Comic book stores. What with their dark corners, questionable outfits and prolonged silences, they're hardly the first place you'd think to find A list acting talent.
You can imagine the impact one Benedict Cumberbatch had on the proprietors of JHU Comic Books in Manhattan, when he 'popped in' during a break between filming scenes for his Marvel debut, Doctor Strange.
One of the store's managers, Rene Rosa, described the moment Cumberbatch walked into the quiet store dressed as his character: "...the crew came in to check out the place because they were shocked to see a comic book store where they were filming... at one point, one of the producers joked about how great it would be to have Benedict come into the store in costume. Of course, I didn't know he was one of the producers, at the time. I told him that if he did, I would lose my damn mind.
"Everyone there was excited, laughing and couldn't believe it. Benedict Cumberbatch was incredibly nice, gracious and he and I went back and forth with some banter for a little bit before he had to go right back out and shoot more scenes. He didn't have time to do much more than shake hands, talk and take a few pictures, but we totally understood that and were lucky just to have him in!"
Here's the photo that Rosa's friend, Z. Lee, captured of Cumberbatch holding a copy of the Dr Strange comic, The Oath. The likeness is uncanny. Strange, even.
(Image: Z Lee)