Matt Damon on Benedict Cumberbatch: ‘I think he’ll be one of the guys who lasts’

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These photos make me want to shout “Matty D!!” in a Boston accent. These pics are from outside of the Ed Sullivan Theater a few nights ago, where Matt Damon (Matty D) made a stop at The Late Show to promote Elysium. You know what’s weird? Where in the world is Jodie Foster during this press tour? Granted, the movie doesn’t come out for a few more weeks, but still – it seems like Matty D is promoting this damn thing all by himself.

Matty D also appeared on The Today Show a few days ago and most of the Matt Lauer interview is about the movie, but there’s some funny stuff at the beginning and at the end about Brad Pitt and how Matt always gets roles that were meant for other actors. But Lauer asks Matty D about his recent Esquire comments that Brad Pitt wishes he could walk down the street with his kids like Matt is able too, and there’s some funny banter. Matt ends up saying, “I’ve spent my life trying to be like Brad Pitt.”

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And that’s not all! Matty D also had a short little interview with Vulture where he was once again forced to promise to have a beer with his biggest fan-girl, Benedict Cumberbatch:

Vulture: Congratulations on your Emmy nomination, by the way. I was talking to one of your fellow nominees Benedict Cumberbatch about his Emmy nomination and he could not stop talking about you, he is such a big fan.
Damon: Somebody just told me that today!

Are you a fan of his as well? Are there things of his that you’ve loved?
I just want to sit down and have a beer and talk shop with him. I’m just kind of looking forward to that. I think he’ll be one of the guys who lasts, that’s my take. It’s what George [Clooney] said to me ten years ago: If you can pull off ten years in this business, then you’ve done something, and we both kind of agreed that that was kind of the benchmark. And I think [Cumberbatch] is of the new crop. The New York Times did that thing like a year ago — where is the new crop [of leading men]? — and this year we’ve got Channing [Tatum] and a bunch of guys, Chris Hemsworth, who just showed up.

Did you ever see Benedict in Sherlock?
Yeah. I haven’t seen all of the Sherlocks, but I’ve seen some of the Sherlocks, probably half of the Sherlocks, on my iPad. Is that a bad thing to say? Because I’ve been traveling. I’m a little behind. But he’s also somebody other younger actors like Emily Blunt and people like that have talked about. When you start hearing a name all the time, you go, “Okay, I’ll download this, let me see,” and then you start to pay attention, and he’s at that kind of breaking point now.

He wants to have more than a beer with you — he wants to go dancing, to party, stay out all night, maybe at the Emmys, maybe another night.
He may not know how old I am! [Laughs]

Well, he thought out of all your fellow nominees in that category …
… I got the best shot at staying up late? Michael [Douglas], Michael can burn the candle at both ends, too, so maybe the three of us will go out sometime.

[From Vulture]

Matt is acting like there’s some huge disparity in their ages, but not really. I think it’s because Benedict can “play young” convincingly on Sherlock – his Sherlock seems around 30 years old, it seems. Whereas Benedict just turned 37. And Matty D is only 42 years old. Of course, there is a disparity in their careers and their personal lives. Matt is a father of four and he has a wife and 15 years in Hollywood. Benedict has no kids, no wife and he’s only really gotten Hollywood attention in past few years (although he’s been working steadily in the UK for more than a decade).

That being said, I agree with Matt’s assessment of “the new leading men” – Chris Hemsworth, Channing Tatum, Benedict Cumberbatch and more will step into the roles left vacant by a generation of leading men who are literally too old to play most of those parts. The idea of “where are all the leading men?” never concerned me. I’m more concerned with where all of the leading women are, and what parts they’ll get when they arrive.

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  1. Amelia says:

    I love everything about this post.
    Matt Damon, fan-girling, the t-shirt . . . Love it.

    • Monty says:

      Yap. Except for the part about leading ladies. My friends and I were just having this same discussion except we felt that theres a lack of fresh talented leading males. I mean amongst the girls theres Hathaway, Adams, Williams, Blunt, Mulligan, Lawrence, etc. Its the guys side that left us stumped. Especially if you require talent, looks and charisma from your stars.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        WHAAAAAT?

        Tom Hardy, Fassbender, Gosling, Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne, Chiwetel, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Michael Pitt, Rupert Friend, Shia Laboeuf (yeah I said it and I’m standing by it), Cumberbatch…

        What is the age group we’re talking about here? Because some of the women you mentioned are over 30..

      • Monty says:

        Lol. We were on our third bottle of wine is my excuse.

        Seriously though, totally on board with the first four, the rest are iffy either on talent, looks or leading-manliness.

        Also note that they are also mostly in their 30s as well.

      • Amelia says:

        Lots of brownie points for mentioning Rupert Friend, OKitt :)
        I could just stare at that jaw and those cheekbones all day…

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @Monty-Ha ha…yeah that’s why I asked about the age-range we’re talking about, because I think the choices for great actors gets narrower as we get into the 20s age-range.

        @Anna-Rupert Friend is RIDICULOUS hot. He’s one of my favorites and I think due to his prettiness, his talent is often overlooked.

        So I agree that the actors I chose might not have that masculine quality that would translate well into say, an action film, but I picked these actors because to me, they all have something really special and unique. Some are more charismatic than others, but most are capable of playing a variety of roles. For me, Tom Hardy is probably the most diverse of the bunch-there’s really nothing he can’t do in my eyes.

        Oh and I’m not including these two because I need to see more of them but I REALLY like Garrett Hedlund and (*gasp*) Zac Efron. Controversial choice I know, but I thought he was amazing in Paperboy. He really nailed that role and I had pretty low expectations for him going into it, just casting him aside as the “highschool musical dude”. I hope he keeps taking interesting roles because I think he has some chops.

      • Anna says:

        I feel like most of these guys (excluding Gosling and Fassy) have less talent, name recognition, critical acclaim and industry pull than the Hathaway, KStew, JLawr, Stone, Williams, Blunt, Mulligan, Addams, Portman, Kunis, Watson, Steinfeld, and even ScarJo’s etc of the world (tho the ladies probably still get paid less). Again, taken in aggregate.

      • Leah says:

        @originakitten i dont really think the guys you mention are on the level in terms of box office pull and studio pull as the women who were mentioned. All those women have oscar noms or awards and have both critical praise and box office success. Gosling is the execution i think he gets his pick but he isnt really doing big commercial movies. He seems to have the career Depp had before he went totally disney. Idris is a great actor but too old ( he is as old as Matt or older) to be lumped in with the rest of the younger guys. The rest are good actors but can we say they are leading men who can open a movie?

      • T.Fanty says:

        @Anna,

        Yes, but the balance is also different. The girls are more commercially successful, but the men have better roles to work with and build a long-term career on.

      • Anna says:

        Fanty –
        I am inclined to agree, but in the context of ‘next crop of STARS’, commercial carries more weight in the general discourse.

        PS – adding Woodley to the list

      • T.Fanty says:

        @ Anna,

        Yes and no. I agree for the most part, and that’s kind of my point about Chemboy below. But, longevity matters (I think) still, because that’s how one gets a career. The girls are there to be looked at, and once they pass a certain age, they just aren’t present in the movies in the same way. If you look at pull and acclaim, it’s the Matt Damons who stick around and earn the term A-list, and that’s because they pick good and interesting roles, and the same options aren’t available for women. I would say that at the true A-list level (and talking about quailty of commercial work, not Oscar wins, because Halle Berry and Adrian Brody are among the many who discount Oscar=A-list), the men outnumber the women (I would say )4-1 easy.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I said Anna, but I meant AMELIA. I shouldn’t confuse two of my favorite posters..sorry ladies! ;)

        “Yes, but the balance is also different. The girls are more commercially successful, but the men have better roles to work with and build a long-term career on.”

        THIS. My point was about actors that are interesting and dynamic, it had nothing to do with “box office pull” or I’d be talking about Damon, Affleck, RDJ, Depp, Bale, Bruce Willis..hell even Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller would be in there. Carey Mulligan does not have box office pull, as lovely as I think she is and neither does my favorite, Michelle Williams. Lawrence does because of the X-Men and Hunger Games franchises, but Emily Blunt? No. Hell Aniston and Cam Diaz, Nicole Kidman all have WAY more “box office pull” than Blunt does. Same with Angelina. Amy Adams and Hathaway (can I throw Chastain in there?)-I’ll give you those two. Both are working with some of the best in Hollywood and both are carving out careers that will likely be big money-makers for them, but dare I say that Hardy is the male equivalent? He’s got some hefty franchises under his belt and he’s working with THE best right now. I think he has a very lucrative career ahead of him and I think he’s on his way to being a solid lead and box office-draw.

        But my original point was about exciting up-and-coming actors, ONLY. Whether an actor can bring in the audience is a different story and not automatically a gauge of talent or exciting work (Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Travolta all come to mind).

      • Anna says:

        @Original (flattery will get your everywhere) Kitten and T. (I dont know why I like you despite your hand-prints all over my husband) Fanty –

        Ok ladies, I think I might split the difference. First of all – the availability of interesting parts IS key when judging longevity and overall potential incl eventual box office*. I hadn’t considered this circumstance before and gladly concede, with the ever-hopeful caveat that maybe this crop of ladies will change the industry somewhat. I really have enjoyed reading recent interviews with (I believe) Winslet and Moore, where they refused to complain and spoke about being determined to either find interesting roles, or create them, and the industry can go screw.

        Secondly, while I do think that in public discourse (and Matt’s interview) box office is the more significant qualifier of ‘star power’ and we were talking more about Stars vs Interesting Actors, my original thesis – the one with the list of ladies – was really about the aggregated qualifiers. The same ones that would make Clooney and Gosling STARS despite them not being hugely commercial.

        In that context, – and my subjective perception – someone like Mulligan carries more weight than Redmayne of Taylor-J or Bentley, bc she’s co-carried acclaimed indies and commercial films as the female lead.

        I just feel like overall (add up all the prominent ladies and average these different attributes among them; compare vs same for dudes) most of these women are qualitatively better than their male counterparts – or maybe there are more highly-scoring ladies than dudes.

        *On a case study basis, from the yung’ns, currently the biggest franchise/commercial stars are JLawr and either Tatum or Hemsworth (RPatz finished his rounds; RDJ is old, Garfield I think is still establishing himself). But JLawr has award credibility and range; as much as I like Potato and LOVE WANT TO MARRY FOREVER AND HAVE BABIES THO I DONT LIKE BABIES LOVE Hemsworth, I don’t see them being being as ‘good.’ You personally might disagree, but I think this is aligned with the public opinion and court press.

        Ok, I am gonna go finish my beer now…What were we talking about?

      • Amelia says:

        OKitt – I must be a little more tired than I thought – I didn’t notice the name mix up!!
        Oh, the number of times I’ve done that.
        I don’t really have much more to add to the discussion above. Just thought I’d add that I love the exchanges here on C/B :)

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Damn you, Anna, you bested me for sure.
        I think this example put it into perspective for me:
        “In that context, – and my subjective perception – someone like Mulligan carries more weight than Redmayne of Taylor-J or Bentley, bc she’s co-carried acclaimed indies and commercial films as the female lead.”

        Then that would put Michelle W. in the same category. Chastain would be in there too right?

        Yup, I have to agree with you-can’t poke holes in your analysis.
        …and isn’t English your second language? Yup, I think I might be a little mad at you right now, ya jerk ;)

      • T.Fanty says:

        I concur. And to employ the star/commercial point, we might argue that the actresses are doing more heavy lifting, in finding good roles as you mention and also making lesser commercial roles interesting through their work.

      • Anna says:

        NO! You two, don’t concur! The sparring is the best part! Seriously, ladies, it’s a real pleasure to have a proper discussion like this – well-informed, spirited yet civilized. I toast to you.

        *one more beer and I’ll be fluent in 5 more languages :-P

        **I butcher my first language terribly, even tho I am currently living in my country of origin.

        ***Oh yes, Chastain is def on that list, even tho I do not hold her in high regard (as a talent or on-screen/off-screen presence) personally. I’d say Williams is higher than Mulligan and prolly on-par/a little higher than Chastain on the Hollywood totem pole – her attachment to any project generates buzz and some gravitas but she has the extra benefit of longevity (‘critically acclaimed for nearly a decade/since Brokeback Mountain) and special, sympathetic celebrity (Ledger legacy).

      • Bridget says:

        It isn’t necessarily a lack of ‘fresh’ talent, but more than there’s a lack of consistent, reliable draws. The male ‘movie stars’ we mention are people like Matt Damn, RDJ, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Bruce Willi, Brad Pitt, George Clooney- all men who are getting long in the tooth (Matt is the youngezt) and there just aren’t really young actors coming up in the ranks who truly lok poised to take over that mantle (Channing Tatum aside). Jake G didn’t work oht, neither have Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner, Ryan Reynolds, and you know the list gets longer. Among their peers the acttesses are much higher profile, either because of box office success or critical acclaim. Are there young actors that you want to watch? Of course. But iare they going to become the next Movie Star? Probably not.

    • T.C. says:

      Love the t-shirt. Love Matty D.

  2. T.Fanty says:

    The DUC angle is less interesting to me that the beautiful Matty D (namechecking Cumby and Chemboy in one go? That sounds like a party at Thornfield) and the question of leading women. You don’t even need the Bechdel test any more to notice that there all going away. JLaw is fine enough, but is that really the best Hollywood can do? It’s depressing.

  3. lisa2 says:

    I like that Matt seems to have shifted into a different space. I remember when he did the first/second Ocean films he talked of how he and some of the guys would stay up all night and play poker. He then said when they had kids Brad would leave early and he and Don would burn the midnight candle. He use to party hard; I think like women some men just shift and finally become a family man. Matt seems to be in that space now.

    There are always a “new crop” of actor/actresses. And yes if you look back 10-15 years ago who they were it will look different now. Some fade and a few remain

  4. Anna says:

    *says Matt after he Googles ‘Cumberbatch’*

  5. Sookie says:

    I don’t get the cumberbatch thing! I’m not saying he’s a bad actor, but I don’t find him sexy

  6. littlemissnaughty says:

    Oh Matty D, I love thee. If only you hadn’t mentioned Hemsworth. Really? I know Hollywood wants to make him happen (is it working? I can’t tell) but I just don’t see that much talent.
    On a side note, he gives good interviews. Love. Him.

    • T.fanty says:

      I think Hemsworth is here to stay. He isn’t MASSIVELY talented, but he’s good at what he does, affable and ridiculously good looking. He’s also making some smart choices to diversify his career. To me, he’s on a par with a young Brad Pitt (although I acknowledge that the system has changed and he won’t be able to attain that A-listiness that Pitt got in the 90s).

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        You might be right. But I don’t like him. He’s got huge arms and that’s really about it. I don’t like his acting style and I honestly don’t think he’s talented. He’s not awful, that’s the best I can come up with. My question is, for which parts would CH be the no. 1 choice??? Ugh.

      • T.fanty says:

        I think Rush is going to put him in a “serious actor” category. He does what he does well, and so far, has picked good roles. Talent only matters to a degree – just as important is the ability to pick films that people want to see, and CH is doing that well so far. I think he’s the next big movie star.

      • Sixer says:

        I’m reservedly agreeing with Fanty here. Hemsworth is harmless, maintenance light, and puts in what’s required for the amiable beefcake roles. He’s probably got just about enough talent (not much, but enough) to keep face with more serious gigs. Provided Remora doesn’t ruin it for him, he’ll be around, getting good parts, for some time, I think. He’s just too identikit for me personally.

      • T.fanty says:

        It worked for Tom Cruise for fifteen years, until he went crazy. And people still saw his movies until the quality dropped off.

      • Sixer says:

        Exactly. I can get sniffy and snooty about films, but one of my guilty pleasures is (cringing as I type) The Last Samurai. So even I was prepared to watch Cruise.

      • T.fanty says:

        I defy anyone to watch ten minutes of Cocktail and then turn it off!

      • Marty says:

        I think people need to remember that despite his success, CH has only been working in Hollywood for 4 years or so, and the roles he has have only recently started to get diverse. Look at Brad Pitt, a movie star sure, but would you call him a great actor? Then there’s Tom Hanks, won multiple Oscars and was widely thought to be a comedic actor until Philidelphia. And by that time he had been working in Hollywood for 10 years.

        My point is, it’s too soon to tell. While I think there’s potential there(seriously the first Star Trek anyone?) the material needs to be right also.

      • Anna says:

        Marty – I will be a bitch to my dream husband and will second you on this whole thesis. Hems has diversified a BIT – but not that much. Heart of the Sea and Cyber both look like ‘action hero/tough noble guy overcomes difficulties and saves the day’ movies. RUSH is an actor’s film, but Hems is playing… a competitive, popular hot-shot who drives the ladies crazy. How far removed is this from reality, really?

        I do think that compared to many actors in his bracket he’s made some very smart choices, held out for quality directors and projects that play to his strengths (you know who did this better than anyone ever? Will Smith, before he disappeared for 4 years and then made COS movie). He shows a little range, but no so much as to do something really risky and let people down, at least not yet. However, as long as he remains predominantly an action star, he is essentially replaceable by another hot muscled dude or CGI.

        I would love nothing more than for Hems to prove himself a viable dramatic and comedic actor (esp the latter – there I see real potential for deadpan) and stick around for ages, but I will hold back my verdict of his A-list Movie Star status for at least the next 4-5 non-Marvel projects.

        Esp bc 2013 just became the year that even the ‘sure thing’ – Will Smith, Depp, Tatum – fell short.

        PS – I think in RUSH Bruhl will get all the acting accolades.

    • Kate says:

      He isn’t talented (he’s also kind of a humorless dick). I really don’t know how he got anywhere in Hollywood. I used to watch Home & Away (Aussie soap) just for the fun of seeing his attempts at emoting. It takes an extraordinary lack of talent to be the worst part of that show, and he managed it every single episode.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @littlemissnaughty, who wrote: “Oh Matty D, I love thee. If only you hadn’t mentioned Hemsworth. Really? I know Hollywood wants to make him happen (is it working? I can’t tell) but I just don’t see that much talent.”

      Aside from the fact Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth are friends (remember the article here one or two years ago with photos of the Damons and Hemsworths on a yacht vacation with two other couples?), I think he’s right on regarding Chris’s talent.

      I think it’s sad how the only role most of you credit Chris Hemsworth with is ‘Thor’ when he’s done so much more where he’s truly showcased his talent. In fact, both Chris ‘and’ Liam Hemsworth are good actors, with the promise of becoming great actors.

      Chris Hemsworth will turn 30-years-old on August 11th, just three years older than Matt Damon was when he and Ben Affleck completed the script Matt started for the film they fought hard to star in (thank goodness their friend Kevin Smith backed them up), because no one in Hollywood would hire them. Chris Hemsworth is currently the same age as Matt Damon was–29–when Matt began filming “The Bourne Identity.” And how many of you ‘then’ were saying the same things about ‘short, dorky, annoying’ Matt Damon as you are now about Chris Hemsworth? ‘I’ was one of the people saying those, but I now have much love for Matty D and his incredible talent/range. LOL!! And I got over the ‘short thing once I realized I’d mainly compared his height to Ben Affleck, who is 6’3″ tall. :)

      And let us not forget two more talented actors who are more than their fantastical alter egos: Chris Pine and Zachary Quintos.

      I guess all I’m saying is perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to write certain male actors off. :)

  7. Noreen says:

    This post isn’t about Cumberbatch being sexy or anyone finding him sexy, so why mention his looks? Why does “he’s not sexy”, “I don’t find him good looking” ALWAYS have to come right after “he’s a really good actor”? There’s always a compliment to his acting and then “but”.

    It’s juvenile. Shallow. Get over it. A person is more than looks.

  8. Turtle Dove says:

    “I’m more concerned with where all of the leading women are, and what parts they’ll get when they arrive.”

    I think there are more solid up-and-coming females than males. Of course, there’s always room for improvement and a need for more opportunities, but if we’re talking longevity then I think the women have it right now.

    There have been so many men who you think are going to hit it big then they fade out. There are quite a few males who are big-ish atm, but I can see quite a few falling flat and going nowhere.

  9. Haley says:

    wow, look at that. a continuation of the same cumberbatch story we’ve been hearing all week. what else would you expect at cumberbitchy.com?

    • T.fanty says:

      Don’t be put off by the baity title. Matty D’s comments are actually quite interesting.

      • Haley says:

        this subject (cumberbatch loves damon) has been beaten to death. it’s the same thing every day.

      • Sixer says:

        Haley – here’s the thing. The more attention and debate a topic generates – positive or negative – the more coverage the site will give it. A good argument creates interest, you know?

        If you want fewer posts on a topic, the best policy is to blank it. The more it gets blanked, the less it will be covered.

        I say this, but I’m not trying to tell you what to say or do – I don’t mean to come off like that at all. For me, personally, I like the posts that get a few scratchy comments. More interesting to me to see what people think and what gets their goat.

      • T.fanty says:

        What’s bothering me about the excessive Cumby posting is the hostility. His detractors AND his defenders have become very mean-spirited and frankly unpleasant to read. I don’t believe Drunk Uncle Cumby is (or should be) that divisive a figure. It’s hard to talk about anything fun or interesting on these posts because the manic minority is losing their Cumber-collective crap over nothing.

      • Sixer says:

        I don’t mind people raking the subjects of posts over the coals, or even the site for what it covers/doesn’t cover. But I don’t really understand why everyone gets annoyed with each other or want to silence a different opinion.

      • Eve says:

        @ T.Fanty and Sixer:

        Yup. There have been some aggressive posters on Cumberbatch-related threads lately. Some sound extremely angry — and they ought to have the last word (or else!).

        The posts/threads about Cumberbatch used to be some of the funniest here on CB…well, they’re not anymore.

      • Sixer says:

        The Cumby/TommyAnne posts were what made me start commenting here. You guys are so funny with your hedgehogs and your dragonflies and your make ‘em your bitches.

        Places where you can indulge your man-from-the-telly fantasy with your tongue firmly in your cheek and where people are light-hearted, friendly and witty, are not common.

        For what it’s worth, I’ve never heard of half the people written about regularly here. I can’t see why it matters.

      • Anna says:

        I stumbled onto here some 6 months ago for some CHarming post, got entranced by Eve and her eye-opening Wagon testimony, and stayed for Miss Jane and the rest of the Thornfield bacchanal. Which gathers in full force when there’s a Fassy, Hiddles, Askars, Hems or Cumby newsbit to nibble on. Well, lately only Cumby has made himself available for feasting, so, even tho I am an impartial observer when it comes to him personally (till Sherlock comes back), I will always come to a Cumby drawing room because it draws the best crowd.

    • Haley says:

      I understand what you’re saying and yes (if you couldn’t tell from my comments on other cumberbatch posts) this is definitely what gets my goat. I do feel like regardless of how much attention this topic generates, this site will continue to cover him because that’s its main focus nowadays. I know it’s silly to complain about a gossip website (I obviously don’t have a lot of other stressors right now, hahah) but I do yearn for the days when celebitchy wasn’t all about fassbender, cumberbatch and the word “crumpets”.

    • Haley says:

      @t. fanty
      I see where you’re coming from. he seems to have a lot of really aggressive defenders.

    • Haley says:

      yeah, no, fassbender used to be just as overexposed as cumberbatch. and I don’t know what Tom Hardy has to do with anything being that he doesn’t get nearly as much exposure as either fassbender or cumberbatch, but I will say that I find him a thousand times more likeable and a much better actor.

      • T.fanty says:

        *as the wrath of the angry and hostile Cumber-beasts descend on poor Haley’s head*

        Those are some dangerous words, girl!

        I’m not qualified to answer that one. All I’ve really seen Hardy in is the Batman movie, and I’m not even sure that was actually him. But, they’re all doing very different things and on some level, it’s a little redundant to compare them. For an actor, looks are part of the package and do dictate the kind of work they get and how we respond to them. It’s so bloody subjective.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @Haley: What Tom Hardy has to do with it is he’s an actor I love. That’s all.

        I guess I don’t get the point in people always complaining. There are plenty of other blogs and yes, Google is handy if you want to find out about other celebs. I just avoid a lot of the Cumby posts, and I was reminded why when I was on yesterday’s thread. Easy peasy.

      • Anna says:

        Haley -

        Hardy was really good in Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy; in Batman it really could have been anyone else (or a robot). He’s also a really good interview – I remember when he was asked if he ever had a same-sex (or something similar; un-traditional?) sexual experience, and he said very non-chalantly something like, ‘I’m an actor, what do you think? of course!’ It was very, ‘what’s the big deal?’ and moved on.

        HOWEVER. Hardy is at the moment not in any imminently-upcoming high-profile projects, nothing he has to promote. Cumby – front and center with Assange and Sherlock, was just front and center with Star Trek, and will be supporting 12 Years a Slave and Ossange County – 2 Oscar baits.

        Likewise, we love some Hemsworth around here (and whatever those other CBitches tell you, I love him more than any of them), and he’s even a much bigger deal than Hardy, but there’s been like one Hems post in the last 3 months bc he’s away shooting another project, not having any new twitter-documented romantic liaisons, not doing any interviews. So sometimes it’s just about the availability of source material. Trust me, Hardy is well-loved around here, and when there’s finally something to dish about w/him (like those pix w the puppy), he’ll be here.

    • Haley says:

      this conversation seems to be going in like a hundred different directions. to clear up: I’m not saying I wish there were more articles on other actors, I’m just saying that I think it’s ridiculous how many cumberbatch articles there are now. there’s literally a new one every day and sometimes more than one, and I would hope that at least ONE other person here would agree when I say that a lot of them are non-stories. he’s overexposed everywhere but especially on celebitchy which disappoints me because I used to really, really enjoy this website. that’s all i’m saying.

      • Anna says:

        Haley –

        Two weeks ago there were like…9 or 10 Cumby articles in one week, and I publicly (meaning – on here) expressed my …dissatisfaction. So you are not alone. (and if you’re disappointed – seriously, just dont click on anything Cumby-related for like 6 months, to desaturate. It’s max 1-2 Cumby posts per day out of 15-20. I never click on the Brandy Ganville-Leanne Rhimes (another BIG CB fave) posts in my CB feed on principle. But Cumby is here to stay till the end of award season mid-March.

        But really, this site has a dozen or so boy-candy favorites, and of those – half a dozen REAL favorites. It’s just that out of that dozen+ Cumbs has been nearly the only one supplying the gossip/discussion material as of late. Thus the saturation.

      • Sixer says:

        What Anna said. Also to say that I’d never heard of either Brandy Whatsit or Leanne Whatsit before coming to this site. Even though it seems to me they’re on it twice every whipstitch and three times on Thursdays, I STILL have no idea who they are. Never clicked a post yet.

  10. unmade_bed says:

    It seems pretty obvious to me that Matt Damon has no idea who Benedict C. is and is just trying to fill in the space with some general assessment of making it in Hollywood. He really carries it off with grace, though! I watch a lot of shows and movies, and I’ve never seen him in anything either.

  11. Emma says:

    No Ben Affleck or Brad Pitt namedrop? Are we sure this interview was given by the real Matt Damon?

  12. TheCountess says:

    I like Matt, but I don’t believe for a second he knows who Cumberbatch is if he name-checked him along with Channing Potatatumhead and a Hemsworth brother as a new wave of leading man. Talk about red delicious apples and bland, boring oranges.

  13. SamiLynn says:

    “Did you ever see Benedict in Sherlock?
    Yeah. I haven’t seen all of the Sherlocks, but I’ve seen some of the Sherlocks, probably half of the Sherlocks…”

    LOL! He must be thinking: “What the hell is ‘Sherlock’”?

    This guy has no idea who Benedict Cumberbatch is! He just doesn’t know how to avoid talking about him and comes up with all this random stuff to see if he can get away with it. Hahaha!

  14. Abby says:

    Oh boy he has no clue of who BC is lol….it’s adorable how he is trying to get away from the question as quickly as possible by giving some diplomatic answers. But the moment he mentioned Cumberbatch in the same category as Tatum, Hemsworth….I was darn sure he has no clue at all. It’s more of a disgrace to Benedct being compared to such in talented folks who only sell because of their hot body.

  15. MissMary says:

    Why do I get the feeling he had his PR in his ear going “Just roll with the CUmberbatch thing?” Maybe he knows him from Star Trek, like the name peripherally, but I get the feeling he’s like “uh, whatever” about the playdate being set up by their publicists lol.

    • Anna says:

      Playdate! That’s adorable.

      I totally get the ‘what is Cumberbatch?’ vibe from Damon – tho, to play the ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ game, Damon is really tight with Hemsworth, and Hems is tight (and co-starred) with Hiddleston (Thor) and Bruhl (Rush), both of whom are tight/have worked with Cumberbatch (War Horse & Fifth Estate).

  16. Jenn says:

    I like Matt because he still seems to be down to earth and nice. I’m 42 as well,and I’m not gonna pull an all nighter either. I think I’ll have to go watch Dogma now. Snoochies.