Category: Interviews

[TIFF 2021 Day 2] Tribute Awards press conference + ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ premiere

Day 2! Yesterday, 11 September, Benedict attended the press conference for the TIFF Tribute Awards and the premiere for The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. Here’s everything we got on them, so far. We’ll updated this post whenever something new comes out!

Please beware of possible spoilers in the interviews!! And, for Day 1, please see this post.

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[TIFF 2021 Day 1] Press junket and premiere for ‘The Power of the Dog’

Benedict is back at the Toronto International Film Festival, with two films no less! And to receive an award! So because we’re getting a lot of content at the same time, we decided to organize things by day and event, instead of dedicating one masterpost to the whole festival. We hope this works better for you!

Benedict arrived at TIFF on Friday, 10 September for the premiere and press junket for The Power of the Dog. Here you’ll find photos and videos of the event and the interviews he gave. We’ll updated this post whenever new interviews come out.

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[SPOILERS] Benedict talks “The Power of the Dog” at Telluride Film Festival

IndieWire just published an interview with Benedict and his The Power of the Dog costar Kodi Smit-McPhee about the movie and we think it’s a very interesting and important one however it’s about what is arguably the story’s most important development, its biggest revelation. So please, please beware there are definitely spoilers ahead!!!

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[MASTERPOST] “The Power of the Dog” has its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival

The Power of the Dog had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival yesterday!

And we got a whole lot of content, didn’t we? So we decided to make this post to organize everything as best we could for you. Here you’ll find videos (from the press conference, the red carpet and interviews) and photos (in UHQ and shared by fans). For critical reviews, please check out this post we published yesterday fully dedicated to non-spoiler-y bits we selected from them.

Please, enjoy!!

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New interview with The Big Issue

Benedict featured on last Monday’s issue of the British magazine The Big Issue with a new and excellent interview in which he talked about “The Courier”, societal collapse and everything in between. Check the scans on our gallery:

You know my politics’: Benedict Cumberbatch reflects on these strange times.

Benedict Cumberbatch on societal collapse, humanitarian responsibilities, a post-Covid world and why his new Cold War thriller drama The Courier has a ‘weird relevance’ to these times of everyday heroism.

By Adrian Lobb

“Are you serious? God, what is this? Am I out of date? When did this happen?” 

Benedict Cumberbatch is dumbfounded. Flabbergasted. Staggered. Flummoxed.

“Fucking hell.”

Midway through a conversation that will veer from the joys of parenthood to the perils of mutually assured nuclear destruction via the cruelty of the upcoming cut to Universal Credit payments, I mention the recent attacks on the RNLI for rescuing people from boats crossing the channel, with Nigel Farage and certain newspapers fanning the flames then watching the furore unfold on social media.

Cumberbatch has not seen the news yet today so has missed the latest skirmishes in the culture wars.

“Wait, you mean the lifeboat men and women? Come on!” he shouts. “It’s their job. They’re volunteer seamen. They would do that for anybody – it’s to save lives. I find it extraordinary. They are being attacked for helping drowning people? I find it abhorrent. People who are literally in a position of saving lives – because that’s what the RNLI are… Is this real? Extraordinary.

“God forbid that the people calling them out should ever end up in a situation where they need to be rescued at sea or have a child swimming that they can’t save. I mean, that is unthinkable, please put yourself in the position of these people.”

He continues, barely pausing for breath, his busy brain considering the background to this latest controversy in real time.

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Benedict talks ‘The Mauritanian’ to pARTicipate

In a new interview for pARTicipate’s Bruce Dennill, Benedict talks about producing the film, his role as Lt Col Stuart Couch and more. Read the full interview below:

Benedict Cumberbatch has acted alongside many Hollywood greats, but the English actor was “geeking out” when it came to working with Jodie Foster in The Mauritanian. Benedict did not plan on starring in the film. He thought he would stay behind the camera as a producer. The script, however, developed over time and the role and moral dilemmas faced by US military prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Couch in the Guantanamo Bay-set film expanded and intrigued Cumberbatch. In this interview he discusses [the film’s protagonist] Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s horrifying story, working with Foster, battling illness on the South African set and having to wear a skull cap after the late decision to play Lt Col Couch.

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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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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 talks “The Mauritanian” on the newest TV & Satellite Week

Benedict is the cover of the newest issue (27 March) of TV & Satellite Week magazine, which features a short interview with the main cast of The Mauritanian! Check it out below:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster star in a powerful true story about a tortured Guantánamo Bay prisoner

A shocking true story comesto the screen this week in Amazon Prime Video film The Mauritanian, starring The Serpent’s Tahar Rahim as a wrongly accused terrorist suspect imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay for 14 years without charge.

Directed by Oscar-winning film-makerKevin Macdonald,the drama –which has been nominated for Best Film atthe upcoming BAFTAs – opens two months after the tragic deaths of almost 3,000 people in the 9/11 terror attacks.

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Benedict appears as guest on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’

Last night (March 18) Benedict appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote The Courier. He and James also remembered that time they played dodgeball, when Benedict hit Michelle Obama, and discussed an app called the Atomic Fart Machine, which he played with James Corden. Watch the clip below:

You can watch the whole segment here.

Check out some screencaptures of Benedict’s appearance: