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Benedict Cumberbatch Has a Message for the Paparazzi: "Go Photograph Egypt"

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 19, 2013 at 11:21AM

While filming the latest season of "Sherlock" on August 18, actor and heart throb Benedict Cumberbatch had a politically-conscious message for the paparazzi.
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While filming the latest season of "Sherlock" on August 18, actor and heart throb Benedict Cumberbatch had a politically-conscious message for the paparazzi. 

While the photogs attempted to snap pics of him, Cumberbatch held up a hand-written sign, covering his face, that read:

Go photograph Egypt and SHOW THE WORLD SOMETHING IMPORTANT.

Cumberbatch, who was last seen as Khan in the most recent "Star Trek" entry, and who plays the bleach-blond Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the upcoming Oscar season hopeful "The Fifth Estate" (the popular actor's also got Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and John Wells' "August: Osage County" in the pipeline, and plays CG dragon Smaug in the next installments of "The Hobbit"), stars as the eponymous lead of the hit Brit series. Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit") plays Holmes' trusty sidekick Watson.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.