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New interview for The Independent

To promote The Mauritanian, which is getting released on Amazon Prime in the UK this week, Benedict Cumberbatch did a new interview for The Independent in which he opened up about thinking he had COVID-19 while filming the movie, his views on the Guantánamo prison and his career as a producer.

Benedict Cumberbatch: ‘Joe Biden? I’m going to plead with the guy to shut Guantanamo’

The actor talks to James Mottram about his Bafta-nominated film about an inmate of the infamous US detention camp; working with Jodie Foster and The Serpent’s Tahar Rahim; and why he worries he may have been Covid’s ‘patient zero’.

At the beginning of last year, when news began to emerge of a mysterious, deadly new virus that was spreading across the globe, Benedict Cumberbatch was struck by a horrible thought. At the end of 2019, he had flown to South Africa to shoot new film The Mauritanian, but as he arrived, he tells me, he fell sick. “I was incredibly ill, to the point that when all this Covid stuff suddenly broke in the new year, I was thinking, oh my god was I actually patient zero. I was so ill – it was borderline pneumonia.”

He had to plough on regardless, “throwing up between takes”, as shooting commenced. The film was being produced by the independent film and TV company he jointly owns, SunnyMarch. They had recreated Guantanamo Bay in Cape Town, and they were working on a story that had possessed Cumberbatch for six years.

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Benedict Cumberbatch talks ‘The Mauritanian’ to The Concordia Forum

To promote ‘The Mauritanian’ in the UK, The Concordia Forum had a Q&A event today (March 26) via zoom with director Kevin Macdonald, Mohamedou Ould Salahi and Nancy Hollander. Since he was on set filming ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’, Benedict Cumberbatch took part of the event with pre-recorded videos in which we can only hear his voice because Doctor Strange’s new costume is still embargoed.

We uploaded his parts on youtube, watch them below:

And you can watch the entire panel on Facebook by clicking here.

The cast of ‘The Mauritanian’ talk about the movie with The Guardian

British newspaper The Guardian published on its March 26 issue a new article featuring Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster talking about “The Mauritanian”, ahead of the film’s release on Amazon Prime UK next April 1.

You can see the exclusive scans on our gallery and read the article below:

‘We don’t live in a world of goodies and baddies, do we?’ The true story behind The Mauritanian.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi was tortured and detained without charge in Guantánamo for 14 years. Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch discuss bringing his memoir to life.

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Benedict supports the Theatre Artists Fund

In a video for the Official London Theatre in which he talked about his turning point in the British theatre and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the theatre sector in the UK, Benedict Cumberbatch showed support and asked for donations for the Theatre Artists Fund, a fund superheaded by the director Sam Mendes to help theatre workers who are struggling financially due to their unemployement during the pandemic.

For more information and to know how to donate or how to apply if you need help, click here.

Benedict Cumberbatch supports March4Women 2021

Feminist campaign March4Women is going online in 2021 instead of their annual march through Central London. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will take form as the Stop Telling Half The Story online campaign, which is calling for more female leadership and is getting support from many British celebrities, including Benedict Cumberbatch.

Here’s what Benedict said:

“Of course women should be equally represented in leadership roles and positions of power. We can’t achieve equality any other way.”

To read more about the project and see more quotes from other celebrities click here.

Benedict to feature in an upcoming episode of ‘The Simpsons’

Benedict to feature in an upcoming episode of ‘The Simpsons’

Yeardley Smith, the actress who plays Lisa Simpson in ‘The Simpsons’, told in a recent podcast that an upcoming episode of the show will feature Benedict playing a parody of The Smiths’ lead vocalist Morrissey:

No more details were given yet. Benedict had his first cameo on the show back in 2013, in which he played both the Prime Minister of the UK and Severus Snape.

New interview for Magic Radio

Benedict gave a brand new interview for Magic Radio on their ‘Prince’s Trust Day’, in which he talked about the work The Prince’s Trust has been doing during the COVID-19 pandemic, what he was up to during lockdown and why Doctor Strange’s cloak of levitation is definitely not a cape.

You can listen to it below:

Planet Radio · Benedict Cumberbatch joins Emma B on Prince’s Trust Day

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Benedict talks ‘The Courier’ and life on quarantine during COVID-19 with Tatler Hong Kong

Benedict talks ‘The Courier’ and life on quarantine during COVID-19 with Tatler Hong Kong

In a new article posted by Tatler Hong Kong, Benedict Cumberbatch talks about his upcoming movie The Courier (aka Ironbark), his partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre and what he’s been up to while on quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Benedict Cumberbatch On His Upcoming Movie “The Courier” And Life During Covid-19

From the moment he donned his deerstalker as the great Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch’s popularity soared, but his ego didn’t. The actor talks about his forthcoming spy drama and how he’s spending lockdown learning the banjo.

By Annie Darling.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the alarmingly awkward Sherlock Holmes has catapulted his career to unimaginable heights. Before donning the detective’s hat in 2010, the distinctive-looking London native landed several quirky acting jobs. He’s played theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Van Gogh and, lest we forget, the hair-raising paedophile in Atonement (2007). But it was his fast-talking performance as the private investigator, which Steven Spielberg has called “the best Sherlock Holmes on screen”, that transformed Cumberbatch into a high-cheek-boned dreamboat, quite literally overnight.

Now 43, Cumberbatch has proven to be the ultimate chameleon, having played everyone from Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (2013). His portrayal of British mathematician Alan Turing, who cracked Nazi Germany’s Enigma military code during the Second World War, earned him Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. This year, the performer stars in true-life drama The Courier, which is set for an August 28 theatrical release. *

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‘The Courier’ gets a new release date in the US

‘The Courier’ gets a new release date in the US

According to Box Office Mojo (via HSX.com) The Courier (aka Ironbark) has got a new release date in the US. Previously scheduled to hit the big screen by the end of August, the movie now has been pushed back and is set to be released on October 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Ironbark’ gets a new title and a release date in the US

‘Ironbark’ gets a new title and a release date in the US

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Ironbark’ will now be released under the title of ‘The Courier’ in the US, with the studio expecting it to hit theaters across the country on August, 28th. Read more details below:

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have set an Aug. 28, 2020, theatrical release for The Courier, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Cold War drama — previously titled Ironbark — made its debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Dominic Cooke from a script by Tim O’Connor, The Courier is based on the true story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch), an unassuming businessman recruited to help end the Cuban Missile Crisis who forms a dangerous relationship with a Soviet intelligence officer (Merab Ninidze).

“Theaters have indicated gradual openings this ​summer, with health and safety guiding the way. If everything proceeds favorably, we feel the true spy thriller The Courier, with a must-see performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, is just the type of film that will ha​ve audiences excited to return to their local cinemas in late August,” said Roadside co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff in announcing the release date.

The film is a 42 M&P, SunnyM​arch and FilmNation Entertainment ​production. Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley also star in the film.

Hopefully we might get a trailer soon!