Benedict Cumberbatch will make you think sexy thoughts about Jerusalem

Maybe I was just looking for an excuse to write about Benedict Cumberbatch again, just so I could use the full Annie Leibovitz Vogue photo. Maybe I just wanted to stare at The Batch’s magnificent THIGH. Mm. I had a really vivid dream about him last night. He looked like Julian Assange and he was leaking me classified documents in between lovemaking. While I wasn’t into his Assange hair, I kept nailing it to the wall and it was an amazing dream. Sigh. This is still my favorite photo of Cumby ever. For me, it’s all about his Sex Hair and the sort of half-desire he’s giving the camera. Gawd.

As for the real reason I’m writing this… it’s kind of unbelievable to me how much Benedict works. It feels like he’s been doing projects – both big and small – nonstop for three years and almost all of them are coming out this year. Michael Fassbender had that in 2011 – it was The Year of Fassbender. 2013 is The Year of Cumberbatch. I guess that’s why it’s great to be a character actor for the most part – you get to drop into interesting films and just do a week of voice work or a few weeks of filming. Anyway, Cumby’s got another project coming out in September – he voiced a new IMAX 3D documentary called Jerusalem. Obviously, it’s about the ancient city and how awesome it is. The film “offers exclusive looks at the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Jordan River, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Sea of Galilee and the mountain fortress of Masada, as well as little-known parts of the region.” And there’s a trailer for those of us addicted to his voice. I want him to bang me in Israel.

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  1. Sixer says:

    Ha. Kaiser scrapes bottom of barrel for a Cumby post. More than happy to see that photo again, however deep the barrel.

  2. Amelia says:

    I get the feeling Benedict really appreciates the opportunity to work at the moment. Can’t wait to see more of his projects.
    Hiddles – take note. This is how you build upon a hugely popular role and make a stellar career out of it.

    • T.fanty says:

      He says that in the Vogue interview. I’m a big believer that you don’t turn down work, and I’m not even an actor. I think this is the advantage of succeeding late; he knows how lucky he is and is taking full advantage of it.

    • Sixer says:

      Absolutely. Actors seem to live in fear of taking part in projects that bomb. The thing is, if you manage a few good ones, all the bombs are forgiven.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Exactly. And he’s in a very rare position (partly brought about by being British and partly due to his, ahem, unique look) that he’s not getting Hollywood heart-throb work, but something more interesting. He shouldn’t turn that away.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Exactly, and he’s talked before about how his folks told him how hard being a working actor was, having the threat of no regular work hanging over them wasn’t something they wished for him.

      He’s doing quality work too which is really important.

    • Tish says:

      I just visited Hiddles’ IMDB page and they’ve completely removed the Capa film and the film noir movie with Paquin in his filmography. They’re not even in the “in-development” section. I make fun of him and he is as you guys say, Cumberbudget but yeah. I feel bad for him.

      • Crumpets & Crotchshots says:

        I feel sad to know that Capa has been deep sixed, but it looks like it has. It was a promising role, as was Dark Wings Has My Angel, a meaty role which would have been an opportunity to show some range. Hiddles has had some very bad luck.

        His fans are crowing about more Loki scenes, but more Loki is not going to be good for his long term prospects.

        Everything is riding on Coriolanus….

      • T.Fanty says:

        I actually disagree. I think more Loki is good for him, long-term. Really, he should have got one year out of this character, but he was the centerpiece of the Avengers, got on Whedon’s good list, and is getting to spearhead another Marvell movie. He’s getting another bite at the apple, which is rare. Good for him.

      • Crumpets and Crotchshots says:

        I just don’t want him to be locked into always being remembered as Loki. He needs to diversify. If this launches him it will be worth it, but I think he will have to hustle for all he is worth.

        I hope some better parts come his way. What a bummer this year has been.

      • Sixer says:

        I’m inclined to side with Fanty. If the shilling and the organ grinder’s monkeying has got TommyannE some more scenes and parts in further franchise episodes, I think he has succeeded in extending the period of opportunity.

        But I do think C&C has a point in not wanting to be known for just one role. So he does need to take any offers that come his way.

        I hope he has better luck next year too. And I hope he bags at least one part that will extend his range. No posh Brit stock villain. No socialite. Something else. Anything else.

      • Maureen says:

        “Everything is riding on Corialanus”

        Maybe that’s the problem. Maybe the problem is that Tom is trying too hard to be a big-budget Hollywood star when what he’s really cut out to be is a really good British character actor. I just remember that interview he did with Downey, Jr, during Avengers promotions when RDJ said (to the camera/interviewer), “So I’ve told him, ‘Don’t worry, you’re going to make money. You’re going to make HUGE money” and the look of pure, unadulterated money-fame lust on Tom’s face when RDJ said that. I was so turned off. It was try-hard, without any grace or finesse, didn’t even try to hide it. I think this just really, really turns people off. Even studios. Because that type of person is always a suck-up and really annoying.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Well, that is bad news. I heard the Capa film was on hold, but Black Wings Has My Angel? What happened there?, I wonder.

        I feel bad for Hiddles now. Black Wings sounded like a great part for him.

        He is having a string of bad luck. I really hope this changes for him.

      • Lindy79 says:

        His 2014 isn’t looking great…
        Can’t help but feel bad, his try hard-ness and fan pandering (seems to have stopped this) annoys me but it’s kind if painful to watch. Plenty of his contemporaries are similar but he seems to want it so badly. Maybe the promo tour for Thor 2 will get his interest back up and open some doors.

  3. Maureen says:

    LOL, I see what you did there slipping in the baby photo.

  4. T.fanty says:

    I’m just happy for an excuse to look at that picture again.

  5. Lindy79 says:

    Hints of the CumbyLisp there…nice.
    His voice even when not completely intense and deep is just amazing.
    I love the little B curl in that baby photo.

    Film looks amazing!

    • curlsunited says:

      Yes, his voice … among other things.

      I wish he would lend it to my GPS navigation system. Then again this would make me think sexy thoughts about taking wrong turnings. So perhaps rather not.

      Couldn’t say that I noticed a lisp (except when in Assange mode).

  6. Axis2ClusterB says:

    Ok. I give up. He’s dead sexy. Shouldn’t be and I don’t understand it, but I’m just going with it at this point. That pic with the baby did me in.

  7. Nev says:

    Again with this pic?!!!!!

    Hahaha love it.

  8. Helvetica says:

    There is nothing about him that I find attractive. He has a “roofie” face. Like the guy you don’t want to accept a drink from at a bar. No way. Creeper eyes/face.

  9. ncboudicca says:

    Why do my clothes keep falling off when I see that photo?

  10. Kaiser says:

    The Cumberdong is the Promised Land.

  11. Dani says:

    His voice in the clip makes the Jew in me really hot.

  12. Nicole says:

    Is 25 too old to have a full blown poster of this in my room?! I just love his hair. And his voice. And his face… sigh.

  13. Abby says:

    He is just too perfect in this pic.

  14. Effie says:

    I dont care what anyone says I am attracted to this guy. He shouldn’t be attractive but he is. He shouldn’t have all these women lusting over him. But he does. He is the unlikely “pin up” guy. But he must be doing something right. Just something about him is fascinating.

  15. Lucy says:

    Lmfaoooo the article is funny as shit.

  16. Wonda says:

    Cumby is the “unlikely pin up” like @effie said. Its just soooo amazing how he has the cult following of a Ryan Gosling. I think he is even surprised that all these women like him.

    • Maureen says:

      I’m not so sure about that. I love him to death and I want to believe he’s honest…most of the time…but actors aren’t always 100% honest in their stories because they have to sell an image and a personality to the public as well as whatever project they’re promoting at any moment. The fact is, Benedict was incredibly cute in his younger days. Not ugly. Not weird. ADORABLE. Look at him a mere 8 or 9 years ago when he did that TV show with Hugh Laurie. I’m taken aback at how adorable he was, and this is coming from someone who found him unattractive until fairly recently. I know tons of women who would have found his younger self really cute and really interesting and would definitely have dated him. So add to his cuteness with his smarts, energy, good manners, and amazing talent, and I just don’t buy his story that he was put off by his own looks and couldn’t get girls. I Don’t believe for a minute that he’s surprised. I don’t believe a word of it. But it sells really, really well doesn’t it? He was with the same woman from roughly 23 to 35, so if he didn’t get any girls during that time it’s because he was a faithful boyfriend. Not because he couldn’t get any girls.

  17. Izzy says:

    Allow me to edit the headline:

    Benedict Cumberbatch will make you think sexy thoughts about EVERYTHING.

  18. Marine says:

    I like that he does little things in his career while doing Big Hollywood budget films at the same time. He still does Cabin Pressure. And he’s done commercials. I suspect he will return to the stage one day again. But I’m most happy about that he still does Sherlock and loves doing and wants to continue it. I mean that show did put him on the map. I respect him.

    • MissMary says:

      This. Because of his parents, he knows it can be feast or famine for an actor, no matter how popular you are (his mom was seriously popular in the 70′s, iirc, at least in British media) and besides the willingness to work, he makes smart choices (well, work-wise, lol) and seems to have good PR and a great agent. He’s mentioned in some interviews that he knows fame can be fleeting and he seems to be setting up against the day when he may not be as famous or his career stalls or just slows down some.

  19. Shaye says:

    “Sex on legs” I totally get that expression but the “ovaries exploded” crap I don’t get lol. I mean you will be surprised at how many women have no idea where their ovaries are located lol

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Hahahaha! when I first started seeing comments about exploding ovaries, I just figured that perhaps the owners of said ovaries were not yet old enough to actually make use of them. When they need them later in their lives, I’m sure they will protect them from explosions.;-)

  20. Jake says:

    I return and you old tired sluts are still at it? Gosh leave the man alone. Do you know what the internet thinks of this site? They call you all a bunch of old crusty farts who act out your sex & the city fantasies on here. Begone you hags.

  21. GeeMoney says:

    Man, I love him. So happy for his success.

  22. taxi says:

    Please, can we have a ‘batch break? Every day & repeating pics is too much. Not all of us think he’s cool, or hot.

  23. Helena says:

    Just imagining that.Too much Cumberbatch. Cumbs, every day ,no respite. As his character in ‘STID’ says, ” ..over and over and over again”. It is indeed, a terrible prospect for the faint hearted. However, for many of us, it’s a challenge we’d gladly face, armed only with a bottle of champagne, a fake fur bedspread,our uniform of suspenders and stockings and a brave smile. As Shakespeare said, ” Summon up the sinews ” and er…the rest of it.

  24. judyjudyjudy says:

    Like him as an actor, but that Vogue article makes him sound like an overgrown schoolboy, not a heartthrob, to me. Like someone I would hang out with at work, but not date.

  25. Tanya_ says:


    Is this genuine, right? must be, this is not shitty and ridiculous as ScarJo once did.

  26. Marge says:

    My respect level for him just went up more. Watch Kaiser report this Monday..or maybe tomorrow lol

  27. Helena says:

    It was clear from say – the recent trip to Japan, how very good he is at dealing with a lot of attention but paparazzi shouting during filming is a different matter,as has been said. Personally, I wish they didn’t have as much freedom as they do, particularly when people are working and of course when well known people have their children with them. To eg wait outside a woman’s house for her to take her child to school,then swarm right up to the woman and child,often blocking their way forward, yelling and so on, for example,seems to me to be stalking and harrassment rather than much else.

  28. mended says:

    unfortunately people who don’t know the back story are already calling him douchey and entitled. the haters will have a field day. especially Lainey, who has an irrational hatred of him for no apparent reason. from a PR perspective, this may not have been the best move.

    • Lucy says:

      I heard the pap who took the pick was stalking them all day. He was also very loud and was disturbing while they had been trying to shoot. I heard it got pretty annoying. This might be the story related to Gatiss tweet earlier yesterday morning when he tweeted he’s not in the mood. Maybe he wasn’t in the mood because the pap had been disturbing them. My 2 cents

  29. Janey says:

    I’m far from a hater, closer to a massive fan, in fact, and I think this was a stupid, douchey thing to do. It wasn’t photpgraphers outside his house trying to get a shot of kids, or trying to get an upskirt shot of a female co-worker and I’ve had a scan of setlock and there is no mention of paps heckling during filming. It was public filming, in a public place where Benedict was aware that his photo was being taken. I get that it must be annoying to be subject to that kind of attention but this sign is nothing more than juvenile and petulant. It doesn’t raise any issue, it doesn’t raise awareness of the situation in Egypt – he could have written anything on that sign – a web address, the name of the cameraman killed in Egypt, he could have written the name of a charity that he hopes people would support, but he didn’t. He covered the fact that this sign is basically a “fuck you and fuck off” by scribbling about Egypt. Also, in response to posts up thread – people are interpreting the sign as him telling the paps to “go to Egypt” because that is what the sign says – it’s not exactly equivocal. I was also thinking to myself about the reaction if Tom Hiddleston did something like this and I thought he’d probably be ridiculed, so it’s weird that Benedict gets a pass. As for charges of entitlement levelled at him – this is entitled behaviour because, as you say, it could create a PR storm but he has people to deal with that so why would he worry about how this would affect anyone else? He’s actaully kinda lucky that the pap in question in a prat, otherwise I imagine there’d be some fandom wank going on as well.

    • Katie says:

      No, they’ve had pap heckling during this entire episode filming. Paps trying to shoot through their trailer windows and such. Blocking set access as well.

      And it’s gotten people who didn’t really know about Egypt to look into it more, so it did raise awareness.

      It could have been executed better, I agree and believe he did it fast, but it’s not something I’d call stupid or juvenile either.

      The fact that people seem to think being an actor gives paps a free pass to do whatever is what I don’t get.

      • Janey says:

        Paps don’t get a free pass, and I don’t think anyone is suggesting they should. According to setlock, this one pap is the only guy who wasn’t quiet during filming so I understand the annoyance, but this was juvenile – all it did was give the pap a better shot. I see a lot of people saying that this was such a great thing to do, I don’t see a lot more awareness of the situation in Egypt – no mention of Mick Deane anywhere, for example.

    • mended says:

      but the entire set was being disrupted. it sounds like he was speaking up for the rest of the crew as well, not just out of selfishness. the frustration of filming this season has been expressed before by gatiss, moffatt, and vertue. but when ben does something he is being called ‘entitled’.

    • Katie says:

      It got people to Google Egypt because they saw the pic. That’s what I noticed on Twitter and message boards. There’s a lot of unaware people out there. Sure, some knew Eqypt was in the news, but not why.

      I’ve been following filming on Twitter. They had minor, normal issues with paps until the start of this last episode weeks ago. I wonder if this is the same guy who was screaming things at him and Louise Brealey a week ago.

      • Janey says:

        I think we are mainly in agreement, that paps shouldn’t disrupt filming or be given a free pass and that the situation must be frustrating. I also think the holding up of signs is quite a cool way to deal with the situation – where I have a problem with this situation is, and I want to make it clear that this is just how the situation reads to me – it feels like he was annoyed and scribbled the note, instead of considering for 60 seconds and thinking, “what is the best way to word this, without making a difficult situation worse or making more work for other people?” There are many, many things he could have said but he went with “bugger off and, ummm, Egypt, yes Egypt is on the news just now, I’ll go with that” I also wonder about how the journalists/phoographers who actually are in Egypt would react? Would they think he was being flippant? Like he’s saying, well you have a camera and a big, fancy lens clearly that is all this is required to document atrocities in a war zone. I said he was entitled becase I wonder if this will make the situation with paps worse and that will direcly effect everyone involved with filming, it may be Benedict who gets papped, but everyone is disrupted and I would wager that he, as the lead actor, would be pretty protected and well looked after in the event of filming delays. Ethan Hawke said that paps and dealing with intrusion is like a luxury tax – it sucks but the upside is that you get to do what you love and are rewarded well for it. Benedict is a priviledged individual and gets to pursue something he loves and be lauded for it and he is given a voice because of that – it leaves a bad taste in my mouth when he chooses to use that voice to be dictatorial and antagonistic. I think I may be taking this whole thing to seriously, but I have to say I’m enjoying hearing the other opinions around this and getting more of the back story, it hasn’t changed my opinion but it may have softened it, somewhat. So, cheers!

  30. Sally says:

    I don’t see how this was a douchey thing for him to do. Paps always go too far but want to cry foul when people stand up to them. If anything this caused people to go look up Egypt on the internet and pay more attention to whats going on over there because there has been a lack of focus of whats been happening over there.

  31. Quill says:

    This has brought focus to Egypt. I don’t know if any of you were on twitter, FB, google+ etc. but when this story broke yes people were talking about Cumberbatch obviously, but the focus was on Egypt. Egypt was trending for the first time on god knows when.

  32. Par says:

    I have been following “setlock” and I know some friends who have been to locations. there has been stories about the paps on setlock heckling them for a while now. There has been a disturbance leading up to this point so I know how they must be fed up. There was an incident that happened inside Bennys trailer where someone tried to take unwanted pics. All I can say is its only gonna get worse for them as the show continues to grow in popularity.