Benedict Cumberbatch answered a fan question we solicited from Twitter — it was about his favorite places in the world — and this was part of his adorable answer.
Check out the rest here.
Now THAT is how you sell a pair of jeans ;D
(credit to @bonniegrrl where I found the photo)
THIS NEEDS TO BE A REAL THING
Tom Hiddleston: The Meme-iest Man of the Moment (x)
Hiddleston also discussed a particularly buzzy Internet missive issued by his “War Horse” co-star and real-life palBenedict Cumberbatch— one that focused on both actors’s prominent cheekbones. During a recent Reddit AMA, the “Fifth Estate” actor’s answer to a fan question nearly elicited total Internet meltdown.It went down like this:
Fan: Do you, Matt Smith, andTom Hiddleston have cheekbone polishing parties?
Cumberbatch: We like nothing better than polishing our zygoma. And imagining a h—-y time-traveling, long overcoat purple scarf wearing super sleuth Nordic legend f—- fantasy. Get to work on that, Internet.
Hiddleston’s take: “You see, ‘zygoma’ is a word I didn’t know existed. That’s the Cumberbatch vocabulary for you.” (For you non-anatomy buffs out there, we’ll save you a trip to the dictionary: zygoma is indeed short for the zygomatic bone, aka cheekbone.)
Hiddleston continued reading through the rest of his buddy’s, um, cheeky response, stopping short on the F-word (because he’s classy with a ‘c’ and knows Yahoo doesn’t play that way). “Right. Benedict. That’s just asking for trouble, isn’t it? … Oh my goodness. That’s quite a mischievous thing to do.”
I thought this was some kind of digital trickery until I found the video.
Bizarre creature. All I could think of was this:
THE POWER OF THE INTERNET this was mind-blowing, not only for Benedict
“Benedict is one of my best friends, we live around the corner from each other in London” - Tom Hiddleston
The hottest corner in London O_O
i khan’t honestly say i’m sorry
this is perfect
The fear in his eyes omg
That look that just says sit the fuck down son, I’m about to tell you a war story.
That is horror in it’s purest form.
things i regret: nothing.
ding dong wat is wrong
If I ever stop reblogging this assume I’m dead
The actor oversaw the civil ceremony if two male pals in Ibiza on Saturday night - it went down a treat.
am I the only one who thought he *married 2 men* ?
everyone thought that
Its been a big week for these two fandoms :)
Ever wondered what Sherlock would be like if John and Sherlock’s personalities were switched? Like John was the one who was a twat and Sherlock was the really nice and polite one?
Oh, that’s easy:
< rant >
Listen, sorry, listen, can I just…
Why on earth would you think it’s appropriate to bother someone while they’re in the airport check-in line? You wouldn’t do it to any other person of any other profession, why would you do that to an actor?
Look at the expression on Mr. Cumberbatch’s face. He is clearly surprised – this photo was not only taken at an inappropriate time but it was also taken without permission.
And fandom, I’m disappointed in you.
How much time have we all spent talking about how creeper stealth-photo taking is inappropriate, that people need to respect it when cosplayers don’t want photos taken when they’re resting , and how people’s privacy or ability to police their own bodies and comfort zonesshould be respected?
And yet. And yet there are photos like this.
But they’re celebrities.
Yes, true, they are. But they are also human beings who deserve respect and privacy. Think of the last time you were at an airport; can you honestly say that you would have wanted anyone to take your photo while you were harried, tired, feeling grimy and busy? No, probably not.
They wouldn’t have become famous if they didn’t want this. They knew the consequences.
Nobody becomes a writer/actor/director/artist for the express purpose of being famous. Some people might dream about how awesome it would be to be rich and famous, but few dream about the inconveniences and downright danger of being famous, too. Most people get into the arts because they love the arts, and they just want to work on awesome projects. The money is a bonus, the fame is nice, but when it goes overboard, like this photo, then it’s not awesome, and it’s not cool. It gets scary. It makes you wonder if pursing the art you love is worth the price.
But they get paid to have people take pictures of them.
Yes, that’s true. But they get paid to have people take pictures of them at certain times and in certain places. Yes, they are paid to attend red-carpet events (sometimes in free advertisement, sometimes just in tickets to the film or party, sometimes an actual appearance fee, sometimes in swag bags and booze), yes they get paid to do press junkets, yes they get paid to go to certain parties. So go ahead, take pictures of them in those situations. And if they bring their spouses, kids, lovers, dogs, etc. to those events, feel free to snap them, too. They all went knowing that they would be photographed and arrived prepared.
But they are not getting paid to go to the grocery store, or to stand in line at the airport, or to duck through a fast food restaurant drive-thru. They are not getting paid to take their godson to the park, or their niece to the zoo. They are not getting paid to drop their loved ones off at the airport, or pick up their mother from the nursing home.
They are not getting paid so don’t make them work by taking their photos.
They get paid millions of dollars, so I have the right – they should be working all the time.
Celebrities do get paid quite well, but not as well as you think for how much work they do.
Let’s say you make $50 000 year. That’s for about 48 weeks, assuming you get two weeks paid vacation and holidays. You work 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week, and you get the weekends off. When you leave work, you go home to your family and generally the boss doesn’t bug you to do extra outside of the work environment.
So that’s about $25/hr.
Now let’s say that Actor A gets offered $50 000 for a role in a feature film. First off, they probably spent the equivalent of a 40 hour week prepping for the audition, reading the script, having meetings with the director and producers, going to the audition, doing callbacks, screentests, chemistry tests with the other actors, etc. Well, all of that was unpaid work. You don’t get paid for job interviews; they don’t either.
Once the role is secure, they will probably do another 40 hour week of media surrounding casting the role. That’s generally unpaid as well.
Actor A will then do about 4 weeks of pre-production prep, and if it’s an action role, that will include upwards of 8 hours per day at the gym or with a fight trainer, and following a strict diet to drastically reshape their body. That work-out time is probably then followed by costume and makeup fittings and tests, script revision meetings, table readings, pre-marketing meetings with their agents, etc. So, let’s call that the equivalent of about 6 40 hour weeks, jammed into 4.
Actor A is then away from home, living in a rented apartment or hotel room, for anywhere between 4 and 30 weeks to film. Those aren’t 8 hour days, though. Those are generally 13 hours on set, usually with makeup before and after. Sure, they get all their meals paid for while on set, and usually a trailer in which to change, take a nap between setups, and to learn lines, etc, so let’s bump that down to the standard 8 hours to make up for the fact that their “lunch hour”, “break time”, and accommodations are paid for.
Once the film’s shooting is wrapped, the production moves into post (adding CGI, colour correcting, editing, folley, etc) and the cast is moving into marketing-mode. This means interviews on chat shows, travelling to conventions, newspaper interviews, magazine interviews, press-junkets, international tours, guest cameos, etc. They are on planes constantly. And it’s not pleasant, it’s not a vacation. Joss Weadon explains the joys of a press junket very well in this speech .
Sure, they might get some great dinners out or some sightseeing in, and that’s great. It just means they finally managed to snag a weekend. Possibly with their family. You get one every week. And yeah, their flights and hotels are usually paid for, too, but so are yours if you go on a work business trip.
So let’s call that another 6 40 hour weeks jammed into 4. Then the movie comes out, so there’s another 2 40 hour weeks jammed into 1, because there’s evening chat shows, red carpet events, studio parties, etc. And lots of those are fun instead of “work”, but it’s still paid time where they have to look fantastic, wear makeup and the right ‘costume’ (even the men), and be ‘on’ all night, for hours and hours, which, I can tell you, is such an amazing, thrilling experience but is damned exhausting.
Maybe, if they’re a big enough name or an important enough cast member, they might get back-end residuals and/or royalties, too, but the percentages of that are pathetically small, and only pay out after the creation budget has been recoupped by box office. And sometimes they get a percentage on merch, but generally only if it resembles the celebrity and they’re getting a “use of image” fee. Which they don’t always get - sometimes that’s rolled into the original performance contract.
Now, I’m not saying this to make you go “Boo hoo, poor celebrities!” Obviously they love what they’re doing or they wouldn’t do it. When I come out the other side of a shoot I am exhausted, manic, and drained but it is always so much fun and so fantastic and so totally worth every inconvenience, frustration, irritation, and lost hour of sleep.
But now let’s do the math:
39 weeks worth of work, done mostly away from home with 8-15 hour work days, in about 30 actual weeks of work, with no vacation or sick time=
Yup, Actor A is still only making seven dollars more than you are. And that movie is probably the only one they’re making that year.
Except that 15% of their pay goes to their agent, so actually that’s only $27.50. And if they have more than one person on payroll (say, an agent, a personal handler/admin assistant, and a marketing manager), suddenly that $32 might slide down to equal your $25.
And on top of all of this, because of people like the one who took the above photo, Actor A now possibly also needs to pay for a private home in a secluded and secure community, personal drivers and body guards, protection for their families, and the like.
Sure, some celebrities do two films per year, and some get paid much more than is required for all of that, but generally a high fee keeps the work offers to the very serious. People who charge high fees for appearances or gigs aren’t money-grubbing assholes, they’re weeding out the not-serious proposals and keeping their time free for things that genuinely interest them, or time with their friends and family, or to do their work. Neil Gaiman explains it quite well here.
And when they want to do something indy, or small, or quirky, having this extra money saved up means they can afford to do so. Also, a lot of them funnel that money back into the business by using it to produce films and therefore make sure that all the on-the-ground jobs in Hollywood are viable, and people can pay their rents.
Celebrities should just stay at home, then.
Would you want to just stay at home? Don’t you enjoy going out to a pub patio on a sunny Friday evening? Don’t they deserve the same? And yet they cannot just go to the pub or the coffee shop with friends and family without being hounded by media, paparazzi or fans? They have to “work” when they’re on their private time because then they branded assholes and impossible to work with if they’re surly, bitter, or tired in public, which may affect the gigs they’re offered. Or, having people take ridiculous, unflattering, stealth photos like this.
Personal story time:
I’m not “famous”, but I’m known. I do get stopped on the street and approached on transit sometimes. And mostly it’s respectful; I appreciate it when someone will approach and hold out a hand to shake and say, “Hey, Hi, Ms. Frey? Oh, it is you! Hi! Can I just say, I loved your last book. It was great. Can I get you to sign something for me, please? Could I have a photo?” And 99% of the time, I’m happy to do it. It makes me feel awesome, to know that I have connected with people. It makes me feel all tingly and happy!
But if I am out with my friends, clearly involved in a conversation, or at a meeting, or with a friend’s child, or I’m giving off clear don’t bug me vibes, please respect that. I was having a conversation with two famous-on-TV friends and we were talking about the son of a friend’s diapers and I noticed just in time that there was a bloody video camera recording our conversation. About her son’s diapers. I have Google alerts set up with my name so I can track marketing trends, and it has alerted me to forums where I found entire private business conversations I had with someone at a convention recreated.
It’s creepy! And as someone who has actually had and honest to goodness stalker, it does not make me feel safe to spend time in fandom.
Let me say that again: Finding things like this on the internet makes me feel unsafe.
It makes me want to not attend conventions, or fannish community events like fund raisers or screenings, or pub nights or anything like that. And the sad part is that I really, really, love going and just hanging out with random people in fandom. I was a fan before I was ever a professional writer and actor, and I still love cosplaying and going to trivia nights, and things like that.
When I am at those things, most people just want a snap or to chat, and that’s cool, I’m happy to pose for pictures if you ask me first. What I fear are the people who don’t ask, who take without permission, because I do not know their intentions.
Because you’re forcing me to work without my knowledge, you are taking photographs of me without my knowledge or consent, and you are disregarding my ability to police my private life.
So photos like this? They scare me.
< /rant >
Well said. And is there a way I can repost the comments, but delete the photo?
Because it feels strange to be spreading the photo when the whole point is about not invading someone’s privacy when they’re not working.
Yes, there is. :)
Extremely well-said, Ms. Frey. Reblogging to reiterate my stance on the (still relevant) issue of photography, consent, and celebrity status**.
a) This kind of behaviour makes people feel uncomfortable;
b) Benedict’s request to be asked permission for photos is not unreasonable, any more than a normal person might get annoyed or creeped out about covert photos. This does not stand, obviously, for public appearances (where he knows he will be snapped);
c) Celebrities are people, too. People have boundaries. Respect those boundaries as you would expect yours to be respected.
** Note that the issue of paparazzi photos is a related, but somewhat different issue, considering the way paparazzi contribute to the Hollywood machine. I’ve touched on it briefly here.
PSA Signal Boosting, because this needs to cycle FAST, and needs to STOP.
Do we REALLY want to alienate him? Seriously?
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