Benedict Cumberbatch: It’s difficult to ‘get in tune with a baby’s schedule’


Benedict Cumberbatch is doing the minimum amount of promotion around Sherlock’s Season 4 premiere. On Monday evening, he participated in a premiere event in London, and he basically sat down for maybe two interviews. It seems like the BBC sent out promotional fake-interviews with quotes from the stars, and many outlets are just going with the quotes the BBC has provided in lieu of actual interviews. Which is probably smart, in Benedict’s case. As we saw during his Doctor Strange promotion, when Benedict is asked about babies or fatherhood or his wife, his interviews tend to go sideways. So enjoy these quotes from Benedict about what it was like working with a baby and a dog for this new season.

On Watson becoming a father: “There are a lot of new things going on, for example there’s a baby! So parenting responsibilities have kicked in for the super sleuths! Child care is never easy, but it gets even more complicated when crime’s involved. I think Sherlock feels very protective toward them as a family, but he’s not a natural or a figure of authority when it comes to a newborn. I hope my skills and interaction with my own are a little bit more engaged than his are! He’s seemingly indifferent, which is comic at times but it’s all underpinned with a deep love, and he’s a guardian angel really.”

Working with babies: “The babies have been pretty amazing, I’m a father and I know how difficult it is to get anything in tune with a baby’s schedule. It keeps you in the moment and it stops you being precious about your work. I love those elements that make it more difficult.”

Working with the bloodhound: “He was very sweet, but was a bit afraid of being in the center of town, afraid of too many people and not great on hard surfaces. We were in [London's] Borough Market, with lots of people around, on concrete and tarmac. Cut to Amanda literally pulling a bloodhound around London who was supposed to pull her around London. That was fun.”

Sherlock’s need for perfection: “Oddly, I think Sherlock’s temperament is more shaped by the fact that he is human and trying to be superhuman. The amount of stuff that we call polite civilization is a huge distraction to this man who has to think on an unparalleled level of complexities. It’s not really that the world is stupid it’s just that for him to be clever he has to really drown out a lot of noise and what he permanently gets surprised by, and what I think is his real weakness, is sometimes not seeing what’s right in front of him…. He’s not unhuman, he is human and he is fallible.”

[From THR]

You know what I think is interesting? Whenever Benedict gets questions about babies or fatherhood, he always brings it around to how fatherhood affects his work. How baby Kit has affected his work, how working with a baby affects his work, and more. He always frames his answers that way, even in these quotes which were probably vetted by like a dozen people at the BBC. He just seems like a workaholic who accidentally chanced upon fatherhood, and being an alien-lizard, he decided to study the process professionally.



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  1. jerkface says:

    Just teach the babies how to fight crime, sherlock. Or use a diaper as a dirty bomb.Tie the criminal suspects up and hold the baby over them with spit up dribbling down over their naughty faces. You know, use what you’ve got lol

  2. Chantal says:

    “Being an alien-lizard, he decided to study the process professionally” pure comedy gold. Cannot stop laughing out loud. He always bring it up because he knows what certain crazy blogs are saying about him. He should just ignore it. He seems too sensitive on the subject of marriage and babies. Poor little insecure Ben, grow up!

    • Jared says:

      Don’t belittle Ben. He’s more talented and famous than you will ever be.

    • Chantal says:

      @ronda, no jealousy here. He is married and has a kid, he successful, he should just ignore the nasty noises and enjoy his life. People says awful things about many celebrities. It can be hurtful. There is no need to give them attention. He just wants to be perfect and loved. BC seems insecure to me. That is my opinion.

  3. CornyBlue says:

    The way he talks about his babies make fatherhood sound so very alien and I am wondering is it a British Upper Middle Class thing to like not gush over your kids or something ?

    • J says:

      Imo he’s not supposed to talk about about them but wants to so the result is awkward. his answers were fine here though; the question was literally about how working with babies and dogs affected his work on the show lol.

  4. lightpurple says:

    “I’m a father and I know how difficult it is to get anything in tune with a baby’s schedule.”

    Really? Are you a father now, BC? Oh wait, yes, you are. You’ve told us that ad nauseum since the child came into this world.

  5. Margo S. says:

    He is so funny. So true that every interview while promoting strange it was so awkward when he talked about his wife and kid. So weird! Why is it so weird for him to talk about?!

  6. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    I hate the 3rd person way he talks about his wife and son. Being a father hasn’t made him any less self absorbed.

    • Tanya says:

      His third person point of view towards his family does ring odd.

      At first, I thought “Well, that’s the English way, isn’t it? Detachment and all.” Then, I thought his compartmentalizing them, like items in a drawer.

      I don’t know. When I talk about my husband and kids, it’s personal and inviting, while respecting their privacy. Oh well.

  7. Millie says:

    The press kit with the quotes was available to everyone. But the press was also invited onset during filming to conduct their own interviews. It sounds like you weren’t invited.

  8. Pocketfluff says:

    This guy is just so weird! Who talks about their child/ren in such a constant odd manner!!
    I suspect he only has room in his life for himself!!