Read below a great interview Benedict gave to Physics World, the British Institute of Physics magazine, featured on this month’s issue but also available online.
Benedict Cumberbatch: the imitation game
By Andrew Glaster
Over the years I have spoken to scientists and actors alike for my podcast The Cosmic Shed, where we explore science and science fiction in equal measure. One actor I’ve interviewed who has portrayed several different scientists is Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s starred in three science-themed movies – first as the botanist Joseph Hooker in Creation (2009), then as the mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (2014), and most recently as the inventor Thomas Edison in The Current War (2019). He’s also played Stephen Hawking in the 2004 TV film Hawking and Werner Heisenberg in a BBC radio adaptation of Michael Frayn’s play Copenhagen (2013).
“I do like my scientists!” Cumberbatch laughed when I asked him how he had come to be cast in these roles. “I think it’s partly because of the way I look. I could never achieve anything like what these men [I’ve played] have achieved but I think what I can do is portray the thing about them which enabled them to achieve these things – that is their humanity.”
It’s the great stories that most attract Cumberbatch to these parts. For his role in Creation, it was the intimate friendship between Charles Darwin and Hooker that grabbed him, with the pair having exchanged more than 1200 letters over a period of almost 40 years. In one, for example, Darwin revealed how he was “particularly glad of our discussion after dinner; fighting a battle with you always clears my mind wonderfully”.
TIME magazine has released their list of the 10 best minisseries of this decade featuring “Patrick Melrose” amongst them:
Patrick Melrose is one of the most distinctive characters in contemporary fiction—an English aristocrat who uses drugs, sex and nihilism to cope with the residual trauma of the sexual abuse he suffered as a boy, at the hands of his psychopathic father. In five short, semi-autobiographical novels that span 40 years, following Patrick from his lonely, privileged youth through his middle-aged attempts to create a loving family for his own sons, author Edward St. Aubyn immerses readers in the often-addled mind of this intelligent, sardonic, wounded man and the people who move in and out of his life. Benedict Cumberbatch—a longtime St. Aubyn fan—was the perfect actor for such a difficult lead role, capturing Patrick’s wit, his depression and his long, slow evolution into a less broken person. Each book has a distinctive tone and set of narrators, and in five episodes that each cover a single novel, writer David Nicholls (2015’s Far from the Madding Crowd) and director Edward Berger (The Terror) make subtle stylistic choices that recreate those differences. “Bad News” is a harrowing lost weekend in New York; “Some Hope” moves fluidly through the social minefield of a society party. The antidote to vague, predictable antihero TV, Patrick Melrose dispelled the aura of romance that so often surrounds such narratives and replaced it with hard-won maturity.
Click here to see the complete list.
For the sixth year in a row, Benedict has donated shoes to the Small Steps Project’s annual Celebrity Shoe Auction! This time, it’s a pair of white trainers from the vegan line made by Vivobarefoot, a brand of minimalistic footwear that prioritizes comfort and sustainability.
All the money raised will benefit the charity, which works to deliver shoes and emergency aid to children and families who live on landfill sites around the world.
According to founder and CEO Amy Hanson, Benedict’s shoes are usually the top performers and the pair he donated last year were sold for about £6,000:
The auction kicked off today and will end on Sunday, 24 November. International bids are accepted, although posting is restricted to some countries. For more information, please visit the official auction page on eBay.
Pictures of Benedict’s past donations can be found here, here, here, here and here. And, if you’d like to know more about Small Steps Project, you can find all the information about their team and their wonderful work on their website.
Hello, everyone! Make yourself at home and welcome to Benedict Cumberbatch Central, a fansite destined to update you with everything related to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch!
This fansite is actually part of Cumberbatch Brasil, Brazilian fansite dedicated to Benedict which has been online since 2015. Due to the increasing number of visitors from different countries and to the love and support we’ve been getting from them along the years, we decided that it was long overdue to have a place for them, made with the same love and dedication we have for our “eldest”.
The same work we do on CBR, we will do here as well, providing you with the latest news and photos of Benedict, always respecting his work and his privacy. We are also working on building this site with a filmography archive, a press archive (with the most important articles and press interviews with Benedict) and a video archive (with as many videos as we can). It might take us a long time to finish everything but we are happy to accept the challenge!
Feel free to browse our website (we’ve got a few pages done already) and our gallery, which now has a new look! If you find any bugs or errors please, don’t hesitate to inform us.
We hope you like this project as much as we do!
Variety reported earlier today that actors Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley and Tahar Rahim are set to join Benedict Cumberbatch in the new movie ‘Prisoner 760’. Although the title sounds different, ‘Prisoner 760’ is the new title for ‘Guantanamo Diary’, project that had been picked up by Sunny March back in 2016.
Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley and Tahar Rahim are set to join Benedict Cumberbatch in “Prisoner 760,” directed by Kevin Macdonald. STXinternational will be introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market.
The movie tells the true story of a fight for survival against all odds. Captured by the U.S. government, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Rahim) languishes in prison for years without charge or trial. Losing all hope, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Woodley). Together, they face countless obstacles in a desperate pursuit for justice. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor Lt. Stuart Couch (Cumberbatch), eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy.
The film is based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s New York Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary.” Principal photography is set to commence in South Africa on Dec. 2. Macdonald is directing from a screenplay by Michael Bronner, a former “60 Minutes” producer with extensive experience bringing true stories to the big screen having previously provided expertise and research for Paul Greengrass’s “United 93,” “Green Zone” and “Captain Phillips.” Revisions are by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani (“The Informer”).
Cumberbatch is producing with Adam Ackland and Leah Clarke for their company SunnyMarch, alongside Lloyd Levin and Beatriz Levin for Black Sheep Pictures, Mark Holder and Christine Holder through their newly formed venture Wonder Street and Branwen Prestwood-Smith. Michael Bronner also serves as producer.
Financiers are 30WEST and Topic Studios in partnership with BBC Films, which also developed the project. Executive producers are 30WEST principals Micah Green, Dan Steinman and Dan Friedkin, Topic Studios’ Maria Zuckerman and Ryan Heller, and BBC Films’ Rose Garnett. Larry Siems and Mohamedou Ould Slahi serve as co-producers.
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