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 Am I out of date?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.
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.