The video of Benedict Cumberbatch photo-bombing U2 was released & it’s glorious


You know how Benedict Cumberbatch photobombed U2 at the Oscars and “Cumberbombing” became a thing? Benedict’s out-of-nowhere Cumberbomb was actually one of the biggest highlights of a somewhat boring Oscar red carpet, and Joanna Robinson, formerly of Pajiba and now with Vanity Fair, had a lot of fun with the Cumberbomb as well – go here to see that post.

Well, it gets even better. There’s a video of Benedict assessing the Cumberbombing opportunity, slithering his way into position in a flash, and then going for the wham-bam double Cumberbomb. Then he just walks away with a shrug, like, “Obviously, that had to be done.” The most brilliant part? Someone set the whole video to the Jaws them. AMAZING.

HOW DO YOU NOT LOVE HIM? Don’t we want more celebrities to be like this? This silly and fun and enjoyable? No one got hurt. Benedict executed his Cumberbombing beautifully. It was perfectly silly. We need more of this in the world. And by “this” I mean “Benedict Cumberbatch wandering around red carpets, looking for his next Cumberbombing victims.” They could make that into a weekly show and I would watch it.

Sigh… so much beautiful Batch…



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  1. freebunny says:

    What no Alice Eve / Benedict photoshoot?
    He’s adorable, I hope he’ll never disappoints us.

  2. Lark says:

    That was really cute….although I’m ngl, when celebrities do photobombs all the time I start to RME. One time it’s cute, after that it starts to get annoying imo.

    • Erm says:

      I think I’ve officially reached that old age zenith where younger people’s slang no longer makes sense. I had to look up ngl and rme. imo I know… just. *shuffles off mumbling about music these days and how the weather just isn’t like what it used to be*

  3. blue marie says:

    I cannot believe I’m going to say this, but he was actually pretty cute.

  4. 'p'enny says:

    normal wrinkles – look. No airbrushing.

    He’s lovely, i’d take him home.

    Photobomb still a silly thing, but it puts it context how quick and over it was in like 3 secs and his PR mega-cleavage woman was with him and laughing.

  5. MediaBaroness says:

    It’s that moment of mental calculation at the start of the clip that does it for me -”Oh. Yes. Why of course…” :nails it:

  6. mia girl says:

    His vertical leap is impressive.
    He’s quite springy.

    • j.eyre says:

      It is impressive – as is his ability to executer full Jazz Hands on BOTH hands at the apex of his bounce. Overall, I would give his execution a 9.3

      • mia girl says:

        Plus, he was in dress shoes. Level of difficulty brings that up to a 9.5.

        Lebron James may best The Batch in leap trajectory, but even the King of the NBA would not be able to pull-off a vertical ala Jazz Hands.

        Although, we may need to refer to it as Jass Hands since Crumby is English… @Sixer may insist on it.

      • j.eyre says:

        9.5 difficulty, yes – but the mouth pulled tight but not fully sealed lost him half a point. An open mouth gasp would have cost him a full point but a expressionless visage was what the judges were looking for. Plus the eyebrow extension was sloppy. That’s what happening with the photo bombers today – they put all their effort into the technical moves and simply ignore the artistic element. Although, in Cumby’s defense, he did make the effort – which is why I came down on the .3 rather than the .1

        Let’s examine Sixer’s rule of English stuff… Cumby is English but Jazz is American as is the carpet and award in front of which he is bouncing which I think lands this on the “zz” side. However, the band upon whom he is interloping is Irish and more in number so perhaps we need to spell it “jairaugh” hands.

      • mia girl says:

        According to the website “” the origin of photobombing might actually have begun with pictures of The Beatles pulling pranks on eachother. So the mere act of Crumby photobombing could be considered English to the second power.

        That said, since it was the American, Bob Fosse who introduced most of the world to Jazz Hands, I’m going back on my previous comment and putting this squarely in the “Zrules!” category. USA! USA!

      • j.eyre says:

        Excellent research on the photobombing origins, mia girl. I am giving Cumby the full 9.5 due to your efforts.

        But here’s a bit of a pickle (which Sixer and I share on a cheese/cheeze sandwich on occasion) – is it USA! Or UZA! United Ztates of America (‘s’ to denote plural still recognized/recognized in the UZ) does not roll off the tongue as easily but UZA pronounced as “ooh-zah” really has a fun ring to it.

        Let’s give this one a think – I shall do so during my manicure – for now I think we can get by with “Zrules” and “Srules” to settle our disputes in a peaceful manner.

      • Sixer says:

        I’m taking my ball (gag) and going home, you know.

        Dizputez zchmizputez.

        (Blimey, that was ‘ard to type).

        Cheese and pickle, Miss Eyre? I have a particularly fine Innkeeper’s Cheddar today.

      • j.eyre says:

        @Sixer – the ball (gag) is for an entirely different dispute and those are a) welcome and b) never peaceful. Plus they are hardly disputes because the other person involved has been trained not to disagree with me when I am wearing those boots so please don’t pack up your toys. mia girl and I are perfectly willing to adhere to the Z/Srules” insofar as it is proven that the Blighty-ness predominated over the Yankee-ness in a particular situation. My pondering prior re: “UZA” was merely the ramblings of a edacious woman who has since had lunch…

        … which brings us to your cheddar. Please describe to me, in great detail, this Innkeeper’s Cheddar and with what did you pair it? A rustic loaf or a tawdry slice of processed white? Were pickles involved or did you feel fancy and go for cornichons, replete with pinky in the air whilst eating? Or – and my heart races as I type these next words – did you forgo the pickle and slab on bit of chutney?

      • Sixer says:

        Innkeepers has PICKLED ONIONS in it. You can share, I don’t mind(z). I hate to go downmarket, but the bread is tiger bread (light, white) from Tesco. Oh, the shame of supermarket bread. I went with piccalilli. Does that exizt Ztatezide?

      • j.eyre says:

        No, alas, piccalilli is not prevalent stateside unless one has cleverly selected a godfather for her children from the UK; then it would be sitting right next to her Branston in her pantry. I think you can pick those things up in Yee Olde Englishe Shoppe over here but the godfather and I like to play Sir Francis Drake and QEI.

        And don’t knock white bread – some sandwiches demand it. But then I am a public zchool kid (series of punctuation and lines to form a face that either winking or got lemon in its eye)

      • mia girl says:

        SCENE: Exterior. A long winding road in The Hamptons.
        A lovely summer afternoon with the sun high in the sky.
        A Vintage Ford Model A approaches, driven by a plucky Yankee woman.
        Suddenly, she spots what appears to be two beautiful women having a picnic in the middle of the road..
        “Get out of the way you two!” UZA! UZA! The vintage car horn blares…
        “Who eats pickled cheese in the middle of the motorway?! And why does one of you have a ball in her mouth?” She presses the old timey horn again UZA! UZA!

        P.Z. This scene brought to you by j.eyre and Zixer

      • j.eyre says:

        ZOMG, where was that movie in the best film category?!? It had everything – pluck, pickled cheese, motorways, a ball, anachronistic laced, thigh-high leather boots with handcuff hook on the left cuff…

        … honestly, it must have been TOO good for entry – didn’t want to make the other films feel bad.

      • mia girl says:

        I took my cue from Fassy and refused to campaign. Pfft.

      • Sixer says:

        ZOMG. Perfect. UZA. Perfect.

        I am sighing in perfect happiness at you two. I might even break out the Ztilton.

  7. grabbyhands says:

    I didn’t think the photobomb could get any better, but adding the Jaws theme (especially with the little trills times perfectly when he jumps into the air) was genius.

  8. Duffy says:

    LORD, I just died laughing! haahhahahah Love Cumbie! <3

  9. Abby says:

    This is why I love him so much. Me and my sister have watched this video like a 1000 times already.

    Also the lady in glasses he walks past to reach behind U2 is the president of the Academy…she must be like what a five year old hehehe

  10. allons-y alonso says:

    So attractive! All 6ft of him

  11. lower-case deb says:

    Batchbombing for the Bombbatching!

  12. Mia4S says:

    Hahahahaha! Yes! That was perfect, he didn’t take things too seriously but it wasn’t disrespectful or overdone either. Perfect.

  13. AG-UK says:

    Cute his true ginge is now coming out… I prefer his natural hair colour just some more curls please..

  14. Sixer says:

    Oh Jebus. I just KNEW it was some Veep-esque thing with the PR woman. New name: Benny the VEEP.

    How can I not love it/him doing it? Quite easily, thank you. Mind you, it’s easy for me to say that since he’s not on my list. Non-listees don’t evoke second hand embarrassment. Yay!

  15. Kelly says:

    I am crushing like a hormone-fueled schoolgirl, it’s disturbing.
    Brilliant video! <3

  16. Kali says:

    I am in love with EVERYTHING about this and with him. It’s verging on ridiculous. The suit, the sense of humour, the determination as he walks over there (I do love a decisive man!) , the hair, the smile, the second jump (at least there was on the version I watched on YouTube – couldn’t click on the video) and the bloody inspired choice of the Jaws theme!

    On a slightly less hormone fuelled note, good goddamn I cannot wait for that Turing biopic 😱

    • Hello Kitty says:

      Re: Cumby’s next role as Turing. I do love that Cumby chooses substantial movies but I’m in the middle of The Fifth Estate and it’s hard to get through. I don’t want him to do a Jennifer Aniston rom-com for his next role but I wish for a change of pace like a Hangover-type role.
      I have the same feelings towards Leo. I get that he’s a dramatic actor but I’d love to see a change in pace.

      • Kali says:

        Dear sweet Jesus, I would pay good money to see a “Brit” version of “The Hangover”. Not just good money, ALL MY MONEY. Especially if B.C played Zac Galifianakis’ part (he did say that he wants to play a really dumb part!!) I’d love to see him in a really really dark comedy-something along the lines of “Four lions” (which he had a tiny part in!) or “In the Loop”.

      • Lindy79 says:

        As Sixer mentioned it up thread, I’d like to see him in something like Veep (Veep has same creative team and some of the same writers as Thick of It… I think). It would get him out of the really serious roles and into something edgy and funny but also not put him into the rom-com which I agree, unless it’s done in some sort of new, clever way it would be awful.
        He likes swearing too so it would be perfect ;)

      • Hello Kitty says:

        Let’s cast this movie! Cumby as the sociopath man-child (Zac’s role)
        R-Patz as the little brother that gets kidnapped in the second movie. He can have a couple of lines but won’t ruin the movie.
        Tom Hardy as the straight man that keeps getting crapped on (Ed Helms’ role)

      • Hello Kitty says:

        @Lindy. Something like Arrested Development! I could see him as GOB. Cumby could pull off narcissistic jerk. Just imagine, “I’ve made a huge mistake” in his velvet voice…

      • Green Girl says:

        I want to see him in some sort of goofy role, too. I think he’s ready for it because it seems quite a few of his latest works have been VERY SERIOUS about IMPORTANT THINGS. I think he’s said as much, too? I think a fluffy rom-com may not quite fit him, but he should definitely do something funny.

        He was ridiculously wonderful in “Starter for 10″ and played the overly serious quiz club president perfectly. The way his character would watch old quiz show films makes me giggle. He actually has great comedic timing, which people seem to forget if they’re thinking of his roles in films like “Atonement.”

      • Sixer says:

        I could go for Benny the Veep in a cross between Veep/Thick of It/2012 and Extras. Iannucci to write, of course.

        He would have been better than Martin Cantthinkofhisname in the Reggie Perrin reboot, too.

      • Green Girl says:

        @Sixer – good call about the Iannucci shows.

      • Kali says:

        I know Peter Capaldi is busy doing Doctor things at the moment but I would love a Veep arc where there’s a British contingent that comes over and we get Peter Capaldi in full glorious offensive flight and B.C as his foul-mouthed protege.

      • Janeite says:

        Oh God, that is the stuff that dreams are made of.

      • Sixer says:

        Malcolm Tucker and the Special F4cking Relationship. Genius!

  17. GeeMoney says:

    Too awesome… love that man.

  18. Shiv says:

    Kudos to the person who added the jaws theme song! Hilarious.

    I love the photo’s – his ginger – oops, sozzzz…i meant auburn hair…is glorious! The curls are attempting to break free. He is a beaut!

    I wonder if U2 will ever comment on this….

  19. Peach says:

    Adorable! But… I need NEW bird-board-shorts-wearing-cumby-under-the-california-sun right NOW!!! Come on people he was in Big Sur!! make it happen!! Videos of him salsa dancing will also be good ;)

  20. Peppa says:

    He seems so fun and adorable. I can’t believe I now have a cumberboner for this guy, but the attraction is strong! I blame you guys and tumblr (and Sherlock) for this.

  21. Amy Tennant says:

    I love him in a sisterly way. He looks too much like my family, especially my son. I suspect we may be some sort of cousins.

    Maybe kissing cousins…

  22. Mel M says:

    Ok you guys, I’ve been won over by the Batch. I was always slightly annoyed by all of the attention and articles he would get and never understood it. In fact, I once posted about how I just saw him as a creep because I had only seen him in Atonement. Then someone commented that I needed to watch him in something else, and I did, and it was Sherlock. Ahhhh, now I understand and this post which I would’ve skipped before is now being fully enjoyed and the video is being watched multiple times. So I guess I just want to say thanks to all of you crazy ladies for getting me out of my comfort zone and being able to thoroughly enjoy those curls.

  23. Penelope says:

    My Cumberlove knows no bounds after this. God he’s awesome.

  24. CC says:

    Not a fan of Cumberbatch, don’t dislike him either, I’m just….neutral, but thought it was funny.

    Mostly because it was an in and out deal.

  25. miriam says:

    I prefer the gifs on Tumblr. The video is really short. It’s still hilarious that he did it.

  26. Fue McCormick says:

    For the longest time I thought this guy looked like an alien … and then I finally saw him in something and in interviews … now I have a major crush!

  27. pru says:

    He’s too cute!
    Those are some major jumping skills. Is there a live action Winnie-the-Pooh in the making? He should audition – serious Tigger bouncing!

  28. Miss Melissa says:

    That video is spectacular.

  29. Nroth Wset says:

    His hair, is much better.ME LIKEY…I dont want him growing on me..I need to go see a doctor..I think im getting sick ;)