First of all, let me preface this by saying I think Benedict Cumberbatch is a super cool name, he has a great smile, and from what I’ve gathered in my research thus far, he seems like he’d be a very nice person IRL. That said — I just don’t understand why everyone is so obsessed with him.
That’s right, I’m taking a stand, and speaking out on my confusion surrounding the Benedict Cumberbatch craze. In case you’ve never heard of him, he’s been acting for quite some time, but started to gain major popularity back in 2010 by starring in the British series Sherlock, as the sleuth-y title character.
Although, even before his Sherlock role, he appeared in a number of supporting roles on the big screen in films such as Atonement and The Other Boleyn Girl. Then, slowly but surely, he started to gain bigger roles in more high-profile films including Steven Spielberg‘s 2011 movie War Horse, and even voiced the Dragon in 2012′s The Hobbit.
However, some of his biggest roles to date are all being released this year, which is just creating further buzz around him. Here’s a list of his 2013 projects for your reference:
- Star Trek Into Darkness - Khan
- 12 Years a Slave - Ford
- August: Osage County - ‘Little’ Charles Aiken
- The Fifth Estate - Julian Assange
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Smaug / The Necromancer
Now, a lot of actors would be lucky to have five movies released in one year, but these are all pretty big flicks. In addition to Star Trek Into Darkness making over $467 MILLION dollars at the box office, 12 Years a Slave and August: Osage Country are getting some MAJOR Oscar buzz.
However, it doesn’t look like everyone is in a love affair with Benedict, as his WikiLeaks-based movie The Fifth Eastate seriously bombed at the box office, having the WORST opening weekend of the entire year. Ouch. However, his performance as government whistle blower Julian Assange did garner some rave reviews. (Advantage: Cumberbatch.)
This all pretty much leads me to the point I’m trying to make. Why is everyone so obsessed with him? To me, he just seems like a regular guy who is starring in some good movies — what’s the big deal?
In fact, despite what I gather as a normal vibe, he has one of the most dedicated fan bases out there (they refer to themselves as Cumber-b*tches), and are lethal on those who question him. (If there are any out there reading this, please, don’t be too harsh on me.) There are hundreds, upon hundreds of Tumblrs dedicated to him and the many characters he’s played in addition to interview GIFs of him.
I’m really trying to understand the fascination with him, so if someone could please explain it to me, that would be great. Thanks!
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