Benedict Cumberbatch at the ‘Fifth Estate’ photocall: gorgeous or dated?

Here are the freshly-baked photos from today’s TIFF photocall for The Fifth Estate. Benedict Cumberbatch, Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley!) and Daniel Bruhl were all in attendance, looking varying degrees of hot. I have to say, even though I would bang Cumberbatch sideways, this is not my favorite look on him. He looks like a stern newscaster from the 1950s. Like he’s about to give me a Cold War update on the Suez Crisis. As for Daniel Bruhl… why so grumpy? I think he has natural grump-face. Stevens actually looks pretty hot, right? Wow. And who knew Stevens was taller than Benedict?

Buzzfeed had a great exclusive story about the cast of The Fifth Estate and their reaction to Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence:

Benedict Cumberbatch gives a nuanced portrayal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, which premiered Thursday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, and he has an equally nuanced view of the legal case that sprang from the historic information leak that Assange published to the site.

Asked about the 35-year prison sentence given to Chelsea Manning, the former United States Army soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of documents from the Afghan and Iraqi Wars, Cumberbatch said, “I wasn’t in the courtroom; I’ve been following it… it’s pretty devastating.”

That said, Cumberbatch understands that principal and criminal codes are sometimes at conflict.

“I don’t think it’s as simple as that, really,” the English actor said when asked whether Manning is a hero or villain. “I think what she did was incredibly brave, and at the same time, a legal process had to take place. It’s a very complex issue to just come down on one side or the other.”

Cumberbatch’s Fifth Estate colleagues all praised Manning, as well.

“I’m relieved that it wasn’t longer, frankly, because there was always that danger hanging over her head,” director Bill Condon said of Manning’s sentence. “I’m hopeful that there will be real leniency when it comes to getting a shorter sentence.”

[From Buzzfeed]

Cumberbatch gets bonus points for using the correct pronouns. Yay for LBGT awareness! As for how he looks… well, I can’t believe some of you are all about this hairstyle. Part of his charm is his wild, sexy, curly hair. You can really tell he’s fighting his hair’s natural curl by how much gel he uses. TOO MUCH.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Sixer says:

    That’s his Not Really A Banker, A Secret Spanker look. Kaiser. Don’t you know anything?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Hahahaha! Thanks for a great mental image to get me through the afternoon.

      I miss the curls a little but I can live with it.

    • Rosemary says:

      Oh! He be stylin’.
      He has a “look”, and he is working it.
      A+ to Mr. Cumberbatch.

  2. Lindy79 says:

    He’s a little more dressed than Daniel and Dan but the blue looks good on him.
    Maybe lose the tie though and less formal shirt with a top button open.
    Either way I want to rip it off so, all good for Lindy.

    Loving the side sweep hair also.

    • Vesta says:

      At first you suggest bashfully losing the tie maybe, then well let’s open juuust one button, and BAM – better rip the whole thing off! Lindy, my thoughts and logic work exactly like yours 🙂

  3. Hello Kitty says:

    F*ck, marry, kill. Go!
    For me it’s Dan Stevens, Cumby, Daniel Bruhl.

  4. Green Girl says:

    I love this look on him! He brought it, big time, and is such a big improvement from the press he did for STiD. I mean, WOW.

    The only comment I have is that it looks so lopsided when you see these dudes together. It looks like they’re all headed to different events, and I hate that.

    • Lia says:

      I like a guy who takes the time to dress up and look good. It would only take two minutes to get the suit off of him, if the need should arise…..:)

  5. Marty says:

    How tall is Cumby?

  6. Melissa says:

    Look at Cumby looking all bangable. Sighhhhhhhh.

  7. Maureen says:

    GORGEOUS. Oh, sorry! I haven’t look at the photos yet.

    EDIT: Yep, gorgeous. The dark shoes aren’t quite right for that light-colored suit, but overall he looks good. I will be SO happy to see him in lighter hair, though. Really tired of this dark brown that just washes him out and makes him look ghostly all the time. It works perfectly for Sherlock but not for Benedict.

    • lazylemming says:

      Yes, he looks delicious!

      Are the sleeves/pants a little long, tho?

      Most people say ere on the side of OVERdressed, but I’m wondering what the rule is in Hollywood? Either way, he looks good! They all do!

      And for a SERIOUS question- Is Cumberbatch REALLY doing his own hair? I always wonder if he gets help with that, but I suppose, it’s not much work to just slick it back. I do somewhat miss the curls… maybe not the LENGTH of the curls, but he looks good when it’s sort of loose and maybe a bit wavy?

      (egads, what is my life that I have even CONTEMPLATED the highs and lows the Cumberbatch hair.)

      Also- from a gossip blog, apparently the tux was a hindrance to Cumberdancing with Vikander at the after parties?

      • curlsunited says:

        Yes, I also prefer him with at least a hint at curly/wavy, it really really suits him and he’s got lovely hair. There are a number of close-up shots of his curls when he was in Japan. Freshly washed, no sticky hair product – so adorable. I could stare at these pictures for hours and hours.
        But he can wear his hair in many different styles and look good (except the Star Trek promo black helmet, which reminded me of Jim Carrey, or his TTSS hair, which frankly was a joke).

        I suppose there’s a hair stylist for big events or red carpets.

        BTW is ist just me or is he having a bad eyebrow day?

      • T.fanty says:

        No more than usual. Those hairy caterpillars are perpetually out of control.

      • curlsunited says:

        Hm. Agreed. They definitely live a life of their own.

        Come here, Cumbydarling, I’ll lick them into shape.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      I just wish he’d start wearing his sparkly sequinned shoes on the red carpet again.

  8. T.fanty says:

    Still yes. I think he looks great. Color looks so much better on him than black.

    I’d be his little 1950s newscaster housewife. He can spank me when I burn his morning eggs.

    • j.eyre says:

      All aproned and gin-soaked?

      • T.fanty says:

        Me, or him?

        Maybe we’ll keep TommyAnne around, rename him Tallulah and make him be our maid. Bruhl can be my sultry gardener who trims my bushes when the man of the house is at work.

      • lazylemming says:

        Can Tallulah quote Shakespeare and find deep, spiritual and intellectual meaning behind the various accoutrements assigned to him to clean with? I feel that’s the only way he’d consent.

        The feather duster is obviously a symbol of something greater and if TommyAnne doesn’t explain it, we’ll never know! Or so that’s what he heard from ~Spielberg when they sat down for lunch, you know. TommyAnne has connections, darling.

      • T.fanty says:


        I think he’d be on board as soon as he saw the apron. Plus, he’ll be a wiz at charades when we throw one of our renowned fondue evenings.

      • lazylemming says:

        Oh dear, I hope the charades don’t get too competitive! Hate for Tallulah to have to wash the melted cheese out of his jaunty (velvet leopard print??) apron when DUC gets tetchy about the rules! Time limits and concise answers can be so subjective!

    • Sixer says:

      I have a darling little housecoat you can borrow for that scenario. Unbuttoned, presumably.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Speaking of color, Fanty, *when* is this man going to wear teal? It was meant for him. I may have to send him a sweater/socks combo, if Miss Jane could just get caught up on her knitting.

  9. T.fanty says:

    Bruhl is giving off major Ewan Macgregor vibes in the last pic.

    • Bert29 says:

      True! That is an Ewan grump face if I’ve ever seen one. Also, now that it’s been mentioned that he’s wearing lifts, I can’t unsee it. I mean, check out those heels!

  10. MissMary says:

    It looks like he forgot the shoes that go with that outfit but I’m still loving it. IDK why the flail about the hair. It’s probably in desperate need of a cut since going through so many dye jobs over the past six months…

  11. Tish says:

    He looks… tired. Cheer up Cumby! You’re getting glowing reviews even though the movie seems bad! I heard he’s gonna fly back to the UK today or tomorrow for The Imitation Game. No rest for the wicked.

    • MissMary says:

      Yeah, he’s heading back for some rehearsal and early filming and then back to Toronto for one or both of his o ther films, then back to the UK. That man must only sleep on planes.

      • Leo says:

        Well, he looks a bit tired to me!

        Btw, didn’t he just say he was leaving Toronto tomorrow?
        I don’t remember him saying he’s coming back.

      • MissMary says:

        @Leo: I just went back to see where I read he’d be heading back to TIFF and can’t find it but I did find him saying he was heading out tomorrow so maybe I hallucinated the second part lol.

  12. vixo says:

    Oh yeah.

  13. LilyRose says:

    Are the curls officially gone? Sad day. However, BC is looking lovely. He is not on my list (it’s Bale and an assortment of German and Latino men) but I can appreciate his peculiar good looks. I like how Brühl and Stevens are dressed down and Cumberbatch is dressed for a job interview.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Hi, LilyRose! I was concerned that I might have a nervous breakdown when the curls got sheared off, but I am finding this not so bad. He looks elegant with his hair in this sort of “Ward Cleaver” `do.

      I think the anxiety was based on the Star Trek Premiere hair. Occasionally, I still see it in nightmares.

      • LilyRose says:

        STiD hair was unfortunate. I haven’t seen all the pics of the premiere but the ones I have he looks quite dapper. Can’t wait for the Fassy, Pitt, Ejiofor and Batch night.

      • Green Girl says:

        Oh, now THAT hair at the STiD premiere was the definition of “undertaker hair.” It made him look even paler.

  14. Joy says:

    Dan Stevens is way hotter without that little double chin thing. I can say that cuz I’ve lost a crap load of weight and I too am hotter without it. Not that I’m a supermodel I’m just not scaring goats off bridges any more.

  15. Faye says:

    My husband Benny C. Is looking great. Bangable, fu*kable, whatever you wanna call it.

  16. Katie says:

    I’m guessing curls are gone because Alan Turing had straight, short hair and the Imitation Game started rehearsals already. They’ve filming this coming week.

    I keep hearing mixed reviews on TFE, but BC is getting universally praised for it.

  17. tealily says:

    Dan Stevens looks so Hollywood! I can’t decide if that’s good or bad…

  18. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    I hope I’m not the only one who noticed/checkout the Dan Stevens bulge….yum.

  19. Abby says:

    Hahahha Congrats to those who predicted this long back

    @Variety: Tom Hiddleston Replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in Legendary’s ‘Crimson Peak’

    • Sixer says:

      We told Kaiser it should have been on the list!

    • lazylemming says:

      You’re kidding… OMG. Just. Wow.


    • Vesta says:

      Wow, this is something. I’m begin to think that Hiddles should pay some hefty agent fees to certain CBladies…

      • Abby says:

        Lol he surely should. I wonder how Cumby will take this news…hmm will e give some bitchy comment about Tom replacing him 😛

        Honestly though its quite pathetic that Tom is getting Cumby’s leftovers

      • Sixer says:

        I should imagine, if asked, Benny will say he is sure TommyAnne will be wonderful.

        While it might be less than satisfactory for TommyAnne to be second choice, it’s not pathetic. Work is work. Getting cast is what matters. When the film is out, nobody will care that someone dropped out.

      • Leah says:

        And if it ends up doing well, the ones who “passed” will look like the real losers… but that’s a major IF.

        I think, the most recent example I can think of is Angelina Jolie passed on the role Sandra Bullock has in Gravity… and Gravity is getting MAJOR press and most people seem to really dig Bullock’s performance.

    • T.fanty says:

      Wow. Cumberbudget is real.

  20. lazylemming says:

    Some of the sound bites are coming out, and it sounds like BC was coached pretty well. He sticks to his party line and offers VERY LITTLE in the way of an opinion… anyone else noticed? He stays in the middle ground, it seems. Or, I guess, more like he’s carefully framing the opinions… not rambling.

    I dunno… maybe not. Seems he tries to stay diplomatic about the Assange extradition thing.

    • T.fanty says:

      That makes sense. I think there is someone who keeps him on a fairly tight rein when he’s attached to a movie. Regular DUC is way more fun.

    • Vesta says:

      I noticed that too; he was really curbing his tongue. Which I understand better than well since Wikileaks is a very tricky subject. It could be all kinds of trouble if he says something too drastic.

  21. Chrissy says:

    Benedict knocked it out of the park with this look. It’s not as perfectly tailored as most of his other suits but that is pretty much the only off thing about this look for me. I’m so glad to see he’s getting the recognition he deserves and I really hope the oscars take note of his performance. From what I’ve seen it looks brilliant. I can’t wait to see The Fifth Estate when it comes out!

  22. SolitaryAngel says:

    I gotta tell you ladies–I NEVER got all the love for the Cumbersnatch (my old private name for him) and I thought y’all were a little crazy….UNTIL I watched Star Trek 2. O.M.F.G. Now I am officially driving the Cumby Train!! Jesus he was hot in that movie. That voice…oozes sexy sex. I am so sorry I doubted your hormones, girls. Excuse me, now I gotta go take a cold shower and watch my first-ever episode of Sherlock. 😉

    • Stacey says:

      I used to be just like you. I never called him names or made fun of him I just didn’t get the appeal looks wise. I got on my computer, watched some interviews. And saw his movies and tv shows. I got it. He is very unique. Now I freaking love him.

    • EscapedConvent says:


      Uh-oh. Your first episode of Sherlock?!

      Batten down the hatches, buckle your seat belt, & then report back.

      • Just me says:

        I don’t see his appeal and yes I watched Sherlock (and some others movies) and no I must be blind because I don’t find him attractive and I think he’s an average actor nothing extraordinary

    • curlsunited says:

      Welcome on board! I almost missed the Cumby Express myself because I was busy drooling over “Mad Men”. One day my incredulous best friend forced her Sherlock DVDs on me, and after going through a “Martin Freeman’s terrific as Watson, but Sherlock? He’s kind of odd-looking, really really strange, not at all attractive, although I like his voice” stage after Episode 1 I am now suffering from full-blown Cumberitis.

      Which is not a bad thing at all.

      • SolitaryAngel says:

        We’ll suffer Cumberitis together, then. I propose a toast…May we always be so afflicted. LOL

  23. mended says:

    cumby was so much more relaxed on the 12 years a slave carpet. i really think he was nervous yesterday since all eyes were on him. today the toronto press are clamouring for pitt.

    and he said he may not make the august: osage county carpet because he’ll be back in london working.

    • Katie says:

      I saw the 12 Years red carpet pics. I think they’re the best pics of him there so far, that suit is more relaxed and a good cut.

      The Imitation Game is starting to film, so part that makes sense. I heard he’s really good in August and it’s completely different from what he usually plays.

  24. Beth says:

    I really like him and his outfit doesn’t bother me. And I don’t hate his hair like this necessarily, but when he wears it this way he KINDA reminds me of the ginger guy from “Homeland.” It’s not a resemblance I appreciate.

    I love that you post so much Cumberbatch stuff, though. He’s ridiculously sexy.

  25. Lindy79 says:

    The “12 Years..” suit is stunning. Open collar white shirt, perfect fit.
    If he’s getting stylist tips then he owes them a bonus.
    (I want to lick his collar bone..well start there anyway)

    • curlsunited says:

      Amazing suit, elegant shoes. Wow! As you said: perfect fit. The shirt seems a bit on the transparent side (not that I mind). How thoughtful of him to leave his tie at home!

      He’d better stay away from the hair gel though.

      Oh, and I think he brushed his eyebrows into shape. Well done! (Bet he read my comment above.)

    • Vesta says:

      I started coughing my breakfast musli when I saw the newest pics, cause Cumby was clever and took YOUR styling tips, for free. But I see that instead of only one button, he opened 2 buttons – that bad bad boy!

      I’m just in overdrive: In one day 3 X divine suits, 3 pairs of different eyebrows and the new hair that affects me so strongly that I now suspect I was his court barber in my previous life.

      And I actually thought I could remain calm & cynical when TIFF pics arrive, but hell no, I’ve been scratching the screen with my sinful red nails so hard that it’s all just embarrassing. *hides herself*

      • Lindy79 says:

        I’d like to think he’s reading and is currently trying to track me down so I can be his new stylist. And by stylist I mean sex-bunny with a side of curling up by log fires in cardigans and a dash of embracing our inner bitch…naked.

      • curlsunited says:

        I wouldn’t put it past him to check the posts on him every now and then. He reportedly hates gossip, but hey, what with all the swooning and the licking and curling up by logfires and scratching of red nails that’s going on here, how could he miss out on it?

        So Lindy79, yes, he may be trying to track you down this very minute. I am sure you’d be a wonderful, erm, no-clothes stylist. But can you please leave the hair and the eyebrows to me?

      • EscapedConvent says:

        With respect, ladies, can I please have the eyebrow gig? My eyebrow-powder pencil hand has been twitching for a year.

        I’ve offered several times, here on CB, to pop over to the set of Sherlock & fix his eyebrows, but I guess they think their makeup people know better. Harrumph.

  26. Bogz says:

    Please stop the obsessive coverage of these extremely unattractive interchangeable british actors!!!

  27. Delorb says:

    Definitely classic, which is never dated. He looked fantastic. He dressed for the occasion the other two guys looked frumpy.

  28. GT says:

    ok, I don’t get it. I see this man continuously on here as if he some gorgeous amazing creature and I am left shaking my head every single time. Why?? Can someone please explain it to me??? I fail to see it and trust me I have looked hard because I’m trying to see why he is always featured on here….

    • anna says:

      yes! absolutely agree GT! I don’t get it too with Cumberbacth. weird looking and not handsome at all.. why these people so obsessed?? *confused