Has anyone else heard the trash rumor about Benedict Cumberbatch possibly playing Christian Grey in the 50 Shades movie that has been taking over Twitter? Yeah, don't believe it because it all rooted from some dumb tabloid saying who they want to see play that prick but as we all should know, Benedict is a true lover of REAL LITERATURE and always picks his roles with care. I doubt Benedict would ever even be able to bear READING that bile, let alone acting it out. So calm down, Cumberbabes. You have nothing to worry about.
From Bartitsu martial arts workshops in New York, to eight fan sites getting together to launch a real-time online Sherlock Holmes mystery, Sherlock Holmes fans and societies have responded to the idea of Sherlock Holmes Week with great invention.
The coverage just didn’t start with Benedict, it fucking unveiled him, showing him off to the world. We saw just his back and heard his voice, a producer’s trick, teasing us with recognizing him. That voice, that silhouette -…
I’m getting emotional over this. And hey, I wasn’t even there nor have I seen the opening. mustseeopeningnow
We appreciate the huge amount of interest in Frankenstein, which has continued since the original broadcasts. In response to popular demand, we sought the necessary rights to be able to show the broadcasts again and are delighted we have been able to offer audiences further opportunities to see it…
I respect their wishes not to release it on DVD. I understand they want to preserve the theatre experience, and I guess that’s what hurts. It wasn’t as if I had a choice to see it in the first place. It was simply that I had no chance of seeing it at all! Not even on the big screen.
While it wasn’t my choice to not watch it, it will forever be a regrettable moment in my life—not being able to watch Frankenstein.
I’ll scan the photo at some point, but I thought you lot might want to read this before I get round to that, so here you are :) Apologies for any mistakes, I’m going to try to do this quickly and probably won’t look at the screen while I’m typing :P
Despite the high-profile roles and Oscar-nominated movies, this actor prefers to remain ‘off the radar’
With distinctive blue eyes that bring instant recognition, Benedict Cumberbatch could be said to have the ‘Paul Newman effect’. And yet this 31-year-old, dressed in thrift-shop grunge, is rapidly becoming one of screenland’s most chameleonic stars - as seen in BBC2 drama Hawking, about renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, in Amazing Grace as William Pitt the Younger, and in the Bafta-winning and Oscar-nominated Atonement as callous Paul Marshall.
‘I’m lucky, I escape the radar - I can take the tube without too many weird looks, apart from one or two people who are clearly wondering whether I was at their cousin’s wedding,’ grins Benedict, when our cabbie, Colin from South End Green, picks him up from around the corner from the Hampstead flat Benedict has just bought with his actress girlfriend Olivia Poulet.
Such eyes would never need biometric ID of the kind that’s heavily featured in Benedict’s ambitious new political thriller, BBC1’s The Last Enemy, which depicts Britain as a paranoid police state. ‘I keep getting cast as scientists called Stephen - it’s slightly embarrassing,’ says Benedict, who plays a laboratory geek caught up in a surveillance nightmare. ‘Stephen is the most unlikely hero you could possibly imagine, who gets blown out of his hermetically sealed environment when he falls in love in a very real, physical, emotionally complex relationship,’ he adds.
And with his new role comes further good news, ladies, for Benedict will soon be showing us a lot more than his blue eyes on screen. Not only does he have graphic love scenes inThe Last Enemy with Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca, who made her name in Channel 4’s Sex Traffic, but he also gets to bed Scarlett Johansson in the forthcoming movie The Other Boleyn Girl. Gosh, it’s tough when you’re heading for the top. Scarlett plays Mary Boleyn, sister and predecessor (in Henry VIII’s affections) of the ill-fated Anne, who is played by Natalie Portman. Benedict is Mary’s luckless husband, royally cuckolded by Henry.
And according to Benedict, the ‘does my bum look big in this?’ obsession is not confined to females. ‘It’s weird, you never get used to sex scenes,’ he says. ‘You are trying to protect the decency of the woman who is having to expose herself in front of a mainly male crew, but you feel self-conscious yourself as you hope the big screen won’t make your bum look even bigger. Scarlett was great, very droll and dry.’
An only child who, aged 13, made his acting debut as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Harrow School, Benedict admits he has started to fantasise about having his own family. He and Olivia, 29, met in a production of Amadeus at Manchester University and have been together ever since. ‘I would like to be a youngish dad, but I’m enjoying other people’s kids at the moment because I don’t want to jeopardise my career,’ says the busy Benedict, who adds that he loved the action-man ‘kiss-ass scenes’ in The Last Enemy and once borrowed his dad’s tuxedo to audition for James Bond in a computer game. ‘I certainly wouldn’t turn my nose up at a Hollywood blockbuster, although you give up so much of your freedom when you do these things,’ he says, as Colin drives us round some of Benedict’s favourite Hampstead landmarks, such as the Stag pub and the church where the soundtrack for Amazing Grace was recorded.
Sadly, there’s no time left to take up this affable actor’s invitation and stop at the Stag for a coffee; I’ll have to stare at him on screen instead. That Paul Newman effect is a very nice one to have- long may those blue eyes light up our lives.
Nice to read some old interviews from before the hullaballoo!
Hi guys. It’s the Harbinger of Bad/Good News Shara again!
Due to our original date (August 5) being UPCAT day, we decided to move the tea party. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but we hope you understand! The traffic would be unbearable on that day. We’re really sorry…
Aside from our current sticker prizes, we’d love to branch out into other kinds of goodies (button pins, plushies, bookmarks, etc.). If anyone wants to contribute or knows a good manufacturer, let us know!
Also, we’re still finalizing the program, but so far, we have games, pub quizzes, and film viewing (of the Granada series!) in mind. If there’s anything you’d like for us to do, shoot us a message!
“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”—Tom Robbins (Still Life with Woodpecker)