For those of you who missed it, Benedict Cumberbatch took part in an online Q&A on Reddit AMA on 11th October 2013, in promotion for his new movie The Fifth Estate. Below are some of the highlights.
Q. What’s the weirdest encounter you’ve had with a fan? – FullOnPleb
A. Ted Danson at a pre-Oscar party screaming across a floor of people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ray Liotta, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, et al while pushing past them and knocking their drinks. “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! IT’S FUCKING SHERLOCK HOLMES!”
Q. Seeing as to how you’ve been spending a lot of time in the US, what do you find was the most baffling thing about the customs here? - AreYeFantastical95
A. I find that no one at the borders ever smiles.
Q. Mr. Cumberbatch, What was your favorite prank, done by you or to you, on or off set. Let me know if you would like suggestions :) - HollyBoBolly
A. Neutron cream. Come on, people! PS. Anytime you’re in a restaurant with a group of friends and one of them goes to the restroom or bathroom (presume there are many nationalities involved in this AMA), tell the waiter that it’s that person’s birthday. Not only is it fun to embarrass the hell out of the poor victim, but you get free cake in the bargain.
Q. Is fame different from how you imagined it would be? - wonkybookcase
A. You can’t imagine fame. You can only ever see it from an outsider and comment on it with the rueful wisdom of a non participant. When it happens to you, it doesn’t matter what age or how, it is a very steep learning curve. The imprtanot thing to realize in all of it is that life is short, to protect the ones you love, and not expose yourself to too much abuse or narcissistic reflection gazing and move on. If fame affords me the type of ability to do the kind of work I’m being offered, who am I to complain about the downsides. It’s all relative. And this are obviously very high class problems. The way privacy becomes an every shrinking island is inevitable but also manageable and it doesn’t necessary have to get that way…
Q. With your (crazy) filming schedule, what creature comforts do you look forward to the most when returning home? - _neverwhere
A. Walking or running on Hampstead Heath, seeing my friends and family, cooking for myself, and the embrace of those I love. Beyond that, a whisky, the fire and a good book.
Q. This AMA has exceeded my wildest expectations. Has your sass increased since working with Martin Freeman, or were you always this sassy? - c-line
A. Well of course Martin will be furious unless I say I owe it all to him. And believe me, his wrath is more fearsome than any dragons.
Q. Hi Benedict, Is it hard to keep the secret of how Sherlock survived? Do you ever have the urge to tell someone? If so, how do you cope? -TheRedLozza
A. I cry myself to sleep at night. And then wake up laughing.
Q. Benedict, You must get asked many of the same questions over and over, but I’d like to know — what’s a question you WISH someone would ask? Something that matters to you about which you’d love to speak candidly? (And of course, what’s the answer to that question?) – xxkatyladyxx
A. Well thank you very much, first of all. I often feel in interviews people should ask about the culture and people that I engage with as an audience rather than the same bio or personal life details. Rough with the very, very smooth, these are high class problems. The best interviews evolve like conversation. They’re not lead by journalists that are seeking to thrill their editor with predictable copy and questions that are basically answers. Sadly, that’s the norm. But there are exceptions which sometimes make it worthwhile.
Q. Has there been a time when you’ve been completely starstruck meeting someone famous but had to play it cool because you’re famous too? - MeggO_MyEggo
A. Uhhhhhhhh. Every time I’ve met someone famous who I’ve been in the audience of. I have the same butterflies and inability to be cool. I approach them as a fellow member of the human race as the next person in their audience does. I’ve been doing this for 10 odd years, and so to meet people who thrilled me with their work for my entire life in such a concentrated manner as has happened over the last few years has been mind-blowing. One of the many perks of my job, I guess.
Q. HOW DID YOU SURVIVE THE FALL? - ProcrastinationMan
A. Haven’t you seen winged suits on YouTube?? I told you I was into skydiving. How many more clues do you need people?
Q. Hi Benedict, I’m a big fan – thanks for doing this AMA. I really enjoyed your portrayal of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. My question is that you’ve often portrayed some very famous literary characters, ie Sherlock Holmes, Victor Frankenstein, Smaug The Dragon, but if you could choose to be any other literary character in an upcoming role who would it be and why? - dayofthedead204
A. Patrick Melrose in Edward St. Aubyn.
Q. What do you think of your fans calling themselves ‘Cumbercookies’? That way when we all come together, we’ll be the ‘Cumberbatch’ :D – CumberbatchLover
A. It’s great! You could call yourself the Cumbergirls, and then when you come together you’d be a flock. Or you could call yourself the Cumbertadpoles and that way you’d be the Cumberspawn…Wait!…Ew! Don’t do that.
To read the full transcript visit www.reddit.com