I Don’t Know Who This Man Is, But He Doesn’t Want To Be Typecast As The “Asexual, Sociopath”
Posted December 28, 2011on:
Well, it’s probably because you look like one…..
Benedict Cumberbatch (swear on the Queen of England’s life) is his name and British elite is his game!
He’s the most British man I’ve ever seen not speak. I’ve never saw this person before, but I just came across an article where he mentions he doesn’t want to be typecast as an “asexual” or a “sociopath”, even though he looks EXACTLY like those two characteristics got drunk and had a one night stand that made a love child.
Being posh doesn’t seem to have done his career much harm so far. But Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has complained that his privileged background and elite schooling have left him typecast. The 35-year-old actor grew up in Kensington, West London, and was educated at Harrow – where fees are £30,930 a year – before studying drama at Manchester University.
As a consequence, he claims he suffers from ‘class-typing’ in his career. Cumberbatch, who also starred in this year’s film version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, said: ‘I was brought up in a world of privilege. It can ostracise you from normal codes of conduct in society. Being a posh actor in England you cannot escape the class-typing from whatever side you look at it. I realised from quite early on that, although I wasn’t trying to make a class specialty of it, I was playing slightly asexual, sociopathic intellectuals.’
He added that the fact that he went to one of the oldest schools in the world ‘does not make me an archetypal product of that school’.
Cumberbatch told Radio Times: ‘We all want to escape our circumstances, don’t we? Especially if you are an actor. It is an imaginative process that gets my juices going. The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.’
The actor has won plaudits for his portrayal of a brilliant but emotionally dysfunctional Sherlock Holmes in the BBC1 series, which returns in January. Earlier this year he starred as Stephen Hawking in the award-winning BBC2 biopic about the acclaimed scientist, and as spook Peter Guillam in the updated film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
He has also played ‘toff roles’ such as Scarlett Johansson’s unbearably pompous husband in The Other Boleyn Girl, and the arrogant Edmund Talbot in the BBC adaptation of William Golding’s epic To The Ends of the Earth.
He will soon be back on the big screen as Major Jamie Stewart in Stephen Spielberg’s Hollywood version of the West End theatre hit War Horse, which is released in January.
In the past Cumberbatch has said his parents – the actors Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton – sent him to Harrow in the hope that he might not follow in their professional footsteps.
(Are you all bored to death?? I hope you didn’t read that all)
Just the way he answered those questions made me realize he was too posh for me, probably didn’t have sex with a male or female in the past 5 years, and he may or may not chop people up and put them in his walls with no remorse.
He just reeks of old money. He’s my new favorite person.