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Benedict Cumberbatch Recites R. Kelly Lyrics

If you’re wondering what that sound was last night, it was our nation’s most easily wooed hitting the floor after a collective lust blackout. Benedict Cumberbatch, noted British person and sexy dragon in the forthcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, visited Jimmy Kimmel Live and graced us with a dramatic reading of the actual lyrics from R. Kelly’s song, “Genius,” off the album Black Panties. Those BAFTA nominations were well-earned: Cumberbatch lends a subtle gravity and smoldering sensuousness to a lyrical recitation that consists of multiple interludes of “La la la la,” and gives us a sound bite of Sherlock reminding us, “I’ma hit that thing again.”

What do you think? What else would you like to hear Cumberbatch grace with his mellifluous tones?

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  1. Marsi says:

    @Kate, Actually, Benedict reads for the 2006 audio version of Casanova.
    It is delicious.

  2. A dude says:

    @ Cal..I think you just need to change for just one day bro.

  3. Stef says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been laughing so much and so turned on at the same time!

  4. -Di. says:

    #swoon I think I’m in love!!!

  5. Cal says:

    My ‘if I went gay for a day’ dude.

  6. Hardly rudo says:

    Serious Man crush action. He could recite anything

  7. Bill Brewer says:

    I’m Speechless!

  8. Marie says:

    I can’t imagine how lyrics like that would turn anyone on, even with BC. But that was awesomely hilarious.

  9. ThisGuyRightHere says:

    And there wasn’t a dry panty in the house…


  10. Kate says:

    OMG. I couldn’t even listen to it clear through the fist few times without freaking out and pausing it!

    I’m a writer, and I’ve been stranded in the middle of an erotic scene… If I can’t finish it now, it’s because my brain and my overies melted and leaked out. Because all I can hear in my head is his voice reading those lyrics…!

    Someone should offer him a gig with audiobooks –like, historical romances or something– because every copy would fly off the shelves!

  11. GoodJeff says:

    This bit was funnier the first time when it was done on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

  12. Caleb says:

    Well great. Now anytime I hear the voice of Smaug, this is what I’m going to think of.

  13. Rob says:

    Think I might be gay now. Thanks a lot.

  14. Taleya says:

    That wasn’t the sound of our “nation’s most easily wooed hitting the floor” but rather our panties hitting the floor! Truth. I was there, and it was a collective group spontaneously ovulating.

  15. Dan Casey says:

    @Megan, please consult a physician at your earliest convenience.

  16. Megan says:

    yum. my ovaries just skipped a beat.

  17. Brian Ballance says:

    He should be on the podcast!

  18. Valerie says:

    It doesn’t matter what he reads, I could listen to him recite the alphabet for hours and never tire of that voice.

  19. Paula says:

    Well this just made my Friday.

  20. Stephanie says:

    He could read the phonebook and I would still listen.