A big part of Benedict Cumberbatch’s charm is the name “Benedict Cumberbatch”. When so many actors take on ridiculous stage names, it’s wonderful that Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t become Ben Thunder or Benny Danger or Carl Cockburn or B.C. Wilde. Benedict thought, “No, I’ll own this, my talent is enough to make my absurd name into a positive.” And it’s true. While no one would CHOOSE the name “Benedict Cumberbatch,” it’s made him stand out from the wide array of frankly interchangeable Chrises, Toms and Taylors. It also makes him so identifiably ENGLISH, which is a positive when you’re finding work all over the place, from Hollywood to British TV to the theater.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, you too can have a name like Benedict Cumberbatch. Some wonderful, brilliant Cumberbitch has made the “Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator”. And it is my new favorite thing in the world. Some of the best names thus far? Bombadil Cankersore, Buttercup Cragglethatch, Beezlebub Gigglesnort, Rumblesack Clavichord, Boilerdang Concubine. This is genius. GO HERE to find your Cumbername.
Two more smaller Cumberbatch stories – one, you can see some new photos of Benedict and Martin Freeman filming Sherlock scenes here at the Mail. Two, you know how Benedict is going to be working on The Imitation Game shortly (probably as soon as he finishes Sherlock)? Well, Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech (the Irish driver turned widower) has joined the cast. Considering all of the sh-t Benedict has talked about Downton, it continues to be amusing how many times he’s cast opposite Downton actors. He worked with Dan Stevens in The Fifth Estate too!
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