Benedict Cumberbatch broke Twitter by tweeting about dragons, farts & Enya


For a moment yesterday, #AskSmaug was trending on Twitter. The Hobbit’s Twitter account hosted a Q&A session with Benedict Cumberbatch, who, as we all know, is rather fabulous whenever he gets a chance to interact with fans on social media. Call me crazy, but I would like to see what a Benedict Cumberbatch Twitter account would look like. It would be a glorious mess. GLORIOUS. Ben even spoke to his fans in an Instagram video too:

Here are some highlights from the Q&A session:

If you were accumulating your own dragon’s hoard, what would you want as the prize of your collection? “The ring.”

How would you describe Martin Freeman in 3 words? “Smart. Original. Mod.”

How much do you love your fans? “More than I can say in a tweet.”

Upon seeing himself in cupcake form: “An astonishing addition to the edible collection. One day, I will have to eat myself.”

Do you fancy a go at the Director’s Chair? “Yes, one day.”

Is there a person (alive or dead) you would like to spend a day with? who? “My grandfathers. I never met either.”

If you lived in Middle Earth, would you like to be a Hobbit, Elf, Wizard (yes, staff, beard, & all) or a Dwarf? “I’m quite happy being a dragon, thanks. Oh, and the Necromancer – a disembodied spirit of evil. Less time in the make-up chair!”

Favorite line in the movie: “I am… death.”

What kind of music do you think Smaug would enjoy? “Liberace. A little bit of Burt Bacharach. And Enya.”

What would be your ideal christmas present? “Some free time. And a sea view.”

If you could master one other skill (apart from your glorious acting), what would it be? “You’re very kind. Flying would be nice. Piano and French are more realistic though.”

Would you rather breathe fire or be able to fly? “Fly. Fly. Fly. And maybe fart fire while flying. To fly faster.”

[Via The Hobbit Movie Twitter]

It wasn’t as balls-out amazing and loonie-crazy as his Reddit AMA, but I’m happy with this Twitter Q&A. It’s much better than Tom Hiddleston’s sad Twitter Q&A a few months ago, which was just a total snooze. Cumby manages to sound genuine, wistful (the grandfathers answer got me), funny (he loves fart jokes and dragon humor) and cool all at once. Yes, I’m fan-girling. But it’s worth it!

I wonder if he’s going to do some promotional work in America for August: Osage County too? That would make this Year of Cumberbatch complete!!

PS… Here’s Cumby discussing the CumberKhan issue (also – I want those buttons to pop like he’s a CumberHulk):



Photos courtesy of Twitter, Fame/Flynet.


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  1. Abby says:

    I loved his answers…witty and precise. I was thinking he would write long answers but he understood the word limit is 140 lol.

    And that dorky pic oh god I melt when he makes those faces.

    And DANG he looks smoking hot in that video oh god those buttons are ready to pop heheh

  2. Janeite says:

    This man is brilliant. I love him! If he did have his own Twitter account it would be an absolutely marvelous train wreck.

    By the way, he is on the Jimmy Kimmel Show here in the US tonight.

  3. Spooks says:

    Oh, f***k it. I can not resist anymore. I have become a Cumberbitch.

  4. ncboudicca says:

    Honestly, I just want to take him home. He’d be so entertaining to keep.

  5. Janet says:

    Can someone please explain what they find so attractive about this guy? Because I totally am not seeing it.

    • Abby says:

      Love it’s not the looks alone…’s the whole package. He is talented, witty, bitchy (when he wants to be), dresses to kill (only on red carpets though lol) and has those amazing cheekbones & majestic eyes.

      You need to see him act or watch his interviews to like him :)

    • Florc says:

      He seems to be a nice guy with nice interviews. He’s got an interesting look to him. He’s failed to carry a film as a leading man though. He does nothing scandalous so the stories that get covered here are not gossip. Just fan girl stuff.
      If anything he was dating that famewhore not too long ago. It was covered here once and never spoken of again.
      Yes his choice of outfits outside of events is terrible, but on the carpet he’s well dressed.

    • LadyMTL says:

      You’re not alone, though I do love the man’s voice. Other than that, I can’t grasp why women (and some men too, I’m sure) go nuts for him as I don’t find him physically attractive. Yes, being smart and funny is a good thing but at the end of the day if I don’t get tingly…too bad.

    • epiphany says:

      I’m with you Janet. Every time I look at him, all I see is the scene he had in ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’, where he is supposed to look disgusted because his wife about to sleep with King Henry. BC takes a swig from a goblet, and his chin literally disappears into his neck… I mean it just stops existing. After seeing that, his charm is completely wasted on me. But attraction is a subjective thing, so cheers to those who love him.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I’m in the process of getting it, so I’ll try. He’s intelligent and talented. He has a lovely voice. He gives the sense that there’s more to him than just a presence on the screen. Many people enjoy his sharp witty interviews. So there are a lot of non-physical attributes that draw people in.

      And then…while I don’t usually find him extraordinarily handsome, there are moments in Star Trek Into Darkness and Sherlock (the sheet scene) where all the angles of his face look just right and I’m quite attracted to him. For some people, I think that’s how it always is.

      In any case, taste varies, and the world is a better place for it.

    • vylette says:

      Ita! I dont get it either.!!

  6. Hello Kitty says:

    Fart jokes! He just went WAY up in my books.

    I grew up with three brothers so I’ve acquired a taste for toilet humour.

  7. Jen says:

    None of those Twitter answers were particularly interesting. He wants to learn French and fly? Whoop de doo.

  8. Leah says:

    Love the fact that he somehow managed to work in a fart joke… You just know he’d be an embarrassing dad in front of your friends.

  9. jinni says:

    I would have figured considering his affluent background that he’d be fluent in French.

  10. ANDREA1 says:

    Rolling my eyes out of the socket!

  11. GeeMoney says:

    Aimez-le! He can speak French to me any day of the week.

    Actually, what I’d really like to utter to him is: Je t’aime mon petit chou… lol.

  12. Tulip Garden says:

    I am a fan…but not a stan. I do believe his “grandfathers” answer was nice so much better than listing some obscure writer or pop icon.

  13. Lucy says:

    Far jokes? Him and JLaw need to meet ASAP.

  14. Yelly says:

    I mean, to each his/her own, but I just don’t get why people swoon over this guy.

  15. nittfox says:

    Still not a cumberb-(itch,)(babe)…whatever. I DO love his comment about Martin Freeman, and I think he was funny and charming. I’m a fan of his acting, but he is still one of the oddest, not sexy celebrities I’ve ever seen.

  16. Maureen says:

    I think wonderful things happen when he’s forced into a 140 character limit. I wish we could see this more often. He SHOULD be on Twitter. He’s sooooo funny and charming when he’s held back from going off on tangents (which while cute sometimes, can often become annoying and tedious).

    • Green Girl says:

      Agreed! I know people think celebrities maybe shouldn’t do social media, but I think he would be great and would have a blast doing it. I wonder how many people he won over with his AMA and the Twitter chat yesterday. If he could be on Twitter, he’d have, by my estimate, zillions of fans.

      • lunchcoma says:

        I don’t know if I think Twitter would be good for him on a regular basis. It’s clearly a great medium for him to show off his witty side, but Twitter seems to work best for people who are very easy-going or who have very thick skins, and I’m not sure either of those things apply to him. I could see him being hurt by a rude message (people say really terrible things sometimes) and getting defensive, or stumbling into a Twitter spat with someone after some misdirected snark.

        I think I’d rather see him do some more of these social media interviews, but not make it a full time sort of thing.

  17. ThunderGoddess says:

    If he had a twitter account, he’s be considered as a moron by George Clooney. Maybe he loves George XD witty, intelligent, charming… 140 characters are not enough to describe Cumby :)

  18. Alexandra says:

    I’d very much like to eat his cupcake, if you know what I mean ;) .

  19. Evi says:

    I like what George Clooney recently said: that if you’re a celebrity and on Twitter, then you’re a moron.