We will be graced by more performances in 2015 by the critically acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch. One is a voice character role for the film The Penguins of Madagascar. Benedict is well known for his ability to portray real life characters as well as fictional ones. In 2015 he will star in a biopic on Beatles manager Brian Epstein and this film will be directed by Paul McGuigan of Sherlock Holmes fame. Oh, and Tom Hanks is producing this film. Nifty. In the third movie, Cumberbatch is rumored to be cast as Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett in the Lost City of Z. I have read that Brad Pitt will do it instead and other rumors that Pitt will direct and Cumberbatch play the Colonel. More to come…
So what are some facts about Benedict Cumberbatch for those, like me, who are really getting to know about the dynamic actor, and perhaps for those like my granddaughter who knows so much about him as she has loved his acting roles since Sherlock.
Name: He has four of them! Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. Glad they did not call him Tim or Carl. Actually, his two middle names are the name of his father, Timothy Carlton, an actor. His mother, an actor also by the name of Wanda Ventham. His mom wanted him to take on a stage name when he began acting. He did not. Good, because Benedict is so much more alluring.
His mother’s roles: Per Digital Spy: His mother has been in Men Behaving Badly and Only Fools and Horses as Pamela Parry.
Stephen Hawking: He played Hawking in a 2004 TV movie. I missed it! Darn. Oh, wonder if this was his first biopic? By the way, he got to meet Hawking himself.
Star Wars VII: Rumors…he will play a Sith Lord. Shades of Khan.
He was kidnapped and held at gunpoint: According to movieblog, he was kidnapped during a carjacking in South Africa when filming The Ends of the Earth. He talked his way out of the kidnapping when he said, ‘If you leave me in here, it’s not the lack of air, it’s the small space. There’s a problem with my heart and my brain.’ I just tried to explain to them: ‘I will die, possibly have a fit, and it will be a problem for you. I will be a dead Englishman in your car. Not good.”
Cumberbitches: He has a fan following that refer to themselves as this. He is a “star” on tumblr.
The Arts: He can sing, draw, and act. In school he painted oils and he played rugby. Stunning. But he also claims to be an adrenaline junkie too, hot air ballooning, etc.
Tibetan Monastery: He taught English for a year at one.
Audiobooks: He is the voice of several audiobooks, including The Tempest, The Making of Music and Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories. Perhaps my local library can get their hands on one of these for me.
Advertisements: Voiceovers for Google+, Sony and Jaguar, to name a few.
Video Game Narrator: For The Nightjar in 2011.
His appearance: He is humbled at becoming a sex symbol. He doesn’t like his head which has been compared with Sid the sloth from Ice Age.
Violin: When prepping for role of Holmes, he practiced the violin a lot. He was coached by Ms. Eos Chater, never having played before.
What more can I say. Versatile. A heartthrob. Clever voice. Interpretive. A star; a superstar.