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

by Beth Hanna
August 19, 2013 11:21 AM
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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:


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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  • paul | August 20, 2013 4:27 AMReply

    All of the cast and crew were being snapped by one single local Cardiff photographer, who mostly takes pics for Wales Online hardly a "paparazzi". They were shooting on a public street and no other cast or crew member was so pathetically precious about it. Cumberbatch is the one ferociously pursuing a Hollywood career so if he can't take the heat maybe he needs to go back to the theatre where the actors work rather than the professional celebrities.

  • CELINE | August 20, 2013 8:48 AM

    The "photographer" was disturbing the shooting and was very aggressive with the fans being there. Benedict told him to "f%ck off" and he was right about it.

  • John | August 19, 2013 5:35 PMReply

    Ridiculous. These celebrities pursue and court the media, then act as if they are irritated and offended. Why doesn't he just dress nicely and shave wherever he goes, dress nicely, and stop having his publicist call paparazzi when he goes out? Better yet, why doesn't he just fire his publicist and focus on doing the WORK, instead? Celebrities who cry crocodile tears over paparazzi are bordering on disgusting, and at the very least enormously insincere.

  • CELINE | August 20, 2013 8:50 AM

    It's Benedict Cumberbatch you're talking about, not Kim Kardashian...

  • Paul | August 20, 2013 4:33 AM

    Quite. Missed the bit where being a Hollywood wannabe is a world changing profession. Maybe he could give it up and devote his life to the cause of world peace instead if he's so very concerned instead of throwing tantrums at people merely doing their job. This is the guy's website: he's just a working photog making a living like all of us.

  • Orgina | August 19, 2013 6:12 PM

    Excuse me, did you read an article?

    Cumberbatch was doing his job. It was Sherlock filming on location. He was wearing his character's costume and makeup. Paparazzi disturbed filming process. He's suggested them to do something more important for world.


  • Danny | August 19, 2013 5:56 PM

    Media & paparazzi are two completely different things. Paparazzi make money off invading people privacy & borderline stalking. The media portion of an actors work is organized & serves to promote their work.

  • Bill | August 19, 2013 1:14 PMReply

    Ah, so he's pretending to care about Egypt so people will fawn over him. I sincerely doubt he actually cares about anything that is happening in Egypt.

  • Danny | August 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    Way to miss the point, Bill. Well done.

  • TS | August 19, 2013 3:56 PM

    You don't know that. Just because he is a celebrity doesn't mean he doesn't care about what's happening in Egypt.

  • Truthie | August 19, 2013 1:01 PMReply

    demand and supply is a funny thing.

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