Benedict Cumberbatch is interviewed on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio channel from Comic-Con 2014 at The Hard Rock Hotel on July 26, 2014
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Caption : SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies” Press Line during Comic-Con International 2014 at Hilton Bayfront on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photos by Frazer Harrison)
There are early moments in that long period of doing an animated film “where you kind of go kicking and screaming into the booth for the 350th time,” says Cumberbatch, 38.
"At first you think, ‘Why? This is such a waste of everybody’s time and effort and money,’ and actually it is genuinely really enjoyable. Soon you shed the schoolboy sulk dragging your satchel to school, and once you’re there, it’s great."
Malkovich also had issues at first as well as a little bit of a crisis of confidence after a multitude of takes.
"It got to the point where I’d kinda be like, ‘I’ve done now 87,000 variations of this line ‘Dave’ in 16 countries. Am I not good or is there something that’s not happening?’ " says the 60-year-old actor. "Sometimes that was frustrating, but mostly one is challenged by it.
"It’s a lot like a play, which is what Benedict grew up doing and what I grew up doing. You revisit the same thing over and over and over. But that’s only partially bad news."
Penguins executive producer Tom McGrath, who co-wrote the movie and stars as the birds’ military-ish leader Skipper, found that Cumberbatch and Malkovich’s theater background helped them find their new characters — in one case, through over-the-top means.
"When you see John Malkovich being an octopus behind the mike and he’s throwing his arms over his head and he’s allowed to be physical, it’s really funny," McGrath says. "That physicality is perfect for animation.""
Cumberbatch played many roles in the time he was perfecting his secret-agent wolf — including voicing Necromancer and Smaug the dragon in two The Hobbit movies, Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness and famed British codebreaker Alan Turing in the upcoming The Imitation Game (out Nov. 21).
He thinks of it as a repertory ensemble of characters, though some have rubbed off on Classified.
"There’s a tinge of Sherlock in the sense he’s arrogant and he gets his comeuppance by having to admit he needs help," Cumberbatch says. "He’s a Bond figure who thinks he’s got it all sorted and it’s all about squaring everything away and looking cool. Sherlock has a bit of that — he’s not as much of a poseur as Agent Classified.
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Benedict Cumberbatch at SDCC July 24 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch attends DreamWorks Animation Press Line during Comic-Con International 2014 at Hilton Bayfront on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California
Benedict Cumberbatch attends DreamWorks Animation Press Line during Comic-Con International 2014 at Hilton Bayfront on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California.
'Benedict Cumberbatch is experiencing a lot of firsts: It’s his first time visiting Comic-Con. It’s his first time voicing an animated character in a children’s movie. And it will (maybe…) be the first time that Marvel announces Benedict is joining their roster of superheroes.
We talked with Benedict on the DreamWorks Animation press line, and he told reporters that while he’s “excited” to pop his Comic-Con cherry, he hasn’t been able to fully experience it all just yet. But he plans to: He already bought a mask so he can walk around the convention floor unnoticed. He wouldn’t tell us what that mask is.
Benedict is here, in part, to promote The Penguins of Madagascar, in which he voices a wolf named Agent Classified.
"I’ve got all my bases covered!" he told us about the two. "I do like espionage, don’t I? [Penguins] was because I’d never done an animated film, I’d never done a voice-over for an animation…I love the penguins in the Madagascar films and I like the sketches and the ideas they had for this sort of Bond stereotype who has his comeuppance, because there’s a little too much dress and not enough action to him. I like the idea of chipping away at the spy cliché.”
And even though he’s played quite the roster of characters, he says Agent Classified might be the weirdest: “It’s odd because it doesn’t look anything like me. Not because it’s a wolf…but I could see bits [of myself] in Smaug, because I did lots of facial capture as well as full-body motion capture for that. So even being a dragon, despite being a biped mammal, I saw myself in that fire-breathing serpent.”
But the fanboys are far more curious about whether Benedict has a Comic-Con surprise up his sleeve: Rumor has it that, during their much, much, much anticipated Hall H panel on Saturday, Marvel will announce that Cumberbatch has been cast as sorcerer Doctor Strange.
"What rumors?" Benedict laughed when asked what he made of it all, though he did say that "anything could happen" and he’s leaving San Diego today, but will be back at Comic-Con on Saturday.
"Doctor Who?" he continued coyly.
Ladies and gentlemen, we think this is (unofficially, but let’s be real, kind of officially) your Doctor Strange. And if he’s not, Marvel owes Benedict Cumberbatch a big thank-you for keeping the rumor mill spinning until they could announce the real Doctor.’ (x)
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