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Benedict Cumberbatch Covers THR's New A-List Issue!

Benedict Cumberbatch Covers THR's New A-List Issue!

Benedict Cumberbatch graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s New A-List issue.

Here’s what the 37-year-old The Fifth Estate and August: Osage County star had to share with the mag:

On fans giving him self portraits: “I’ve kept a couple that are stunning, that are just really beautiful drawings, and the rest I’ve had to give away. And I’ve told fans, ‘Look, I’m very flattered, but what do you expect me to do with it? Think about it. Would you want your room surrounded by drawings of you?’ It’s a bit weird.”

On the public’s perception of him: “I’m not like Holmes. I don’t have his capacity to compartmentalize. I’m now haunted with, ‘But he did want children, and now he doesn’t? What’s gone wrong? Is he gay? Can’t he commit to relationships?’ All this speculative shit. There’s a point where I just go, ‘I’ve said all I have to say.’”

On playing Julian Assange: “The thing is this: I have a profound respect for Julian. I also have a profound respect for the need of states to have a currency of secrets in order for Western democracy to exist and for fundamentalism to be defeated. And I don’t think Julian is interested in fundamentalism triumphing. When you’re playing someone who’s in the eye of the storm, you suddenly become incredibly conscious of that particular world, those particular concerns.”

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  • sweetness

    Beautiful, articulate and simply dashing!

  • Inga

    one of the best <3

  • http://Coolfamily Brainy

    A smart, charismatic and mega-talented actor.

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  • Diliana von Bork

    Looks good, but he is an idiot. That’s why he is single.
    I don’t like him anymore. Shut your mouth, Benedict!

  • L

    Handsome talented man.

  • Maria

    Ben has been the first to mention, time and again, in interviews about his desire to have children. He has also been very open about relationships – everyone knew he was with Olivia Poulet, for example. So his sudden change of behaviour, anger and resentment towards any questions on this subject will inevitably lead to speculation. He appears to be a mass of contradictions and – for someone of his age and education – quite naïve. He moves from a long-term relationship to being photographed first with a Russian model (who, some fans believe was just using him to get publicity for her acting career), then days later is spotted leaving a nightclub with another women. Whilst claiming he is ‘no-longer in a hurry’ to get married. He’s then surprised and even angry that he is the subject of gossip columns in the press…!

    It’s interesting that Ben gave the following quote to the Radio Times last year:
    In his personal life, it must be quite strange, at 36, to find his sexual currency inflated so dramatically.
    “If I have a lot of fun with it, then there’s far more chance of me being exposed having a lot of fun with it which makes me look like a wanker. That is a little bit of a worry for me. It inhibits me from going ‘dah, dah dah let’s party!’ because you just know your behaviour is going to get on some blog, or tweet, or gossip column.

    He predicted himself a while ago that he would become the subject of tabloid gossip, if he behaved in a certain way, so his complaints now seem churlish