We think that there is many a female out there who will disagree with this, but Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he has missed out on playing “pin up” roles in the past, because of his looks!
Cumberbatch, who has acquired a huge following of adoring female fans since joining the hit BBC detective series based on the famous novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has seen his fame levels shoot through the roof since taking on the lead in the hit modern-day twist Sherlock Holmes series.
Not only has he won a handful of awards for his captivating portrayal of Sherlock, but has also been signed up for some pretty huge movies too, including Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy and, most recently, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
However, in a recent interview with TV magazine the actor, who is currently on a break from filming series three of Sherlock, is quoted as saying that the reason he doesn’t get the pin up parts is down to his looks – but he isn’t particularly bothered:
“I’m aware of the power of looks. I have wanted to play roles that have gone to much better-looking people than me and you think: ‘Oh well, that’s the pin-up guy’s part…’ for an actor like my friend James McAvoy, who’s gorgeous on screen.
“I’m not that. But at least I don’t have to worry about taking precious care of my face because it’s my commodity. That’s a great freedom. I’m not afraid of being heinous for the sake of a part.”
The actor then went on to admit that he is quite shy when it comes to social interaction, explaining:
“I’m actually shy. I’m not that confident in social situations – just going up to someone in a bar and saying Hi is even more difficult for me because they won’t know the real me.
“They will just know me as a fictional person I play on the screen.”
However, despite him thinking that he isn’t much to look at, the rest of the world disagrees as he was named sexiest male by the Sun newspaper recently, of which he commented at the time:
“I’m still processing this strange misperception. I suppose I’ll have to find a way to deal with the strain. I enjoy being considered handsome, even though I think it’s hysterical.”
“Work-wise, it builds a momentum, which means I’ve got the most fantastic opportunities – or at least, doors open to prove myself at the next level, and that attention has been a huge help. As long as it helps me find good roles, my response is, ‘Bring it on!’”
Meanwhile, for all you fans that have been missing the show, Sherlock is back tonight, albeit just a repeat.
BBC confirmed recently that they would re-air the second series of the hit show, in advance of the third hitting our screens and this evening the run begins with A Scandal In Belgravia, an episode centred on spies, terrorists, government conspiracies and a threat to the British monarchy.
The episode sparked controversy when it first aired for showing the character of Irene Adler – played by Lara Pulver – in the nude (albeit with full nudity obscured by camera angles) pre-watershed.
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