Benedict Cumberbatch is in full pre-Oscars-mode. He’s given interviews and suffered backlash. But he continues unrelenting.
Whether it’s talking about feminism and his Cumberb**ches, shading his actor friends, using archaic language to describe other actors, talking about his “sexy” reputation on Sherlock, or gushing about his fiancee Sophie Hunter. And this is the last round of interviews (presumably) before they get married/ have a baby/ attend the Oscars.
This week, Benedict told the Los Angeles Times of his pranks and posing behind other celebrities at award shows, “I’m drunk. That’s not actually true. I wish I could blame the evils of alcohol and say, ‘Kids: Don’t go there.’ But that happens when I’m sober. It would have happened. And I say ‘drunk,’ but I had a little slurp of a tiny miniature. It was just the high of the whole thing. A friend of mine did literally say, ‘Get a photo of U2 if you can.’ Not with them. Just of them. And I thought, ‘I don’t have my camera phone and I’m not going to ask for a selfie with U2.'”
He added of his jumping photobombs… “White boy can jump.”
So that everything’s not so serious! “I’ve been chugging away in my career 10 years. That helps you prepare for the exposure. And there are things now which make it easier to escape the obsession with self. If you have someone you love and you’re devoted to them and it’s a proper devotional love — as I do in my life — there’s nothing better than that tonic. First of all, you have your world between you and that person. But also, being devoted to that person takes you away from yourself. There’s someone more important. Not that that’s a reason to be in a relationship, but it’s a very healthy byproduct of it when you’re doing such an obsessional job as acting can be.”