Saturday, December 21, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch iPhone selfie landed him Meryl Streep movie August: Osage County

Emily Hewett
Showbiz reporter

Cumberbatch iPhone selfie landed him Streep movie

Benedict Cumberbatch bagged a part in his latest movie August: Osage County after wooing the film’s director with a self-shot video.

John Wells – best known for his work on US TV series ER and The West Wing – had not heard of the Sherlock star until he received the amateur footage.

He said: ‘I have to confess I didn’t know Benedict’s work at all. He sent in a video – recorded on an iPhone – and he must have filmed it himself because you could see that it was being held at arm’s length, like a selfie.

‘We were sent the clip by his agent and I was really taken with his talent. It was a beautiful audition.

‘We auditioned several people after that but none of them had the warmth and humanity of Benedict in the part,’ he added to The Sun.

Benedict stars alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper and Sam Shepard in the dark Oklahoma-set drama.


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