"I'm wary of saying, 'Yes, it was so trying,' because all the best roles are." - Benedict Cumberbatch on Playing Patrick Melrose
"I don’t think I had the full tool kit to do it justice." - Benedict Cumberbatch on One of the Times He's Felt Lost Doing a Role
"It’s important to understand the who, what, where, why of the character before you meet him" - Benedict Cumberbatch
After the Saturday, August 8 evening performance of Hamlet, Cumberbatch visited fans waiting outside the theater and asked them to spread the word that audience members taking photos and videos of the performances have gotten out of hand.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob.
"You're a child. You're playing again. You're utterly free, there are no restrictions" - Benedict Cumberbatch on Playing Smaug in The Hobbit films.
Cumberbatch and co-stars Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, and Alex Lawther chat about what went into their portrayals in 'The Imitation Game'
Black actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo, and Idris Elba have all achieved recent success in American film and television despite concerns about the lack of diversity in entertainment. However, what makes their successes especially curious is that all three are not American — they are all English. Fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch, who starred with Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, spoke about the lack of diversity in UK film and why he sees the United States as a better place for black actors on the TV show Tavis Smiley. Cumberbatch expresses surprise that black actors get fewer roles in the ... Read more
Download the Oscar Nominated screenplay, 'The Imitation Game'
Benedict Cumberbatch might be on his way to his first Oscar nomination, thanks to his role as Alan Turing in the film, The Imitation Game.
The Imitation Game has already been released in the UK to great acclaim, and American audiences will finally get a chance to see it when it gets released on Christmas. In this clip from The New York Times, director Morten Tyldum provides some historical context on the World War II spy drama. Tyldum gives some background information on the real-life Alan Turing (played in the film by Benedict Cumberbatch) and the machine he built to crack the Nazis’ secret code. Towards the end of the clip, Tyldum speaks about Cumberbatch’s performance as Turing and how he personified the scientific genius.
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the hottest actors this awards-show season with his turn in The Imitation Game garnering a lot of buzz. The obsession around the talented and quirky actor has reached a fever pitch as of late, so it’s fun to watch the Brit’s audition tape for The Hobbit. The genius of Cumberbatch is how he chose to tape his audition for the role of Smaug. “I did a few head movements and some serpentine stuff with my neck and got the shoulders working a bit. It got very quiet and I went, ‘Too much?”‘He [the casting director] ... Read more
It’s easy to forget that Benedict Cumberbatch juggles his film career — including starring as Marvel’s Doctor Strange (if reports are to be believed) — with the popular BBC television series Sherlock, in which he stars as a present-day version of master detective Sherlock Holmes. While dozens of actors have portrayed Holmes on screen, when he was cast in the series he told producer Steven Moffat that he was determined to do his own interpretation of the character. In a conversation with NPR, Cumberbatch spoke about finding his interpretation of Holmes. Cumberbatch reveals that from the start of the first ... Read more
Though Peter Jackson‘s movie adaptations of The Hobbit haven’t received the same critical acclaim as his films based on the book’s sequel, The Lord of the Rings (turning a 300 page book into 9+ hours of film tends to do that), fans are still eagerly anticipating the release of the final part of The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. One of the reasons for that is the portrayal of the dragon Smaug, who is voiced by master elocutioner Benedict Cumberbatch. However, Cumberbatch did not just voice Smaug, but he also provided motion capture for the ... Read more
The Fifth Estate: A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. Directed By: Bill Condon Written By: Josh Singer, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh, Luke Harding Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney, Dan Stevens, Peter Capaldi Click here for the script to The Fifth Estate
Whether it’s his distinctive voice or his bearing, Benedict Cumberbatch has been a go-to actor for intelligent characters like Sherlock Holmes or British mathematician Alan Turing. In a conversation with the Los Angeles Times, Cumberbatch spoke about what’s on his mind when he’s playing such characters… and he admits it isn’t quite brilliant. Cumberbatch admits that while he often plays highly intelligent characters, what usually goes on within the characters’ brilliant minds isn’t what’s going on in his. He explains, “It’s about the character. I’ve been very, very fortunate that there’s something going on behind my eyes so that it ... Read more
August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Letts’ play made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run. Cast Meryl Streep as Violet Weston Julia Roberts as Barbara Weston-Fordham Ewan McGregor as Bill Fordham Chris Cooper as Charles Aiken Abigail Breslin as Jean Fordham Benedict ... Read more
12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s.
For actors, auditions are a huge part of the process in their careers. However, a bad personal day that they can’t shake off can affect the outcome of who wins or loses a role. Just ask British actor Martin Freeman who took his cranky attitude into the audition room after the theft of his wallet. He was auditioning for the role of Dr. John Watson in the new BBC1 adaptation of Sherlock Holmes and admitted he “wasn’t in the best frame of mind.” The Hobbit star explained, “I’ll admit maybe I was a bit stressed. But a week later my ... Read more
I don’t think any actor can claim to have had the year that Benedict Cumberbatch has had. Cumberbatch starred in Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County, and, through motion capture, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (okay, there was also The Fifth Estate, but you can’t win them all). In particular, he actually has two parts in The Hobbit films: he portrays two villains, the mysterious Necromancer and the great dragon Smaug. He spoke to New York magazine about preparing for both non-human roles and what it was like working with his Sherlock co-star Martin ... Read more