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Benedict Cumberbatch Discusses Becoming Smaug, Khan, and More

Benedict Cumberbatch is riding an enormous wave of popularity right now. Sherlock brought him into the awareness of the world at large, and he’s been taking on roles ranging from Smaug in The Hobbit to Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness to Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate. It doesn’t seem like he’s afraid to try his hand at new genres. In a recent interview, he discussed preparing for those roles, dealing with fame, and his acting process.

The interview with Cumberbatch marks the first of a new series from The Hollywood Reporter and BAFTA New York, “In Conversation.” The questions aren’t geared towards discussing just a few roles but instead cover the bigger picture. Cumberbatch is candid about his experiences, and he even does impressions of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg.

If you’ve enjoyed any of Cumberbatch’s performances, I highly recommend setting an hour aside to watch this interview. His replies are fascinating. You can also use his answers to build your Cumberbatch fact file. For example, his debut role was Queen Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Tell us what the interview taught you about Benedict Cumberbatch in the comments.

HT: io9


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  1. Mona says:

    He mentioned Sherlock so many times, which leads me to believe he is just as obsessed with it as I am. It makes me feel better about myself =)

  2. Marion Ziemke says:

    One of very few artists who thoroughly enjoy their Job, are able to invest a lot of Passion to it and are also as a Person very complex.

    footnote: Any Pictures of the titania Play available?

  3. Rayna says:

    Where can we see this interview?

  4. Angelo D says:

    Interesting answers from Benedict Cumberbatch. I thought the interviewer seemed a bit disengaged at times. All in all very interesting.