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Happy Birthday Benedict Cumberbatch: Ten Things I Know About YOU

Benedict Cumberbatch Born July 19, 1976
 Rehearsing for Hamlet 

The following  Ten things I know about Benedict Cumberbatch [that I learned from reading  this article in the Hollywood Reporter] originally appeared as part of a longer piece on 9/13/2013. With almost 10,000 views it's my most popular post to date. We just love our Benedict! BC is turning 39 today, probably working through the day as rehearsals for Hamlet are in full swing. Hamlet, running at the Barbican theatre in London from August 5 to October 31st, is already sold out because: Benedict Cumberbatch— although an allotment of 10£ tickets is being held for sale on a daily basis. Good news for those of us who have no chance of seeing the play: Hamlet will be broadcast LIVE in the UK, the US and across Europe on October 15th. 

Happy Birthday to you Benedict, thanks for the prezzie! 

Okay, here we go... 

Ten things I know about Benedict Cumberbatch

1 Cumberbatch smokes - or has smoked - weed:

As the friends removed the tire, six armed figures emerged from the dark. "They were like: 'Look down! Look down! Put your hands on your heads! Look at the floor!' And they started frisking us and said: 'Where's your money? Where's your drugs?' -- we had smoked a bit of weed -- 'Where are your weapons?' And at that point, this adrenaline of fight or flight just exploded in my body. I was like, 'Oh f---, we're f---ed!' "

2 Oh yeah, and he was once tied up and stuck in the trunk of a car!

3 He's a Bhuddist  "at least philosophically"

4 He wrote his dissertation on Stanley Kubrick

5 He finds 'Cumberbitches' - the term some female fans call themselves - offensive.

6 He likes the new agey dirge-like music of the Icelandic band Sigur Ros.
Am I too harsh? Here's a link to the Sigur Ros site where you can preview some tunes via iTunes; you be the judge!

7 He loves books and hates the internet 

He seems both part of this world and removed from it, with an old-fashioned liking for books (he lavishes praise on Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, the basis of an HBO miniseries for which he has received an Emmy nomination) and a contempt for the Internet, where vitriol "is horrific. You can't win. It's like a new form of bullying. I find it quite despicable."

8 I bet he's not on Twitter either!

One of these fans got out of control and spied on Cumberbatch in his home from a nearby building, tweeting Benedict's actions as he took off his shirt and put on another. The experience shook him to the core. Coming to terms with it, Cumberbatch says, is "an ongoing process. To think that somebody knew everything I'd done in a day and told the rest of the world in real time!"

9 He thinks your fan art is weird

But the requisites of stardom still seem alien to him, and he is dubious of his fan appeal, describing how odd it is to be surrounded by portraits of himself that fans have given him: "I've kept a couple that are stunning, that are just really beautiful drawings, and the rest I've had to give away. And I've told fans, 'Look, I'm very flattered, but what do you expect me to do with it? Think about it. Would you want your room surrounded by drawings of you?' It's a bit weird."

10  He's a push-me /pull-me kind of guy

At the flick of a switch, he can turn from icy to incandescent, from dignified to indignant. "He embodies the contradictions of Julian Assange," says DreamWorks partner Stacey Snider. "He is classical and modern, he is cerebral and intuitive, he attracts you and at times keeps you at a distance. That's what makes him singular and utterly compelling."

Ah! So that's why the ladies love him.

If you ADORE Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock, you probably dig the looks of his digs. Yes? Then you might want to check out my Holmes at Home post.

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