Typically, Hollywood A-listers don’t make the list of people you’d want to take home to Meet The Parents but here at Larkable, we’ve got 6 reasons why Benedict Cumberbatch is the exception to that rule.
Thanks to the massive success in the BBC miniseries Sherlock, his role as Kahn in Star Trek: Into Darkness, or any of his other hits in the last few years (The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, 12 Years a Slave) Benedict Cumberbatch is finally on Hollywood’s radar. Articles about the actor are everywhere you look these days! The charming brit doesn’t seem to have let that new found fame go to his head though. Consistently, he’s humble to the point of self-deprecating, incredibly sincere, polite and rather funny.
1) He’s a feminist. When it became known that Cumberbatch’s fan base called themselves “Cumberb*tches,” he spoke out against the name, telling The Times, “I won’t allow you to be my ‘b*tches’…it’s not even politness, I think it sets feminism back so many decades.”
2) Cumberbatch almost declined the role of “Sherlock.” At a new BAFTA event in New York, called “In Conversation,” Benedict recalled hearing about Sherlock back when Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were developing the idea and thought, “that sounds like an idea to re-infranchise something to make money. It could be a bit cheap and cheesy.”
Lucky for us, Cumberbatch picked up the script anyway and the writing won him over. (And really, how could it not?) Since he’s not in it for the money, what’s kept the actor coming back season after season? In an interview with USA Today, he reassured fans “I’ll keep doing it as long as [Sherlock] grows, as long as I feel he’s developing and there’s stuff we’re all being challenged by and that it’s being loyal to the original stories as well.”
Let’s all take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief.
3) He’s not on social media. The actor recently revealed that, due to the amount of gossip, pictures and…well, fangirling out there, he doesn’t use social media sites like twitter. “It would take over my life and probably ruin it,” he tole The Mirror.
In retrospect, this was probably a good call, Cumberbatch said that the incredible response to “Sherlock” was overwhelming! Thanks to his twitter embargo, the actor had a bit of distance.
In addition to foregoing social media, the actor has also declined private car service on most occasions. At the “BAFTA: In Conversation” event in New York, Cumberbatch confided that he still uses public transportation, travels around the U.K. on a motorbike and “occasionally uses a car.” Don’t believe it?
4) He keeps his ego in check. When more than 700 fans wearing the iconic deerstalker cap showed up to see Benedict Cumberbatch at an event in NYC, he credited most of their admiration to the character he plays rather than his own abilities. Of course, not to appear ungrateful, he expressed his heartfelt thanks for the constant support and admiration.
‘I think a lot of it comes with who [Sherlock] is. He’s a very iconic figure. It’s kind of extraordinary…I’m a human being; as much as I’m capable of, I’m going to acknowledge the gratitude, the fact that [fans] are so supportive, loyal and by and large intelligent and some of them normal and committed to something I really love doing and a character I love playing. It means a hell of a lot to me.’
5) He’s humble to the point of self-depracating. Despite having his own following (the aforementioned “Cumbercollective”) and topping heartthrob lists on both sides of The Pond, Cumberbatch is as humble as ever — most notably in regards to his looks. Speaking to the Hollywood reporter, the actor attributed his recent “hottie” status to the roles he plays,
“a lot of it’s projection, which is flattering about the work….When I started out I said, ‘I know I’m not a typical beauty’, so basically I’ve got a long neck and a long face. That’s usually some kind of inbreeding weirdness. So, I’ll run with that.”
6) Even English Royalty approves of him.
The snazzy star snagged an invite to a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.The affair, held on February 17th, honored The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts of which the Queen is a patron.
It’s a safe bet Cumberbatch will show up in more than a just bed sheet.
What do you think? Would you take Ben C. home to meet your mom and dad?
Please remember to Like, Share and Tweet!