Popular Actor Breaks Silence About Being Kidnapped

Inspiring 3

benedict cumberbatch If you've seen Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock or Star Trek: Into Darkness, it's hard to imagine him ever losing his cool. That's probably part of his appeal -- that and his drool-worthy British accent. It's also hard to imagine him living anything other than a very sheltered life. I mean, come on, his name wouldn't look out of place on a list of England's royals.

But not everything is always as it appears. Sometimes even the rakishly handsome British types experience experiences and that's part of what makes them choose to live exceptional lives. That's right. I'm getting deep.

Cumberbatch was shooting a miniseries in South Africa in 2005. It was there that he and two friends found themselves looking down the barrel of a gun. It's not the sort of peril you expect to find on a film set where presumably your every whim is managed. The group's car had broken down in a dangerous neighborhood leaving them sitting ducks.

He and his friends were attacked by a group of men. Cumberbatch found himself tied up and shoved into the trunk of a car. A million thoughts about his future and the possible outcomes of this attack ran through his head:

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 ... tortured or toyed with in some way, some act of control and savagery.

Inexplicably and out of the blue, the kidnappers released their victims allowing them to flee to safety. Cumberbatch always projects an aura of stoicism in the roles he undertakes. You can't help but wonder if a lot of that strength coming from his performances is born from being a real survivor.

Do you think his past experiences have made Benedict a different kind of actor?

 

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nonmember avatar Chris Hudson

This is hardly breaking his silence - I, and many others have known about this incident for a few years - I believe he has spoken about it on several chat shows both here in the UK and in the USA - keep up! This is certainly not news!!

bandg... bandgeek521

I think what it is is that he suddenly has the attention of a larger audience, is all. Those of us who have been fans were well aware of this already. ;)


But YAY for Benedict to get some CM attention, haha. Couldn't be spent on a better actor; he's absolutely incredible <3

stara... starandseen

This story showing up here and on other American websites means Benedict has climbed his way up to mainstream.   Good for him.  Next up, an Oscar. It will be so deserved.   The man really internalizes every character he plays.   It's pretty astonishing. 

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