Monday, March 10, 2014

‘I am so ready to play a really dumb character’: Benedict Cumberbatch says he’s ready for a less intellectual role and that Sherlock is ‘an absolute b*****d’

PUBLISHED: 02:31 EST, 10 March 2014 | UPDATED: 05:48 EST, 10 March 2014

He’s played a super sleuth with an IQ through the roof, a slave-owner with a conflicted heart and a journalist hell bent on revealing government secrets.

Now, Benedict Cumberbatch, 37, is ready for a less intellectual role.

‘I am so ready to play a really dumb character,’ the actor told T magazine, having just finished filming a biopic of the British cryptographer Alan Turing, The Imitation Game, where he plays the lead role.

It’s no wonder Cumberbatch might feel ready for a less trying role, for Turing is often thought of as the father of theoretical computer science; whose life ended in tragedy when in 1954 he committed suicide, two years after being convicted for homosexuality.

‘I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers,’ Benedict explained, but with his educational background and upbringing his acting roles aren’t that surprising.

Both his parents Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton were actors, and after attending famous public boys’ school Harrow, he studied at the University of Manchester as well as the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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