedict in The Huffington Post