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Trivia: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • As previously mentioned, he's naturally a ginger, but dyes his hair dark brown for most of his roles (including Hawking), black for roles like Sherlock and Harrison, and a sort of dishwater-blonde for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
    • For Third Star he opted to lose a ton of weight instead of shaving his head (which he was growing out for Sherlock) in order to look like a sickly and emaciated cancer patient. He kept the appearance for Sherlock Holmes, who is known for prioritizing work over food.
    • Conversely, for Star Trek Into Darkness he worked out daily and went up two suit sizes.
    • Despite having a wig, he still dyed his hair platinum blond to portray Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate. He also wore contact lenses and false teeth for the film.
    • To make his voice deep enough for Smaug in The Hobbit, he literally tore into his vocal cords.
  • Fan Nickname: He has loads of nicknames. Some given by the press, others by fans, and even more from his own friends.
    • Tumblr has a particular fondness for "Baritone Gingerbatch". A notable one is Bandersnatch Cumberbund, which was from an article that unfortunately couldn't spell his name correctly and, simultaneously, had many fans poking lighthearted fun at his difficult name.
    • And the priceless one given to him by his schoolmate, which he disclosed on Alan Carr's talkshow: Bendy-dick Cum-on-my-baps.
    • "Butawhiteguy Cantbekhan" gained some popularity even among fans in regards to his casting in Into Darkness (which no one really blamed on him).
    • Benedict KHAAAAAAAANNNNN!!!!berbatch
    • "Shezza", from the Sherlock episode "His Last Vow".
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: His version of Sherlock Holmes describes himself as a "high-functioning sociopath" and shows concern for very few people, and that's not even mentioning his characters in Star Trek Into Darkness or The Hobbit films; the man behind the roles is eloquent and charming. MTV even made a video entitled Why is Benedict Cumberbatch so Charming? to prove the point. The press usually describe him as "relentlessly polite" and "both a thinker and a talker".
  • Star-Making Role: Sherlock truly made him a star on both sides of the Atlantic, and spring-boarded him into a film career.
    • And for those unfamiliar with Sherlock, his roles as John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness and Smaug in The Hobbit could count as well.

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