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Watch: 1-Hour Talk With Benedict Cumberbatch About His Career, Social Media, Advice, 'Sherlock' & More

by Ben Brock
February 19, 2014 10:39 AM
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Benedict Cumberbatch

The BAFTAs are for life, not just for awards season, and even though Stephen Fry has been wiped clean and folded away for another year, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is still hard at work promoting those very arts and the Brits who work in them, including a young up-and-comer called Benedict Cumberbatch. If you've been on Tumblr recently, you might have heard of him, but he's an actor as well as an otter lookalike, and he's capping off an incredible year: “12 Years A Slave,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “August: Osage County,” “The Fifth Estate,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug” and a whole new season of “Sherlock.”

Recently BAFTA, having successfully infiltrated the USA, sat down with Cumberbatch, and THR's Scott Feinberg walked him through the nitty-gritty of his acting work and experience, from playing Titania at his all-male boarding school (that sound you just heard was millions of fangirls fainting) to working with Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County” this year, whose non-ideological approach to acting Cumberbatch finds comforting. He's a constantly fluent speaker on these topics and others – social media, the surprising success of "Sherlock" (easy now to forget that this was ever a surprise, but it was), the weirdness of physically acting a dragon, and more. Check it out the 1-hour talk below.

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  • Linda | February 21, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    I'm not an actor nor in the industry so know nothing about what it is truly to be an actor. I generally haven't had the highest opinion of actors - can probably blame the culture of celebrity that the media perpetuates and which I avoid and dislike - so it was interesting and eye-opening for me to listen to someone who really cares about his work, very knowledgeable about it and obviously enjoys "talking shop" about it. This interview helped to eliminate some of my "actors are just fluff" preconceptions. I guess people could think here that he talks a lot, but to me it's simply the excitement and thoroughness of someone who is passionate about what he does.

  • Dejah | February 21, 2014 1:01 PMReply

    Wonderful interview! Thank you for sharing so openly you love of acting.

  • Ellie | February 20, 2014 5:33 PMReply

    He is so wonderful.

  • Ana | February 20, 2014 1:19 PMReply

    He sure does talk A LOT.

  • ghd) | February 20, 2014 8:58 PM

    (-: yes, he does !

    'Sherlock' is terrifically enjoyable.. but I fell in love with the character Christopher Tietjens ('Parade's End') !

  • vibudh | February 20, 2014 3:30 AMReply

    i am SHERLOCKed

  • pam | February 19, 2014 11:17 AMReply

    Love him! LOVE Sherlock.

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