Hello reddit. My film The Fifth Estate opens 10/18.

You can check out footage here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43ki3z0ZmXA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUgc-Ye79Z558TEZqryYesNA

Proof: https://twitter.com/5thEstateMovie/status/388746706818310144 Fancy a cup?

Update: Also, please check out the trailer for Little Favour, directed by a friend of mine Patrick Monroe. I hope you enjoy it!

Final Update: Thank you, reddit. This has been more fun than I imagined. It's been great to be able to reach out and speak to a few of you. Sorry for those that I didn't get to respond to. JA bless you all. See you all the next time.

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CanadianGladiator3352 karma

If I make a brand of pants called “CumberBritches” will you endorse them?

_BenedictCumberbatch3544 karma

Only if you get me a billboard slot in Times Square.

hcml113317 karma

Do you, Matt smith, and Tom Hiddleton have cheek bone polishing parties?

_BenedictCumberbatch4549 karma

We like nothing better than buffing our Zygoma. And imagining a horny time traveling long overcoat purple scarf wearing super sleuth nordic legend fuck fantasy. Get to work on that, internet.

Shitty_Watercolour3095 karma


I realise this will disappoint a lot of you sorry :c

_BenedictCumberbatch2984 karma

Phenomenal. Why does Matt have the hammer? Sure it's the wrong household tool? Shouldn't it be a sonic toothbrush with a screwdriver on the end of it? And what's Simon Pegg doing staring at my abundant locks? And where's his right hand?

Hesprit2527 karma

Oh good lord.

Under protest (if I don't write this my 15 year old daughter has said she'll create a Reddit account, and I really don't want her hanging out with some of the very strange people here), I am directed to say that the next time you come to Toronto you are welcome to come over for a roast beef and yorkshire pudding dinner. To subvert this message, I'm asking you to please bring a date.

This is five months later and someone just gilded this?!?!!! Do I have a stalker?

_BenedictCumberbatch2580 karma

Thank you very much. I'll try and create some time next time I'm over there with The Invitation Game. For some English grub with you. No promises, though.

CumberbatchLover2428 karma

What do you think of your fans calling themselves 'Cumbercookies'? That way when we all come together, we'll be the 'Cumberbatch' :D

_BenedictCumberbatch2842 karma

It's great! You could call yourself the Cumbergirls, and then when you come together you'd be a flock. Or you could call yourself the Cumbertadpoles and that way you'd be the Cumberspawn...Wait!...Ew! Don't do that.

TheRedLozza2266 karma

Hi Benedict,

Is it hard to keep the secret of how Sherlock survived? Do you ever have the urge to tell someone? If so, how do you cope?

_BenedictCumberbatch3908 karma

I cry myself to sleep at night. And then wake up laughing.

alphahatter2188 karma

QUICK. whats in your pocket right now

_BenedictCumberbatch3058 karma

My hand.

polymercury2211 karma

How are you typing?

_BenedictCumberbatch3385 karma

With my left foot.

c-line2094 karma

This AMA has exceeded my wildest expectations. Has your sass increased since working with Martin Freeman, or were you always this sassy?

_BenedictCumberbatch2861 karma

Well of course Martin will be furious unless I say I owe it all to him. And believe me, his wrath is more fearsome than any dragons.

ProcrastinationMan2074 karma


What? He told us to ask anything.

_BenedictCumberbatch2599 karma

Haven't you seen winged suits on YouTube?? I told you I was into skydiving. How many more clues do you need people?

xxkatyladyxx1841 karma

Benedict, You must get asked many of the same questions over and over, but I’d like to know -- what’s a question you WISH someone would ask? Something that matters to you about which you’d love to speak candidly? (And of course, what’s the answer to that question?)

Also, thank you for sharing your immense talent and for doing this AMA. You are both well-respected and well-loved, and it’s deserved from what I can tell.

_BenedictCumberbatch2169 karma

Well thank you very much, first of all. I often feel in interviews people should ask about the culture and people that I engage with as an audience rather than the same bio or personal life details. Rough with the very, very smooth, these are high class problems. The best interviews evolve like conversation. They're not lead by journalists that are seeking to thrill their editor with predictable copy and questions that are basically answers. Sadly, that's the norm. But there are exceptions which sometimes make it worthwhile.

groinkick1781 karma

Mr. Cumberbatch,

If you make an appearance on Sesame Street, which Muppet would you like to share a scene with?

Thank you

_BenedictCumberbatch2669 karma


jrgolden421080 karma

But Animal isnt a member of the Sesame Street cast!!

_BenedictCumberbatch2395 karma

Forgive me. Oscar the grouch.

quietasashadow1719 karma

Benedict, do you bother with Halloween? If so, what will you be this year?

If not... Disregard.

PS: I like you a lot.

_BenedictCumberbatch2840 karma

The invisible man. Oh, how I love to disappear.

keeblerlorien1699 karma

Mr Cumberbatch, you so rarely get to do comedy these days, and you were hilarious in Starter for 10! It seems from interviews and such that you and Simon Pegg got on well while filming Star Trek. As Mr Pegg has a tendency to cast his friends in his work, is there any chance we might one day get to see you in a future Pegg comedy film?

_BenedictCumberbatch2447 karma

That is a question for Simon, obviously. I love my comedy and when the right project comes up I won't shy away from it. There's a lot of humor in what I do, specifically Sherlock, but it would be great to play a "normal guy" in a "normal comedy".

scottybomber1792 karma

There are millions of reasons as to why I watch Sherlock and your perfect comedic timing is most definitely one of them!

_BenedictCumberbatch2948 karma

Thank you. I learned from the master, Martin Freeman.

AreYouHereToKillMe1629 karma

My wife would sincerely like to know if you are wearing anything under your robe..... please respond, this is important for our mental wellbeing.

_BenedictCumberbatch2801 karma

You should be asking who's naked under it with me.

FullOnPleb1586 karma

What's the weirdest encounter you've had with a fan?

_BenedictCumberbatch3629 karma

Ted Danson at a pre-Oscar party screaming across a floor of people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ray Liotta, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, et al while pushing past them and knocking their drinks. "OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! IT'S FUCKING SHERLOCK HOLMES!"

wonkybookcase1575 karma

Is fame different from how you imagined it would be?

_BenedictCumberbatch3311 karma

You can't imagine fame. You can only ever see it from an outsider and comment on it with the rueful wisdom of a non participant. When it happens to you, it doesn't matter what age or how, it is a very steep learning curve. The imprtanot thing to realize in all of it is that life is short, to protect the ones you love, and not expose yourself to too much abuse or narcissistic reflection gazing and move on. If fame affords me the type of ability to do the kind of work I'm being offered, who am I to complain about the downsides. It's all relative. And this are obviously very high class problems. The way privacy becomes an every shrinking island is inevitable but also manageable and it doesn't necessary have to get that way...

r_cmbrbtch_group1536 karma

Hi Benedict!

Your devoted fans at r/cumberbitches decided to collaborate on a group post on behalf of the entire subreddit, to say THANK YOU for taking the time out of your hectic schedule to do this AMA!

(A quick aside regarding the subreddit name. We do know you are not entirely fond of that particular nom de fandom. And while some of us agree, some disagree, and some don’t really mind either way, with almost 7000 subscribers and thousands of archived posts, it is really past changing now. We had a bit of discussion yesterday about perspectives in linguistic reappropriation regarding gendered perspectives and, hey, we would really love the chance to have that conversation with you sometime. But today is not the right moment. So. Moving on.)

Many excellent questions were posted, discussed, and voted on. We wish we could ask you all of them, and surely you would answer all of them if you had the time, because you are always amazing to your fans--but in the interest of brevity, we decided on the top five. That’s a lot in one post, so feel free to pick what you want to answer!

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

2. If you were stranded on a desert island with the basic essentials, what additional 3 things would you want to have and why?

3. Favorite hot beverage, and how do you take it? Favorite alcoholic beverage?

4. You’ve come into A-list celebrity a bit later in life than some actors. Do you think maturity makes it easier to handle the kinds of invasiveness and scrutiny that come with stardom? How well do you think you would have handled this level of success at an earlier age, say, ten years ago?

5. Third Star is an r/Cumberbitches perennial favorite. What was it like to make a film that dealt with facing mortality so directly? Did it influence how you look at your own life?

Again, thank you for your truly exceptional work, and your kindness towards your fans, and...well, just for being you, really. We are so looking forward to seeing all your upcoming projects. (Especially Little Favour. Man, that looks awesome.)

And if this AMA thing doesn’t scare you off Reddit forever...feel free to drop by r/Cumberbitches anytime! We are really proud of being a mostly mature, respectful lot...with only very occasional forays into squealing weirdness. Really. We promise.

With love,

Your fans at r/Cumberbitches

_BenedictCumberbatch1408 karma


My favorite childhood memory is the blue sky above my parents flat.

If I were on a desert island I would love to have a scuba diving kit. My family. And my partner of the moment - whomever I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

If it's not people that am allowed. Additional equipment would be a kindle with a never ending memory of books. And a survival handbook.

illustrious1455 karma

Mr. Cumberbatch,

I don't have a question. I just wanted to say that I think you are lovely in Sherlock and that my husband named our fish after you.

_BenedictCumberbatch2900 karma

I hope that fish lives a long life. Don't put it near any rooftops.

HollyBoBolly1423 karma

Mr. Cumberbatch,

I asked Mr. Hiddleston this question when he did a Q&A on Twitter:

Can you feel the love tonight?

He was unable to respond, but I'm hoping you will.

_BenedictCumberbatch2896 karma

I'm feeling it right now. Leave me alone.

stopXstoreytime1403 karma

Two minutes in with 500+ comments. Best of luck.

Mr. Cumberbatch, hello! You've charmed the pants off of the whole damn world and are highly sought-after in the acting world and yet you remain as gracious and humble as the day you started acting. I just wanted to let you know that among the stories we hear of artists being less-than-pleasant to their fans, you are a breath of fresh air and I can't tell you how much your fans appreciate that about you.

Question: where has your favorite place been so far to visit?

EDIT: I am going to pee. This fangirl has had her life made.

_BenedictCumberbatch2411 karma

On an untouched New Zealand glacier via helicopter where I stepped out in trainers, jogging pants, and got out and danced. Or touching the earth after my first skydiving jump in Namibia. Or a balcony in South Africa where I felt the sun on my face after the night I was carjacked.

favoritehello1393 karma


avionus1167 karma

also, is that the snoo from /r/cumberbitches?

_BenedictCumberbatch2090 karma

Yes. It is.

AreYeFantastical951388 karma

Seeing as to how you've been spending a lot of time in the US, what do you find was the most baffling thing about the customs here?

_BenedictCumberbatch2884 karma

I find that no one at the borders ever smiles.

DiegoVonCosmo1259 karma

There has recently been a debate about whether television is finally on par with film as an artistic medium. As someone who has achieved considerable success in both TV and film, what is your opinion on this matter?

_BenedictCumberbatch1913 karma

I think there is no debate. I agree. And thank you for your assessment of my achievements.

chatchapeau1104 karma

Hi Ben, what are a few of your favorite comfort movies that are nostalgic to you and you never tire of?

_BenedictCumberbatch2385 karma

Ghostbusters. Loads of John Hughes classics. Annie Hall. annnnnd 2001 Space Odyssey!!

dayofthedead2041077 karma

Hi Benedict,

I’m a big fan – thanks for doing this AMA. I really enjoyed your portrayal of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness.

My question is that you’ve often portrayed some very famous literary characters, ie Sherlock Holmes, Victor Frankenstein, Smaug The Dragon, but if you could choose to be any other literary character in an upcoming role who would it be and why?

_BenedictCumberbatch1314 karma

Patrick Melrose in Edward St. Aubyn.

MeggO_MyEggo959 karma

Has there been a time when you've been completely starstruck meeting someone famous but had to play it cool because you're famous too?

_BenedictCumberbatch1789 karma

Uhhhhhhhh. Every time I've met someone famous who I've been in the audience of. I have the same butterflies and inability to be cool. I approach them as a fellow member of the human race as the next person in their audience does. I've been doing this for 10 odd years, and so to meet people who thrilled me with their work for my entire life in such a concentrated manner as has happened over the last few years has been mind-blowing. One of the many perks of my job, I guess.

HollyBoBolly937 karma

Mr. Cumberbatch,

What was your favorite prank, done by you or to you, on or off set.

Let me know if you would like suggestions :)

_BenedictCumberbatch2483 karma

Neutron cream. Come on, people!

PS. Anytime you're in a restaurant with a group of friends and one of them goes to the restroom or bathroom (presume there are many nationalities involved in this AMA), tell the waiter that it's that person's birthday. Not only is it fun to embarrass the hell out of the poor victim, but you get free cake in the bargain.

ghostbunny862 karma

Have you turned down or missed out on any roles that you wish you had taken/gotten and what were they?

_BenedictCumberbatch1933 karma

Turned down, no. Missed out, yes. Being specific would be impolite.

valkyrie_cain758 karma

Japan seems to really love you. Any funny/interesting/weird or simply memorable thing that happened to you there?

_BenedictCumberbatch1417 karma

Being greeted by 1000 people at an airport is pretty formidable as experiences in life go. I'd love to go there again and escape on a bullet train to the South Island to see Kyoto and more spots of beauty and spots of interest. A remarkable country that has been through so much in recent time that I'm very proud to be liked by. Thank you.

Girthanthaclops752 karma

Mr. Cumberbatch, everyone loves you for a myriad of reasons: your personality, looks, hair, cheekbones, you name it. I was wondering, what's your favorite part about you?

_BenedictCumberbatch1593 karma

I guess as an actor your eyes are vital in conveying any internal thought process or feeling, and for that I have my mum to thank. Other than that, I'm happy to default to your judgements.

_neverwhere730 karma

With your (crazy) filming schedule, what creature comforts do you look forward to the most when returning home?

_BenedictCumberbatch1729 karma

Walking or running on Hampstead Heath, seeing my friends and family, cooking for myself, and the embrace of those I love. Beyond that, a whisky, the fire and a good book.

wtfhbk697 karma

What are you currently reading for leisure, and what is your favorite novel of all time?

Also, if you could play any stage role, be it opera, musicals, or plays, who would it be?

Thanks so much for doing an AMA, and I'm so excited for Smaug's appearance in a few months!

_BenedictCumberbatch932 karma

See answer to fictional character I'd like to play. I have short term ambitions.

mostly-harmless-42647 karma

Hello! Any plans for working on anything for BBC Radio? I'm a huge fan of Cabin Pressure and would love to hear you all back for the last, "Z", episode! All the best. :-)

_BenedictCumberbatch1011 karma

Ask John Finnemore. He's the writer. Hello John, if you're out there. We love you!