Benedict Cumberbatch covers High Life: ‘I’m not a macho alpha male sort of guy’

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Considering how many times Benedict Cumberbatch has already cheated death (I think we’re up to a baker’s dozen), it’s weird that he keeps on tempting fate. Benedict signed on to do a “road test,” photoshoot and interview in the Arctic Circle for High Life Magazine. There are photos, there are new Batch quotes and there was a Jaguar that purred deliciously. I’m kind of thinking that Benedict just needs to audition for James Bond already.

*stares off into distance, fantasizing about Double-O-Batch*

Anyway, I’m not super-interested in the Jaguar stuff – I would imagine that this is cross-promotion, not unlike Jennifer Aniston’s many interviews on behalf of Aveeno. But Benedict goes all out for his contracts. I mean, he went to the Arctic Circle to drive a Jag on sheets of ice. HARDCORE. Of course, he also got to hang out with some Husky puppies, and the dogs immediately feel under the spell of The Batch (they are now literally Cumberbitches). You can read the full High Life piece here, and here are some highlights:

Description of The Batch: He’s dressed in a thick fur-collared jacket, black salopettes, chunky blue scarf, big snow boots, thick gloves and woolly hat. He’s tall (6ft), ramrod straight, just 37, slim (though trying to bulk up for his next part as a mercenary in Blood Mountain), has a blemish-free and stubble-free complexion, ice-blue eyes and swept-back auburn brown hair.

Working so much: ‘I’ve played so many characters so fast. I had a bank holiday weekend to transfer from Sherlock Holmes into Christopher Tietjens [in Parade's End].’

His new sex symbol image: ‘[I’m] apparently a sex symbol — although it’s a bit of a mystery why as my face has not changed that much during the ten years I have been in this business’.

He almost damaged the money: He tells us he tripped recently while jogging on Hampstead Heath and, when he fell, he thought he was going to smash his face. His next thought was for Steven Moffat, the co-creator of Sherlock, who, ‘would not have been impressed’.

Playing with the huskies: Benedict loves dogs although he says he’s too busy to own one. Before he goes out on a sled, he’s on all fours in the snow with a dog tickling its tummy, his new best friend.

Appearing on Sesame Street: ‘One of the best fun things I’ve ever done’.

He tries to embrace ‘all the riches of life’ and likes daredevil sports: ‘I’m not a macho alpha male sort of guy but I do like living on the edge a bit. I like skydiving, snowboarding, kite surfing and I ride a motorbike in London.’

His famous roles: Benedict tells me he got the part of Sherlock after the producers saw him in Atonement playing Paul Marshall, ‘a chocolate millionaire paedophile rapist. He’s the darkest character I’ve ever played.’ The hardest character to play? WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. ‘There is such moral ambiguity there. Also, he wouldn’t meet me although we had an email relationship to try to get his perspective.’ The character he’d most like to play? ‘David Bowie.’

[From High Life]

I would agree that Benedict is not a “macho alpha male sort of guy.” I’m glad he knows that about himself. But I’m growing weary of all of the daredevil stuff, the skydiving and Arctic test driving and being held at gunpoint (that happened when he was really young, but still). Why can’t he just stay in London (or his Venice Beach home?!) and drink a nice cup of tea?

Little things: I’m looking forward to him bulking up! He put on a lot of muscle weight when he did Star Trek and he looked amaze-balls. I’m also glad that everyone knows he has AUBURN hair at this point. Nowadays, everybody knows about the auburn dong muff. Is that good news or bad news?

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Photos courtesy of High Life.

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  1. Fangirl says:

    OMG ! Ben !!! Love this guy !

  2. GeeMoney says:

    Drool… I love him.

    And those pics of him playing with the huskies… I couldn’t stop AWWWing for about 5 minutes straight.

  3. Lindy79 says:

    He looks bloody amazing here (and in the top-down driving and dog shots). That last shot, cheekbones, bloody hell!
    It definitely looks like a cross brand thing for Jag and BA (wasn’t he at some BA thing in LA?)
    Its a mega cool thing to get to do, I don’t blame him for accepting. I’d have accepted just for the dogs.

    Yay to BulkBatch!

  4. allons-y alonso says:

    The car. The cheekbones. The huskies. The hair….damn!

  5. Shelby says:

    Oh Benedict… do you need someone to accompany you to do all those daredevil sports because I’m willing to unleash my daredevil side and it’s only for you!

  6. Zbornak Syndrome says:

    His posture always inspires me! Whenever I see his photo, I sit up straight!

    • Abby says:

      This made me chuckle

    • Eleanor Zissou says:

      But he’s not tall, is he? He’s average. I wouldn’t say someone who’s 6ft is tall.

      • LadySlippers says:

        6′ is considered tall. 5’10″ (or thereabouts) is usually used as the height of an average American male so he’s definitely tall.

        However, height is relative, so it could be the interviewer is just short. And I wouldn’t consider him tall; but then again, I’m 5’10″ myself.

      • Felice says:

        Martin Freeman is also 5’6″ and JJ Abrams used angles to make him look gigantic. Both Pine and Quinto are taller.

      • Eleanor Zissou says:

        Martin Freeman is that short? I didn’t know that.

      • Green Girl says:

        Six feet is tall, but not a remarkable height where I’m from.

        Then again, aren’t many actors actually a lot shorter than you’d think they would be? So perhaps if you are a celebrity journalist who spends your days interviewing shorter actors, seeing someone who is six feet is your definition of tall.

      • GeeMoney says:

        I don’t know about y’all, but 6 feet is TALL. I’m only 5’9″, and I’m taller than EVERYONE (I literally am one of the tallest people in the room wherever I am when I go out). It’s weird.

        The avg height for a woman is 5’4″ ish and for a man it’s 5’9″ ish. So Cumby is pretty tall.

        And yeah, Freeman is a little man, but he’s still pretty awesome.

      • Kelly says:

        6 ft isn’t tall for a man (it is tall for a woman). I’d say anything up to 6′ 1” is average, 6’2” and over is tall.
        This does depend on what part of the world you’re in though.

      • Tatjana says:

        I agree, Kelly.
        But it does depend where you’re from. Men over 190 are very common in my country.
        As for women, I’m 172 and I’ve been somewhere in the middle of my class in high school.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Kelly,

        Aren’t you an American? Somehow I thought you were. Where do you live that 6’1″ is average? Because even globally, that’s still pretty damn tall.

      • Kelly says:

        Slippers, I’m in Europe, and 6’1” is borderline to me :D It’s on the verge of tall. But 6′ is still well – not short, but not tall, as in oh I need to crane my head up to stare into your gorgeous overgrown bodeh whilst dreamily gazing into your eyes….
        Granted, Spanish and Italian men tend to be shorter so they’d probably think 6′ is tall. But them fine Germanic and Slavic specimen are all around 6 and above.
        I’d say men in the UK are also around that height, from my experience British chaps are taller than Americans.
        What about the rest of the world? Anyone wanna chime in on this pointless debate on who’s, ahem, bigger?

  7. Abby says:

    That pic of him sitting in the car is perfection and the cause of my death on this Wednesday morning.

    I was hoping there would be pics of Cumby and Nicholous Hoult together as he was in Finland too for testing of Jag etc. but it’s ok because the huskies pic made up for it.

  8. Becky says:

    Haha auburn dong muff!! Makes me laugh every time! Can’t believe he revealed that he was putting make up down there during Frankenstein haha some things are best kept private!

    • Kelly says:

      I thought the exact same thing, TMI is really too much information people!!! Do we really need to know just about EVERYTHING about celebrities these days, cringe

    • Jane Doe says:

      I saw Frankenstein on opening night and the downstairs carpet was present (and ginger). I saw the play again towards the end of the run and he’d taken up the carpet IF YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYING AND I THINK YOU DO.

      I bet he dyes the hair there that ridiculous shade of brown he was trying to fool everybody with for a while.

      • Kelly says:

        Hahahahah, what, what?!?

        Why!!!???

        (this reminds me of that Sex&the City episode when Samantha let her carpet grow out for a dude who liked that sort of thing and it ended up being gray and she freaked out and dyed it and it turned orange, ahahahaha)

      • Alright then says:

        I cannot believe I’m asking this, as I don’t really want to KNOW, but what does take it up mean? A dye job? A trim? A shearing?
        I once saw Eddie Izzard in Lenny and the man was so naked and did not have any hair anywhere. It was disturbing. I wished we had sat further back. Now my husband and I always refer to him as the naked mole rat.

      • Jane Doe says:

        @Alright then: I mean, he’d waxed down there. Completely. He’d also waxed his legs, chest, and in between his arse cheeks. He was so smooth and shiny you would have skidded off of him if you so much as brushed past him.

        (We were in the front row and he flopped over, on his stomach, facing the back of the stage, right in front of us. I saw more than I really wanted to see, I’ll be honest.)

      • Jane Doe says:

        @Kelly: It seemed that he started dyeing his hair that colour when he was beginning to make films in the US. I always suspected he was making a conscious effort to look slick and cool and Englishy for casting directors and such, like, “BUT IF THEY FIND OUT I’M GINGER, THEY WON’T LET ME PLAY ANYONE MANLY”. You could see his ‘auburn’ roots the whole time, it was sort of sweet…

        His Frankenstein hair will always be my favourite: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lfnv8sGgb21qgae0ho1_500.jpg

      • Alright then says:

        Aack. Aack. Just…..no. Men need hair. I don’t want this image in my head. I foresee bad dreams tonight.

      • Felice says:

        Were the rumors true?

      • Kelly says:

        @Jane Doe, oh dear lord, I’m just gonna tell myself that the whole porn star waxing thing was for the role, as in the monster would’ve been also fuzz free as he was err, dead before.

        And it’s a shame he feels he needs to hide his ginger for work, but hey, if I’m completely honest he does look best with darker hair, his facial features come alive then.

        But that is a lovely photo, ARGH <3333

        @Felice, what rumors??

      • Jane Doe says:

        @Felice: am assuming you mean the *waggles little finger* rumours. They are very true.

      • Jane Doe says:

        @Kelly: I’d imagine the waxing meant less rash/chafing (I hate that word SO MUCH) and freer movement; the role of the Creature required him and Jonny Lee Miller to roll around and throw themselves to the ground, in the nude, for twenty straight minutes at the beginning. Not only that, they both had a lot of prosthetics for the part – all over their bodies; chest, arms, legs, back, bum – and lack of hair probably made it easier to attach them.

    • neonheart says:

      The rumour: baby carrot dong or no?

      • J says:

        oooh yes. this is information the world really needs to know.

      • Felice says:

        We ask the real questions that deep down everyone wants to know here at CB.

      • neonheart says:

        Well her eyes happened to be in the area! If you’re familiar with the color of the merkin he had on you probably can report on the goods it was surrounding….

      • Platospopcorn says:

        Dammit. What happened to Jane Doe? So many details, and yet we’re left hanging…HANGING. Please, do come back and give us allllllll the details! Pretty please? (FTR, a random blogger at the time said B’s business was so small, an errant squirrel finding itself suddenly on stage might be tempted to try and bury it. RUDE!)

      • Jane Doe says:

        HI GUYS

        His penis is very, very small. Rounded. Not very thick, either. Sort of, um, cute, though. Johnny Lee Miller’s was a lot larger and actually quite…nice.

        Ever since then, when Benedict’s done interviews and said “the theatre was freezing!” as a sort-of explanation for Little Benedict’s size, I’ve been like, really, because I distinctly remember it being very warm in there.

      • J says:

        …waxing to make it look longer do we think? eep. think you could guess a length from memory?

        i’m all sorts of saddened by this news. but i would still comfort him sexually if given the chance ;)

      • Platospopcorn says:

        @ Jane Doe, I love you. Bless. <3

      • Alright then says:

        I’ve never understood the fascination with knowing how big a guy’s flaccid penis is. As long as it’s decent when it’s time to party, who cares? Growers are more fun anyway. :)

      • Jane Doe says:

        @J: I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess at the length…let me find a ruler and get back to you. I’m looking at my little finger right now and I think there isn’t much difference in size. SOZ, BENEDICT.

        fyi, though, he has extremely large, smooth, rounded testicles. When he was lying on his front with his arse in our faces, his balls were squished out from underneath the top of his thighs/bum cheeks.

        I didn’t realise I was paying attention THIS closely.

      • Maggie says:

        @ Jane Doe

        Your posts have made me feel angry.

        Two actors, Benedict and JLM, performed in a physically and mentally exhausting play night after night. For the sake of the performance they made themselves vulnerable by acting without clothes at the start of the play, as directed by Danny Boyle, and this is the response we get from you.

        How about you get naked and perform in front of hundreds of people and see if you would like members of the audience discussing and analysing your genitals on a public gossip site.

        I wonder what the response would be if it was a woman you were discussing?

      • Janeite says:

        Well said, Maggie. I have no idea if what she claims is even true, nor do I care. I just find the discussion appalling. Both actors deserve more respect than that.

      • neonheart says:

        Thanks for the ‘report’ :-D BTW, this dosent alter my respect for the guy or my lust for him. I dated a similiarly-proportioned fellow years ago and the guy was incredible in bed. I had my first orgasms with a partner with him. There is more to sex than genital size. I’m sure he figured out that there are many ways to please a partner, and those men who use their WHOLE body rather than just their dick keep us coming back for more.

  9. PunkyMomma says:

    My otter would make a spectacular Bowie! Cumby, Cumby, Cumby. Sigh. .

  10. Sixer says:

    Arctic Role is the WORST pun I have ever heard. And I’ve made some terrible ones myself. How gauche. Don’t they know arctic roll is the food of plebs?

    He looks good here.

    And he’s right: he can skydive all he likes. He. Will. Never. Be. A. Bloke.

    Please nicely can we have a bloke post soon? I’m withering away like – oh, I was going to say like a dog on a chain but that could be taken the wrong way. Like a blokeless Sixer.

  11. T.fanty says:

    I’ll take a Cumby over ice, please.

    Okay, so here’s the new rule: pimping himself out is only allowed when the pictures are this good. This is Esquire sex-gloves territory. Layers are his secret superpower. Especially when they are woolen. I would like to think that underneath all of this, he’s wearing one of Miss Jane’s dong sweaters, to keep Little Auburn snug.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Layers. Yes. Ice and lakes, even better.

      (Says the native of a state with 15,000 lakes)

      And Fanty, just admit that if you met him you’d be rolling on your back wanting your…belly scratched like those Husky puppies. So you can drop the facade now dearie. It fools no one (well except maybe Bunny).

    • Green Girlm says:

      While I agree with you, I do want to say that he should only wear layers if he is styled by a professional. Remember that event thingy he went to a while back, where he wore who-knows-how-many layers, and they were all a different shade of grey? (http://whatareyouwearingbenedict.tumblr.com/post/54308802427/ladies-and-gents-we-have-our-wtfit-champion)

      And oops, I misspelled my own screen name!

      • T.Fanty says:

        *holds GreenGirl by the arms, shakes her, and slaps her melodramatically*

        What’s wrong with you that you can’t appreciate the sheer brilliance of that outfit? And the look on his face, as he reveals to the world the sweater-scarf-blanket he made out of six years worth of old teabags, that is somewhere between pride and anxiety that the world is not ready for such do-gooder fashion progressiveness? Cumby should NEVER stop dressing himself. The only real tragedy now is that people are sending him clothes instead of letting him go to the shop and let him pick his own.

      • Green Girl says:

        You see pride, I see someone who is thinking that maaaaybe he’s wearing one layer too many.

        And what IS that grey blanket thing he’s wearing? Is it a sweater, is it a scarf, or is it something we mortals can’t begin to understand?

      • Lindy79 says:

        I love that site so much. I agree Fanty, I love him now but Cumby of old with his converse, mismatched outfits, dizzying array of hats and sparkly shoes (not to mention random holding of a ceramic sheep) will forever hold a place in my heart.
        He’s so utterly clueless and I love him for it.

        His face is amazing in that shot.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Fanty,

        Like Sixer, you cannot help your Britishness can you????

        Of course you adore him in this grey woolen mess. It’s SO English.

        Geesh.
        ;-)

      • T.Fanty says:

        GG – I don’t know if he’s EVER had that thought in his life. However, your comment does lead me to my other favorite Cumberism: The Air of Perpetual Befuddlement. I miss the old days, where he always looked like he never quite knew where he was, indicated by his vastly inappropriate dress and The Air of Perpetual Befuddlement.

      • Sixer says:

        I’m with Fanty. Bad dressing (that was neither a salad nor a trousersnake pun) is the antidote to all things PR. As such, I am for it.

      • Green Girl says:

        @T.Fanty – Oh, I have seen those pictures, and I agree. I am always under the impression that he doesn’t feel fully dressed unless he’s wearing at least five layers.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Oh my Sixer,

        You *are* on a roll with the puns. Good day at work?

      • Sixer says:

        Lazy week!

      • Kelly says:

        Ahahhaahahah, oh dear, pure gold, that outfit….you couldn’t make it up!

    • Old Enough says:

      that last phrase is truly priceless!

  12. LadySlippers says:

    I love that they didn’t photoshop the hell outa his face. I really enjoy the more au naturel shots.

    • Lolo-ology says:

      Agree, and I think that’s how the “alien” comments are born. Those lovely, unique features do not fare very well under a heavy photoshop hand.

    • Janeite says:

      Agreed. These pics are fantastic.

    • MissMary says:

      It looks like he’s laying off the weird make up style he had going for a while there–either he has a new MUA or someone told him he was looking too slick and weird. He’s a 37 year old man who has a fairly active outdoor life when he’s not working, so it’s good to see he has real skin and not creepy Hollywood smoothness.

    • pru says:

      Agreed. He looks great and his age.

    • neonheart says:

      Agreed. Its the reason I really hated the NYT Style issue (and further back, the GQ cover) they made him look like Alien Ken doll. Part of his appeal to me at least is his uneven coloring and lines.

  13. Chrissy says:

    Kaiser, you are onto something! ” I’m kind of thinking that Benedict just needs to audition for James Bond already. ” I never thought of it before, but in fact, Benedict is constantly auditioning for 007 in a very subtle way. Give him the part already, powers that be!

  14. blue marie says:

    The photo of him in the car looks nice.. Wait, why the hell am I writing something nice about him? Damn you CB, either my hot-dong’a'meter is broken or ya’ll are wearing down my defenses. Either way, I’m not a fan of this new development.

    • LadySlippers says:

      *evil cackle*

      Welcome to the dark side my dear!

      ;-)

    • j.eyre says:

      Don’t fret darling, its the car. That car is sex and it is clearly rubbing off on its drivers.

      http://highlife.ba.com/Media/images/Benedict_Car(di)-39f22d35-9e85-4948-94ec-999bf29b05d1-0-450×306.jpg

      • LadySlippers says:

        Miss Eyre,

        Are you even capable of telling the truth?!???

      • Lindy79 says:

        Please please please please, let him have shouted
        “neeeeewwwwwrooooooooooommm” or “weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” while driving

        (the first one is my attempt at writing a car going fast)

      • j.eyre says:

        @LS – I doubt it. I haven’t attempted to tell the truth in ages. BTW – I love that scarf on you *wink* (no, I really do, darling. It brings out the blush in your petals)

        But honestly, I am positively in love with that automobile. And despite what others may think, it is not all about looks – I truly value it for its powerful system and the smooth ride it provided. The fact that it is dressed in handworked leather doesn’t hurt either.

        @Lindy – and that is exactly how it reads. As a matter of fact, I am responding to everything today with “neeeeewwwwwrooooooooooommm”

        “Will you need a bag today Miss Eyre, or did you bring your own?”
        “neeeeewwwwwrooooooooooommm”

        “Miss Eyre, where are your children?”
        “neeeeewwwwwrooooooooooommm”

        “Honestly Jane, will you get off me so I can get to work?”
        “neeeeewwwwwrooooooooooommm”

      • blue marie says:

        Yes, yes that must be it J, thank you for clearing it up for me.

  15. juniper says:

    I don’t see any pics with him and dogs! I get that he’s sensitive and all that – but he’ll have to forgive me for making him the occasional alpha male in my fantasies.

  16. Hello Kitty says:

    He likes riding his motorbike in London? Will have to add that detail to my fantasies…

    • Lindy79 says:

      There was pics of him leaving the theatre after Frankenstein with his bike. Haven’t a rashers what it was, just that it looked nice and he looked nice standing beside it…
      By nice, I mean it made me want to sit on him.

    • Jaded says:

      And I would be his motorcycle bitch, clinging to the back of him like a limpet on a storm-tossed rock, hair blowing in the wind, feeling his muscular abdomen beneath his leather jacket, smelling his clean but not sissy cologne….dear me….too much coffee this morning methinks….

    • pru says:

      Love the image of him on a bike.
      Having never ridden a bike in London, can it be considered a sport? Or is he showing his non-macho, non-alpha maleness?

  17. Miss Scarlet says:

    This is one of the hottest shoots he’s ever done. I like that he’s really active and into the outdoors and sports – it’s keeping him young and interesting. He seems like an experience junkie to me, which I can totally relate to.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Experience junkie.

      Yep. I think that sums up both his actions and his words. He wants to live life to the fullest. No shame in that.

  18. Lolo-ology says:

    The last pic is absolutely delish, but his face on the cover just looks like he’s thinking, “wtf?”

  19. Nya says:

    He looks more lizard like than usual on that cover.

    • Janeite says:

      It simply would not be a Benny thread if there weren’t at least ONE lizard comment. Now bring on the otters, the alien lizards, the alien lizard otters, etc!

      • GeeMoney says:

        I’d be more than happy to have all of his half alien, half otter, half lizard babies… and then I could become The Lizard Queen to his Lizard King.

        And we would happily rule over all of you peasants, er, minions, er, people… :)

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        You forgot to mention Tom too Janeite. NOW the thread is complete!

  20. jammypants says:

    Why did they pick such an angry looking pic for the cover? O.o The one in the car looks so much better. He looks relaxed in that one. Weird editorial choices. Also, WHERE ARE THE PUPPIES?

  21. Joanie says:

    Latest Cumby news – he has landed in Australia for Oz Comic Con. No pics as yet; I spotted a post on Twitter.

  22. Beth says:

    This article made me so happy when I read it. So much Batch! I’m still holding out for info on his favorite ice cream flavor and whether or not he plays “Yellow Car” (from “Cabin Pressure”) when he’s riding his motorbike around London.

  23. June says:

    Oh my god, if Cumbie played Bowie I would just die. Somebody make this happen.

  24. 'p'enny says:

    David Bowie? is he delusional? i can buy Ben Whishaw as Freddie Mercury, but Benedict is not fine-facial featured enough. David Bowie has an androgynous quality, that would be better suited to Nicholas Holt, esp for younger years or just cast Tilda Swinton, maybe the wrong sex but she would rock it.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      I can’t picture anyone *but* Tilda playing Bowie. She’s the perfect person for it.

    • Katie says:

      I can see Swinton or Hoult, but BC’s got some similar facial features to Bowie when he’s thinner. Maybe it’s their voices though lol.

      ‘p’enny, I’m honestly not thrilled with Whislaw as Mercury. I don’t understand why you’d cast someone of a different race than the subject when you’re doing a biopic of a real person.

      • 'p'enny says:

        @Katie

        I don’t understand this argument, does it matter? It would be very difficult to get such an excellent actor that is same exact race as Freddie Mercury. His parents are a bit of niche race. At the end of the day Freddie is British and was proud of it. Ben has very dark eyes and natural dark hair, and olive skin that Freddie had, and he will carry of the moustache with flair.

        Ben is a first-rate actor and will deliver Freddie to the screen with respect and flair. To me, that is what matters the most.

        People moan from American actresses playing Jane Austen to, God forbid, an black actor in Shakespeare. How dare they! I don’t give to fu:@$ of an actor’s ethnic background, i care about delivering the passion and the uniqueness and being believable.

        Do you really think Freddie Mercury would care? Ben W has gone out of the way for Gay rights, marriage and being a real supporter for what Freddie cared about. I think Freddie would be chuffed to have Ben play him.

      • Katie says:

        @ ‘p’enny

        It’s not comparable to a nationality (American Jane Austen or being British) or fictional characters (Shakespeare) . Freddie was also proud of his parents and ethnic background, as he demonstrated in some of their lesser known songs.

        Whislaw’s not olive skinned; he does tan well. He’s an excellent actor and I’m not knocking him personally and I do realize there’s not a lot of Parsis left. But since he went to school in India and they are a part of the Indian community, it would have been nice if they would given a talented Indian actor a break.

        We all like to see someone like ourselves on screen sometimes, ‘p’enny, but I don’t often get the chance and this was one of those few possibilities.

      • Sixer says:

        I think that’s the problem. I’m all for colour-blind casting but in an environment where British Asian actors are not getting as many opportunities as they should, it’s frustrating when the perfect part goes to a white guy. And I say this as Whishaw’s biggest fan.

      • 'p'enny says:

        I am not referring to Shakespearean fictional characters, i am talking about historical characters which seem to send some in a tizzy, i.e Peterson Joseph in Hollow Crown.

        Olive skinned can be very pale in colder climes, then in the sun they go berry brown at a flitch of switch – like me! :-D Spot an Italian thats been living in Glasgow for several years, and you will know what i mean.

        Ben will get an Oscar for this – i bet my bottom pound.

        @sixer name a British Asian actor [not in Eastenders] that could pull it off better, and i will switch sides?

      • Tatjana says:

        If anyone watched Merlin, Bradley James always reminded me of Freddie Mercury, even if he’s blonde and blueyed.

      • Katie says:

        LOL, sorry, misunderstood your Shakespearean characters there, ‘p’enny! The plays are essentially fictional though, at least not seriously biographical, if that makes sense.

        James Floyd resembles Freddie and would have done great. Raza Jeffrey is talented and an accomplished singer, but I don’t think his face is right. Essentially, it’s likely there’s other talented British Asian actors who could pull it off just as well as Whislaw, but they’re not getting the same opportunities.

  25. A Fan says:

    “I’m not a macho, alpha male sort of guy.”

    And that’s exactly why I’m not into you.

    [*No offence to someone who is*]

  26. Secret Squirrel says:

    About to dash off to work, but just want to say what a hot piece of buttered toast Ben is (and now I want to eat toast)…

    No sexual pun intended…

    Although…..

    No, must go to work…

    • Sixer says:

      You missed the pun! Hot buttered crumpet (since crumpets are both quintessentially British edible items and British slang for fanciable people).

      • LadySlippers says:

        More puns!

        Lol

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Argh… Brain, why doust thou forsake me when I need you most!!!

        I had a bit of a “MUFFin with ginger jam” thought, in response to Kaiser’s teasing about the auburn dong muff, but then decided it might be too crass. I TOTALLY missed the crumpet pun!!

      • Kelly says:

        “MUFFin with ginger jam”

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA, I’M DYINNN

  27. Kel says:

    I live in the US. Where/how can I get this magazine? I NEED to have it!!

  28. Isadora says:

    Cumberbatch was confirmed by BBC Two to play Richard III in the next Hollow Crown film! Wohoo!