Please allow me to say this up front – this post is in no way an act of Cumberbashing. I have nothing against Benedict Cumberbatch. On the contrary, I’ve always considered him to be a fine actor. And despite the media attention heaped upon him currently, he seems to be humble enough. I base this solely on his appearances on such programmes as The Graham Norton Show of course.
What bothers me is that his personna has become ubiquitous:
For example, he’s here:
As well as here:
Cumberbatch has got eight films listed somewhere between” announced” and “post-production” status, two currently in theaters and two more out by Christmas. He’ll probably be performing Hamlet next year in the West End. He might be in the new Star Wars movie. It’s possible he actually faked his death by appearing to fall off a roof…
I don’t know if he’s being promoted in as heavy handed a manner in the UK. Perhaps his management is just making the big push to break him beyond the fangirls and Sherlock crowd in America. Whatever the case, he’s constantly on my social media feeds and a major feature in most blogs I read. In all fairness, I almost exclusively read British culture and entertainment blogs…
I was quite surprised to hear that Benedict’s new film, The Fifth Estate, bombed at the box office on its opening weekend. The Wikileaks story looks interesting and it’s certainly got a quality cast. Surely his legions of rabid fans (the Cumberbitches) should have assured respectable ticket sales. Could it be that a bit of Cumberbacklash may have begun?
I remember a time not so long ago when the young actor with the funny name was a new talent that I’d just discovered.
I understand the need to take the parts and the accolades when they’re on offer but there might be something to be said for laying low for a few months, build up demand for your talents. Much better having people miss you a bit than roll their eyes every time you show up in yet another blockbuster trailer.