Those at YOU HQ who were still sitting on the Benedict Cumberbatch fence practically flung themselves over it on seeing this vision in a wet shirt. BC found his inner Darcy for a shoot with Jason Bell (he of cute Prince George photo fame), who was commissioned by TK Maxx to shoot a variety of famous faces, including Liam Neeson, Kate Winslet and Jerry Hall, to celebrate ten years of its Give Up Clothes For Good campaign, which has raised more than £17 million for Cancer Research. Bell’s photographs will be exhibited at La Galleria on Pall Mall, London, from Tuesday until Saturday. tkmaxx.com.
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Benedict when asked why there is no exploration of Alan Turing’s sex life in “The Imitation Game” (x)
His answer is everything.
Not what he expected when he signed on to play math genius Alan Turing.
The cast of The Imitation Game likely wasn’t expecting anything too out of the ordinary in the Q&A following the rapturous standing ovation at their Toronto Film Festival premiere tonight. But then again, it’s not ordinary to put Benedict Cumberbatch in a room with an open microphone and a lot of women. (Though given what happened at Comic-Con, they might have expected some trouble.)
The question that would soon have everyone in the room cringing came near the end of the quite lengthy talk, in which every questioner seemed to be female and every question directed to Cumberbatch. He made a valiant effort to wade through the fawning, giving long, thoughtful answers every time. Then a woman got up to the mic and declared, “Benedict, I actually think you’re quite yummy.” Everyone laughed. So she repeated herself. “You really are quite yummy.”
"When is the question coming?" Toronto Film Festival director Cameron Bailey interjected. The woman said she had two really important questions, both for Cumberbatch, of course. One was what part of the role of WWII hero codebreaker Alan Turing did he identify with most. And the second very important question, keeping with the theme of the film, which "is that it’s okay to be a little bit different… Would I be able to feast on your yumminess?"
Keira Knightley slapped Cumberbatch’s leg she was laughing so hard, then turned toward him, exaggeratedly anticipating his answer.
Cumberbatch, beet red, composed himself. “I’ll answer the first part of your question, which is… Christ. Sorry, I’m taken. I did not go into this Q&A about a gay icon who killed himself at 41 thinking I’d have to answer questions from someone who wants to taste my deliciousness.”
To Cumberbatch’s credit, he managed to bring the discussion straight back to Turing, and the movie’s true story of how the math genius led a team of cryptographers and linguists who cracked Enigma, the machine the Nazis used to send encrypted messages. It was an achievement that may have shortened the war by two years and saved countless lives, and the machine Turing invented to combat Enigma was essentially the first computer. Cumberbatch explained that “not being a math genius, or a hero, or a gay icon,” he found his way into the character because Turing was an incredibly sensitive human being.
The “yummy” woman finally sat down and another female fan stood up to ask Cumberbatch how this role was going to affect his future choices. He hung his head and tried to pass the mic to any and all of his castmates. “No, I really really want to hear you first,” he told them. They all waved him off laughing. He sighed and looked up at whichever female was now standing at the mic, and the long line of other women behind her, and sighed. “What was the question?”
Right after the Q&A, the actor boarded a plane to London to begin filmingRichard III for the BBC. Women of Toronto, Benedict Cumberbatch has left the continent.
Benedict on the interviewer’s question why we do not see Alan Turing having sex in the film.
Oh Benny.. [x]
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if you’ve come across benedict’s address lately, please don’t spread it around or attempt to go there. i don’t know what security he has on his place, but please keep in mind that he needs some privacy to himself.
thank you for respecting his privacy.
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