Benedict Cumberbatch: ‘I’ve done smart. I haven’t done much sexy, really’

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I’m quietly preparing myself for the possibility that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter could suddenly elope over the holidays. Do you think that’s a legit possibility? Or does Sophie want a big society wedding? Or maybe that’s what Bendy wants? But what does Harvey Weinstein want?! Anyway, Bendy and Sophie are probably going to be all over LA in January, because Benedict has gotten Best Actor nominations in every major awards show. He’ll be at the Golden Globes, the SAGs, the Critics Choice and more. I’m assuming Sophie will be on his arm the whole time, because… why not? Meanwhile, there are still some interviews with Bendy for TIG, like this one with The National. Benedict once again talks about how he would really like to play “sexy” and do a romantic comedy. Some highlights:

He doesn’t just play geniuses: He says he’s played “pretty dull, ordinary” people. “Let’s say us. I’ve done us, versions of me and you,” he says.

He likes characters who are puzzles to be solved: “Maybe that’s a fair one. Maybe I do. I think for the reasons people are attracted to those characters, as well. You can never fully understand them. There’s always a certain amount of enigma or mystery to them.”

TIG the film: “…Is about trying to celebrate differences because of the tragedies that can occur when you destroy the people who aren’t like you”.

He’s not a Sherlock-level genius: “Steven Moffat is the brain. I just say it fast.”

Playing Alan Turing: “I’m not stupid but I’m not that smart. So I can at least lend something of that within the performance, like maybe the alacrity of thought, making fast connections. But when you actually start talking about the language he used to get to those stunning conclusions, you might as well ask me to write my name in Mandarin.”

His career dream: “I’ve done evil. I’ve done good. I’ve done smart. I haven’t done much sexy, sexy, really. I know Sherlock’s some people’s cup of tea. I’d like to do a romantic comedy. I really would.”

[From The National]

I mean… I could see Benedict as a romantic lead, but then again, I’m a long-time Cumberbitch. I think he would be absolutely charming in, say, a Richard Curtis-written posh-Englishman-meets-a-tough-talking-American-broad romantic comedy. I could dream-cast the hell out of that! I wouldn’t put him with someone like Reese Witherspoon though. I would put him with Mindy Kaling. And it would be HOT. And funny.

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  1. gg says:

    Oh honey those two are never gonna get married. Don’t worry

    • PunkyMomma says:

      The body language says it all. Yikes. A couple of mannequins.

    • Angie says:

      How nannies can “feel sooooooo happy for them” and believe “they are soooooo in love with each other” and think “they make a lovely couple” when looking at the 2nd picture is far beyond me.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Not just that picture, pretty much any picture of them.
        They’d marginally upped their game by the BFAs.

      • Angie says:

        That one is extremely embarrassing, I have to say, nice job Kaiser !

        It hurts to see the pic of them and many of B, every time I click on a new thread just have to jump to the comments asap.

      • Claire says:

        ^glad to know i’m not the only one

      • Mrs.No says:

        If you want to see a red carpet done right (plus actually looking like you are in love with your SO), I point you in the direction of Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis….after more than seven years, if I might add…. not this whateveritis.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I would run to a rom com with Cumby and Mindy!

  3. 'P'enny says:

    *bangs head*

    I think a quickie wedding is defo on the cards.

  4. katren says:

    I guess because he’s not sexy?

  5. Coco says:

    Can he just shut up, already?

  6. Hazel says:

    I don’t think I could buy him as a romantic lead as he’s really ugly

    • MissMary says:

      IDK–people drool over Benecio del Toro and I think he’s ugly as a homemade mud fence, but people are gaga about how sexy he is. So takes all kinds…

      • Hazel says:

        I think Benicio is haggard right now but he still looks hotter than Benedict, who looks like a malformed lizard.

      • Saks says:

        But Benicio has sex appeal and looks very manly. Benedict is not good looking and he looks so delicate (that’s not sexy at all). Although at the end that is subjective, but in my opinion, I dont think he could pull off a sexy character….

      • Janet says:

        I always thought he looks like a cucumber, but now you mention it, there is something kind of reptilian-looking about him.

      • Lindy79 says:

        I confess, I found him attractive in License to Kill

    • moodgirl says:

      Wrong site. If he is so ugly why click on the subject to see a person you feel is so unattractive? Why waste your time?

      • Ciru says:

        Because all opinions are allowed and no one should be policed?

      • moodgirl says:

        I wouldn’t go on IMDB and trash talk SH. I know you know what IMDB is.

        As I said before I wouldn’t waste my time logging on to a site for someone I wasn’t interested in unless, of course, that was my goal. Nannies.

    • Beth says:

      I’ll lump Benicio del Toro together with Javier Bardem; they’re not exactly stunning looks-wise but have a very manly, magnetic charm, even unctuous sometimes (as Bardem’s character was in the movie Vicky Christina Barcelona).

      Bendy is (to me) not masculine, and his charm is of the more geeky, goofy type. That’s why I can’t see him in a standard rom-com; to me he’s not the guy who’ll sweep you off your feet a la Ryan Gosling in The Notebook. I can however imagine him as the nerdy, quiet one who finally wins the girl through sheer persistence/ heart of gold/ declaring his love in a sickly sweet way/ insert other romantic movie cliches here.

    • Janet says:

      Yuck, those squinty little eyes… *shudder*

  7. Lilacflowers says:

    Can otters be sexy? Even to other otters?

  8. Sunflower says:

    And I was worried we wouldn’t get a thread today….

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Does the sun rise in the East?

    • Marcy says:

      Me too. I was here earlier and didn’t see a BC thread and thought “the streak is broken”…

      • vauvert says:

        Whew! This morning I did not a Ben thread and was going into withdrawal. Leave home for a manicure, LO and behold, here it is.
        You know, at this point I actually think they will marry, and that this is legit. (I know, I know, I switched sides here… Still not believing a grand romance or anything, but unless he is a complete idiot, after going all over the place talking about his happiness with the comet, how could he not?) Still not sure how and why he settled on her, but hope for him that it turns out well either way and that he just gets back to acting more and campaigning less soon. Really no need for more info at this point but he is good for daily snark, so not really complaining.

      • Soothy says:

        But that talk of happiness was far, far from natural.

      • Claire says:

        Surely he wouldn’t be the first celeb to declare his love publicly in such an over the top manner only to break off the relationship/engagement. Just because those comments stand out to us doesn’t mean it will to the public at large. Most people haven’t read or heard it and don’t care.

        When you put things in perspective, all this TWILTWIPT and “my ever more” nonsense isn’t exactly jumping on Oprah’s couch.

      • moodgirl says:

        Isn’t “forever more” speech the intellectual version of Tom C. Jumping on the couch?

    • Kiddo says:

      Caiserbatch will never allow us to go without. She is a merciful overlord championing the Curled Comet Corraller in all of his Chicanery and Cheekiness.

  9. Beth says:

    I can’t really see him in a romantic comedy either. I hate rom-coms; and to me his face is too intellectual-looking, too period drama, and too divisive and compelling to be rom-com friendly. For rom-coms I tend to associate actors with a more generic handsome / easy-on-the-eye / eye candy face, instead of someone who reminds me of math class.

    He may do well in more cerebral romantic films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

    OT but I thought Mandarin is the spoken language and not the written form? I remember someone explaining it to me that way, as in speak Mandarin, but write in Chinese.

    • j says:

      it’s kinda confusing, but written Chinese is usually based on Mandarin so yeah you can say Chinese or Mandarin for the written form

      • Gracie says:

        I am Chinese; this is definitely a strange way of putting it to me. I get what he’s trying to say. But… it’s a bit like someone asks you what you had for dinner, you have to specify you tasted garlic in your lemon chicken. Okay, I suppose he’s nothing if not… specific.

    • Janet says:

      There are two main varieties of Chinese, Cantonese and Mandarin. Cantonese is spoken in southern China and Hong Kong, and Mandarin is spoken everywhere else. The two languages don’t sound alike and usually Cantonese and Mandarin speakers can’t understand each other. But written Chinese is the same in both dialects, so when a Cantonese speaker meets a Mandarin speaker, they can communicate very well in writing.

  10. scarf girl says:

    Kinda dread January

  11. KinChicago says:

    Love Mindy Kaling!

  12. Lindy79 says:

    Would it not be really odd if he just eloped over Christmas given the announcement was only 5 weeks ago and they’re only together 6 months and hardly look swept up in love which is what you normally associate with a whirlwind romance type thing. Like the whole relationship was on a PR timeline.

    He was great in Starter for Ten but he wants the lead now not the goofy best pal/comedy sidekick. I maintain I’d like to see him in a Veep/Thick of It style thing.

    • Lucifer says:

      I m really dreading the elopement. Someone already tweeted uncle harvey calling it a fauxmance.

      • moodgirl says:

        Huh?

      • Lucifer says:

        elopement of BC and Sodious.About the tweet I mentioned it in the previous thread, some woman tweeted to Hervey’s verified twitter account multiple times caling the engagement a FARCE.

      • alice says:

        Then this would be the perfect time to end it. You know, all the animosity is getting to the delicate, noble beauty and she feels she is damaging Ben’s career, so everything is being put on hold. Then maybe, sympathy vote kicks in. Win, win.

        But seriously, does anyone really believe he’s stupid enough to marry a snobbish, snotty woman who treats Karon, who has been with him for ages, and Emily, his PA and NIECE, as servants. and she does it on the red carpet, in front of cameras. Can you imagine what she’s like in private?? I can’t believe he’d be pressured into a marriage with someone like her. Surely, his family can see her behavior and not condone it. I know he’s a grown man, but Wanda, Karon, Emily and Tim need to stage an intervention.

      • moodgirl says:

        It is one thing to discuss things amongst each other but why would someone go so far as to tweet The Weinstein Company? What did she think she was going to accomplish but to make an ass out of herself. Come on, why are people so crazy? In the end it is no one’s business but theirs. Grow up.

      • moodgirl says:

        “But seriously, does anyone really believe he’s stupid enough to marry a snobbish, snotty woman who treats Karon, who has been with him for ages, and Emily, his PA and NIECE, as servants.”

        Yes.

      • solanaceae (Nighty) says:

        Oh, they’re getting married,definitely… either for settling down or save face (if it’s a PR stunt), but they’re getting married..

        Whatever, with so many posts, kinda losing interest…. a taddy bit… :P

      • Claire says:

        Well if they’re tweeting Harvey, i hope someone’s matching that senyorita’s nuttiness and tweeting his friends with that red carpet footage.

        Yes I serve cold.

      • Claire says:

        I really don’t get some of the commenters on here, one minute saying they’re definitely eloping like they have a crystal ball, and in the next expressing disbelief that anyone thinks they’ll marry.

        Ditto for those who think anyone who is sane marries “to save face”.

      • alice says:

        Bite your tongue moodgirl. And Claire, I’ve never thought they would actually marry. I mean, it would definitely be a big step up for her, but he would be lowering himself. A terrible actress, terrible director, snob, bah!

      • moodgirl says:

        @claire – I go back and forth. When I see his face and look at the evidence I say no, he would never marry her. Then I think about the hole he has dug for himself with all the marketing involved and I just don’t see how he is going to avoid marrying her.

        Especially considering how insecure he is. Is he going to eat the criticism if he doesn’t follow through. I would be so insecure I would marry her and just divorce later but that’s my insecurity talking. I just don’t know how he can get out of it AS MUCH AS I WANT HIM TO.

      • alice says:

        @moodgirl There’s no reason to eat criticism. Many engagements don’t lead to marriage. That’s why I keep saying just prolong the engagement and drift apart, either because their schedules kept them apart(somebody can manufacture something for SH)or they found they had different goals in life or some such excuse. They’ll always care for each other, but it just didn’t work out, yada, yada, yada. Johnny Depp used to get engaged to every other woman he met and it never led to marriage. And I don’t know how that unlucky in love label got attached to BC. He was involved with OP from his early twenties to his mid thirties(longer than some marriages), then had a year long with AJ. Dated casually since then. Sounds like he was doing okay until this mess with Miss Rod Up Her Bum started.

      • moodgirl says:

        Yeah, his luck ran out when he got involved with SH.

      • Claire says:

        I think it’s unfair to anyone to say they ran out of luck with a partner. Most men I know have at least one “crazy ex” (with crazy being anything from controlling to erratic to high maintenance or truly sick). Here’s to hoping she’s his first and last.

    • Beth says:

      Oh I forgot Starter for 10! He was great as the bitchy debate team captain.

      Sorry Bendy you’re not exactly sexy to me, but you make a great nerd. :D

  13. Allison says:

    I am lighting a candle to the movie genie gods right now for the Mindy Kaling/ Bendy movie.

  14. Beth says:

    I haven’t watched too many Bendy TV and movies but the only actress I recall him having chemistry with, is the wonderful Rebecca Hall. They played an antagonistic couple in Parade’s End, but they were great together, even in the scenes in which she was side-eyeing and taunting him. Her proud monologue in the bedroom scene when she visits him at the Belgian war front (or was it France) was hot.

    • Lucifer says:

      I’ll give 90% credit of that to rebecca hall. she is downright GORG!!

      • Beth says:

        Yes fully agree! She was so sexy in that show even when – hell, ESPECIALLY when – she was being an utter bitch to Tietjens. She slays in every scene.

        In that bedroom scene as she was telling Chrissy how repressed she was, you could see Bendy’s Chrissy sitting on the bed getting increasingly hot and bothered until he finally grabs and kisses her. I nearly threw my cushion at the TV screen when the soldier interrupted them. :D

      • Lucifer says:

        really that scene was HOT.. i dint notice the chrissy I’LL do right NOW

      • Andrea says:

        Fantastic miniseries! i can see him in more those types of miniseries/films over a romcom. Colin Firth ala Bridget Jones he is not.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Rebecca Hall was fantastic in that series. But through the whole thing, I kept thinking what does either one of these fabulous women see in that guy?

      • Andrea says:

        He was smart and closed off, who doesn’t want someone like that?

      • Beth says:

        In the books (if I recall correctly) Sylvia wasn’t really in love with Chrissy; she schemed to win him back in order to assert her superiority over him. In the TV adaptation they softened Sylvia to make her a more sympathetic character.

        Chrissy was also less irritating in the book, and had more spine. In book form the reader gets more access to his inner thoughts and rationale for his sometimes inexplicable actions, which I imagine is difficult to dramatise and translate onscreen. There is so much which is not in the dialogue.

        But the Chrissy in the TV series is insufferable and annoying as hell. I can’t stand him. I don’t blame Bendy for this though; it was the difficulty of adapting the book to TV when so much of his character is revealed through his inner thoughts (which you do not see onscreen) rather than his actions. The book also explains in fuller detail the societal conventions, taboos and strictures of the time so it makes Chrissy’s decisions more understandable.

      • Lu says:

        Beth, I recall that in the books she had a strong sexual feeling toward him at times that was inflamed by his indifference/inaction toward her. It was mostly a need to conquer him, in my opinion. She resented him for being so steady and ox-like, always doing the proper thing, and not falling at her feet. So I don’t think she was in love with him, but she was determined to get his attention and “bring him to heel,” get a reaction out of him so she could break him, and similar things. I mean, both characters were more complex than that, as you know, but I think she did want him in that way, while despising him and hating herself for wanting him at all.

      • Beth says:

        @Lu

        Yep, agree with your take. As you put it, Sylvia desired Chrissy as a manifestation of her need to “conquer” him.

        I so wanted Chrissy and Sylvia to end up together. Yes they are screwed up and incompatible, but still. Sylvia was a fascinating character (I much prefer her to Valentine who was too bland for my liking). I love how Ford Maddox Ford described Sylvia as “floating” whenever she moves, like in a haughty yet lackadaisical manner.

      • moodgirl says:

        Didn’t she want someone to take care of her and her yet to be born child?

      • Beth says:

        @moodgirl

        Yep Sylvia was pregnant and she didn’t know whether her child was Tietjens’ or another man’s (Gerald Drake I think). As for “taking care”; her family was rich and could provide for the child but she needed marriage to avoid the shame of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy and the child being labelled a bastard. Tietjens did the “right thing” and married her (he did have sex with her after all).

        But she resented Chrissy for being inert to her through their marriage. Especially when she had plenty of other men falling at her feet; the only one she couldn’t conquer was her husband.

      • Lu says:

        @Beth –I’ve never been able to figure out how it happened with the baby. It seemed in the filmed version that Sylvia was already pregnant and sort of jumped Tietjens in the railway carriage (with his consent) in order to entrap him. I think he even said as much. But I don’t remember it being explained in the book, so I don’t know what we are to think. Was it really possible that such a thing would have happened in those days, especially involving someone like Christopher? It is difficult to imagine that he would have sex in a railway carriage at the drop of a hat with someone he just met, especially a “lady.”

        I didn’t like many things about Stoppard’s screenplay, btw, though it’s got to have been a really difficult thing to adapt. I didn’t like the addition of the tree symbol, for one thing, and to me some of the key characterizations weren’t there, especially of Valentine. His two stupid, awful friends were appropriately stupid and awful, though. The social climbers, I mean.

    • Lu says:

      Oh, wow, I’m in the minority here. I thought Rebecca Hall was a terrible actress in PE and am not a fan of her looks, but then I didn’t really like Parade’s End that much. (I didn’t like Bendy’s performance much, either.)

  15. OSTONE says:

    I don’t care if he has done smart and not sexy. But can he please do quiet?! As in stfu already?

  16. MissMary says:

    1.) On the off chance the universe was wrong and they married, a “quickie” wedding isn’t in the cards b/c UK laws make it difficult due to requirements for posted announcements (NOT Banns… I’m talking go to your local registrar and announce intent and have it on file for at least 15 days in advance, and the notice is publicly available if anyone wants to go to the office and check. Which you KNOW tabs have been doing at any possible office they can think of. But there’s not going to be a wedding.)

    2.) I’d love to see him in a comedy with Rebel Wilson. something dry and deadpan.

    3.) And there’s his game. He wants romantic lead, as a lot of us have suggested with this PR crap, and it’s not going to play in Peoria because he can’t even sell this showmance.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I don’t think paps would even have to do much investigating. Do you honestly think that even if this whole thing was genuine, that TWC or even his PR wouldn’t at least leak the date.
      ER showed that even if they have the date and venue, you can still keep everything under wraps, (I am praying they don’t sell the pictures!)

      • MissMary says:

        All this, Lindy.

      • Lu says:

        You know, @Lindy, you just gave me a thought when you asked that. I thought to myself, “Do you honestly think that IF this whole thing were genuine and there were an actual ‘how we met’ story or anything to tell about their supposed relationship, Uncle Harvey and co. wouldn’t have him spouting choice tidbits about it from time to time rather than issuing these generic I LOVE HER SO MUCH FOREVERMORE things?”

      • Claire says:

        So Lu, you’re saying this whole farce wasn’t HW’s idea but his own, to sell the movie, or advance his career?

        Plausible. Probable. It makes more sense than HW at this point though i’m sure HW recognises BC’s game well.

      • Lu says:

        @Claire: No. I’m saying that if there were anything like that to spout—i.e., if there were a real relationship that would have yielded actual anecdotes they could shill for PR—then Harvey would have been all over it, making BC drag out the cute tidbits when asked about his engagement. But there aren’t any, so we get the non-information about the “incredible woman/I’m very lucky/miracle we met in this way.”

      • moodgirl says:

        They lack a backstory that all couples have, like how they met. ALL couples love to talk about how they met. BC has never mentioned how these two got together, he only talks about how busy each of them were so it’s a miracle they met. Doesn’t sound right.

    • j says:

      this is old, from tiff?

      anyhow, @ missmary, I think he wants anything other than what he’s been typecast as. I don’t think he’s getting other types of offers, and he’s mentioned comedy in general frequently.

      • MissMary says:

        J: Yeah, I think it’s from Tiff but it still shows where he wants to take his brand and possible motivation (from himself? from HW?) for a showmance… And I think he’d be great in a comedy (he’s shown he has comedic timing and ability!) but I think he’s pigeonholed right now… Maybe that’s why he’s taking so many voiceover roles lately?

    • Lucifer says:

      HAHAHAHA. missmarry spot on like always..
      After this GAG show no one will hire him as romantic lead. He is no Hugh grant lookwise

      • MissMary says:

        He’s said in the past he doesn’t want to do a “bumbling Englishman” like Grant (which is Grant’s bread and butter role), and I can’t see him being cast as a straight up romantic lead a la Richard Gere (wow, I’m old) or Ryan Gosling. Maybe he can pull it off, but I think he’s going to further pigeonhole himself with this showmance schtick–it’s winning over the People magazine demo, but the roles it’ll net him will be the ‘stereotypical posh brit’ or ‘cold, aloof lover the female lead throws over for the quirky hugh grant type’.

      • Lucifer says:

        TBF all the romantic lead brits are typecast-ed in Hollywood either as Hugh Grant or Richard Geer format. I really don’t see him doing these kind of roles. Something I can not see him doing says a lot. My bendy love is fading soon and fast. :D
        and u r more fun and well informed thn many of us. Stop calling yourself old :)

      • scarf girl says:

        But Lucifer can’t you see him being cast as Maxim de Winter in a remake of Rebecca?

      • gg says:

        He never should have thrown away the “accidental sex symbol” thing. That WAS his thing. Then he started trying too hard…..

      • MissMary says:

        Scarf girl: OMG… yes…

        gg: YES. He was on the way to that sort of romantic lead, I think, the quirky and “accidental” sort of vibe, but now… meh. The demo that might’ve gone to those movies is likely not going to any he may get as “serious romantic lead actor man”–but the sort that likes bland movies with no interesting plot and a lot of posturing might. :(

      • scarf girl says:

        Agree GG.

      • alice says:

        @scarf girl Yes, yes, yes. I just started re-reading Rebecca and he’d nail that part.

      • Lu says:

        Yes, I was really disappointed these past couple of years when he started showing up to red carpets looking like Roger Moore. That Ken-doll, put-together thing was never his real essence, but now it’s starting to look like it. I grant you that he was absolutely Cumber-scrumptious at the Met Ball, but for the most part, I like him a little scruffy and individualistic. I think that’s the ticket for him.

      • moodgirl says:

        He was overdone at the Met Ball, like he was trying really hard to impress AW. I know he did everything right but it just wasn’t him.

      • tsmiv says:

        @moodgirl I agree about the Met Ball. He did NOT look good, too much makeup and tails are stupid looking in the modern world. I wonder if that’s when Wintour/Weinstein concocted this charade. I have no doubt that Wintour is a part of it.

      • Claire says:

        never got hugh grant but maybe it’s because of his personality that he seems ugly to me

    • moodgirl says:

      @MissMary – I read the piece on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; I’m shocked to learn that most people feel that it is not a great romance but more a relationship of convenience. I’m a romantic and thought they couldn’t live without each other. Then I started thinking – maybe this how the upper classes in GB see love?

      • Soothy says:

        Where on earth are you reading this nonsense?
        Kate and William are clearly very much in love. Most people certainly do not feel it’s a marriage of convenience. Why are these two COMPLETELY different situations being compared? And BC is NOT upper class.
        Can we dispense with the xenophobic tinged slants on the ‘posh Brits’ please? It’s total BS and really a little offensive.

      • scarf girl says:

        -moodgirl is referring to yesterday’s CB post on William and Kate. Kaiser wrote it I believe

      • Soothy says:

        Well if that is the case, then a few people on CB certainly don’t constitute ‘most people’. Just idiocy plucked out of nowhere. And I really resent the insult to British people based on that. I’ve seen some ridiculous ideas and comparisons but putting him alongside Prince William really takes the biscuit.
        This place can be really frustrating. There’s some good and sensible points made but all credibility gets drowned in the odd nonsensical comment.

      • scarf girl says:

        Sorry Soothy. Can’t speak for others, but didn’t intend for comments on a gossip site typed in a moment of distraction from the real world to offend you, any other Brits

      • moodgirl says:

        Actually scarf girl you can speak for me. Thank you.

      • scarf girl says:

        😉
        MoodGirl spot on about your comments on the tweets to the Weinstein company. At that moment you spoke for me.

        I feel like there are factions on both sides are a little out of control. I mean, no matter what is going on it isn’t our lives and there are people with real emotions involved. Gossip with an ethical approach, if you will.

  17. Maria says:

    This one is TOO easy.

  18. Marcy says:

    He wants to do a romantic comedy? I thought that was what Sherlock was…

  19. Alexis says:

    Oh god he really is daring everyone to say the same things they say about female celebs with all this stuff he’s been saying and doing lately. Thirsty, unappealing ambition, showmance, twee, “he needs to go away for a few years” …all has been said so the experiment is working I guess?

    So I’ll say the same thing I said re ScarJo yesterday to the old cumberbatch: girl, please. You filmed a gratuitous nude scene for Star Trek. He’s not my cup of tea but isn’t his shtick “posh British man pinup”? Isn’t he always talking about Sherlock’s D? smh!

    • Lindy79 says:

      I’m actually glad that his thirst is being called out. I’ve seen it a lot on other sites. I started to see it last year with Leto and McConnaughy but it’s nice to see that it’s not just the ladies that get the hard time about it.

  20. tasha_nat says:

    It would have to be a good script, something very tailored for him, for a romantic comedy. Bendy doesn’t have that Paul Rudd, Hugh Grant, John Cusack pretty boy romcom quality to him, so the approach needs to be different. It would be interesting.

    • Cee says:

      It baffles me when the words pretty boy and Hugh Grant are used in the same sentence.

      • tasha_nat says:

        Hahaha, I thought Hugh Grant was pretty cute in his heyday. (Also, how can Four Weddings and a Funeral be from 20 years ago? Gasp!)

      • gg says:

        The only time Hugh Grant was sexy for me was in Bridget Jones, when he was playing the b*stard against Colin Firth’s dreamboat. That scene in the boat with the wet shirt? (Hugh I mean…..) OMG so hotttttt

    • Lu says:

      Yes, I can see him as a romantic lead, and not just because I’m Cumberbatched, I think. In the right script, with a particular Cumber-fied character, he could really pull it off. Like a non-generic romantic hero, maybe one who’s funny and quirky but very romantic, maybe?

      • MissMary says:

        I’d love to see him in a historical romcom (so few of those around lol) but I don’t think he’d ever do one now that he’s “I am serious actor-man”.

      • moodgirl says:

        He would be perfect. I don’t know why people say he isn’t handsome because, to me, he really is.

  21. ukbound says:

    For all of those people who think he is not sexy enough to do romantic comedy, I have two words for you: Seth Rogan

    If you ever saw Wreckers, you can see a lot more sexy. It is a shame he does not do more movies like that.

  22. Artemis says:

    And thank god for that! If his kiss with Witherspoon is anything to go by, he should keep the sexy roles for people with snogging skills. And then there’s always that etch-a-sketch face too. Blech…

    • Beth says:

      I think that cringeworthy NYT video should pretty much seal the kiss of death on any ideas of Bendy in a rom-com. Unless his snogging skills are supposed to be the “comedy” part.

      • Lucifer says:

        hahahahaaahahha

      • Angie says:

        I don’t think he has given much convincing snogging/kiss scene…only the Sherlock with Molly in S03E01 looks good to me LOL, and some in Wreckers could do but the rest…

      • Lucifer says:

        U can’t really see the lips in Sherlock . he admitted he did not really kiss Loo

      • Angie says:

        Yes, but I kind of like that kind of kiss scene, one party being stronger and I probably was too distracted by the hair thing LOL

      • Beth says:

        Am I the only person on the Internet who dislikes Molly Hooper and therefore dislikes the famous Sherlock-Molly kiss? :D

        When I first watched Sherlock I kept thinking how mousy and doormat-y the Molly character is, so I was genuinely surprised that many fans adored her.

        Please don’t throw stones at me lol. :D

      • Angie says:

        @Beth I don’t really like Molly either, LOL
        So I was a bit jealous of that scene tbh LOL Just like that kind of kiss ; )

      • Beth says:

        @Angie

        Thank goodness I’m not the only one! :D

      • Sunflower says:

        *throws rocks*

        Sherlolly 5evah! <3

      • Lu says:

        I don’t mind Molly or have anything against her, but I don’t really like her especially. I am totally not on board with Sherlolly, but I do think she and Lestrade should get together. I don’t remember what the ship is called–Mollstrade?

      • Lucifer says:

        Molly is not one of my fav characters, I like confident people, she is not one, not really

      • moodgirl says:

        Don’t you feel for the character though? I know I have been there. Also, Molly couldn’t be but so confident because she would clash with Sherlock.

  23. Beth says:

    Comment in the wrong place; sorry.

  24. scout says:

    Hahahahha…! I don’t think he can do a “sexy” unless it’s with his Sophie.Give up man!

  25. ellesbelles says:

    Re: a possible elopement

    I’m American (and in Nevada, home of the drive thru wedding chapels) , so forgive my lacking knowledge of procedure in the UK for marriage, but I was under the impression that when you get a license at the registrars office, its posted publicly for 30 days. I cant imagine that someone from the office wouldn’t squeal or that there isn’t someone constantly checking for that kind of stuff to blab to the rags. I suppose they could elope in the states, even drive to Vegas from LA. Its only 4 hrs, but I find that really far fetched

    • Lindy79 says:

      She doesn’t strike me as a Vegas wedding kind of gal….

      I don’t know her of course but she doesn’t even strike me as the type that would dance drunkenly with him when he goes “non verbal” at parties. As bad a dancer as Mr Lindy is, there have been times we have fallen about the place laughing at each other on a dancefloor. Can’t see Sophie being like that.

      • scarf girl says:

        Lindy79 so agree. I just don’t get it but acknowledge it is not mine to get. But clearly reserve right to sarcastic and snarky comments.

      • Lucifer says:

        hahaha. Vegas wedding .. are those things even valid?

      • Lindy79 says:

        They are if you sign and file the paperwork.
        A friend of mine got married over there, not in a chapel or drive through but in the Bellagio.
        Another who went on honeymoon asked could they have a wedding (thinking they were all fake) and were told no because they were already legally married.

      • ellesbelles says:

        Lucifer, lol yes they are valid. They require marriage licenses. The license offices are open 24 hrs in Reno and Las Vegas ;)

      • Ingrid says:

        Lindy, I cannot imagine Sodious doing anything normal and fun. She’s either stiff and judge mental or doing some idiotic fake bump rolling on the floor stunt. Why the f*ck she can’t act normal? Ever? Good God, woman!

        Also, a hasty elopement anywhere in Europe is impossible. All very strict and public. The only options are some US states incl. California. But they won’t marry, so this is pointless speculation.

      • MissMary says:

        I believe you have to have citizenship or residency here, though, in any state, to get married, even elopement. Or, in the case of Nevada, your home country has to agree it’s a legal marriage and meet *their* requirements for marriage. Which can be tricky and shot down if your consulate is in a bad mood.

      • Ingrid says:

        MissMary: no. Foreign citizen and non resident can marry in US. Two friends of mine (Finnish) got married in NY and didn’t need anything else than their passports. US is very easy. Unlike us Europeans. We like our rules ( in UK you can’t marry at home or outdoors *snort*)

      • MissMary says:

        Ah , I got that from a state of Nevada site so maybe YMMV? IDK, lol, I know about the rules in EUrope since my SO and I wanted to marry in Germany but it was like um yeah no we can’t set up residency here, file here, etc. Living in sin it is, lol!

    • Czenzi says:

      @Lucifer: Yep, they’re valid. My parents eloped in a Vegas chapel in the 1970s. Mom’s wedding dress has a patchwork rooster on it. For their honeymoon hey narrowly avoided a real estate scam and then drove through the desert in a convertible towards Mexico.

      Regrdless, Sophie doesn’t strike me as the type.

  26. Lucifer says:

    GAG got place in top 10 arts and sports moment in 2014. *vomits immensely*
    So basically they are declaring it a piece of performance. :D

    • Lindy79 says:

      What the actual f*ck?? Them ignoring each other at the French Open with his tiny ice cream and stupid hat is in the Top 10 sports moments.
      Who gives a shit who won the actual tournament? He should be embarrassed he’s a part of this shit.

      • Ingrid says:

        Nothing shocks me anymore.

        ETA: It was 2nd? “Stole the show with then-secret GF”… umm… that sentence makes LITERALLY no sense. Harvey most likely wrote that all by himself *imagines him with a pen and paper writing that*

      • Lindy79 says:

        But …. how offensive is that to the actual athletes??
        If it had been Top 10 entertainment stories then I’d get it but even then it would be the actual announcement.
        Honestly, I hope he’s cringing at this ridiculousness.

        Two people sit beside each other at tennis final, they turn out to be dating months later. STOP THE PRESSES!

      • Ingrid says:

        Lindy, I do *love* the fact that no one at the time though they were dating. Much more fuss was made over Kinvara and Dakota. When FO pics came, everyone went “Yeah, no way”. *snort* Zero tabloids picked it up. Nothing. Embarrassing much?

      • Soothy says:

        I literally don’t know what to say. Totally speechless.

        Edit: which high brow publication featured this btw?

      • gg says:

        Wall Street Journal!!!

      • Ingrid says:

        Also, he hosted sports awards and did two F1 winners interviews. Surely those were better choices for “Arts meet sports” if they wanted BC. But then again, that really wasn’t the point here. The point is to make people think this was a big thing back in June. Harvey needs to sell this relantionship as longterm and legit.

      • MissMary says:

        And as has been pointed out on SoGO–know who reads the WSJ? Academy voters and execs.

      • j says:

        …a lot of these ‘moments’ aren’t noteworthy. LL Cool J at Belmont? Rocky the Musical? LOL

      • Soothy says:

        Both of those examples, as staggeringly pointless as they are, pale an odd engagement of a bloke off the telly into complete wilderness and bafflement. I’m still utterly speechless and flabbergasted.

      • Lucifer says:

        SEE!!!
        uncle Harvey working overtime.
        On another note, I think I’m over GAGing Sophie. Her life makes me feels all accomplished.And m 10 years younger thn her :D

      • moodgirl says:

        Does anyone think that KB and DJ were part of the original “search” and just didn’t turn out to be good candidates?

      • blended says:

        dakota already had a boyfriend. they are still together i believe.

    • Cate says:

      It’s all ridiculous, pure PR plant! Seriously, and since when is an engagement an event?

      • Ingrid says:

        Even IMDB nannies are going “WHAT THE F*CK?” and that’s saying something.

        Although MaryLou has yet to weigh in…

      • Lucifer says:

        and they;re so intrlligent did not keep it in the first spot but oh yeah thts a close second. Come on now!!

      • Cate says:

        If IMBD is agreeing then the end of times is near. Or, erm, the end of the PRgagement somehow. Maybe. I hope so! Please? *Lights torch to fend off PR monsters*

      • Felice says:

        The end is niiiiiiigh. I’m so ready I’m going to make my own caramel corn.

      • Cate says:

        *Begs Felice for a bit of homemade caramel corn*

      • blended says:

        i’m willing to bet ben himself is deeply embarrassed by all this nonsense. he’s probably counting the days until it ends. so are we all ben.

  27. Allons-y Alonso says:

    He says he’s played “pretty dull, ordinary” people. “Let’s say us. I’ve done us, versions of me and you,” he says. – speak for yourself, mate.

  28. ellesbelles says:

    Some of his roles have been unintentionally sexy. I found Parades End, Last Enemy, and Wreckers to be cerebrally sexy, even though they are far from romantic roles.

    A rom-com.. I just cant visualize. I know he has a silly nerdy side, but seeing it projected on film could be amazing, or an utter train wreck. Maybe a love actually, or a notting hill type flick… maybe.

    • Ingrid says:

      I agree with Love Actually type movie with only a minor part. No way a Hollywood rom com. Ugh. Too bad even British rom coms are bad nowadays.

      • Cate says:

        I agree, I think there aren’t really any decent rom-coms around anymore. Nothing like Four Weddings and a Funeral. He needs something clever like that. Or something like The Graduate. Or maybe a ‘romantic’ musical. I still want him and Hiddles to do Singing on the Rain on stage. Never going to happen though and I’m not sure who’d be the Gene Kelly between the two. You’d have to be a very strong dancer. Ah well, it works in my head, not in RL!

      • Lu says:

        I think Cumby for the Gene Kelly role, judging by how he dances smoothly between takes on set. Hiddles is the superior and more versatile/athletic dancer, I think, so the Donald O’Connor part for him.

      • Cate says:

        I agree, and I really want this to happen, why can’t the movie gods listen for once? Ha, well, I’ll just play it in my mind palace… :-)

      • Lu says:

        And me for Lena Lamont! I’m a little old, but whatever. “Oh, Pierre,…” “I love you I love you I love you. You are my centre, my home, my now and forever more… OOPS!” {sound of record screeching}

    • Lucifer says:

      Unintentionally sexy was his charm. BUT he has LOST it. too much fame hunger caused it

      • MtnRunner says:

        I’m with the devil on this one. He was so much more attractive (and often sexy) when he was not trying to be sexy. Now he just looks like an insecure, desperate try-hard who isn’t satisfied with the embarrassment of riches he’s been afforded, and I say that without shading his obvious ambition or desire to diversify his roles.

      • scarf girl says:

        MtnRunner: isn’t that always the case? When people try too hard to be something other than themselves, they aren’t comfortable in own skin and not sexy.

      • MtnRunner says:

        scarf girl: yes to this. He seems pathologically insecure for someone who is attractive to so many women worldwide. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anybody

  29. Ingrid says:

    The Sunday Mirror critic Mark Adams tweeted: “Last night at #DIFF14 and then an early hours flight back to chilly London…then lunch, screening and a reception with Benedict Cumberbatch.” and later added that the reception is tomorrow.

    #NoSodiousPlease #NeedPrettyPictures #GiveUpHarvey #AlsoThereWillJournosThere #DontLetHerSpeakToThem #Catasthrophe

    • anon says:

      What kind of reception?? I thought he would have flown off on vacay somewhere already…?

      • MissMary says:

        He’s not going on vacay, no matter what he said for a soundbyte. He’s about to hit some major promo runs if he’s nominated for an Oscar and HW will ride him till the wheels fall off to keep him in the public eye until noms are announced. That means receptions, interviews, staged pap shots of him shopping or going to the theatre, attending the opening of every envelope in London and LA… Sherlock is about to start filming as well, and there’s read throughs and rehearsals for that. He’s going nowhere but to more PR events.

      • Ingrid says:

        Kissing critics’ and voters’ asses -reception, I think. No vacay for BC until March. (Still shooting RIII also?)

      • MissMary says:

        Some reports had Richard III going until Friday but others that they were done already.

    • Lucifer says:

      New pics of some ball are up with michele dockery nd alan leech. hair is BLACK ;)

      • Lucifer says:

        IF anyone has any confusion that emily was NOT holding octopussy’s clutch in hobbit premiere just go n check the LFF pics.Sodious had the same clutch thr..

      • MissMary says:

        That’s from 2013–the pics are going around again today for some reason.

      • Ingrid says:

        @Lucifer – You mean from today? I haven’t seen any yet… link please? (Or are they from last year’s Winter Whites Gala?)

      • anon says:

        I think the pics ur refering to is the winter ball from last year. Dunno if he’s due to attend another winter ball…But why would a film critic be there?? Hmm…could be another store opening? Or the enGAGment party has yet to take place!! Of course the mirror has to be there since Cumby seemes to have refused dailymail the exclusives!! Lol

      • Lucifer says:

        ohh sorry my bad!!
        thts why i ws wondering “he is looking nice thr”

      • Ingrid says:

        Lucifer: “he is looking nice thr”.

        ROFLMAO. Yeah, that should have been your first clue. If he looks nice and happy, the pics are not from this year. :D

      • Lucifer says:

        yeah. a lil bit of shocker for me. thought he finally had sex(not with sodious)
        :P

    • Angie says:

      I’m sort of dreading any people from the media mentioning his name right now *sign*

      Don’t want to be bombed by another s**t article and exhausted/miserable pics.

      I have the HB cultural life, jaguar ad and flaunt video in my touch, haven’t watched any of them for some time, but did it today. I liked the flaunt one when it came out, but when watched the three at a time, I suddenly found he in fact looked tired in the last one, can’t really see the sparkle in the eyes.

    • moodgirl says:

      Maybe the aforementioned “screening” leads to the reception?

      • gg says:

        And any mention of “recepption” makes me think “wedding reception” and I get a cold chill running down my spine!

      • MissMary says:

        It sounds like, since it was a tweet from a media type, a film and post-viewing asskiss, er, reception, nothing about the enGAGment.

      • blended says:

        i’m guessing it’s just a private screening for media types (very common at oscar time) with a chance to meet ben afterwards.

  30. Soothy says:

    Erm, ok. Only just read the text if this post and wtf? I was wondering why people were talking about eloping? What a strange thing to crowbar into the first sentence of this. The interview this post is centred around doesn’t mention her AT ALL, yet it’s necessary to mention her anyway with some odd theory and oh yet again we gave the awkward premiere pics here.
    He’s no longer an autonomous being, I take it? Since Nov 5th, every single post on here has had the bizarre inclusion of her.

    • MissMary says:

      IDK why people have a hard on about eloping (not only would it be damn near impossible in the UK, it’d be a bad idea on many levels to do it in general, esp if they’re building a brand of a “serious romantic lead”–the demo they’re courting with the People interviews and InStyle and all that rot tend to view hasty weddings as bad ideas and “trashy”–I don’t agree and think they’re just fun but the general view of the “middle America” conservative “I’m liberal! My hairdresser is a lesbian!” demo isn’t a positive one for that sort of thing). But keeping the rumor going certainly keeps people commenting on him, and getting him PR.

  31. Lucifer says:

    Just followed benophiedaily on instagram.
    Vomiting profusely
    Moral support much needed and appreciated.

  32. anon says:

    Is this recent??
    https://mobile.twitter.com/thatsmysherly/status/545296713251315713/photo/1

    The reaction of the guy is priceless!!

  33. Lucifer says:

    Apparently they were talking about stag night in their ESA table. After the much discussed hissy fit on rc I presume

  34. maddelina says:

    Since he’s sexless looking I don’t think he could do sexy. He’s so unnattractive to me. I think lizard every time I look at his picture.

  35. Felice says:

    Oh Bendy. You could be Uncle Jamie but no other role on a Love Actually film. No Prime Minister for you.

  36. Felice says:

    My out loud reaction to the enGAGment being in the top ten SPORTS countdown:

    “I……I thought everything was fine…but no…no no NO”

    Look at the other top 9 and just see how out of place and random it is

    • Soothy says:

      I’m still reeling, tbh.

    • Ingrid says:

      It’s so clearly PR plant because it has no place there (or anywhere). Harvey is clearly desperate. The foundations are collapsing.

    • Claire says:

      But it IS a sports moment – like wrestling it’s fake, overly dramatic, rakes in the cash, and attractive to the dull.

    • j says:

      I think it was supposed to be the top sports meets the arts moments

      honestly im dying at rocky because that was a huge flop. it lost millions, not a great moment LOL

  37. Cate says:

    So apparently Benedict was thrown in as an option for ‘Cleopatra and Anthony’, a movie that probably won’t get made. (With Angelina) In the newest Sony leak it comes up! Can’t link it sadly, because then my comment gets eaten…

    There’s your big romance on screen, but it won’t happen. Yikes!

    • **sighs** says:

      I’m sure it will be a post tomorrow.
      ;)

    • Felice says:

      Did they attack his appearance? Because as attractive he is to me, I do think that some higher ups do talk smack about his appearance on the DL.

      • moodgirl says:

        I think he is a cutie and if we compare him to others in Hollywood he most certainly holds his own. I don’t get the unattractive bit. On the other hand I think Brad P looks like a dirty bum.

      • Felice says:

        It’s just that even though there is that one section of tumblr that worships him, the other part is absolutely VICIOUS about his appearance. It’s like ohnotheydidnt but worse.

        I think he is very handsome. I want to think that after Dr. Strange, more people may warm up to him.

      • blended says:

        you should read what lainey has said about him. she’s toned it down lately, but she’s toned down everything since she got on canadian television. she used to be relentless about his looks. e.g saying her assistant didn’t want to go through a photoset of him (i.e. implying he’s so unattractive, one struggles to look at him). i’ve never been a fan of hers.

      • Old Enough says:

        http://defamer.gawker.com/angelinas-cleopatra-catastrophe-the-other-side-of-sony-1671986317/+laceydonohue
        Think this is the post. He’s only mentioned in passing, when they try to sidetrack her from the current script and instead go for Shakespeare. Named Cumberbatch as one of the more well known Shakespearean actors Also mentioned: Fassbender and Hardy.

    • Cate says:

      @Sighs, probably!

      @Felice, not that I saw, thank heavens, because some of those email convo’s have been brutal! They talk smack about everyone as those leaks showed, so yeah, probably about him too. You really need VERY thick skin to make it in that town.

  38. Ally8 says:

    Steven Moffat is a hack. A successful hack, but a hack nonetheless. He’s no more a genius than people making money off the Marvel franchises. I understand that Cumberbatch is grateful for the career-making turn he got to do in the show, but come on.

    For a better class of Moffat, may I suggest you check out a British TV drama called Silk about a group of barristers (lawyers) in present-day London. Peter Moffat, a playwright and former barrister writes it, with a female lead and other strong female characters (see today’s Aaron Sorkin thread for contrast). It’s a great binge watch, and for you Shelock fans, it takes place in the same area of London. (Except Peter Moffat wrote something strong and original, rather than putting a classic into a blender and hitting Purée.)

    Anyway, you’ll love Silk. I think it’s on Netflix. (See also: a TV show called Endeavour.)

    • gg says:

      Peter Moffat wrote Hawking, didn’t he? (The *original* BBC one, with Benedict playing the role)

    • icerose says:

      Silk is worlds above Sherlock and Maxine Peake is one of my idols. I saw her in Hamlet and have tickets to se her at the Royal Court. Not only is she a great actress but politically and intelligence wise she knocks strips off Benny.

      • blended says:

        reviews of Silk aren’t exactly stellar. i’m constantly surprised why people who are obviously not fans of ben feel the need to click and comment on most, if not all his posts, just to disparage him. that certainly takes dedication.

      • Ally8 says:

        @icerose, I am doubly envious! This is good news, though (note the intersection of Peake and Cumberbatch news therein):
        http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/nov/06/maxine-peake-hamlet-screened-in-cinemas-royal-exchange

        Peake is marvelous in Silk. I love how her character affects a different tone and cadence in the courtroom — she’s playing a lawyer, and the lawyer she’s playing is acting in the courtroom. Fantastic. Neil Stuke was a revelation, too. Such a Dickensian mien and character!

        @blended, I was dissing Steven Moffat and the show. It’s possible to distinguish the actor and this one character (though perhaps not for those who thought BC would be a bachelor forever like SH). Cumberbatch is great on Sherlock; I simply can’t stand Moffat’s lame mixology of Conan Doyle’s outstanding narratives and writing. If as a TV hack you’re going to craft a for-the-short-attention-span-set CSI/MidsomerMurders production, at least have the guts to have the show live or die on its own merits, not the Sherlock Holmes cachet, which you’re squandering. Just call the character Dimlow or something… Dimlow and his sidekick, say, Grimassy, as played by the now one-note Martin Freeman.

      • Soothy says:

        Ally,

        You were making some interesting points until you decided to play the ‘you want bc to be single like sherlock’ card. I mean.. for goodness sake.

      • moodgirl says:

        @blended – I don’t understand people who click on this site and comment on how unattractive or unsexy Ben is. What is the point. Really it’s the nannies who now realize that they maybe wrong so instead of talking about SH, who turned out to be surly and quite unprofessional, they attack Ben instead. I guess it makes them feel better.

      • blended says:

        @moodgirl. it’s actually the same commenters who have been doing this for a long time, even before the engagement. it’s very bizarre to me. but like i said, that sure is some dedication for a celeb they clearly have disdain for.

      • Ally8 says:

        Omg, (a) that’s not what I wrote; (b) I don’t understand people who come to a site called Celebitchy expecting fawning, uncritical thinking. I think it’s hilarious that you so associate him with that show that despite my flattering comment toward him, you hear criticism of the writing/production as criticism of him.

        Now maybe we can get back to a discussion about film and theatre as well, not just whether Ben C. is great or the greatest (one of those two, I swear, don’t shoot me).

  39. Soothy says:

    I had the misfortune of tumblr throwing up those horrific fake pregnancy photos again. What a cringe inducing embarrassment. Never have I seen anything which so patently represents someone completely void of talent who’s never had to work for a living.

    And why am I seeing her referred to as ‘an opera director’ If I was her I’d be mortified that the press were bafflingly trying to paint me as an overachiever? What the hell is going on? Seriously.

    • Ingrid says:

      +10000!!

      Those fake bump photos…I just…No… What kind of human being does that? So unbelievably desperate for attention. One more proof that SH is definitely in this for fame and publicity. No wonder BC seems to loathe her…

      Where the hell is Daily Fail’s hard-hitting journalism when you need it? The worst they could dig up was some spy connection. Clearly they are playing nice for the time being…

    • moodgirl says:

      She is happy with the overstatement, that why she bigged up her resume – to get respect for stuff she hasn’t done.

  40. DearGodBenny says:

    Is it me or the photo of the “loving” couple at the end of the article is Photoshopped so they appear to stand closer to each other?… o_O

    • Soothy says:

      No, it’s not photoshopped. Although, I don’t know why these photos have to be pasted on to every post.

      • Lu says:

        Not shopped, but judiciously cropped to take advantage of the perspective. In the closer crop, it looks like they’re putting their heads together in a cuddly way. In the original photo, he’s leaning in to hear what she’s saying.

  41. Lucifer says:

    NO benny threads today!! WOW!!

    • alice says:

      The day is young. At least where I am.

    • Ingrid says:

      Hell has frozen over.

      But I’m glad. The absence of Pissybatch has been very refreshing. I think it will come to a violent end this evening. (BAFTA+media reception)

      • Lu says:

        What do you think will happen tonight, Ingrid? Or are you saying that the absence of Cumberbatch is what will come to a violent end this evening?

      • Ingrid says:

        Lu, yes. The lovely absence will end. Today was international press and there should be a reception later tonight. I thought he would have given it a rest but no… more disgusting quotes to come.

    • Lucifer says:

      Watching gone girl. Rosamund pyke’s description of “cool girl” hahahahaha reminded me of Benny’s cool girl ;)
      that’s an extraordinary amount of laughter I had just now!!

      • Felice says:

        Sophie is far from “cool girl”

      • Lucifer says:

        I was referring to how he said that, not what sh is. She is HOT dontcha know every one in the university wanted to sleep with her.
        :D

      • Felice says:

        Ahhhhh. That was the weirdest thing I ever read. I mean, it’s not like it’s a bad thing but I don’t get why she is being painted for “being worthy of Dame Benedict Cumberbatch.”

      • Lucifer says:

        HRH has spoken again about Christmas

        “It means I stop working. And I am with my fiancée (Sophie Hunter) and family in one place.”

      • Ingrid says:

        “Dame Benedict Cumberbatch.” ROFLMAO

      • moodgirl says:

        Still can’t say her name, can we. And Sophie isn’t considered family at this point, he has to separate the two entities? TBH, I just don’t know what to think at this point.

      • Claire says:

        He either said it that way to make sure he gets the obligatory fiancee mention in for his PR game, or he truly doesn’t think she’s family. Though I suppose if it was the former he could have said, “my family, which of course includes my fiancee” or something like that

      • j says:

        i wonder if he can without lisping

        tbh this is a rag paper and probably a 5-second (not thought out) quote, boooring.

      • MissMary says:

        The quote reads like PR wrote it (obvs) and is so bland and generic…

      • moodgirl says:

        @j – LOL!

      • moodgirl says:

        @claire – PR, he’s trying too hard. Any adult would have said family and called it a day. He probably couldn’t find her if his life depended on it.

  42. Ingrid says:

    Someone on SoGo called this a one man engagement. I’m laughing so much…

    Benedict Cumberbatch: The One-Man Engagement. Coming Soon to an Award Ceremony near you!

    • MissMary says:

      OMG He’ll do it as a dramatic one man play when he’s in his comeback years! Picture it: An empty box set to look like the FO one, a single, white spotlight. He enters, acts surprised to see the audience. “I’m sorry–this was supposed to be private.” And it starts there!

      • Felice says:

        *offers audience member a cookie and member takes it* “Jeez why did you take it? My private life is for myself. My fans are so crazy.”

      • Green Eyes says:

        LOL, MissMary! Does he also carry a tiny Haagen-Daz ccup and wear a silly little hat?

      • MissMary says:

        Green Eyes: Of course! And he brings out the original chambray shirt, threadbare with age and stained with the tears of real emotion. (tears of Real emotion being the trademarked name of his celebrity fragrance).

        Felice: It’ll be like a Greek chorus in his one man show “this is my PRIVATE LIFE! Why are you watching me so closely? I’m just here, on stage, performing! FOR MY PRIVATE LIFE!”

      • tasha_nat says:

        OMG. Can this be a musical? Because I think “The Woman I Love, Who I Proposed To” has the potential to bring the house down.

      • MissMary says:

        It has to be sung with a single blue follow spot and he has to muster one single tear at the end as he clutches a stuffed octopus.

      • Ingrid says:

        Oh ladies, this has Oliviers and Tonys written all over it.

        @MissMary – Now I’m picturing the commercial for Tears of Real Emotion by Dame Benedict Cumberbatch. Will it be a black-and-white rainy affair or more Joye-esque Lipstick for Men (from Friends) ad? I cannot decide…

      • MissMary says:

        Oh, it’ll be very black and white/Elizabeth taylor’s White Diamonds!

    • gg says:

      To be or not to be…..engaged. That is the question.
      Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
      The slings and arrows of Harvey Weinstein
      Or to take arms against a sea of Redmayne
      And by opposing end him.

  43. Ingrid says:

    (via SoGo) Apparently BC was at Amanda’s play last night with Simon Pegg and Andrew Scott. No mention of our noble delicate beauty. (The Tumblr poster feels like a nanny, I think she would have mentioned her…)

    Also, there’s no way he was at BAFTA reception last night. Maybe it’s tonight?

    • MissMary says:

      or the reception was earlier in the evening, or it was very short? Like a drinks reception?

      • Ingrid says:

        It’s possible. But I assumed there would be some photos or tweets from there…

        BTW, it’s lovely that BC is spending a lot of time with AS, he seems like a decent guy.

    • **sighs** says:

      I wonder if they just ignored the elephant in the room or they took him aside at some point and asked him wtf was going on?