Just as 2011 was dubbed the year of Michael Fassbender, and just as 2012 was considered the year of Matthew McConaughey, 2013 is without a doubt the year of Benedict Cumberbatch. The British actor is in a total of five movies this year, one of which has already grossed half a billion dollars worldwide (Star Trek Into Darkness), another of which is expected to gross twice that (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), the other three of which are all considered Oscar front-runners (12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County, and The Fifth Estate). At last week’s TIFF screening of 12 Years a Slave, more fans turned out for Cumberbatch than they did for his co-star Brad Pitt, supposedly the biggest movie star in the world.
Fans of Cumberbatch will want to check out the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, which features one of the most in-depth interviews with the actor to date.
—Cumberbatch recalls an aborted kidnapping attempt in South Africa. “I was scared, really scared. I said: “What are you going to do with us? Are you going to kill us?'”;
—Cumberbatch describes a stalker who spied on his home from a nearby building and live Tweeted him taking off his shirt and putting on another. “To think that somebody knew everything I’d done in a day and told the rest of the world in real time!”;
—Cumberbatch is no fan of gossip columnists. “I’m now haunted with, “But he did want children, and now he doesn’t? What’s gone wrong? Is he gay? Can’t he commit to relationships?’ All this speculative s***. There’s a point where I just go, “I’ve said all I have to say.’ “
—Cumberbatch is, however, a fan of Stanley Kubrick. During university, he wrote a dissertation on Kubrick arguing that “within a diverse subject matter, his worldview is still very unified.”;
—Cumberbatch talks about his e-mail conversations with Julian Assange, addresses rumours that he’ll be in J.J. Abrams Star Wars sequel, and explains (sort of) why he backed out of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.