Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Critic Perceptions in British GQ Janaury 2014

Posted Wednesday December 4, 2013 11:43 AM GMT

With his highly anticipated film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" slated to hit theaters December 13th, Benedict Cumberbatch amp'd up promotions by covering the January 2014 issue of British GQ magazine.

While striking a few poses for the publication's spread, the "Sherlock" star opened up about people's perception of his personal life and discussed the struggles he has meeting women.

"It is harder [meeting women], because people think they know more about you than they actually do," Mr. Cumberbatch explained. "And you can't control that... You can't control perceptions of you. [When I met Madonna] she said 'You're the one with the strange name.' I said, 'Yes, I am, Madonna...'"

He continued, "All the posh-baiting that goes on... It's so predictable, so domestic, so dumb. I'm an upper middle-class kid. I know that's counted as posh, but then I know people who I would call posh and I don't like them."

In regards to his acting career, Benedict stated, "I know that everything I do now will have flavors of Sherlock. Everyone wants those dark, complicated anti-heroes and, of course, I play them. But I also plays Charles in August: Osage Country, an everyman; he’s not super-sleuthing or cracking code or breaking algorithms."

"I play Ford in 12 Years A Slave and Alexander in Stuart: A Life Backwards – he’s a pretty open book; smart man though he is, the complexity is all about Stuart," he added.

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