Pin It

Benedict Cumberbatch talks ‘Sherlock': “I’m much slower than him. I have to rev up an engine that needs a lot of oil and concentration and focus”

sherlock_benedict-cumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch has gained the attention of worldwide audiences in Oscar-nominated films such as War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. However, his most defining role, to date, can be argued to be that of “Sherlock Holmes” in the hit BBC series, Sherlock.

Cumberbatch chatted with TV Line about Sherlock, and his upcoming role in J.J. AbramsStar Trek sequel.

Even though his characterization as “Sherlock Holmes” appears to be effortless, Cumberbatch explained that there is a great deal of preparation involved to create the iconic character. “I’m much slower than him. I have to rev up an engine that needs a lot of oil and concentration and focus.” He went on to explain that even Sherlock’s movement strays a long way from Cumberbatch’s essence. “There’s an elasticity to his movements[,] as well. He’s ferociously expressive and I’m very still and content, so there [are] different mood swings and temperatures and tones to experiment with in any given situation. But I take my time. I’m very good at switching it on.”

In J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, Cumberbatch will be portraying the highly anticipated new interpretation of a classic “Trek” character: “Khan.” However, even though Cumberbatch will be gaining star power, he will never give up Sherlock. “I’ll always do Sherlock – it’s something I’m not going to give up on. I love it too much.” Cumberbatch explained that Sherlock is not any piece of cake. “It’s hard work, but it’s so rewarding and such a lovely bunch of people who do it. We love our fans and we love it’s created. It’s an incredible thing to be a part of; it doesn’t happen that often.”

Cumberbatch seemed to think that Sherlock will have a long legacy. “There’s no reason for us to stop if it’s still being adored and we still enjoy doing it. We only do three [episodes] at a time, so I think the normal fear of overstretching the mark and just doing too many [doesn’t apply].”

Cumberbatch likes the idea of watching Sherlock Holmes age throughout the series. “I’d like to see [Sherlock] getting older … it’s rare to see Holmes and Watson at the beginning of their relationship; we usually join them in their mid-to-late 40’s or 50’s. I’ve got a long way to go. I mean, I’m only 35.”

To appease any doubt that Sherlock will stay on the air, Cumberbatch went on to say: “Don’t worry; it’s not going to disappear.” 

Leave a Reply

Latest Videos

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/watch-david-mamet-in-the-1976-sh.jpg
Watch: David Mamet in the 1976 Short Documentary ‘The Playwright Directs’
Though David Mamet is best known for his distinctive writing style in his scripts for the stage and screen, he has also directed theater and film. The 1976 short documentary titled The Playwright Directs depicts Mamet directing actors through several scenes at an almost frantic pace, dispensing pearls of wisdom throughout, like his thoughts on […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/watch-marvels-agents-of-s-h-i-e.jpg
Watch: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Bloopers
Forgetting lines? Corpsing? Delivering lines in Spanish? Unruly props? All in a day’s work on the set of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, apparently. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, and the rest of the cast find plenty of humor while playing super-serious secret agents in the Marvel Universe. While you’re waiting for season 2 of the series […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/audtion-tapes-robin-wright-and-h.jpg
Audition Tapes: Robin Wright and Haley Joel Osment Audition with Tom Hanks for ‘Forrest Gump’
Check out Robin Wright auditioning for the role of Jenny from Forest Gump opposite Tom Hanks. Interestingly enough, Hanks doesn’t quite have Gump’s southern drawl down just yet while the other actors audition with him. In fact, Hanks would base Gump’s voice on the voice of Michael Conner Humphreys, who played the young Forrest and […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/watch-judi-dench-sing-send-in-th.jpg
Watch Judi Dench Sing “Send In The Clowns” From Back in 1995
Dame Judi Dench has such a commanding presence as a film actress that it’s easy to forget that her big break came on stage in England with the Old Vic Company in 1957. In fact, she made her Broadway debut the very next year when the Old Vic Company performed Twelfth Night and Henry V […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/bryan-cranston-emmy-award-speech.jpg
Watch: Bryan Cranston’s Emmy Award Speech: “I love to act. It is a passion of mine and I will do it until my last breath.”
The Emmy Awards weren’t the most exciting awards show this year but with Bryan Cranston winning for Outstanding Actor in a Drama for Breaking Bad, we at least got to hear one heck of a fantastic acceptance speech. “I was a kid who always looked for the shortcut,” he said. “I did happen to stumble […]