Is Robert Pattinson jealous of Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘sex symbol’ status?


We here at Celebitchy do our part promoting gender equality, even if that means pitting two handsome actors against each other the same way actresses are pitted against each other. So it is with this story about Robert Pattinson and Benedict Cumberbatch. Sparkles is 27 years old, with superstardom and a massive franchise under his belt, trying to reestablish himself as a real actor doing good work in smaller films. In the other corner we have Benedict Cumberbatch, 37 years old, who toiled away for years in small films and TV projects before reaching stardom well into his 30s. Benedict does not worry about people taking him seriously as an actor, but he’s yet to show Hollywood that he could even carry a franchise.

So, what do they have in common? They’re probably going to work together in The Lost City of Z, directed by James Gray, at some point in the next year (Pattinson says that they begin filming in January). And they both get lots and lots of attention from their online fanbases. But would Sparkles ever feel jealous of Cumby?

ROBERT Pattinson is feeling envious! The Twilight star is said to be jealous of his fellow British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch — because the Sherlock star is taking away all his attention!

“Rob used to revel in his status as a British sex symbol,” said one insider. “He used to play it cool by pretending to be blasé about the whole fame thing, but secretly he loved it. Rob’s annoyed that Benedict is getting all the attention and has become the hottest thing in Hollywood. Rob now realizes he took his time in the spotlight for granted!”

[From Showbiz Spy]

Yeah… no. I doubt it. I mean, I wouldn’t doubt that Rob is jealous of Benedict, but not because of Benedict’s fame and/or sex symbol status. Rob would be jelly of Benedict’s acting prowess and the roles being offered to Benedict. Rob really has made an effort to go underground lately, and I believe him when he says (over and over) that he hates the paparazzi attention and he doesn’t get why people consider him “sexy.”

Thinking of Rob also has a translation of Rob’s French language Premiere interview. I actually enjoyed reading it (but I usually enjoy Rob’s interviews). You can read the piece here. He talks about The Rover and Maps to the Stars, and he talks about how he feels like his “masculinity is ridiculed in a way” by the paps.

Anyway… yes, this was just an excuse to post photos of Benedict Cumberbatch. ENJOY.



Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. QQ says:

    Jealous??? Don’t they give them the same “sexy Brit man of the movies” discount at the Ritz? Or what?

  2. Ray says:

    Blah Both have fans in different audience. Cumberbitches are those who actually feel quite motherly and protective for Rob.

  3. Badirene says:

    They need to fight this out in a vat of baby oil.

  4. 'P'enny says:

    oh come on!

    This is totally made up rubbish, however it gives us an excuse to talk British actors in all their glory. And, to be honest if Sparkles was to be jealous of anyone it would be Harry Potter, who is achieving great acting nods, for someone who is breaking out of a franchise role and is in the same age group.

    Sparkle-Patz isn’t even in the same acting competitive group as Benedict, the article by Showbiz Spy really doesn’t make sense at all.

    I mean they could argue the jealously over whose now Tumblr King and Sparkle-Patz has long been replaced by Benny, Hiddles and now its Bucky Barnes is all over it.

    • Abby_J says:

      Sebastian Stan is a beautiful, beautiful man.

      I agree the article sounds made up and silly. I also love the name Spakle-Patz. It might be my favorite.

    • Maggie says:

      This is the same site that claimed Benedict had a secret girlfriend, was angry that someone dobbed him in and then was furious with the secret source. They got three stories out of that piece of misinformation.
      It is a total rubbish site that makes up most of what it publishes.

      They are both going to be working together soon so I doubt either of them would start dissing each other. Ridiculous.

  5. DrFunkenstein says:

    Listen, am I the only person in the world who thinks this guy looks like Frankenstein? I mean, ifit wasn’t for the silly Twilight nonsense nobody would even know who this guy is, and I can’t imagine the words “sex symbol” being attached to him unless they were uttered by Baron von Frankenstein. Is it really just me?

  6. jess says:

    This story is stupid and very random. Both of them are cute not sexy and I actually think they would get along really well.

  7. GeeMoney says:

    Sparkles is a decade younger and slightly cuter than Cumby… I doubt seriously he’s jealous in any way looks/sex symbol wise.

    He might, however, be jealous of Cumby’s career trajectory, though…

  8. Ray says:

    Gotta say that pic of Rob is quite fetching (?) makes me wish I were younger than 34.. sigh

  9. OriginalCrystal says:

    Watching Cumberbatch acting solar systems around Pattinson in ‘The Lost City of Z’ will be embarrassing and hilarious.

    Neither one of these dudes is a sex symbol outside of tumblr. Seriously, us Brits need to do better. We need to stop exporting these fuggos. I swear if Benedict sounded like David Beckham most of his thirsty fans would have no use for him.

    • 'P'enny says:

      @Originalcrystal “Seriously, us Brits need to do better.”

      Brit actors are special, because they are not the a-typical Hollywood lantern-jaw thick actor [Henry Cavill] aside. Sexy is more than just looks, it’s how they charm, carry themselves and intelligence. Never has there been a great gaggle of brit actors who are dead sexy at the moment, from Hiddles, Cumby, Fassy, McGregors, McVoy, Hardys, Firths, and so on.. from 30-60 we have some pretty good male-totty.

    • Anname says:

      Do you really think Jame Gray is going to hire him if he isn’t at the very least capable?
      If he can keep up with Giamatti, Binoche, Christoph Waltz, I think he will be just fine with Cumberbatch. I am looking forward to seeing the reviews from the 2 movies he is in at Cannes, so he can continue to shake this “bad actor”rep.

      And Ithink Rob would be very happy you don’t consider him a sex symbol – that’s not really his goal.

      • OriginalCrystal says:

        I don’t like to waste my time with stans but you’re sane, rational and nice one so I’ll bite.

        I don’t think Robert is the worst actor in the world or even from the Twilight franchise. Him and Bella are choosing some interesting projects and even though they’re both awful to me, I have nothing but respect for the way they’ve handled their careers. I’m just not one to think that because an actor is choosing interesting roles that they can act and I think that’s what a lot of people are doing with Robert and Bella. Cronenberg films will not change the fact that dude stays mumbling and looking constipated in his movies imo. More for you though ;)

      • Abby_J says:

        As long as Kristin Stewart exists, Rob will never be the worst actor from a Twilight movie. I’d do see him every day for the rest of my life before I’d force myself to sit through another one of her movies. Actually, he has a buffer because I never got the appeal of Taylor Lautner as an actor either.

      • Anname says:

        Ok Original Crystal, thank you for thinking I am sane and nice ;)
        I think Rob gets a lot of knee-jerk criticism because he is the face of the most ridiculed franchise ever. I’m a fan, doesn’t mean I am out to convert everyone else (probably where the sane/rational part comes in). I just hate to see (what I consider) the greatly exaggerated criticism of Rob’s performances. He obviously has his faults, but calling him the worst actor ever, or saying it’s hilarious/Benedict running circles around him – that’s a bit excessive imo. Rob seems to be one of those actors who acts better with better actors – .

      • OriginalCrystal says:


        ‘I think Rob gets a lot of knee-jerk criticism because he is the face of the most ridiculed franchise ever.’

        Oh yeah definitely. I’d be lying if I said that I don’t judge him based on that.

        ‘He obviously has his faults, but calling him the worst actor ever, or saying it’s hilarious/Benedict running circles around him – that’s a bit excessive imo’

        Meh, I agree. It was just hyperbole on my part tbh. Both he and Benedict have their limitations but aren’t as bad as their detractors (like me) would have you believe. I guess it’s just this stan/hater culture that has us exaggerating every little thing.

        ‘I just hate to see (what I consider) the greatly exaggerated criticism of Rob’s performances’

        Girl, I understand. I’m a Beyonce fan and people here would have you believe that she’s the most untalented, overrated artist to ever walk the earth and it’s annoying to see because even though she’s not the best she”s better than a lot of her peers. Just like Rob is better than some of his peers too.

        You’re a sane Rob fan which is rare. Keep doing the Lord’s work and being rational because the rest of his fanbase are nuts ;)

      • Anname says:

        Lol, It is very hard to be in a fanbase with so many obvious crazies – thanks for the nice words!

      • Isadora says:

        lol @Abby_J! I think she’s pretty, but sitting through Snow White and the Huntsman was really painful – especially with Charlize Theron as her counterpart. That’s just not done. I think she best sticks to roles where she can play herself (which she has done for the most part, it seems, though kudos for that).

        And Rob… I don’t know, I actually liked him in Harry Potter, hated him in that Lorca movie as Salvador Dali and thought he was a good fit in Twilight considering the rest of the cast (make of that what you want *g*). He doesn’t seem like a jerk, so I hope he can expand his acting abilities and find the right roles for him.

      • Camil says:

        The best of Little Ashes is Javier Beltrán, his Lorca was so sweet and heartbreaking

    • OhDear says:

      I think Pattinson’s a decent enough actor, but yeah, the difference in acting ability between him and Cumberbatch is going to be noticeable (kind of like the scenes with Henry Cavill and James Frain in The Tudors).

  10. Kiddo says:

    Equality at last! Men fighting over sexiness. We can only hope that this reaches the level of the Aniston and Jolie feuds. I’m going to bet that Cumberbatch wins because…Kaiser.

  11. Allison says:

    I came up with the best name for a Cumby Lifestyle brand yesterday, after seeing the 112,476 pic of him in the chambray shirt and purple pants.

    Chambs & Barney

    Copyrighted right here, by me, right now.

    Selling posh (but not really) British casual wear, wrinkle-free and camera ready. Accessories to include flat hats, funky socks, and Russian models.

  12. K.B. says:

    I’m imagine he is jealous since it would take someone who finds Benedict Cumberbatch sexy to find Robert Pattinson sexy.

    I get that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I do not understand how anyone can find that pasty, inbred-looking, prep school-educated look attractive. They probably run screaming like a banshee from a Daddy Long Legs.

  13. Ellen says:

    Why would Sparkles envy Benny? They act in completely different genre of films and associate in different circles in Hollywood.

    It’s just a phrase that is going on at the moment where Hot British and Irish men in their 30′s are in big demand. I used to ve the young ones. Soon it will change again and Benny will be the one being called jealous of someone else.

    Either that or Benny’s people got together with Sparkles people with a story in order to keep them in the news

  14. Lou says:

    Rob doesn’t need to feel worried about his sex symbol status. Cumberbatch isn’t remotely attractive and I don’t know anyone in ‘real life’ who actually thinks he is. I also know someone who met him and said he was an ass. Rob is trying to move on from the heartthrob thing and if anyone on here knew anything about his career, you’d see how fantastically well he’s doing. Two films in Cannes, isn’t too shabby either.

    • 'P'enny says:


      that could be a strategic mistake, unless his acting has moved up a gear and time will tell with his new indie films, but it’s his looks that get’s him his audience. And there is a growing trend of putting mainstream, popular, not good actors into Independent films to boost cinema going, but they are destroying the films high quality by doing so.

      • Anname says:

        I have to disagree with your point. Which mainstream actor would you say has destroyed a high quality independent film recently? Quality directors aren’t going to hire an actor who can’t do the job. The actor in question may “destroy” your enjoyment of the movie, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s about skill level. You may just not like the guy. I don’t like Bradley Cooper AT ALL, he creeps me out and I don’t like to watch his movies. But I know he’s talented.

      • 'P'enny says:

        The following actors IMO have been hired into recent indy films, because they are popular actors who have large mainstream followings and are taking away roles which would normally go to stronger character actors.

        Scarlet Johansson, Matthew Mcconaughey, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Nicholas Cage….

        they are the ones on the top of my mind…”Quality directors aren’t going to hire an actor who can’t do the job.”

        I am also going to disagree with this point as well, because directors are under pressure to hire actors who put bums on seats.

      • Anname says:

        So you’re arguing that these Oscar winners aren’t good actors and have ruined recent movies? You know, you can simultaneously dislike an actor but still acknowledge his/her talent and skill. There is a distinction there. I am curious though, are you listing Jennifer Lawrence for her American Hustle role or something else?

        Re directors, look at Cronenberg’s comments on casting. Yes, you need a known name to get financing, especially for indies. But a director will doom his movie from the start by hiring the wrong actor. We are talking indie directors here, who are generally in it “for the art”, yes? Why would he/she bother making a movie knowing from the start it’s not going to work, financially or artistically? A bad indie movie will never make any money.

      • 'P'enny says:

        I am arguing that not ‘too good’ actors are finding themselves in indie movies, where they are, were the reserve of the very finest actors. Indie movies are notorious for not making money and the indie films and actors are overlooked for Oscars all the time, because they don’t have the money/sponser to push them up.

        I think some actors would have been a better fit for roles in Indie movies than mainstream actors. I am not saying they can’t act, just there are on another/if you prefer a different level. Jennifer Lawrence is an okay actress, but no way did she deserve any of her Oscars. I’m sorry. Silver Linings Playbook should have been a brilliant indie film. yet, they went the mainstream route, both leads failed to deliver what should have been emotional character-driven performance. For example if they cast Maggie Gyllenhall who is a brilliant indie actress and deserves way more cred, than she gets, and can act J-law off the map. Bradley Cooper was also well out of his depth compared to an indie actor like Joseph -Gordon Levitt. And, that is the difference in casting actors who can deliver bums on seats, compared to actors who have indie cred. It is a difference between delivering a film that earns less than $10million and those that deliver $50million +

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        @Penny. I totally understand what you are saying but being a movie star is not only about acting talent. There is an ‘it’ factor. I agree that Maggie G. is an amazing actor but i never found her interesting or wanted to watch something because she was in it. I think there have been actors who never get a chance to bring ‘it’. And there have been so many great indie actors who get a chance and just… couldn’t. It has been proved over and over that being only a good actor doesn’t ensure an Oscar.

      • T.C. says:

        ‘P’ENNY, you do know that Jennifer Lawrence came from the Indie circuit right? She was doing Indie movies and Oscar nominated for one before she was ever famous or mainstream. She just mixes it now with big films. I agree that there is a trend of famous actors doing Indies to get acting creed but it’s actually a good thing because many of them deliver. There are still Indie films being made by character actors too.

      • Isadora says:

        I haven’t seen ScarJo in a lot of things (reminds me that I’ve the DVD of “Lost in Translation” sitting at home for YEARS – unwatched lol) but I think she was great in Girl with a Pearl Earring. The chemistry between her and Colin Firth was tangible and I’m actually glad she got cast for that part. And I think Keira made a decent Elizabeth Bennet too.

        I think if there is a good mixture of acting ability and popularity of the cast then it’s actually a win-win situation. Because there are so many small movies nobody would see without a big(ger) name attached to it. For example I guess 80-90% of the “The Deep Blue Sea” DVD buyers are Tommy’s fangirls, for example, same goes for “Unrelated”.

    • CoffeeCat says:

      In what way was he an ass, exactly? Spill it, girl, spill it! :)

    • Lindy79 says:

      Funny I know of at least 3 people in real life who find him attractive (one of them also likes Rob..imagine that). Attractiveness is subjective, just because you don’t find him attractive or know anyone that does, doesn’t mean he isn’t to others. If we all liked the same type, the human race would be doomed.

      Agree with Penny, bums on seats is what matters a lot of the time which can lead to incorrect casting in a lot of cases. Sometimes it works out in a surprising way but it shouldn’t be a main factor in a casting decision but unfortunately it can be. Just because someone is well known/an award winner doesn’t mean they are right for every part.

  15. Black orchid says:

    Nah ! i say these two are individually too bland and Delicate to be pitted against each other ,together against our blokey Tom ,now that would be real fun !!!
    Probably would prefer them in a knititng or Book club war!

  16. Tig says:

    I think they’ll be good together in Lost City of Z- tho location shooting sounds like it could be straight out of Apocolypse( so?) Now- summer in the Amazon??? Good luck there.

    I think they both have stunning facial features, and photograph like a dream. That being said, doubt either is “jelly” of the other, like 99.9% of actresses aren’t, either.

    • Isadora says:

      If the shooting conditions resemble in any way those of Apocalypse Now then the film is doomed. Apocalypse Now was a filmmaker’s nightmare. However if Lost City of Z has only half the quality AN has, then it’s going to be one hell of a film.

      • Tig says:

        I forget if the film was Aguirre or Fitzcaraldo, but one was filmed in the Amazon basin, and it was so brutal it spawned its own documentary! The book is a good read.

      • Isadora says:

        Afaik both were filmed there, but the one with the documentary was Fitzcarraldo. I love that movie but Werner Herzog is a rather special director from what I heard. He made the crew pull the actual ship over the mountain (like in the movie) and I know someone who worked with him on that film back then and his set diary is… insane.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Fitzcarraldo spawned a great documentary “Burden off Dreams” about disastrous film-making. “Lost in La Mancha” is another documentary about a film production gone all wrong, in which Johnny Depp, after the outdoor locations are bombed (yes, bombed) and washed away in a torrential downpour, says: “What’s next? Locusts?”

  17. Lark says:

    I believe he’s envious that Benedict is taken seriously because he’s made several comments about how the ridicule of Twilight stung (even though he trashes the film himself). However, even if he is I do think that’s rather normal….

  18. Abbott says:

    I doubt Shovel Face wants to be a sex symbol anymore.

  19. mia girl says:

    I like the idea of these two in all their charming dorkiness in a movie together. Maybe because the title, “Lost City of Z” and the setting brought to mind a picture of Cumberbatch and Pattinson as a sort of Bob Hope/Bing Crosby “Road To…” type pairing. Now I can’t unthink it!

    I want to see these two gag, prat fall and dance their way through the Amazon… Does Cumberbatch sing?

    • Maggie says:

      @ mia girl

      LOL I don’t think TLOZ is going to be anything like a “Road to…..” movie. Think madness, fever, disease and thick, hot, tropical jungle. Perhaps they might dance and sing in a fever enhanced dream sequence though.

  20. LAK says:

    OT: Cumberbatch in photo from the gala. there is a man who at least understood what white tie meant on the invitation.

    Didn’t people know that white tie is an excuse to beg, borrow or steal tiaras? poor show by all the women who attended the met gala. and that goes for Edna mode as well.

    At least some of the men understood the dress code.

  21. maybeiamcrazy says:

    I don’t think it is true. A question though. When was the last time an actor under 30 starred as leading man in a quality movie? It seems as though men work so hard to be a movie star while women are overhyped for a while. If i didn’t know any better i would say women are luckier.

    • OriginalCrystal says:

      It’s true but I don’t think it’s that women are overhyped, it’s more like their only revered for their beauty and looks so they get good roles when their in their 20′s and after that they’re kicked to the curb whereas men are seen as aging like fine wine and even though they only get recognition and quality roles in their 30′s, they’re working for much longer and get quality roles for much longer. Colin Firth in his 50′s can still play a love interest (apparently he’s Emma Stone’s love interest in Woody Allen’s new movie). Where are the 50 year old actresses playing love interest or anything other than a mother/grandmother/old aunt? In fact outside of Meryl, Helen and a few others where are the 50 year old actresses period? I remember all the uproar about Reese Witherspoon playing a love interest in ‘This Means War’ because ‘ewww she’s so old’ even though she’s only 2 years older than Tom Hardy. People also argued that Amy Adams was too old to play Lois Lane. That argument wouldn’t exist if Henry was a decade older than Amy.

    • 'P'enny says:

      “When was the last time an actor under 30 starred as leading man in a quality movie?”

      Recently? that is hard, men do tend find success 30 to 50, and then cast against leading actresses in their 20′s.

      I remember Jake Gyllenhall, Leonard Di C, Jonny Depp, Jude law being really good under 30 with real gravitas. But recently? mmmm

      • Tig says:

        Guess it depends on how you define “quality”-Andrew Garfield was the lead in the first ASM at under 30, Miles Teller was the lead in The Spectacular Now, Logan L was the lead in Perks, and Ezra Miller should be in more starring roles. These movies got mixed reviews and mild-to-middling box offices, but young male actors are out there leading movies outside of comedies. And I’m rooting for Zac Efron as well.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station, a mesmerizing and heartbreaking performance.

    • maybeiamcrazy says:

      @ OC i believe women are overhyped when they first come out. It is not a good thing. J-Law is the most valid example of it. Men do have to go slower but in the end they end up respected and loved. They obviously get the better deal if they are not famewhores.

      @ Penny It used to happen. But now i can’t think of a 20-something actor who gets nominated for awards and stuff.

  22. Tippett says:

    What is with this never ending debate over whether Benedict Cumberbatch is good-looking? It’s subjective, there is no correct answer, because beauty is a construct based entirely on childhood impressions, influenshes and role modelsh

    • Lindy79 says:

      Because there are people who think that because they don’t find someone attractive, that no one should and repeatedly go into posts about him to ask the owners of this site why they post about him.

      (short answer: they like him)

    • pru says:

      Tippet, nice Sherlock reference!
      And if I hear “I don’t understand how anyone could find him attractive blah, blah, blah” again, I’m going to get stabby.

      • Maggie says:

        @ Pru

        See a couple of posts down. Get your knife ready LOL.

      • Tippett says:

        Yeah, it’s dumb. The thing is, I don’t fan girl over anyone. I’m actually just fascinated by Benedict Cumberbatch because I’ve truly not seen a more talented actor in the last 20 years. I think he’s beautiful, for sure. It’s a weird unconventional beauty that’s far more intriguing than some traditional Hollywood ideal. Cumberbatch looks like a Prada model; like an androgynous angel. It’s not muscles and testosterone. It’s an undefinable charisma and either you get it or you don’t.

        The weird thing about him is that he’s a remarkable chameleon. He can shift from pathetic damaged sad sack (August Osage County) to ferocious single-minded villain (Star Trek) like NOTHING. The dude is skilled at acting almost beyond belief. And his portrayal of Sherlock is beyond reproach. He’s managed to take this iconically stoic character and infuse it with pathos, and sweetness, to the point where you simultaneously want to wring his fucking neck AND stroke his head. That’s talent, folks. It just is.

  23. Ally8 says:

    Pattinson is a dreadful in movies for adults (see Bel Ami, or actually don’t). He will come across doubly dreadful onscreen next to Cumberbatch.

    Like many former child actors, when Pattinson tries to act serious and thoughtful, he just looks constipated (see also Daniel Radcliffe). This is where a proper education and real life experience are essential to inform a good actor’s work — you need something to draw on.

    I believe the jealousy thing cause I’ve gotten that vibe from several interviews of Cumberbatch’s co-stars. I think he played undateable dorks for years and was patronized accordingly by the “hot young Brits” set. I think they’re stunned that the nerd is suddenly prom king while their star dims.

  24. Kerrboom says:

    I honestly don’t see why so many people find BC sexy/good looking. He just doesn’t do anything for me AT ALL.

    My husband thinks he looks like an alien, lol.

  25. Joanie says:

    I know someone who has worked with Pattinson, and can tell you that he’d rather not be recognized by anyone at all. His biggest dream, since the Twilight franchise hit, is to be able to have a beer in a pub without anyone noticing.

  26. mazomazohyst says:

    All I got is that I like them both and kinda look forward to seeing them in a movie together. Also, I have a hard time believing Rob is jealous of Cumby in any way. From all I heard/read/saw about him I never got the feeling that he’s the type for that. Can’t say anything about his acting capabillity though; I only ever saw the Twillight movies once and every one is absolutely dreadful in those movies. Even Michael Sheen. I’m still crying about that.

  27. Lindy79 says:

    Anyone seen the pics from the Polish independent film festival Cumberbatch is attending last few days? A dew popped up on my instagram.

    HOT DAYYUM! Man knows how to wear a suit.

  28. this is incredible[do this news people are desperados for money, name or what?] Robert pattinson beat this cumber [nose rat] hands down now and forever so go find somenthing interesting to talk about

  29. sarah says:

    Naaah, I don’t believe this story. Rob probably doesn’t give a crap about being a sex symbol and is so over it that he’d be glad Benedict is the next ‘it guy’.

    I’ve never seen him act in anything, but Rob seems like a cool guy.

  30. magpie says:

    RPatz maybe jelly of Cumby’s acting cred, but not the other stuff. But Sparkles has been doing a good job in chosing small films with great directors. He was right to hitch his wagon to Cronenberg. I really want to see Maps to the Stars.

  31. mia girl says:

    I liked the interview as well.
    Not sure about the whole concept of the photo spread, but at least it’s something different.