Benedict Cumberbatch loves cheesy TV: ‘I loved Knight Rider & then later Baywatch’

Don’t hate me! Don’t yell at me, Cumberbitches! These are some photos of MY lover Benedict Cumberbatch from April 1st, where he was filming scenes for SHERLOCK in London. I KNOW. I can’t believe I waited a week to post these. In my defense, I didn’t see them until last Thursday, and by then I was like “Huh, I’ll save them for something special!” And so I have. I’m also including a few photos which I believe (?) are from SFX Magazine, which features interviews with Cumby, Chris Pine and a few others involved with Star Trek Into Darkness. I think for sure the close-up is from the magazine, and the full-length shot of Cumby sitting in semi-darkness might be from another magazine. But who cares, I’ve never seen that photo before. HUZZAH. Anyway, would you like some new Cumby quotes? Of course you would. Some highlights from SFX magazine:

Cumby on whether he’s a sci-fi geek: “Not very much. I obviously have a latent fan fixation with Star Trek because of how thrilled I was when everyone got together in the first reboot.”

He loves cheesy American TV, though: “I never was obsessive about anything I watched when I was a kid, except maybe The A-Team and Airwolf. And I loved Knight Rider and then later Baywatch.”

He bulked up for Star Trek: “It was the first time I’d really intensely shape-shifted . . . To go up from a 38 chest to a 42, eating 4,000 calories a day and training two hours a day, as well as the stunt rehearsals and fight choreography, was the most physical demand that’s ever been made of me for the screen.”

On his Star Trek villain: “He’s a homegrown terrorist, someone who has an inordinate amount of skill with close-hand combat and weaponry.”

[From The Mail & Entertainmentwise]

A 42 chest? Cumby is a surprisingly big guy, right? I think many people assume he’s built like Tom Hiddleston – tall, rangy, long-limbed. But I think Tom is a few inches taller than Cumby, but Cumby is bulkier and more solid. Cumby has some girth. Mmm… girth. But! For many people, Cumby exists in our fantasies as Sherlock, but it’s interesting to note that Cumby actually lost weight to play Sherlock. He wanted Sherlock to look very pale and very slim. Mmm… pale girth. LOL.

Also, some of you sent me this tip (I guess because you Cumberbitches are also in the mood for a Cumby post): Benedict has signed on to yet another movie! All of the movies shall star our Cumby! Variety reported last week that Cumby has signed on to Guillermo del Toro’s “haunted house thriller” Crimson Peak. Apparently, Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain will also be in the film, which says a lot because damn, that’s a good cast. The other day I mentioned how 2013 is The Year of Cumberbatch. Just wait, (Cumber)bitches. He’s going to be nominated for an Oscar in nine months. I can just feel it. CUMBY!!! GIRTH!!! OSCAR!!!

Photos courtesy of WENN, SFX Magazine.

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  1. Eve says:

    Hmmm…Cumberbatch *drools like Homer*

    As for watching cheesy American TV shows…I’m telling you, Cumberbatch and I are MEANT to be together. I used to watch “Airwolf” when I was a little girl (and thought Jan Michael Vincent was a cutie and that he looked like A-Ha’s lead singer Morten Harket).

    P.S.: I love the man and would do unmentionable things to him but that header picture makes me understand why many are grossed out by him — seriously, that’s the closest to a lizard he has ever looked.

  2. allons-y alonso says:

    Cumberbatch loves trashy t.v and I love Cumberbatch – ah, the circle of life.

  3. Ladylupton says:

    I loved every show he mentions when I was a kid thus we are meant to be together. I guess I ought to start running from the shanks now!

  4. Emperor Cupcake says:

    I saw his performance as the creature in Frankenstein (at the movie theater, not live, unfortunately), and he spends the first ten minutes or so basically nude. He has an incredibly muscular ass and thighs. Dude isn’t that tall, but he is solid.

  5. Jenna says:

    Oh yay! Can’t wait for more Sherlock! As for Star Trek, I’m only into it for selfish reasons that don’t involve the Cumber. Ahem…

  6. Feebee says:

    I’ll give him his physical attributes… he sounds delicious but praise for liking cheesy American TV back in the day? No. Because back in the day it wasn’t cheesy, it was fricking AWESOME!!! I’m only a few years older than Cumby so he too was the right age for appreciating Knight Rider and Baywatch at the time.

    Now if he admitted to watch re-runs of those shows today, that would be cheesy.

  7. GeeMoney says:

    I really do love this man.

  8. grabbyhands says:

    This is the Batch I like best-geeky and silly. Also, he looked nice bulked up, but I miss the pale, lanky Sherlock era.

  9. Crumpets and Crotchshots says:

    I love this man’s work ethic. He may need a vacation (in my pants) but now is not the time for such things. He is heading swiftly toward an Oscar nomination. He has chosen great roles.

    Every time I read about the Hiddles reading scripts in his kitchens andd thinking about a return to the stage, or wishing to be a Star Wars villian, I want shout “Get the lead out! No more villains, Loki is so last year! Hang up your dragonflies and get to work! Look at Cumbie! This is how it is done!”

    • ncboudicca says:

      Indeed. I know he has at least two movies coming out this year (?) but even so it seems like he’s somehow stalled out in terms of career momentum at the moment. Who knows, maybe he’ll blow everyone away with his Only Lovers Left Alive performance and we can have Cumberbatch v Hiddleston at the Oscars…

    • Tish says:

      Oh, man. I’m not Hiddles’ biggest fan but I keep updated. What’s he gonna do next??? A play? You just know he wants an Olivier Award so badly. He wants a big one like Boyle’s “Frankenstein”. And I know he’s all Shakespeare so I really wonder why he hasn’t mentioned Hamlet yet. And as far as I know there were even no serious speculations about it. Makes me think that the next interpretation is already reserved for Cumby in the National Theatre. Cumby even said that it’s just a matter of when.

      Oh, Hiddles. Muppet cameos and ridiculous A-list dating rumors are not enough between your Marvel films.

  10. Tish says:

    You missed my favorite quote from this interview!!!

    “I’m more modern rustic than gadget-oriented. I like woolen things and log fires and whiskey.”

    *melts on the floor*

    Also, CHASTAIN and CUMBERBATCH!!! I hope they develop something while filming in Toronto. Ugh. I just love them both.

    • T.Fanty says:

      Although, he doesn’t need to explain his devotion to woolen things. A cursory glance at tumblr is enough to convince one of his devotion to all yarn inspires couture.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Hmmm….Funny that he mentions liking “woolen things.” Is it possible that he knows? About the Sweater & Sock production?

        That might have been a gentle hint to Eve to bring back his beloved socks which she nicked from his drawers. Which Miss Eyre is knitting frantically to replace.

        Or, I could now be completely off the rails & imagining that Cumby is talking directly to us Celebitches.

      • T.Fanty says:

        It’s definitely the latter. Obviously.

        Maybe we need to finally rent a shop to get the dong sweater business going.

    • j. eyre says:

      Chastain and Cumberbatch was the first thing I thought too. I just didn’t say anything because I am fond of my flank without a knife in it and Eve’s left eye is already twitching.

      • ncboudicca says:

        While I like this idea because Chastain is a ginger like myself and it will be easy to paste a photo of my face over hers in any shots with him, I think I like the idea of Benedict with some geeky research scientist instead of an actress.

      • Eve says:

        “I just didn’t say anything because I am fond of my flank without a knife in it and Eve’s left eye is already twitching.”

        You’re damn right about that.

        I know I’m in the minority but I’m not crazy about Chastain. I’d rather see her (actually) hooking up with Hiddleanna.

      • j.eyre says:

        Yes, I could see that as well – especially with Sherlock’s relationship with Molly.

        But I think, currently, I am routing for the hedgehog and Cumby together.

        @Eve – Oh yes, please put her (on whom my feeling are tepid at best) and Tommyanna together! She would be so easy to work around when I had a tooth for lanky.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I feel the same about Chastain. She also doesn’t seem fun enough for Cumby. I want him to settle with someone awesome and funny.

      • Tish says:

        They can be the new Kate and Leo! Haha. With reverse nationalities. America’s Sweetheart and Most British Person Alive. Haha! Okay, I’ll stop shipping. :)

        @ncboudicca His last girlfriend, Anna James (wrongly tagged by the press as Anna Jones) is a furniture designer! Artsy fartsy. Her products do look great. Anyway, Cumby and a PhD holder. Hot. Yeah, I think he’s the type that really gets off on intelligent conversations. When he was interviewed for that Science festival in Cambridge he said that he got high talking to a psychopharmacologist (no pun intended) and he wants to get into discussions with her again.

      • ncboudicca says:

        @tish…haha, when I listened to that interview, I Googled the scientist he was referring to, in hopes that she was semi-young (because we all know he has baby-fever), but alas I don’t think she fits the bill.

        I did find this young lady, who may be slightly too young, but is a scientist AND is standing in a field with sheep, so she comes with the additional bonus of “rustic” and “woolens”

      • Crumpets and Crotchshots says:

        I know the MIT community fairly well, and could hook Cumby up with some genuine rocket scientists with a taste for fine woolens. I may have to start wearing cardigans now.

        Chastain is…. Well, Chastain’t. I think she is way overrated. Hiddlyanna can have her, but honestly he is not A-list enough.

      • Eve says:

        “I know the MIT community fairly well, and could hook Cumby up with some genuine rocket scientists with a taste for fine woolens.”

        Do that and you’re dead.

        “I may have to start wearing cardigans now.”

        More like a bullet proof vest.

      • T.Fanty says:

        At this point, I would like to chime in:

        Doctorate? Check. Artsy? Check. Pretentious enough to hate Downton Abbey? Check. Age appropriate? Check. Prodigious breeder of a ginger child army? Check. Access to Miss Eyre’s extensive inventory of ‘personal’ knitwear? Check.

        Now excuse me. I need to go and figure out where to stash Mr. Beaupleasir when Cumby finally hunts me down.

      • j.eyre says:

        oh no she doctor di-in’t! T.Fan has whipped out the doctorate, y’all. $h!ts about to get nasty.

        You can send Mr. Beauplaisir to my Costa Rican getaway, if you like. CHemboy has me me landlocked to LA for a bit. I can send BudgetBrillo down to look after Mr. B next time BB and Smiley get into it. I would, but with Tommyanna coming in for the MTV Awards, I will have my hands full.

        Enjoy the Batch. I expect shots of that hedgehog in a kiddie-sized PN shirt!

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Miss Eyre, I am delighted by your shape-shifting P.O.V.

        Did Trixie write this?

      • T.Fanty says:

        Oh yes I did. I rather think that to Cumby, it’s less important to have the degree than to be arrogant enough to pull it out at will.

        Have fun with the Asgardian brothers. I shall eagerly await TommyAnna’s tweets on the merits of being handcuffed and fed lavender teacakes. I would invite you both to a woodland picnic with Cumby, myself and our hedgehogs, but he finds the Brontean prose somewhat pedestrian and distressingly populist.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Fanty! Bronte *pedestrian*?! Harrumph. You just may need to climb down off your high hedgehog, young lady.

      • T.fanty says:

        Hey! I loves me some Brontes! That’s Cumby’s prejudice (probably) – not mine.

      • j.eyre says:

        *icy tone invoked* yes, I remember Mr. Cumberbatch’s Bronte comments from the last dinner party. If I was less of a lady, I might have told him where he could put the sauteed Brussels sprouts of which he was so fond.

        @EsCon (& DocFanty who will enjoy this as well and Myr Kiki if she ever reemerges and ICM who will giggle) Trixie is a character I created from my *whispers* theater days. And, only because I simply adore you ladies, I give you this as my Sunday gift to you… the was Burlesque involved at one point.

      • T.Fanty says:

        REALLY?! That makes me delighted and happy. And smug in my knowledge that the remark I made a week or so ago about Celebitches and knitted/tweed nipple tassles might actually be true.

        No wonder Tommyanna just can’t quit you.

      • Crumpets and Crotchshots says:

        Is this a promise to handcuff Tommyana and hand feed him lavender teacakes? The poor thing may need it. He sounds awfully hungry. And cold! Perhaps he could use some of our woolens. I expect vigorous tweeting, and much Brontean prose.

    • TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

      Heh heh heh … is “woolen things” his answer to the “Shaved vs Natural” debate that James Mcavoy sparked on Friday?

      *runs and hides*

  11. ncboudicca says:

    “pale girth”

    Thank you, I will be oddly turned on all day now…

  12. Original A says:

    Okay, I’m starting to see the appeal of Cumby. It’ll be interesting, as I think he’s very likely to get an Oscar nom for playing Julian Assange or a Best Supporting Actor nom for August: Osage County.

  13. moon says:

    I just….don’t get his appeal

  14. mac says:

    Does anyone know the release date for the upcoming 3 season of Sherlock? I’m dying of withdrawals.

  15. ingrid says:

    do we have any proof that benedict doesn’t have a baby carrot?? i read somewhere that it is his balls that make his bulge so big.

  16. Carolyn says:

    I first read the actress’ name in his new movie as Jessica Alba. Then realised it is Jessica Chastian. Phew!

  17. Axis2ClusterB says:

    I’ll be damned if he’s not winning me over.

  18. Hannah says:

    Ewwwwwwww he is so unattractive! He looks like an old tweedy man.

  19. princesslizabeth says:

    Ahh…to paraphrase the Kaiser Chiefs; Every day I love him more and more.

    He is such a great actor, and that voice is wonderful.


  20. Pete says:

    Such an ugly guy looks like one of the locals down the pub hahaha! Love him on sherlock holmes though.

  21. Miss M says:

    I missed all this convo?! This is what happens when I get a broken pc…

    • EscapedConvent says:

      My sympathies, Miss M. I missed several days the week before last because of the !@#%-ing PC. It can be very disorienting when you come back—you don’t know who’s stalking, being stalked, shanking, recovering, etc. ;-)

    • j.eyre says:

      “This is what happens when I get a broken pc” – listen to you. As if we don’t all know where you go when you “disappear.” How is the Frankenhiddles project coming? I would kill to get a glance inside that lab of yours.

      Two things, my dearest Agent MOL – 1) love the penguin. Is she one of your experiments? 2) Miss Kiki has been MIA – she doesn’t have you working on some Viking Blindness potion for Marie and I, does she? Tell her we will never cave!

      • Miss M says:

        @j.eyre: Miss Kiki is MIA?! Hmm… They haven’t convinced me on anything. However, I have quietly put the Frankenhiddles project aside (Sorry T.Fanty). I have decided to start “The Hardy project” on full force. Have you seen photos of his adorable son? Those Hardy genes are strong!

        ps: Thanks for your generous compliments about my penguin. I love penguins, they have to overcome such a harsh environment to procreate and survive! :)