Spiegel Online: Mr. Cumberbatch between your Movie- and TV-jobs you also play Theater: In Danny Boyles - “Frankenstein”-Adaption at the National Theatre in London you played the doctor and the creature. Which part did you like more?
Cumberbatch: Both roles are very demanding and have lots of tragical potential: Frankenstein who grows up without family love and is therefore posessed to awake death to life and on the other hand that monster that starts immediately into the adult life and has to live through cruel rejection because it’s different. This evolution from total innocence to the greatest agony is sad and a big big drama.
Spiegel Online: Do you sometimes feel like Frankensteins creature when you get owned by Hollywood/get formed to the new superstar?
Cumberbatch: Oh my god, you have created a monster! Haha, no, Hollywood doesn’t give birth to monster, the monsters are already in us before we get blended by money, everlasting youth and other magical stuff. Hollywood is just the center of the movie industry, where people go to plan movies. And sometimes they film there.
Spiegel Online: That sounds down to earth. Aren’t you susceptible to glamour and fame?
Cumberbatch: It isn’t like in other certain countries where you have to be vaccinated against malaria or other bad diseases before you go there. When you go to Hollywood you don’t turn automatically in a drunken asshole. All famous people I had the fortune to work with in the last years have very grounded, grown structures around them: Class mates, family, all normal people. You aren’t aware of that because you only see the stars at festive events where you see them all in one place and therefore you believe that famous people just hang around with famous people. If this wouldn’t be the case it could come to a certain Hysteria.
Spiegel Online: You have a very successful year behind you. You played the villain Khan, the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, you celebrated an extraordinary comeback as the TV dedective Sherlock Holmes and soon you play the mathematician Alan Turing - all very demanding character! Was ist a relief to play a relatively normal person in “August Osage County”?
Cumberbatch: I know what you’re driving at: There can be seen a pattern, can’t it? He’s always searching for the difficult, ingenious figures! Sadly I have to disappoint you. Of course I like to play intelligent people that aren’t simple or boring, but these weren’t constantly decisions I was are of. To play Charles in “August Osage County” was a challenge, just because he’s the guy from the neighbourhood and then he is an American from Oklahoma, a place I never visited before in my life. Alone to get the accent right! Or the scene where I sing and play the piano? Very difficult for me. But that’s exactly that: It has to stay interesting. I don’t want to repete myself, but I don’t strive for the biggest diversity either.
Spiegel Online: Your fan base, the so-called Cumberbitches,
Cumberbatch: Ha, I waited for that!
Spiegel Online: … so, your for the most part female fans would quite possibly like to see you in a big romantical romance…
Cumberbatch: Absolutely. I, myself, would like to see me trying in a leading man role, preferably in a romantic comedy. I can’t wait to get the right script into my hands.
Spiegel Oline: Do you sometimes think about why you’re so popular with women/men? Admittedly you’re a great actor and you don’t look that bad - but it’s a bit creepy too, isn’t it?
Cumberbatch: Oh, thank you. But I don’t look that good! When I look in the mirror I see the same face as I’ve seen 10 years before, when I was far away from the 1000 sexiest men. It’s all projection and has very much something to do with the characters I play - not so much how my body or my face looks. I enjoy it as long as it lasts, because just tomorrow there could be another guy who gets admired, that’s for sure. In all honesty? Most of the time I laugh about it.
This Interview is from the German Spiegel, originally uploaded by the Tumblr: http://amandaabbington.tumblr.com (Check her out, she’s great)
I translated it, so the non german fans could read it too… English is not my native language so be gentle with me :) (But I’m glad when you correct me, so feel free to message me)