Benedict Cumberbatch Covers THR'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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