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Benedict Cumberbatch Covers Time Magazine And Opens Up About Sherlock, Assange, and More

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10/19/2013 9:18 pm
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Benedict Cumberbatch Covers Time Magazine And Opens Up About Sherlock, Assange, and More
Media Courtesy of Time Magazine
Melissa LoParco

Managing Editor

Time Magazine is known for its iconic covers; the magazine has featured the likes of Ellen Degeneres' coming out story, Obama's presidential win and re-election, and now - in arguably the biggest year of his career - Benedict Cumberbatch can be added to the coveted Times cover list. The cover is a very soft monochrome photo of Cumberbatch who is wearing a very complex facial expression. According to photographer, Paola Kudacki she wanted to capture, "the intensity of his face but also the quietness. I wanted to take a serious approach, very quiet, and intimate." Of the cover photo, Kuvacki said, "He’s looking into the camera, very confidently, but there’s something kinda broken. It’s kinda like when he says he likes to bring humanity to the character. I think he’s very respectful of the characters he’s playing.” You can check out a behind the scenes look at the photoshoot here. The interview itself had Cumberbatch spewing his thoughts on life, roles he has landed, and of course, Julian Assange. When talking about Sherlock, Time went to Daniel Bruhl, Cumberbatch's co-star in The Fifth Estate, for a great anecdote: "The first time I met him in London for rehearsal, he took one look at me and told me what I had for breakfast. I said, 'Hi, Sherlock, nice to meet you.' And he said, 'Sorry, sorry, I just can't let go of that part.'" Cumberbatch has previously mentioned his relationship with the character, and he reveals that he, "knew he was in very safe hands with the creators [of Sherlock], Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat." The one thing that still stumps Cumberbatch about his Sherlock fame is just how far the character has reached. "I thought, Oh, I won't get recognized [in rural Oklahoma]. But the first cafe I walked into, the waitresses were like 'Oh my God! Aren't you on television? Don't you play Sherlock Holmes?' It's amazing the spread of that thing, it's incredible." One thing that Cumberbatch has definitely had in common with his roles is secrecy. Between Star Trek, Sherlock, and other projects there is no running away from it. "It's ridiculous. I kind of feel like I'm carrying around all these secrets." Calling himself someone who is "politically aware," he first heard of WikiLeaks when the Iraq war logs were released. He says he feels like The Fifth Estate respects Assange's creation and that it engages "the philosophical and political ramifications of WikiLeaks," according to Time. "The idea that people could not fear retribution for anonymously whistle-blowing on malpractice? That's an incredibly powerful new democratic tool. "[Assange] is a man who, excuse his message of transparency, wants to keep as much of himself together as possible," Cumberbatch said of Assange. The article touches upon many other aspects of Cumberbatch's life, like his father reading him The Hobbit as a child, and the full story on his horrifying experience in South Africa and the incredible experience he had scuba-diving after the fact. Unfortunately for fans in the United States, the Cumberbatch cover is only offered to international countries - people were not happy about that. But don't worry, the article is still featured in the magazine. Cumberbatch's issue of Time Magazine is available now, so if you want to check out the entire feature be sure to pick one up. And don't forget to check out Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate and 12 Years a Slave, both of which came out on Friday in North America.


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