Benedict Cumberbatch speaks about infamous abduction in The Hollywood Reporter’s new A list issue. The Tinker Tailor Soldier star’s new upcoming movie The Fifth Estate is ready to arrive in theaters on October 18, 2013.
During his Q&A session with the publication, the “Sherlock” actor shared details about his traumatic abduction experience and also addressed the “Star Wars” rumors.
On being abducted:
“We were in South Africa, in KwaZulu-Natal, this amazing district north of Durban. It was cold, and it was dark. I felt rotten. We were wary because that’s a notoriously dangerous place to drive. Then, poof, the front-right tire blows. So we got the spare, but that meant getting all of our luggage out. We were like sitting ducks, adverts for — not prosperity necessarily but materialism. They were like, ‘Look down! Look down! Put your hands on your heads! Look at the floor!’ And they were frisking us and said, ‘Where’s your money? Where’s your drugs?’ — we had smoked a bit of weed — ‘Where are your weapons?’ And at that point this adrenaline of fight of flight just exploded in my body. I was like, ‘Oh f***, we’re f***ed!’ I was scared, really scared. I said, ‘What are you going to do with us? Are you going to kill us?’ I was really worried that I was going to get raped or molested or just tortured or toyed with in some way, some act or control and savagery. [When rescued] I looked into this black man’s face, and I cried with gratitude. F*** it. If that’s a cliche, I don’t care.”
“I’m not like Holmes. I don’t have his capacity to compartmentalized. I’m now haunted with, ‘But he did want children, and now he doesn’t? What’s gone wrong? Is he gay? Can’t he commit to relationships?’ All this speculative s***. There’s a point where I just go, ‘I’ve said all I have to say.’”
On “Star Wars”:
“I don’t know. Who knows, who knows? Nothing is known of that. I worked with J.J. [Abrams, who directed 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and now is prepping 'Episode VII']. Obviously, he knows. Everyone wants to be part of that film, they know about.”
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