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 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.

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Benedict discusses ‘The Courier’ with Uproxx

He also had a few words to say about upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Read the interview below:

The weird thing about interviewing Benedict Cumberbatch is he’s hilarious. And it’s an easy thing to forget because he’s not exactly known for making uproarious comedies. But during an interview, he’ll wait for his moment to strike with just the right amount of sarcastic wit and, well, it gets me every time. (On this occasion he wasted very little time.)

Though, on this occasion there was a slight sense of frustration radiating from his usually cool demeanor. And, honestly, it’s understandable. Cumberbatch is starring in The Courier and he’s pretty fantastic in it. It’s a role you can tell Cumberbatch put his heart fully into, going as far as to lose a dramatic amount of weight to portray the real-life Greville Wynne, a British businessman who was enlisted by the government to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War. (If you look back at photos of Cumberbatch from late 2019, he’s impossibly thin, representing Wynne after he was released from Soviet custody.) Yet, this is a movie flying under people’s radars. Cumberbatch is diplomatic about the whole thing, but, yes, it’s obvious he really wants people to see this movie and he’s got a really good case.

Also, as we were literally out of time, I asked Cumberbatch if we could just cut to the chase and he could say something hyperbolic about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the, again, always hilarious Cumberbatch did not disappoint. But, first, he asked why my Zoom video wasn’t working.

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Benedict and Jimmy Fallon have a fun chat on the Tonight Show

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:

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.

‘The Mauritanian’ receives 5 nominations at the BAFTAs 2021

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:

BEST FILM
The Father
The Mauritanian
Nomadland – WINNER
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of The Chicago 7

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Calm With Horses
The Dig
The Father
His House
Limbo
The Mauritanian
Mogul Mowgli
Promising Young Woman – WINNER
Rocks
Saint Maud

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
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

LEADING ACTOR
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

CINEMATOGRAPHY
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!!!

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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.