Thursday, April 10, 2014

Elle Richardson meets Benedict Cumberbatch at Oz Comic-Con Adelaide

10th Apr 2014 1:15pm | By Elle Richardson

Elle and Benedict Cumberbatch

Yes - it finally happened. I met Benedict Cumberbatch... in Adelaide.

Benedict Cumberbatch is nothing short of a superstar - albeit a reluctant one. At 37, he has a prolific career, but is best known for his modern portrayal of Sherlock on the BBC. His appearance at Oz Comic-Con Adelaide was a clear indication of his growing popularity in Australia, with crowds lining up for hours for photos and autographs on both days.

Aside from being the owner of the famed 'cumberbooty' coveted by thousands of fans worldwide, he is intelligent, talented and surprisingly humble. Panels at Oz Comic-Con Adelaide revealed he is also an advocateof prisoner education through the provision of books, and perhaps even more admirably, he freely discussed the importance of talking about mental health - despite the chance of negative publicity. When asked by me in his first panel where he would go and what he would do if he had a day off in any city in the world, he initially stated the Barossa Valley (a wine region in South Australia), eliciting cheers from the crowd.

He then said he preferred to “head for the hills”, getting back to nature and enjoying some privacy, which I’d imagine is rare these days for someone so recognisable.

As one of 50 lucky meet and greet participants on Saturday night, I was already delirious, having packed and flown in early that morning. Needless to say I was gobsmacked when Benedict bounded in with a Tigger-like exuberance that seemed superhuman in the circumstances. This was amplified when he commented (as he sat down) that WE must have all had a long day.

He listened earnestly to questions and gave thoughtful, eloquent answers, keeping everyone smiling with his sparkling conversation, peppered with the odd delightfully-accented swear word. In the quick 10 minutes he was at my table he answered two questions, discussing the motivations behind his character Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, and my own question about the intricacies of voice acting in Cabin Pressure.


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