On October 08, Benedict attended the BFI press conference and premiere for his latest role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Thanks to our dear friend Luciana, we have over 350 HQ images in the gallery from both events. Apologies for the delay!
The hottest ticket in London next summer is not One Direction, Miley Cyrus, or Beyoncé. It is Benedict Cumberbatch playing Hamlet at the Barbican theater. Some 100,000 tickets for the 12-week run went on sale a few days before I was due to meet Cumberbatch — coincidentally at the Barbican — and sold out in minutes. Even by the robust standards of London theater (more than 22 million people attended shows in the 2012–2013 season), that’s some record.
For Cumberbatch, taking on theater’s most ambitious role — “a hoop through which every eminent actor must jump,” as the essayist Max Beerbohm once put it — may be a rite of passage, but it’s also a test of whether popular culture can open the gates to high culture. Can the pop idol Sherlock attract his screaming fans to the Bard? “I hope it sort of goes into the places that television sometimes can,” Cumberbatch says, “to draw people to see me live who haven’t seen Shakespeare before. We want the people who’ve never been in a theater, but we’re not into social engineering, so we can’t say to another cross-section of society, ‘Oh, sorry — you’ve got a library card. Fuck off.’ ”
Of course, the kind of fame that can sell out a three-month run in minutes also has its drawbacks. We’ve barely sat down at our banquette at Gin Joint — a fancy-pants brasserie at the Barbican Centre — when Cumberbatch curses gently under his breath: “Oh lord, here we go, here we go.” He indicates two middle-aged women in flowery dresses sitting at a table across the room. “The florals over there,” he says, eyes averted. “They’re giving a bit of a head-turning — it’s begun.”
I was going through the gallery and realised that we didn’t have any screen captures from Benny’s small role as Major Jamie Stewart from 2011 drama War Horse, so Blu-Ray captures are now available for you to view.
The November issue of Empire magazine is featuring an interview with Benedict talking about his career and, obviously, The Imitation Game, and you can now find digital scans up:
Radiotimes – Dame Judi Dench appeared to sign up to BBC2’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III after actor Benedict Cumberbatch asked her on stage during this year’s Hay Festival, “Would you like to be in Richard III with me?” And with her casting officially announced last month, the production is kicking into action as Dench reveals filming starts next week.
“We start on Monday and it’s a huge project, six months in filming,” Dench tells Mandrake of this second cycle of The Hollow Crown, which is based on Shakespeare’s history plays about Henry VI and Richard III.
Dench will play the Duchess of York, with Cumberbatch in the role of Richard III.
It’s all in aid of the Give Up Clothes For Good campaign, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary and encourages donating your old clothes to raise money for children’s cancers. Check the photo in high quality size up at the gallery.
Dailynews – Benedict Cumberbatch has played Stephen Hawking, William Pitt, Vincent Van Gogh, Julian Assange, “Star Trek’s” Khan and he just won an Emmy Award for portraying Sherlock Holmes.
Guess being brilliant comes naturally.
“I’m incredibly smart,” the 38-year-old English actor jokes. “I’ve been a math and physics major; I mean, I’m down at MIT when I’m not working!
“No, look, these may be characters that stand out, but I’ve played very normal people, played comedic roles, played romantic roles. The slightly more extraordinary stick out because it’s that thing: They’re different, and that’s what people gravitate toward. But I’m sad to say I don’t share the brilliance that my characters do.”