The Cumbermeister’s latest interview isn’t exactly his most revealing ever, but it does include plenty of tasty tidbits about how his first major acting role, how the “accidental superstar” reacts to Cumbermania, and which animated character he thinks he bears a resemblance to. (Hint: It ain’t Prince Charming.) Here’s what we learned:
He’s still self-deprecating to a fault
“Why does anyone want to know my opinions?” he asks his interviewer at one point. “I’m not interested in reading my opinions.”
He’s in your computer, taking over your Internet
According to the article, last year, Cumberbatch was tweeted about a staggering 700,000 times. That’s a lot of name jokes.
He’s got a sense of humor about his unique look
“He says he looks ‘like Sid from Ice Age.’”
Seriously, he does not get how famous he is
When Cumberbatch first saw his own face on the cover of Time magazine’s international edition, he thought it was a clever fake: “Someone sent me a photograph of it and I thought, ‘Some fan has got hold of a photo and done one of those neat apps where they impose your head on something,’” he says.
This is his weirdest celebrity fan encounter
Plenty of other famous people watch Cumberbatch in his signature role, but none may love it as much as a certain ex-sitcom star: “Ted Danson saw him through a crowd of stars at a pre-awards party recently and began shouting ‘Sherlock!’“
As a teenager, he was in touch with his feminine side
Cumberbatch’s first substantial part came at his all-boys high school; he played Titania (yes, the queen of the fairies) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Cumberbatch also played another Shakespeare heroine in As You Like It – and did it so well that one admirer called him the greatest Rosalind since Vanessa Redgrave.
He doesn’t think Sherlock is right for you
Sorry, ladies: “I always make it clear that people who become obsessed with him or the idea of him — he’d destroy you,” Cumberbatch says. “He is an absolute bastard.”
He’s not impressed by the ending of Star Trek Into Darkness
When the film wraps, Cumberbatch’s Khan has been captured, frozen, and banished… but not killed. “That was a stupid thing to do,” Cumberbatch says of Starfleet Command’s punishment. “They should have just blown me up.”
Wait — but actually, he might be Sherlock
This is how Cumberbatch copes with crowded urban areas: “‘If you pick a point far behind them they perceive you as not seeing them, and you’re the obstacle they have to get around.’ For a moment, he sounded positively Sherlockian. ‘There is a way of just shadowing through,’ he continued. ‘The higher the walls, the more dark the windows, the bigger the sunglasses — the more people are going to look. The greatest disguise is learning how to be invisible in plain sight.’”
And finally, here’s his wish for future roles
“I am so ready to play a really dumb character.”