Benedict Cumberbatch is talking Edwardian manners, the brutishness of croquet and a million other things that segue rapidly into each other while my brain struggles feebly to keep up. He is making me a cup of Earl Grey, and a single question – shall we share a teabag? – has triggered this rush of inspiration, from tea ceremonies to post-colonial theory. It’s fair to say that Cumberbatch is both a thinker and a talker.
His features – the huge almond eyes, the sweeping Cupid’s bow, the acute tapering from cheekbones to chin – can, in repose, hint at something extra-terrestrial; lit with animation, however, they’re charmingly boyish. He’s soon to begin shooting a TV adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s First World War novel Parade’s End, hence the current obsession with Edwardian England – Cumberbatch prepares meticulously for each new role with a welter of study and likes to immerse himself in the relevant historical and cultural detail. So what, I wonder, did he do for his part in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, his latest film? Learn Russian? Write ciphers?
He says he did go on a secret solo mission – to kite surf in Morocco. “It was the first time I’d gone on holiday on my own,” he says, looking, as he says it, much younger than his 35 years. “I was in Essaouira and because my character was a spy originally stationed in North Africa, I walked the streets alone at night imagining what it was like for him – the oppressive doorways, the dark alleys.”
Cumberbatch has recently had his pick of roles: starring alongside Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle’s sold-out Frankenstein, directed by Steven Spielberg in War Horse and cast by Peter Jackson in The Hobbit. But he has, he admits, always wanted to play a spy – “any actor worth their salt would jump at the chance”, he says, “because it’s all about mask shifting”. His opportunity finally came thanks to Tomas Alfredson, the Swedish director of Let The Right One In, who cast him in his adaptation of John Le Carré’s celebrated MI6 thriller – a film that is already being talked about in the industry in hushed, Oscar-worthy tones.
Just added 3 stills and a poster of Benedict for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to the gallery, thanks to Barbara!
More updates to come, please stay tuned and so sorry I’m so behind!
Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he is excited to work with motion capture for The Hobbit.
The Sherlock Holmes actor is set to play Smaug in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the J.R.R Tolkein novel, which will be split into two movies.
Speaking to Empire the actor said: “I’m always keen to use my body in my work, so I’m looking forward to the motion capture for Smaug.
“Both Gollum and King Kong were primates, whereas I’m playing a serpent, so it’ll be interesting – I’ll have to tie my legs together, possibly, or else they’ll be kind of splayed out to the side as a reptile’s should be.”
I’ve added screencaptures of Benedict in the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy trailer in high definition.
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I’ve just added the first two episodes of Benedict as “Rory Slippery” in the 2003 series FortySomething, where he starred with Hugh Laurie and Anna Chancellor to the gallery!
Yesterday the first official teaser was released for Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy! Can’t wait to see this movie! What do you think?
Hi everyone! Sorry it’s taken so long for me to post and update, but I bring you a new version of Benedict Cumberbatch Fan! I really hope you enjoy it, both the main site and the gallery are matching.
I have plenty of updates in store so please stay tuned!
Frankenstein stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller are to feature in a Channel 4 documentary that goes behind the scenes of the National Theatre production.
The 60-minute show is called Frankenstein – The Making of a Myth and also includes an interview with the production’s director, Danny Boyle.
It is being produced by Lone Star Productions, the company that made More 4’s Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art, which last month won best arts programme at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards.
Channel 4 said that the programme will look at the “myth of Frankenstein through the prism of Danny Boyle’s sensational new sell-out production”, exploring “the recurrent encounter of a powerful myth and our quest for understanding the nature of life itself”.
For the programme, the production team has been granted exclusive access to the rehearsals of the National’s show, footage of which will be included in the documentary.
Martin Rosenbaum, producer for Lone Star, said: “Danny Boyle has wanted to bring Frankenstein to the stage for over a decade and he now does so as a visionary Oscar-winning film director with a dazzling and uncompromising reputation. Boyle and his stars gave us exclusive interviews, and privileged access to the rehearsal process.”
Adam Low, who directed Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art, is also at the helm of the Frankenstein documentary, which is being made in collaboration with the National and will also feature an interview with Nick Dear, writer of the new stage production.
Channel 4 arts commissioning editor Tabitha Jackson said: “What makes great literature great is that it captures a truth about humanity that can still speak to us across generations.
“Danny Boyle’s recent reimagining of Frankenstein gives us a great excuse to interrogate what the truth is.”
Frankenstein – The Making of a Myth will be broadcast over the summer.
The first pictures from War Horse have been released, with one added to the gallery which features Benedict as Major Stewart.
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