Benedict Cumberbatch is all about the vests in Boston: would you hit it?


I could stare at Benedict Cumberbatch’s hair for an hour. I’ve pretty much been staring at it for the past ten minutes. Look at that little wave in front. Look at that deep part on the left. Look at the shades of auburn. And I haven’t even gotten to his crisp white blouse and his VEST VESTY MCVEST VESTINGTON VON VESTY. Love it. Obviously, these are some new photos of Benedict and Johnny Depp filming at the Church of the Covenant in Boston. You can obviously see all of the prosthetics that Depp is wearing, but I think Cumby is wearing some stuff to make him look older too. They’re playing brothers… and they look nothing alike.

Incidentally, Warner Bros has finally gotten this (untitled) film a release date: it will be released on September 18, 2015. Perhaps that means they’re aiming to enter it into the Toronto International Film Festival. Scarfy and Cumby at TIFF? I could handle that.

Meanwhile, this is just a minor Cumby story but it’s really funny. Back in the days of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s administration in the late ‘90s, the “Cool Britannia” thing was happening a lot – lots of young entertainers, lots of British Coolness, and there was a mingling of celebrity and politics. Many of the young entertainers back then liked Blair and New Labour and all of that. Well, David Cameron thinks he’s “cool” too. So he invited a bunch of cool celebrities to a big party at the Foreign Office. Allegedly, he invited Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford. None of those people came. Instead, the party featured some local celebrities, most of them on the friendly side of 70. Is Cumby a Tory though? I doubt it.

And yes, I would hit it until Vesty Von Vestington wept.



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  1. It is what it is says:

    Yes. If only his sexy dragon voice could speak through these pictures….mmmm

    • Nikollet says:

      Me neither! Never gonna get it.

    • Eve says:

      Me neither. And it’s very strange the way I feel about him now: it’s not that I find him unattractive, I just feel…nothing whenever I see him anymore.

      It’s strange because I CB-divorced Chris Evans a while ago but I’d still hit that (he’s my hatef*ck now). I crushed much harder on Cumberbatch but now I feel…nothing. It’s like he’s become asexual to me. Weird.

      • Ncboudicca says:

        Hellloooo. Have you seen the stills from Snowpiercer yet? I think your hatef*** is looking his best ever.

      • Chris says:

        @Eve: I think Chris Evans being your hatef*ck is weirder.

      • Eve says:

        @ Ncboudicca:

        I have already watched Snowpiercer — he looks FANTASTIC with a beard.

        @ Chris:

        I’m not loving his recent associations with Sandra Bullock (I’m one of the few CBitches who don’t like her) and Chelsea Handler. But I can’t deny, I can’t even fight the attraction, he’s just too hot for words.

      • Sixer says:

        @Eve – is Snowpiercer any good? I like the look of it.

      • Eve says:

        @ Sixer:

        I enjoyed it a lot. It’s a dystopian movie without that melodramatic sh*t (from the current dystopian movies aimed at young adults/teens).

        Swinton’s character has a Terry Gillian’s “12 Monkeys” vibe to it and she looks both hilarious and terrifying at the same time in her role.

      • Gingerly says:

        Snowpierecer is an interesting political allegory of an (aborted) revolution. Most actors, including CE, were fabulous though my favorite was Tilda speaking with a Yorkshire accent. The film has visually stunning moments and shocking revelations.

      • Sixer says:

        Merci bien, chaps. I might even get off my lazy backside and go to the cinema!

      • Chris says:

        @Eve: Ok so he’s too hot for words but where does the hate come into it?

      • Eve says:

        @ Chris:

        I already said it above. Because of his association with people I strongly dislike — I firmly believe in that saying “you are the company you keep”. I can’t get past over the fact he might be dating Bullock (who I don’t like no matter how hard she sells the “good girl” image) and getting somewhat close to Handler. Sorry.

        Plus, hatef*ck is just an expression…it’s not that I HATE hate him. It’s just that I wish I didn’t find him super hot anymore. I use “hatef*ck” in the way that I hate myself for having the hots for someone I shouldn’t have.

        P.S.: I had already CB-divorced him when the rumours about him possibly hooking up with Bullocks surfaced. I gave up on him by the time he took Minka Kelly back (remember? She dumped him for Derek Jetter, then came running back to him when Captain America and The Avengers became huge hits and…he took her back).

      • Chris says:

        @Eve: OK. Thanks for the clarification on not HATE hating him. Have a nice day.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        @ Eve,

        Hi Eve! Wow. If anyone had ever told me that you would feel this lack of passion for Cumby I would have….well, I would have showed them my shanking scars. Ah….those were good times. But it was enormous fun & I adored you hating me for loving him.

        Also! I think Chris Evans is so cute. I didn’t know who he was until you mentioned him. Very handsome guy. Snowpiercer looks good. ;–}

      • Isadora says:

        I never paid much attention to Chris Evans but he was good in Snowpiercer!

        @Sixer: It’s a very interesting movie and beautifully shot. Sometimes it reminded of a few other Asian or Asian-influenced films – symbolism is much more important than story logic, arresting visual style (downright amazing!) and in parts pretty weird. And Tilda Swinton is perfect.

      • Eve says:

        @ EsCon:

        I can’t believe it either. It feels kinda weird, as I said. Oh, and I loved hating you all for loving him during the Cumber Games.

        And Evans…please, that’s not “cute”. That’s sex on legs.

    • Hmmm says:

      No way, the guy seems smug and almost a bit creepy, but I do think he is a good actor. He is a bit like Ryan Grosling. Lots of hype and 2 years later people say “REALLY, this guy?”

      On another note, why do studios still throw money at Johnny Depp? The guy had nothing but flops in the last years.

    • Chris says:

      I don’t get it either, though it’s plain to see he’s a nice, decent guy, and his forename suggests a certain background. Is it his accent? I could rent out my loverly brother if you like??
      (Oh and that’s a ruddy WAISTCOAT he’s wearing, to us over here! I was expecting a white string vest (undergarment) beloved of builders in my youth! What a jolly example of our nations being divided by a common language! Many laffs had, thanks! ) :)

  2. MediaB says:

    Hmmm when is TIFF exactly? He’ll be in Hamlet I think.

  3. allons-y alonso says:

    Until it broke. Batch, how does one feel about curly haired, Aussie/Uruguayan/English babies? So pretty, right?

  4. Lindy79 says:


    The Cool Britannia thing was completely and unintentionally hilarious. I think even C/D list is being extremely generous especially since the Serpentine Gallery thing was last night which made it look even worse.
    Like someone bringing a packet of digestives to a bake sale and then someone turns up with a 7 tier wedding cake.

  5. bookwormfoodie says:

    I’d hit it in a vest, out of a vest. Doesn’t really matter to me :)

  6. Beth says:

    He’s quite liberal. There’s a video of him talking politics during the protests from a couple years ago. He’s pretty while doing it, too.

  7. Lilacflowers says:

    Saw him in the vest yesterday. No, still not going to hit it, leaving him all for the rest of you while I’m busy hitting the other posh Brit actor on the other thread and helping him with American accents. i did look about yesterday to see if I could destroy those hats for you. Not neglecting my duties but the hats were nowhere to be found.

  8. Sixer says:

    The Forehead of Doom (my name for Cameron) must have forgotten to invite Gazzer the Oldman. I’m trying to think of some famous Tory sympathisers to entertain you with. Um… um… Tracy Emin. Gilbert and George. Downton’s Julian Fellowes. Simon Cowell. Um… the ginger Spice Girl. Oh! I think Helena BC and Tim Burton are pally with the Camerons.

    It really isn’t a cool bunch, is it? All the luvvies are lefties, really.

    (Although, trash talk Gilbert and George and I’ll have something to say to you).

  9. Mia4S says:

    I’d say he was born for period dress (Sherlock always dresses slightly “older”…but he looked pretty great in his future Star Trek stuff. He needs to dress past or future, not present. ;-)

  10. Katie says:

    The Cameron thing was hilarious. Very few younger celebs there, I only saw Natalie Dormer.

    He’s definitely got makeup/prosthetics on above, Kaiser. I’ve never been attracted to him (or men in general, really), so I wouldn’t hit it, but I’m definitely a fan of his talent and amused by his slightly odd personality.

  11. Jen says:

    I physically recoil every time I see his face.

  12. R says:

    I’m not sure if this site has enough posts about this guy.

  13. Janet says:

    No, no and no. He still looks like a cucumber.

  14. Jaderu says:

    Okay confession time. I have this thing where a guy just completely disgusts me and the disgust grows and grows and then suddenly something happens. It’s like they go in this circle of ugliness and come back around to attractive. I have the same thing with Steve Buscemi. I find Buscemi strangely attractive.
    This guy Benedict now. First it was complete abhorance, then it moved to disgust with his fandom. Then on to intrigue that he could have such a following. Then I was entertained by the threads here on CB about him. Now, I’m still in the stage where I’d have to put a bag over his head to hit it, but it’s progressing. We’ll see what happens. Can he pull off a Buscemi?

    • Dara says:

      While I think he could probably land a Buscemi, I’m curious if the panel of judges would think his degree of difficulty lower and thus not award a high technical score. If so, would he would have to earn more points in artistic impression for him to beat out the namesake of the maneuver?

      I too have a soft spot for Buscemi, hand me your paper bag when you no longer have need of it with BC.

  15. Patris says:

    Sherlock will return!!!
    Sherlock – #221back ‏@BBCOne
    “Miss me?” #Sherlock, the hit @BBCOne drama, will return for a Special, followed by a series of three new episodes. #221back
    Sherlock – #221back ‏@BBCOne
    Shooting on the #Sherlock special will begin in January 2015, with the series shooting later next year. #221back

    Apparently shooting LCOZ canceled and they can get it to move Hamlet, for the filming of the whole season. Benedict will remain forever Sherlock, this year he will star in two projects in the following only Sherlock. and possibly Hamlet. Thank Moffat and BBC

    • A.Key says:

      We all knew he’d return. We also knew we’d have to wait two years. So really, nothing new here. I don’t see why the BBC made such a fuss over absolutely no actual new or good news…

    • Lindy79 says:

      It still is at least 18 months away so…I don’t get why the need for a big announcement?
      We all had a feeling the new series would be sometime in 2015. They’re killing the Sherlock thing by overhyping it.

      They announced an official Sherlock convention months ago and nothing since. Given BC and MF are so busy they should have just not bothered.

    • Felice says:

      Where did you hear it was cancelled?

      • Patris says:

        I may not be correctly expressed. With this announcement about shooting Sherlock, Ben will have to sacrifice LCOZ, otherwise nothing. His schedule was fully organized, but the BBC wanted a new season for the New Year 2016. He would have to give up something, and most likely LCOZ.

      • Froop says:

        LCOZ has been moved all over the place and there isn’t a definite date in place yet. I wouldn’t write it off altogether, they’re only doing one episode, so he could do Lost City in the Spring/Summer and then Hamlet in Summer/Autumn. Then series 4 after that.

      • Patris says:

        Filming of the season should be filmed before the rehearsals of Hamlet. BBC wants the season for New Year 2016, technically they do not have time to start shooting if after Hamlet.
        The shooting season takes an average of 4 months

      • Namaat says:


        Sorry, the BBC announcements say nothing about wanting series 4 for New Year 2016. And I think we’re not going to get it. The Special, maybe (though holding it for nearly a full year seems a lot), but definitely not Series 4. I think them being vague about Series 4′s filming (while being sure enough – for now – of january) means they don’t have anything resembling a date, meaning it likely isn’t pre-Hamlet but vaguely planned after that, for the end of 2015, so a Series 4 for mid-2016 at the soonest.

        If Series 4 is set for a New Year, I’ll believe New Year 2017, because plannings get pushed back and Series 4 could be shooting in 2016, despite initially being vaguely planned in 2015 by a 2014 tweet (even an official tweet is not that reliable, in retrospect).

        But NY 2016, for more than one episode, nah, I don’t buy it. I think this Special episode is here to fill an already expected record (even for Sherlock) in waiting for the next series. A year and a halt for Series 2, two years for Series 3 (and two years were enough to have load of memes about the Sherlockians eternally waiting), and presumably two and a half or even three years for Series 4… I have a feeling that Special, breaking the wait somewhere in the middle, is the BBC going “guys, we can’t possibly make them wait for three years”.

      • Sighs says:

        This is what I was trying to get at up thread. I think they’re going to do the special, and then hope and pray everybody has an open schedule for shooting the series at the very end of the year. I would bet the earliest we would see series 4 would be summer 2016.

      • Isadora says:

        I don’t care how long I have to wait as long as they get Andrew Scott back. Moriarty! *fangirl screeching*

        Sorry, he just has the best suits in Sherlock. I like.

  16. FLORC says:

    Still nope. Even when they try to put him in seduction type of scenes in Sherlock he just comes off so asexual. Im sure he’s a perfectly nice guy, but he is not an attractive man to the heavy majority of people on this site and in the public.

    Someon keeps trying to make him happen and it’s not catching.

  17. UKBound says:

    I wish that the Benedict threads would not always start with “Would you hit it?” This seems to invite comments that some find him unattractive. I think it is rather rude to repeatedly say why you find someone not appealing. Perhaps this should be saved up for the Kardashians?

    And, since you asked, my British male obsession would indicate that he is is a sex god. He needs a good seeing to by some American women. I’m sooo glad I get to go to London in two weeks and see hundreds of English men. Yumm! ;)

    Since I have chosen Ben as my internet British sex God, I am attaching a link to him as Frankenstein. How I wish I could see this in person..

    Benedict has serious exhibitionist tendencies. If you don’t find him attractive as Sherlock, which I did not, you need to see some other movies. Star Trek and Wreckers are good. He looks completely different. Sherlock is just mean, and even with my Brit obsession, I did not find him attractive in that. Plus, the first season he was very sick.

    • TheOriginalKittenq says:

      Why would it be ok for to say negative things about a Kardashian’s physical appearance but considered “rude” when it’s Cumberbatch?

      It’s annoying when his fan base acts like Prince Cumby deserves to be exempt from criticism. You guys make it a point to shame others for having an opinion about his appearance—-on a celebrity gossip website no less.

      I love Tom Hardy but plenty of people find him unattractive and have no problem saying so on the Hardy posts.

      I don’t take offense.

      …because he’s not my boyfriend.

      Just sayin’.

      Anyway, have fun in London. It’s a great city and men out there sure know how to wear a tailored suit ;)

      • UKBound says:

        What I find mean is that people comment on how he looks, not how he is dressing. We usually comment on Kardashian and her clothes and behavior. On Cumby, it is how he was born looking.

        Thanks. I have not been to London in 3 years, so I am long overdue. :)

      • Freebunny says:

        The problem with BC is that a lot of people think that he shouldn’t be successful, that he doesn’t deserve his success and career cause he’s not classically handsome.

        People are rarely open about it in their comment but seing a non-conventionnaly beautiful actor having success seem to irritate them?

      • Janeite says:

        Hey now, not everyone makes it a point to shame others for not swooning with joy at his appearance. I don’t care. In fact, it’s become such a part of any BC thread now that I would think there were a problem if a few posters didn’t come here to say how they don’t find him attractive, don’t get his appeal, etc. I actually enjoy some of the creative names and comparisons and the random odd reaction someone has to him as I posted in another comment above.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @ Freebunny-
        Philip Seymour Hoffman
        Jack Black
        Paul Giamatti
        Steve Buscemi
        Michael Cera
        Rainn Wilson

        These are some actors off the top of my head who are not handsome and have still managed to achieve solid acting careers. Cumberbatch is not the first, nor is he the last unconventional-looking actor out there.
        ….and even then, most would agree that he’s far better-looking and in better shape than most of the guys I listed above.

        I honestly don’t think people are resentful of Cumberbatch, I simply think he has a base of fans who are over-invested and overly-sensitive.

        Maybe not every fan, but a lot of you guys tend to take it way too hard when people make critical comments about his appearance.

        I’m happy for Cumberbatch’s success-he rightfully earned it and he deserves it. But I don’t find him attractive, and I shouldn’t feel afraid to give my opinion just because he has a legion of hardcore fans who will swoop in at the slightest perceived insult against him.

      • Freebunny says:

        Very true but they didn’t/don’t have fangirls, it’s not the same thing with BC.
        I think his fans get sensitive cause they’ve read too much of “Oh no! Not him in a movie, I don’t want to vomit” or other comments like this, not here but there’s other sites. There’s also the “people who find him attractive have a problem”. Same thing, not on this site but people don’t visit only Celebitchy.
        Some people are shamed cause they don’t find him attractive but others are shamed cause they find him attractive.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        “Some people are shamed cause they don’t find him attractive but others are shamed cause they find him attractive.”

        I think I see what you’re saying here and I agree.

        FTR, I don’t mind if people find Cumby shaggable–no judgment whatsoever.
        After all, when I started watching The Shield, I developed a crush on Michael Chiklis (gross!) so I’m hardly one to judge.

      • Sighs says:

        What’s wrong with michael Chiklis? He’s not bad. I also seem to have this inexplicable thing for bald guys, though.

      • icerose says:

        Just because Benny’s charisma does not rock my boat does not mean I do not think he should have the career he has. He is a talented actor and gets offered parts on the strength of his acting not his good looks. A lot of UK of UK actors are similar. I think there is less emphasis on what you look like over here be ii romantic dramas, comedies or action films.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @sighs, and Michael Chiklis has a Boston accent. Why isn’t he in this film?

      • Sighs says:

        I know not, lilacflowers. I will write a strongly worded letter.

      • icerose says:

        Tom Hardy looked great in Tinker Tailor. He really impressed me and in a film that was full of impressive performances that takes some doing

    • sonalaceae (Nighty) says:

      Actually, I’ve started posting less because both BCs and THs threads are very defensive of them… (sorry, don’t mean to offend, just my personal opinion). One can never say anything. I like them both, they’re good actors, interesting people, but I miss certain things we used to discuss and that we don’t discuss anymore…
      I even miss the posts of people calling him alien, lizzard or otter… There was a certain playfullness around all of it, and I sense that it’s gone… sadly…
      He has a very different kind of beauty, not HW standards and I like that… But he’s not beautiful *opens eyes widely* , let’s be honest, just unique… He has this uniqueness *can we say this??* that I find appealing, but I understand perfectly why others don’t… And I’m fine with it… Why even arguing?? Why are people arguing??? As the French say: enfin…

      • SophieK says:

        *Some* (not all, but some) of BC’s fans seem extremely defensive in general regarding what is acceptable to discuss and what isn’t. I want to gossip about him, who he’s dating,etc. It’s why I came here in the first place since every other place seems to have so many rules for what you can and can’t discuss regarding Benedict and I find that annoying. It’s fun to gossip about him and he is a celebrity, last time I checked. I totally get that Ben isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I’d hit it day and night if I could be that’s just me. ;-) I love him, but I get that others don’t find him attractive. To each his own.

      • Janeite says:

        There are so many Benny threads lately that they don’t garner as many comments as would fewer threads. Seems like that’s why the TH threads always get a lot of comments because there aren’t as many of them lately.

        What do you miss that we used to discuss that we don’t discuss any more? Bring up one of those topics and we can see if it generates good discussion!

      • sonalaceae (Nighty) says:

        I miss laughing @janeite… I used to have tears rolling down my face from laughing while reading the comments, now I rarely laugh…

        I remember a comment, it was something like: “alien..blah, blah, otter, blah, blah, lizzard, blah, blah, Tom Hiddleston, blah, blah,.. now the thread is complete.. can we move on?”
        I miss the playfulness of the talks, people not getting all riddle up… no theme in particular, just people’s ability to laugh and criticize and still adore /hate him.. but with a certain amount of respect…

        Even the comments bashing him sounded funnier… maybe it’s just me who’s got tired… could be..

        @Sophie , agreed..

      • Sighs says:

        I’m of the opinion that sometimes I see him, and I think holy hell yes. Then other times it’s totally alien/lizard king all the way. It seems to be 50/50 on any given day. And I miss all the funny banter as well. That’s the best part of these threads.

      • M.A.F. says:

        @sonalaceae (Nighty)-I totally understand what you are saying about the old BC & TH threads. I was going through the old TH threads the other day & it seems all of last year we were ripping him apart in a way one would rip at their friend, same way w/BC. Just like you said “people’s ability to laugh and criticize and still adore /hate him.. but with a certain amount of respect… ”
        Some where the mood changed & it hasn’t been the same (or as Tumblr likes to say, we all became “nannies” ).

      • sonalaceae (Nighty) says:

        @M.A.F you understood me… Yey!!! :D

      • Jane says:

        SophieK, I agree with you! I would “hit it” 24/7 if I could, but I get that some people find him unattractive. No big deal. To each his own or as my Nana used to say, “If everyone liked the same thing, then everyone would want my husband!”

      • Clairewobble says:

        I am a big BC fan and a long time lurker here. I love reading the comments of celebitchy girls because I find them so funny and witty. I don’t care if some of you guys ridicule BC. Some of you likes the Hiddles or TH but both of them I don’t find attractive so to each his own. However, recently, I find the comments less funny. Some people who used to make really funny comments, stopped posting which is a shame. I felt like BC’s celebitchy thread has been infiltrated by people who post on “other boards” or his fans who are so defensive of him and over sensitive. I am a fan too but it I cringe every time some fan or tumblr girl defend him or go snarky to those who criticize his life, work or GF. I want to tell them, you don’t know BC, he’s a grown man, he doesn’t need defending, you are not his publicist. Well, I just want the old celebitchy back!!

      • From North of Boston says:

        I miss reading about the adventure of Drunk Uncle Cumby. (I was lurking in those days)

      • sonalaceae (Nighty) says:

        @From North to Boston …OH, the DUC stories…. always so hilarious….
        Just decided to listen to Gladys Night – The way we were….


    • reba says:

      I find him so completely unattractive that I can hardly resist the urge to come here and say that the answer to the question that is again in the title of the piece, the infamous ‘would you hit it’ is NO, NO and NO.

      So I totally agree with UK Bound in this statement:
      “I wish that the Benedict threads would not always start with “Would you hit it?” This seems to invite comments that some find him unattractive.”

      I was so happy when the question was not being asked but here it is again. Anyway, it sure seems to get people riled up! Maybe that’s the idea, LOL.

    • From North of Boston says:

      “I wish that the Benedict threads would not always start with “Would you hit it?” ”

      They don’t *always* start that way, but there have been quite a few that have, and several already about him in the 70′s/80′s get up. I’m a fan and would absolutely hit it, but it does get a bit repetitive, and dredges up the same conversations again and again. Whereas when posters aren’t responding to that particular YES/NO question, the conversations seem to take a more interesting turn.

      Kaiser should do a little experiment….skip the “Would you hit it?” lead ins on the Cumberbatch threads for a month or so, and see what happens to the comment counts/hit counts. If they don’t go down, maybe she can mix it up a bit more :-)

  18. Encumbered says:

    Benedict’s physical attributes are not classically Hollywood-handsome, but there is so much more to him than his outward appearance, what he wears, who he associates with, what he eats, etc. (as with all of us). He has an internal beauty that radiates, a caring and kind soul, a deep intellect, a devotion to his craft and, most importantly, cherishes and protects those he holds dear. To disparage his “looks” seems shallow when he is so very much more including being what we all should strive to be–simply a good person. Isn’t that all that really matters at the end of the day?

    • JulK says:

      I have always been puzzled by BC ( and TH for that matter) venturing in PR campaigns that involved “sexiest man alive” and hearthrob personas. This will open them up to shallow criticism and maybe subtract from what really matters.

      He is one of the greatest actors in his generation. Daniel Day Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons (though I personally think he is hot) are not renowned for their looks nor were they ever on those lists. They also never need them and they are some of the greatest actors around.

      I think BC should apply the Fassbender approach and move from PR related events and let his work speak for itself.

      • OhDear says:

        I don’t think that BC really went for the heartthrob status PR route; from what I’ve read about him here he seems very “wait…what? Umm…ok, sure, why the hell not” (meaning befuddled but accepting) about his appeal.

      • icerose says:

        @Julk I think you are right about both actors. I do not think either of them chose that route but both Sherlock and Loki gave them a fan base which went down that route and the media and their PR to some degree capitalise on it. It happens with the actors who play DR Who. Both Tennant and Matt were respected actors prior to Who but they got swept up in the fan base. Tennant is now putting it behind him and is doing some great work in a quiet way. I do hope both of them pull back at some point and just get on with being the great actors they are.

      • Chris says:

        Ah now….Alan Rickman. I would drop everything for him. (Particularly when in Snape rig). Different generation really, but who’s counting? Phwoar, etc.
        (Atention Shakespearoes: prob old news but, it being the big anniversary Bard year, stage performances are being transmitted live, all over the place all year. There’s bound to be a website or link with a schedule).

      • Isadora says:

        Let’s not forget that Fassbender has done his fair share of magazine photo shoots, “sexy roles” and that his fanbase loves him also because he is hot as hell. Even people like Charlize Theron and George Clooney were talking about his sexiness and certain body parts. ;-) I think he comes from another direction as someone like Cumberbatch who has quite some acting chops but not this potential for being the sexy hunk. So his PR has to be a bit different too, I guess? He and TH rely on their internet fame like Fassbender never had to, imho. But I think TH tries to go the Fassbender route lately. BC thankfully always stayed away from twitter, not sure what his PR plan for the future is though. Personally I enjoyed the flower show thing, I like flowers *g*. And Wanda.

        And I hope all three end up like DDL, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman or Jeremy Irons. (On a sidenote: Jeremy Irons’ son is pretty hot, if I may say so. I don’t know if he can act though.)

    • What'sUp says:

      You know he doesn’t read these right?

    • reba says:

      I certainly agree.
      I just wanna say that asking ‘would you hit it’ doesn’t refer to how good a person he is, it refers to ‘here is a hunk in a vest’. So that invites comments about a person’s appearance and how sexual he looks. I personally would prefer not to be asked whether I would “hit” “it”. But that’s just me. And a few other people here.

    • icerose says:

      @Encumbered I think it really depends on how you see him. Sometimes I quite enjoy his films and interviews but there are times when he can be pompous, pushy and irritating more like a moose than an otter. I think sometimes people find it difficult when he is put on a pedestal. I know do but it comes and goes. I know other people who use to like him but the media focus and some of his fans can put you off. The same can be true of Hiddles. I just find it less irritating than the Benny bandwagon but I recognise that for others it works the other way.It does not mean I do not respect his acting or think he should have a career.

  19. Maria of MD says:

    You can see some of that facial scarring someone mentioned that he got while performing Frankenstein in London.

  20. Patris says:

    Today and tomorrow the last days of filming Ben in Black Mass, what next?

  21. UKBound says:

    JulK: I don’t think he volunteers for the sexiest man alive campaigns. I do think it is a bit of a career mistake to pose for Vogue and other glamour shots. I think it detracts a bit from his talent. Although I like looking at them. I do think he is an amazing actor. I also think he is sexy as heck, but I also love English men and smart men.

    I do not find Brad Pitt and George Clooney type men attractive. I like brainy men. I do not think he would be getting on all the hotty lists if he did not seem to be so gentle and kind. There are enough good looking actors in Hollywood. They are not approachable though and are probably far from intellectual. He is looking quite worn out lately. I think he has adrenal fatigue.

    • From North of Boston says:

      ” I do think it is a bit of a career mistake to pose for Vogue and other glamour shots. I think it detracts a bit from his talent. ”

      I think it’s actually a good thing for him to do some of them…especially if they are well styled. In some them, he’s looked very classically handsome/sexy (If I’ve been truly able to take my “fan goggles” off), which I think helps to counteract the pale-otter/alien/lizard image that sometimes floats around. Not just for the public, but I wonder if it impacts casting agents/producers as well. For example, if a writer/director wants to cast him for something non-Sherlocky, non-period, more mainstream, if they can point to a photo from a well-styled Esquire, Vogue*, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ photoshoot where he looks the part, they might have an easier go of it than they would have just saying “trust us, he’s a chameleon, he really can play a more mainstream handsome look” I think playing Khan may have helped in that regard as well.

      * the Vogue one I’m on the fence about, because there was some wonky photoshopping in some of those photos. And the one from People where he was in the top hat and tails was just odd…even he seemed uncomfortable about it.

      • Felice says:

        I thought he looked lovely in the chair photo in Vogue. But yes, it was tumblr famous level photoshopping. I like the Esquire photos a lot too. I’m sure if producers saw his photos, they will see he’s not a ‘nobody’ or something like that. I’m not really sure how it works though.

  22. Kazlock 1307 says:

    Newbie here.Hi!Trawled through loads of BC pages to find his mystery girlfriend.But do far I’ve found no real information. He is usually quite up front when he dates someone.Find it quite odd that he should be cagey now.

    • Raven says:

      That’s because there is no mystery girlfriend. He’s been travelling nonstop around the globe since November and admitted to being single at that time. Over the past few months, he’s been seen out with multiple women, most of whom seem to be friends. The only sources claiming he has a mystery girlfriend are a bottom-tier gossip site who appears to have woven the rumor out of thin air (“inside sources” my arse), and a PBS producer misquoted by a gossip column who never even mentioned the word girlfriend and seems to have been referring to a matchmaking conversation she had with him a year or two ago. Everyone picked up on those two sources and went wild for god only knows what reason. I can’t believe this man has a girlfriend unless it is something super, super casual.

      • Kazlock 1307 says:

        There was a comment on another thread from someone in London who claimed it wsd common knowledge that BC was dating Kinvara Balfour. I got the impression they were just long time friends. She comes across as being self centred and cold.My inner fangirl is reeling at the thought of BC going there!

      • Jessi says:

        Hi Kaz…I think you’ll find a lot of us share your general opinion of her! And FWIW I don’t think they are an item either.

      • Raven says:

        Kaz, most people here would agree with you on both points. Welcome to the board.

      • UKBound says:

        FWIW, if I were him, I would not tell anyone who I was dating. He needs to keep things private. I looked at that Kinvara Balfour and I don’t see what is wrong with her. Of course, she is upper class, but you can’t fault her for that. I looked quickly at a youtube interview and she seemed pretty nervous. I found a pic of him with her from several years ago, so she looks like a good friend. She’s very pretty and if they are together, she must be nice. :)

        If I were him, I would be glad there is gossip I’m seeing someone. It might calm down some of the crazy fans. I would also want people to stop speculating about my love life. I think he will keep it under his hat..

    • MissMary says:

      @Kazlock 1307: I’d take those “it’s common knowledge” things with a huge serving of salt. I’ve read on sites that it’s “common knowledge” he’s gay, he’s asexual, he’s hiring escorts, he’s pining for Olivia, he’s dating Tertius Bune/Zachary Quinto/Alice Eve/his own PR person Karon… Common knowledge as presented on gossip and fan sites tends to only be common knowledge for the person posting it lol.

      • Kazlock 1307 says:

        MissMary ,I think it was another thread on CB.From a picture taken at the Malaysian Gran Prix. Really hoping they are just friends.In interviews and appearance’s she seems very shallow and self centres.Terrible name dropper.

      • SophieK says:

        @Kazlock 1307 They didn’t look like a couple to me from those pics and I’m with you. I hope that if Ben has hooked up with someone, it’s someone other than her.

        I’m a noob here too, so welcome! :-D

      • MissMary says:

        @Kazlock: They’ve been friends since he was with Olivia and often seen together at “high society” or “seen and be seen” type events but no “common knowledge” of them dating as far as anyone has ever stated in the media, etc. Think of it this way: If it were “common knowledge,” then why all the “omg he has a mystery gf!” b.s. that lower-rung sites try to make float every few months, esp after he’s been “quiet” for a while? *shrug*

      • Janeite says:

        MissMary and Kazlock,
        The same goes for any comment including the phrase,”It has been well documented that….” That one always makes me cringe!

      • MissMary says:

        @Janeite: omg, me too! Usually because it’s just “well documented” by tumblr pages and “I have a friend who saw X kissing a gf/bf omg!” that takes off like wildfire!

      • Janeite says:

        LOL, yes!!! One person will state an opinion, people will debate it, and some people will agree with it. And next thing you know, it’s “well documented!”

  23. From North of Boston says:

    I’ve yet to see a pic of Johnny Depp from this shoot that doesn’t freak me out. I can’t tell yet if the makeup/styling is really good or really bad. (I think it’s the bald cap/wig combo that is making his head seem oddly proportioned. And the contact lens,which look a bit demonic. I’m hoping it’s one of those things that looks odds in candids, but is going to look great on film (like some of the costuming for STiD, or Crimson Peak)
    And the particular photo here made it even worse, because when I clicked to enlarge it, it opened in some weird ratio thing that made his face really long and skinny. I think Whitey Bulger can look really creepy in pics, because he is pretty evil and creepy, but this was like The Shining level of creepy.

    • Isadora says:

      I think it’s odd that Johnny Depp looks so heavily made up and BC hardly at all. I can’t really judge as I haven’t even heard of the Bulger brothers before this movie but in pictures they might not look like twins, but they were only 5 years apart, I think? JD and BC in these set shots don’t only look like they have far more years between them, they look like from different planets. Didn’t Billy Bulger have whitish hair too? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think BC looks much nicer as Gingerbatch, but for the sake of the role… shouldn’t they have gotten him at least a wig or something?

      And in this 80s outfits he does indeed look a bit like Dennis Quaid to me. I want to see “The Day After Tomorrow” again which was spectacularly bad but funny. *g*

  24. Pastor says:

    All those who call Benedict posh boy should shut up.
    Information from the well-known blog

    He worked for five months as a clerk in Penhaligon’s (the perfumery) while saving up for his gap year, and worked for two years as a waiter for a Bristol caterer called Hedgehog Pie while trying to find acting work.

  25. Kazlock 1307 says:

    Jessi and Raven,Thankyou for the welcome.Came across this page by accident.Glad I did.First time I’ve ever commented on anything!Just need to get used to using the board.Total newbie.So sorry in advance if I cock up x

  26. CiteANDCited says:

    Yes. And YES I would still do Benedict. But I would ask that the prosthetic cheeks be taken off.
    Please Make Up Artists refrain from putting jowls on Benedict til he’s at least late 60s.

  27. Lilacflowers says:

    Batten down the hatches! Hurricane Arthur is headed BC’s way! But first: 4th of July a day early, road closings, massive crowds, the Boston Pops and the Beach Boys, fireworks, and total insanity. Hold onto your Benedict!

  28. Kazlock 1307 says:

    Hi guys.Not sure if this is allowed, but new to this.Has there been any sightings of Benedict with any women recently?The most recent I can see is the posh totty (Kinvera Balfour).Who,I think is an old friend.

    • MissMary says:

      Uh, no? Some gossip columnist in Boston said he took a date to Sonsie but that was never verified and some native Bostonians here on CB said the columnist is not good at her job, etc–widely interpreted this “sighting” to be him out with a friend/just standing near a woman/in the same ten mile radius as a woman. He’s been seen with female friends and companions frequently over the past year or so but no verified girlfriend.

      • Kazlock 1307 says:

        Thankyou MissMary. There seems to have been a few reports of a mystery girlfriend floating about,but the only pictures seem to be of the women from his circle of friends.Still have my fingers crossed he isn’t dating KB.Caught an interview she did at a fashion event.She was so into herself!

      • MissMary says:

        It’s pretty doubtful (at least imho) he’s dating her… she’s not exactly shy about name dropping and I’d bet she’d be dropping his name left, right, and center if they were together in any serious way.

        I think “mystery lover” claims are things gossip rags like to float to see if a celeb/the celeb’s PR will confirm or deny any sort of relationship anywhere.

      • Old Enough says:

        I’m not sure Benedict is rich enough for KB. She seems to have very expensive tastes. It will be a long time if ever before he is in the big money earning leagues. Hollywood is not so generous with the multimillion dollar paychecks anymore.

  29. Joanie says:

    It’s crazy to see how completely the Cumbercheekbones can be subdued. I want to pinch those new fat cheeks!

  30. Kazlock 1307 says:

    Mm..she would definatly be telling everyone if there was something going on.The pictures of them don’t appear like they are,more as if friends who are in a group.

  31. Kazlock 1307 says:

    Hi.I’d just like to wish you all a wonderful 4th of July.

  32. anon says:

    Hi all and Happy 4th. My take on the Lady K question – if it was on, then I don’t see how Benedict would have gotten away with going to the Met Gala without her being present somewhere. She is in fashion after all.

  33. pushkar says:

    He is bloody gorgeous…I would…lovely bloke too by all accounts, saw him running on the Heath once and he smiled at everyone. He is definately left wing, I am pretty sure he called Cameron fat faced and flatuent in an interview, In fact Sherlock the show is very anti Tory, it was written about over here, if you look closely at newspaper headlines that flash up in the show there is usually a small column having a dig at some Tory issue going on in London. Also Gatiss, Sue Vertue, Amanda Abbingdon and Louise Brealey are on Twitter regularly condemning our government.

    • Kazlock 1307 says:

      Pushkar,I’m pretty sure he demonstrated against the government cuts in Arts and NHS.Very outspoken against Cameron.Which surprises people,considering his background. But his mum is from “humble” beginnings I believe.
      Anon,I agree.Another page I posted on says they have been friends for almost 20 years and she is involved in his production company. I’m busily thinking of an ideal woman for him……Me! xx