Benedict Cumberbatch in velvet at ‘The Hobbit’ premiere: would you hit it?


Okay, now that I’ve been slapped awake by Evangeline Lilly’s bangs trauma, let’s discuss my man Benedict Cumberbatch. (Incidentally, I think it’s adorable that so many of you fight over him, it’s like you don’t even realize he’s MINE.) Benedict flew to LA for the big premiere of The Hobbit. THERE WAS VELVET. Oh, Tom Hiddleston is going to have a good cry about the velvet. Tommy had to let go of his velvet during the Thor 2 promotional trail, and here’s Benedict, working his burgundy velvet Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo. SOB. Some thoughts:

*I like that Benedict tends to err on the side of overdressing for events. I wouldn’t call him a clotheshorse or anything (he wore the same McQueen suit like eight times in the span of a month), but I think he enjoys clothes and he likes his fancy suits and tuxedos. Most American men would not wear a burgundy velvet tuxedo jacket for an LA premiere.

*BURGUNDY VELVET. I want to touch it (him).

*He has lovely posture.

*He looks really tired. I know he loves to work, often doing back to back projects and he’s great on a promotional tour, but I want him to get some sleep too. I worry about him.

*Is his hair looking more auburn-y these days? He’s naturally auburn, as he pointed out in an earlier interview. Mm… auburn dong muff.


*Is he wearing makeup? In some lighting, it looks like he’s got some foundation issues. Dear Ben: just be pale. We won’t judge your paleness. We love your paleness.

*I want to feel that bow tie on my thighs.

*Do you want him in motion? You’re welcome.





Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Jenna says:

    Still a big NO!

    But, OMG Sherlock comes back on the first of January!!! *flails* Can’t wait! :D

  2. allons-y alonso says:

    Looks utterly delicious. Would hit it with fist of an angry God and then snuggle afterwards; Poor Batch looks tired. I love that burgundy jacket.

  3. NYC_girl says:

    A close friend was out jogging a few days ago nearby in Brooklyn and spotted him on the street. He took a pic with him and posted it on his FB page – I wish I could show it here. It’s awesome! They both have their headphones on and I think BC is giving a thumbs up. He seems like a really cool guy!!

  4. Ellen says:

    I saw him on the Hobbit Facebook live stream last night. He really, really wants us to know that it wasn’t just voice work, he did the motion capture to bring the dragon to life.

    Understand, everyone? His body = the dragon.

    That is all.

  5. ag-UK says:

    Love him but he def. needs a tailor. He suits always seem too boxy and the jacket looks too short? Not sure about velvet on anyone over 15. I was in NY last week and saw NO ONE I guess he thinks no one will spot him in Brooklyn.

  6. Hello Kitty says:

    Poor Cumby does look tired. He can take a nap at my place…

  7. CC says:

    I was reading something about him recently and got a little confused. Can some of you lovely ladies clear it up for me?
    Cumby and baby talk – did he say he wanted babies but changed the story when he got really famous, or did he say he didn’t want babies but changed the story then?

    Love him, not feeling the velvet.

    • Hello Kitty says:

      I’m unsure of the baby narrative that he’s leading with these days. But I just want to comment on the velvet. LOVE it. Because of him and Hiddles, I’ve been on the lookout for a black velvet tuxedo blazer.

    • LadySlippers says:

      @CC: He wants babies but it became a weird focus for fans so he’s toned down the broody comments.

    • Tish says:

      He’s been saying he wanted babies since 2004. Like, really a long time ago. And he did say he still wants babies in interviews post-fame/post-Sherlock. Even his friends know that he wants a family. He didn’t exactly say that he doesn’t want them anymore, he just said that he’s not going to be broody about it or along those lines. Like, when the time comes he’ll talk about it. He did say recently that he can’t wait to talk about his future kids/ introduce them to the press when he already has one. Even in his casual interviews it still shows. Like, candid comments “my future kids”, “my children”. It’s actually good that he toned it down a bit.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I imagine that EVERYWHERE he went, women were offering to have his babies. And that kind of knowledge is a magnet for Remora-style gold diggers. It’s smart to stop that kind of talk if he actually wants to meet someone.

      • Green Girl says:

        I think it’s smart he toned it down, too. If he were to keep bringing it up, it would be the angle just every journalist would take when interviewing him (and that gets boring! Just look at all the interviews with him about being posh). I also think it would be weird for him if women were basically throwing themselves at him – “Pick me! I’ll fill your house with kids!”

      • lunchcoma says:

        I agree it’s smart of him to tone it down a bit. I’m sure he still feels the same way, but at some point talking about wanting children leads to awkward and sometimes painful questions about why someone hasn’t found a partner to have them with. Quite a few of my friends are in roughly the same boat – middle or later 30s, family-minded, but haven’t dated anyone seriously in some time – and even they’d rather not get into the issue too deeply. I imagine that’s even more the case with someone in the public eye.

    • GeeMoney says:

      I think he wants kids, but is probably waiting for the right person (and I’m curious to know why Olivia wasn’t the right person). He’s probably working a lot too, and doesn’t have the time to devote to a family.

      I don’t blame him. I would love to have a family, but I’d rather wait for the right person as well.

      • Bubbles says:

        Wasn’t he with Olivia for like 10 years? If he wanted kids so much, why didn’t he have them with her? Isn’t 10 years too much to be with the wrong person?

      • LadySlippers says:

        She broke up with him a few times (apparently it was on and off) and she’s only recently said she wanted kids. So not sure what happened but they are still very good friends.

        He also said (while they were dating) that they both wanted kids but not necessarily with each other. That (to me) is an odd comment but who knows?

      • Maureen says:

        I absolutely, 100% remember when they were together he said “we both want kids” and he mentioned that Olivia has young nieces/nephews and they both love kids. So, kids seem to have been on the agenda for both of them but then it just never happened? The time was never right and then the relationship was finally over anyway? Or something. *shrugs*

      • Green Girl says:

        I hate speculating about others’ private lives, but I always thought it was odd that they never had kids together. “Do you want kids?” is a big, BIG thing, and IMO should be discussed somewhat early on in a serious relationship (not the first date, obviously, but don’t get around to the topic after five years). If you’re not on the same page, it’s a total deal-breaker.

        So, maybe they discussed it and were on the same page, but it never happened because one or the other was seeing bumps and rises in their careers. I’d imagine it would be difficult for an actor to have a family because you get caught up with work.

      • LadySlippers says:

        He said it yes (often) but I couldn’t find old interviews where she echoed that sentiment. And to be frank, my comment was referring to a more recent interview from Olivia when she stated she finally was feeling ready for kids.

        I always thought the comment from Benedict ‘we want kids but not necessarily together’ meant that they knew they weren’t in for the long haul. But that’s strictly a guess.

  8. T.fanty says:

    Oh yes. I get that he’s more than a voice. I’ll give him credit for bodywork and movement. As long as it’s on my thighs. As Kaiser would say.

    By the way, I read GQ. So, apparently, he has a brushes with death every couple of weeks or so?

  9. Miss Jupitero says:

    Did someone say auburn dong muff? Oh my….

    That burgundy would look lovely draped over the cedar valet in my bedroom…..

  10. GeeMoney says:

    I was ok with the velvet jacket (even though the thought of a velvet suit makes me want to gag), but when I realized that it was BURGUNDY, I just about died. Yipes.

    The jacket doesn’t fit him. And I can’t believe that his tie is velvet too. I reeeeeaaally wish that he would hire a stylist.

    Even if he doesn’t, I still like him and yes, I would still hit it, lol (we could always work with that wardrobe, honey).

  11. Abby says:

    OH MY GOD this mannnnnn just fucin killed it at the red carpet. I am someone who hates Velvet but Cumby just pulls it off like no one’s business. He was looking sexy in that D&G 3 piece suit….I probably licked my screen thrice when I saw him at the live premiere.

    Also what is up with him looking all young these days?? I saw a pic of him and Orlando Bloom (yes girls it was heaven with their arms all wrapped around lol) and Orlando is 36…..younger than Cumby but he looked older compared to him. whatever it is keep on doing it Cumby :D

    Sooo much happened at the premiere….Cumby showed the middle finger to Martin and pinched his ass too lmao. He got a lovely hug from Orlando at the black carpet….just awwwwww.

    Baby also mentioned it thrice that he also did motion capture and not just the voice so all you journalists please do your research heheh. Lastly this epic fuckin gif the face he made I swear JLaw love you got competition in making adorable derp faces :P

  12. Frida_K says:

    “Mm… auburn dong muff.”

    What else is there to say?

  13. Nikki says:

    He does look good, but…Tom can really ROCK the velvet better than him!

  14. Tish says:

    Oi! He’s gonna be on Conan on the 11th!

  15. lambchops says:

    No. Leaves me flatter than flat cold. Those alien eyes are disturbing.

  16. flavia_deluce says:

    I LOVE this look. LOOOOVE.

  17. Fangirl says:

    Kaiser , how is it that your way with words always have me laugh out loud ! brillllllliant !!!! This excerpt is soooo funny ……. ‘ (Incidentally, I think it’s adorable that so many of you fight over him, it’s like you don’t even realize he’s MINE.) ‘ had me in stitches !!!! always a pleasure reading your posts !

  18. Maureen says:

    I don’t love the red velvet jacket — not because it’s red or velvet but because it seems so ill-fitting across the front. I’ve looked at numerous pictures from that event and his jacket looks the same in every single one. But everyone else seems to love it, so …

    BTW, I don’t think he looks tired at all. In fact, I was struck by how much fresher and refreshed he looked on this junket than I’ve seen him recently.

    • Green Girl says:

      I don’t like how it’s constructed, either. It looks too small, and I’m not sure if it’s because he may have gained weight or they just didn’t fit him properly. Since he’s prone to wearing no fewer than five layers at any time, I wonder too if perhaps the jacket wasn’t fitted to accommodate the extra shirts, etc.

      • Maureen says:

        Exactly. Badly tailored, weight gain, or too many layers. It pulls across the front of his chest and it’s totally ruining what should be a delicious batch (see how I did that?) of Smaug-premiere p0rn.

        About his layers: I think he gets so many beautiful pieces of dress clothes but just doesn’t dress up enough to go through them all at a regular pace and he WANTS to wear them but he’s terribly indecisive, and I think he just ends up wearing as many pieces at one time as he possibly can.

      • Green Girl says:

        I love the idea of Cumby saying “If I can’t wear each layer by itself, then I’ll wear all of them TOGETHER.” That would explain one of those events he attended a week or two ago, where he’s wearing a scarf, shirt, sweater and I think a vest, too.

  19. Lindy79 says:

    He looks amazing in that still from the video. Actually the entire video is an exercise in how he can look amazing in motion and miss the mark a little in pap shots according to some (personally I LOVE his stance, he has amazing posture and the way he holds his hands is hypnotic to me). I think it has to do slightly with the constant flashing (oo-eerrr!) of the cameras can make him look tired.

    He needs a well deserved holiday, even if he spends it reading scripts.
    Bit of Greekbatch or Greenshirtbatch skin is whats needed!

    • Maureen says:

      I agree. His stance, hands, gestures, everything. He is 6 feet of Total Turn On, and I don’t understand women who don’t experience that. I mean, not once you’ve seen some of his movies and seen him interviewed. I understand when it’s just still photos and that’s the only exposure you’ve ever had of him. I was one of those women (“Ew, yuck. Wouldn’t hit it if I were the last female on earth”, etc). But once you see him in movement … oh girl.

  20. EscapedConvent says:

    I had a wild fit when I saw that burgundy velvet jacket with the shawl collar. It’s beautiful & I want one just like it. But I don’t think it fits right, either. It’s a bit too small on him, just enough to notice, & enough to be uncomfortable.

    Usually Cumby is impeccable in suits & his Spencer Hart suits are perfection in tailoring. & I love seeing him in burgundy, one of my two favorites.

    I hope there’s a velvet smoking jacket in Cumby’s future. & a pipe, which I will make him smoke outside.

    • T.Fanty says:

      You can’t make him smoke outside. He might start getting flashbacks to his infantine trauma.

      • Maureen says:

        LMAO!! He is SO easily traumatized, isn’t he?? Is that a Cancer thing? The emotionalism and deep attachment to memory?

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Oh, damn it, you’re right. If I left him outside to smoke (I would lock the door behind him, of course) he might turn blue & have his teeth chattering even if was July outside. Just from the crippling child memory. He has a PTSD situation with being out in the cold.

        & Yes, that is a Cancer trait. Deep attachment to memories, & to his Mum.

        Also, if he came back inside cursing like a sailor on leave after being locked out in the cold, that would be so delightfully funny that I would lock him out even more often.

  21. Joanie says:

    Would hit it every day and twice on Sunday.

    Hell, 5x every day!

    Did anybody else catch the comment from Matthew Goode from the GQ interview, regarding the ‘long term partner’ search? “This is a MAN we’re talking about…if he has to have a few conquests to get the right one, I’m sure that won’t bother him…I’m sure the cream of the crop will be coming towards him. He’s going to enjoy himself.”

    Looks like Cumby agrees with him, judging from the pimp coat he was wearing last night.

    • LadySlippers says:

      That whole interview was divine!

      And yes, I did chuckle at Goode’s comment. Especially the emphasis on *man*. I think that was a subtle hint to people that think he’s a saint. (Prob could be said about Tom as well)

    • Jojo says:

      My only grumble of the interview was the random nature of asking Matthew Goode about Benedict’s hopes for a future relationship. Found that odd. Unless they’re going to speak to Benedict himself about it, then nobody else can really speak for him on such a personal subject. And the term ‘conquest’ is awful, IMO.
      Re: the idea anyone thinks he’s a saint (which I assume means celibate). I very much doubt anyone would think or want that for him, so I’m never quite sure what people are referring to when they speak of the contingent who would imagine him to be such a thing.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Yeah the word conquest is my only issue with that comment.

        The only thing I don’t want for him is to be associated with someone who is clearly a fame chaser, and that applies to anyone who is serious about their career, it makes me view them in a different light which may not be fair but I do partially judge people by the company they keep…he had a blip during the summer but most of his friends seem to be the opposite. Folks in the entertainment bizz need good people around them.

        Being a modeliser/confirmed bachelor hasn’t hurt Leo or George that much but I can see him settling down eventually but not now, his career is taking off and that’s clearly where his focus is. If he wants to have fun in the meantime, then more power to him.

      • LadySlippers says:

        I see conquest as a very ‘guy’ term. And I think she ‘had’ to use Goode’s comment in order to give those fans a bit more depth because I think Benedict is trying to steer clear of those questions.

        And the interview did seem to randomly jump around.

      • Jojo says:

        But the idea that people would even consider him to be a player or a serial model dater is awful seeing as it’s based on one woman’s determined PR machine.
        There’s a huge difference between having fun with people whose company you enjoy and dating and being a playboy bed hopper and there’s absolutely no evidence whatsoever of him being the latter.

      • Lindy79 says:

        No I totally agree. I don’t think he is to be honest or the press would have gotten wind of it somehow as he’s getting papped everywhere now so even if they were both discreet, they would be seen at some stage.

        I definitely think with him, it’s more a case of what you have said, “having fun with people whose company you enjoy”, I just meant I wouldn’t blame him for having say a fwb situation with someone he trusts for now and settling down when his career situation calms down a bit.

      • Felice says:

        I don’t know him therefore I trust his judgment on who is a keeper.

        Oh, and like a pinata and he could still blindfold me if he wanted :p

  22. Evi says:

    I like the suit, but I really can’t bear looking at him nor listening to his nauseating posh accent.

  23. Reece says:

    LOVE the suit!!! It does look a bit too tight but that’s alright. It’s prob borrowed so…Makeup person didn’t blend his bronzer well! Ugh!

    OH look no one is paying attention to Richard Armitage. *spirits him away*

  24. Miss Scarlet says:

    One thing’s for sure, Cumby has gotten cagey with the press. This interview cemented the fact that he’s been reading his own online press this whole time, and it has upset him. The exasperated ‘I’m learning…’; you can almost hear the dejected sigh which must have accompanied that statement.

    When I think of how much he’s changed since Star Trek came out – which was only in May! – I’m kind of sad for him. He’s had to endure a journalistic feeding frenzy along the lines of some teenage pop idol, which must feel beyond surreal to an almost middle aged, theater trained character actor. Like most fans, I was not pleased with IbizaGate, but am very impressed with how he locked his shit down after getting played by the Russian. He’s a fast learner, although I have no doubt it’s wearing on him.

    And I had no problem with the ‘conquest’ quip made by Matthew Goode – that’s guy talk. Mild guy talk, at that. Cumby’s going to explore his options, for sure, as he should. I’m sure his guy friends laugh at some fans’ perception that he’s an otherworldly alien gentleman unicorn who would never lay a finger on anyone he wasn’t serious about. My guess is that Cumby is indeed a sweetheart to his lady and polite to women in general, but he’s still a red blooded man.

    I’m sure Goode was just having fun with the alabaster, asexual Sherlockian image that gets so many fans’ panties wet.

    • flavia_deluce says:

      I was going to say something like this earlier and you explained it better than I would have. He’s definitely locked it down a bit, gotten a lot more serious and less personal over the past year. Watching his interview with FB or whoever on the Live Stream event last night, he came off as sort of grumpy and joyless. I hope he finds some middle ground in the near future, even if it means he needs to take a break and cool off. :/

    • Jojo says:

      Nah, still hate the word ‘conquest’. It’s horrible. Sounds like a notch on the bed post and something to be celebrated. It’s the kind of moronic guy talk I hate. And like I said, why they’re getting Matthew Goode to comment on something so personal, I don’t know. And the whole, ‘he’s a MAN’ thing is pretty gormless and trite, too. It’s the suggestion that men have to be driven by sex and the need to get laid and women are on an entirely different plain. It’s backward and annoying.
      I understand they’re friends, but even one’s closest pals can’t speak with authority on issues like that. If Benedict himself doesn’t want to talk about it to the press, then nobody should be.
      A closer friend would probably realise that.
      I also doubt that any of his friends are aware of a desired sexless image by fans who want to see him celibate until marriage. I’ve certainly never seen any evidence for it but some people seem keen to insist that’s what he’s often see as. I think that’s nonsense, I’m afraid. Total conjecture.
      Apart from perhaps a dotty minority of extreme Sherlock fans who are obsessed with the character, the vast majority of fans are perfectly aware that he’s not an asexual consulting detective and are indeed very glad that he isn’t.

  25. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Yes I’d hit it – with a large shovel that is. *shudder*

    I watched an interview with him that was on our news show last night (In NZ The Hobbit is considered a big deal), and I didn’t realize that he had a lisp, so that’s yet another thing that turned me right off him. Oh and that ‘voice’ that his stangirls rave on about- is only put on when he’s acting. His normal speaking voice is very average/irritating. Yeah, I said it.

    Flaming will begin in 3…2…

  26. Lux says:

    You couldn’t pay me to hit it.

  27. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    Awful suit/tux. Looks like the velvet exploded in an _Alien_-like disaster. Rare sartorial misstep for Cumby.

  28. Nittfox says:

    Sorry, no. Martin Freeman or GTFO. Although I can’t wait to see his rendition of Smaug, and I miss Sherlock terribly…

  29. Zinbeil says:

    Just some minor comments. I find the deep red-brownish velvet an incredible choice.
    I totally agree on the worrisome look of fatigue.
    I recommend a particular clip on youtube to appreciate the back view. It is more than stunning.
    I have the impression that his strain of massive bromance teasings on the border of „inviting slash“ is still reaching new heights; after power hugs with Quinto, interesting scenes with Freeman and Hiddleston now this encounter with the lovely un-aging Mr. Bloom. I think I might have a new shipping day dream …
    Just one thing, that is very personal: for some reason I cannot really appreciate putting this prince into the position of active oral servicing of a woman (even if its you, or me). I at least cannot my otherwise nicely erotisized brain around it. Now I am not sure if I should envy you or bitch about your vision with or around the bow tie …

  30. Zinbeil says:

    As always a well-observed piece … you would not believe how nasty the cumberfanwars can get in the very depths of the internet, specifically between some well-informed lady fans insisting on their maturity and sanity (even though they must spend endless hours on their cult) who like to express their profound hatred for the „creepy tumblr girls“ (or whatevers) and the vulgar fan masses who dare to scream at their exclusive property or write infantile, bitchy or, even worse, horny stuff about it – yak.

    Just some minor comments.
    I find the deep red-brownish velvet an incredible choice.
    I totally agree on the worrisome look of fatigue.
    I recommend a particular clip on youtube to appreciate the back view. It is more than stunning.
    I have the impression that his strain of massive bromance teasings on the border of „inviting slash“ is still reaching new heights; after power hugs with Quinto, interesting scenes with Freeman and Hiddleston now this encounter with the lovely un-aging Mr. Bloom. I think I might have a new shipping day dream …
    Just one thing, that is very personal: for some reason I cannot really appreciate putting this prince into the position of active oral servicing of a woman (even if its you, or me). I at least cannot wrap my otherwise nicely erotisized brain around this idea. Now I am not sure if I should envy you or bitch about your vision with or around the bow tie …