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Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Sherlock/Watson Gay Fan Fiction & Tolerance for 'Out' Cover Story

Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Sherlock/Watson Gay Fan Fiction & Tolerance for 'Out' Cover Story

Benedict Cumberbatch gets his close up on the cover of Out magazine’s November 2014 issue, on newsstands October 21.

Here’s what the 38-year-old The Imitation Game actor had to share with the mag:

On being homosexual in Hollywood: “I think if you’re going to sell yourself as a leading man in Hollywood to say ‘I’m gay,’ sadly, is still a huge obstacle. We all know actors who are [gay] who don’t want to talk about it or bring it up, or who deny it. I don’t really know what they do to deal with it. Human rights movements and sexual and gay rights movements have made huge social progress in the last 40 years, without a doubt, but there’s a lot more work to be done. I think it’s extraordinary that every time we get to a point where there’s any kind of trouble in society, people are scapegoated very, very, very quickly.”

On fan fiction turning Sherlock & Watson gay: “Because, you know, they either want to make John [Watson] into a sort of cute little toy, or me into a cute toy, or we’re fucking in space on a bed, chained together. It’s always , like, one of them is tired, one comes back from work, the other is horny, a lump appears in his trousers, and then they’re at it. It’s usually me getting it – I’m biting Watson’s dog tags.”

On religious tolerance: “People are being beheaded in countries right now because of their beliefs or sexual orientations. It’s terrifying. It’s medieval – a beheading! I’d take up arms against someone who was telling me I had to believe in what they believed or they would kill me. I would fight them. I would fight them to the death. And, I believe, the older you get, you have to have an idea of what’s right or wrong. You can’t have unilateral tolerance. You have to have a point where you go, ‘Well, religious fundamentalism is wrong.’”

For more from Benedict, visit Out.com. Bigger cover inside…

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  • bbm

    i didn’t know he was gay…

  • Rebecca

    @bbm:
    He is not, he plays a gay man in his next film. He has a girlfriend.

  • AnneV532542

    “We all know actors who are [gay] who don’t want to talk about it or bring it up, or who deny it. I don’t really know what they do to deal with it.” It says right there he is not gay – not that it really matters. But as Rebecca says, he is speaking about it since his new film depicts a gay man who easily could have been arrested or killed because of it.

  • helene

    does anyone know who his girlfriend is???? (just curious and jealous) He ‘s wonderful, cute, talented, humble. Looks to be very down to earth, polite, dream guy actually. Love him.

  • 5@

    Do a search in dailymail, they did an article. True or not, who knows – but they did a story.

  • Av3258945

    People really care who his girlfriend is? What about what his next role will be? I think he’d love for people to inquire about him only as an actor…

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