During an appearance on today’s episode of Katie, suave British actor Benedict Cumberbatch revealed to Katie Couric that he originally used the stage name “Benedict Carlton”; (which is his middle name) after the host gushed about him having the best name in show business.
He changed it back to Cumberbatch, he says, when he hired a new agent, who wondered why he wasn’t using his real name professionally. Benedict’s response: Because Cumberbatch “sounds like a fart in a bath.”;
Benedict is appearing on Katie to promote his new film The Fifth Estate, in which he plays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
In this clip from today’s show, Benedict and Katie discuss whether history will view Assange as a hero or a villain: