Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Doctor Strange And When Sherlock Is Filming

benedict cumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch is getting a lot of attention for his latest film The Imitation Game, so much so that even the Wall Street Journal interviewed him… and the WSJ did the right thing asking him about his upcoming turn as the Sorcerer Supreme.

When asked if taking on the role of Doctor Strange was a risk:

I don't think it's a risk because of Marvel. Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods. It's very different, it's an Astral Plane. There's a huge new element to this Marvel universe that's going to be employed in building this story and this character. But you know, I'm really excited about it, about working with Scott [Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they're doing.

And he added a little nugget for Sherlock fans:

I've got a few things to get under my belt first. I've got to do that little stage production of "Hamlet" in the summer and the Christmas special of "Sherlock," which we start shooting in about three days' time – Whoops! Yeah, that's there.

When asked if he had read comics as a boy:

Growing up, no. I didn't read many comics at all. Asterix a bit. I think that was it. There weren't many comics in my household — [in a self-mocking voice] "I'm so deprived." We didn't have Marvel so much. But you can bet your bottom dollar I'm reading them now, avidly.

We can add that Sherlock filming has begun as they are shooting today at Colston Hall.

[Source: WSJ]

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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