Benedict Cumberbatch, TV detective, big-screen magic-wrangler and top of anyone’s “Actors Who Probably Have Really Great Handwriting” list, has expressed his one regret surrounding Avengers: Infinity War. It’s not that he dies in it, it’s not that poor little Spider-Man dies, and it’s not even that the baddie wins. The actor, about to voice the Grinch in a CGI Christmas movie, told Uproxx he wished he’d gone and watched the film with audiences.
“My biggest regret of that whole time is that I didn’t sneak in to see people’s reaction,” he said.
“I know other people who did it. I think Tom Holland did it. I know Mark Ruffalo took his children, because he then FaceTimed us from the cinema. His teenage children’s friends [were] running in the aisles going, “No, what’s happening!?” The universe had crashed around them, which is really cruel, but kind of really enjoyable. It’s just great that storytelling in a tentpole film of a franchise can have that kind of an impact and kind of a visceral reaction.”
Cumberbatch also revealed that his wife, opera director Sophie Hunter, was particularly sad when Doctor Strange disintegrated - that seems fair enough, as it must be odd and upsetting for anyone watching the love of their life die on-screen, even in a silly wig doing an accent.
“My wife was in shock!” he said. “She still is. She can’t get over it. I think she really quite fancies Doctor Strange and he’s gone. I said, “Baby, he’s gone. There’s no more Doctor Strange. He’s gone. That’s it.””
It’s a bit weird to think of Benedict Cumberbatch calling his wife “Baby”. His voice is very much one you’d imagine calling his wife “Darling” rather than “Baby”, isn’t it?
Benedict Cumberbatch, eh? Full of surprises.
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