In 2021 two films starring Benedict Cumberbatch have been released so far: The Mauritanian, in which he plays Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch, and The Courier, where we see him as Greville Wynne. We’ve added screencaptures from both movies on our photo gallery. Check them out!
Category: The Mauritanian
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last night, Benedict was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and talked with Jimmy about The Mauritanian, The Courier and Wandavision. They also played a game that requiered them to work through an entire conversation about their favourite movies in alphabetical order.
Check out the videos (and hundreds of screencaps!) below:
The nominations of this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards have been revealed earlier today. The Mauritanian received five nods, include Best Film and Best Actor for Tahar Rahim. See all the nominations below:
Nomadland – WINNER
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of The Chicago 7
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Calm With Horses
Promising Young Woman – WINNER
The Dig – Moira Buffini
The Father – Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller – WINNERS
The Mauritanian – Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven
Nomadland – Chloé Zhao
The White Tiger – Ramin Bahrani
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Adarsh Gourav – The White Tiger
Anthony Hopkins – The Father – WINNER
Mads Mikkelsen – Another Round
Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian
Judas and the Black Messiah – Sean Bobbitt
Mank – Erik Messerschmidt
The Mauritanian – Alwin H. Küchler
News of the World – Dariusz Wolski
Nomadland – Joshua James Richards – WINNER
The EE BAFTAs take place the weekend of 10 and 11 April 2021, and will be broadcast on the BBC. This post will be updated once the winners are announced. Congratulations to everyone involved in The Mauritanian!!!
The Berlin Film Festival has announced the official line-up for its 71st edition – set to take place from March 1–5 (industry events) and then June 9–20 (film presentations) – and the great news is that The Mauritanian has been selected for its Berlinale Special category (out of competition)!!
The detailed programme for the event isn’t available yet, but we’ll let you know when that happens and update this post with more information.
In an interview to USA Today, he also spoke about meeting the real Lt. Colonel Stewart Couch and getting his accent right. Read more below:
A pivotal scene in “The Mauritanian” places the drama’s two biggest stars – Benedict Cumberbatch and Jodie Foster – head to head as opposing lawyers meeting unofficially. It’s a legal version of Al Pacino’s cop meeting Robert De Niro’s robber in “Heat,” set in the surreal location of a gift shop near Cuba’s notorious Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.
It was Foster’s first scene and first day on the set in Cape Town, South Africa, which effectively stood in for the incongruent Caribbean paradise that surrounds Gitmo. But it was Cumberbatch who struggled as cameras rolled.
“I was getting sick in between takes,” Cumberbatch remembers, calling from a car somewhere outside of London. The 44-year-old “Doctor Strange” star thinks he was in the final stages of a terrible flu he picked up on the flight to South Africa. Or something. “I was really ill, I think it was just a really severe flu. But it was really nasty. I hadn’t been that ill for quite a long time. Like maybe once in my life. Horrible.”
In the pre-COVID era, Cumberbatch was intent on battling forth. “The Mauritanian” (in theaters Friday, on demand March 2) represented a five-year quest to bring Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s remarkable story to the screen.