November 18, 2014
Matthew Goode fondly remembers the days before Benedict Cumberbatch became, as he calls it, “a Beatle.” At a Q&A following a New York screening of The Imitation Game on Monday, Goode said he’d like to go back the days when he and his co-star would “go back to the Wells tavern in Hampstead and do pub quizzes.”
“Me too,” chimed in Cumberbatch, with the kind of longing that can only come from a man who knows he’s too famous to step foot inside a pub anytime soon.
“I love the little paintings above the bar,” Goode continued, to be interrupted by Cumberbatch—“The original Victorian engravings!”
“And we would sit in the window by the fire,” Goode said, sounding a little wistful, and only to set up his punch line: “And make slow love . . . No! That’s never happened!” As the audience roared and maybe even wolf-whistled, Goode got that wistful look in his eye again: “God, how I tried . . .”
Goode, Cumberbatch, and the rest of the Imitation Game cast—which includes Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, and Charles Dance—were on a whirlwind tour of New York City on Monday, from morning-show appearances, a luncheon with awards voters and other heavyweights, the premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater, to the SAG-screening Q&A, hosted by Vanity Fair digital director Mike Hogan. (We’ll have more on that conversation, video included, tomorrow.) The grand tour launched at the same time as a New York magazine feature titled “Benedict and the Cumberbitches,” about the 38-year-old’s massive fan base and the situation at the Toronto International Film Festival, which Goode described as “shutting the city down,” to the point that he and his other co-stars “weren’t allowed in. We’re like, ‘We’re in the fucking film, too. Can we come shout for him as well?’ ”