Benedict Cumberbatch Gets a Scare from ‘Iron Man’

Benedict Cumberbatch Gets a Scare from ‘Iron Man’

First of all, and we’re going
to talk about the movie, but I watched the series
that starts in May. I think it starts May 12. And there’s only
five of them, right? There are only five, yeah– OK, so I– –based on the five novels. So yeah. –watched the first
one last night. I can’t watch the second one. I am going to be sad that
there’s no more than five, because it’s amazing. It’s a good story. Yeah, it’s– Tell everyone what it’s about. So it’s called Patrick
Melrose, and it charts the story of this man’s life. And it’s a loose alter ego
for the author himself, which is a miracle, when you
consider the subject matter. It’s a sort of
impossible, I guess, kind of contradiction in terms. It’s both a tragedy
and a very rich comedy. I mean, you’ve seen it,
so– but it’s great. Oh my god. And it’s so hard to play
drunk or high without looking like you’re overdoing it. I mean, you’re so good. Oh, wow. You’re just brilliant in this. Thank you. Every scene, Portia and I were
just watching it, just going– I just– I want more of it. I want more of that. And like you said, it’s tragic. But it’s just, you’re so good. Yeah, it’s sort of a paradox. It does 180 degrees. It’s to do with the nature
of the deft writing, the incredible director,
as well, Ed Bergman, this extraordinary author
who’s been bold enough to share his life in fictional
form with prose that I think is some of the best
in the 21st century. If you like the
series, buy the books, because they’re a
whole other experience. And it moves in a
scene from a moment of hilarity to, you know,
heart-wrenching pain and pathos. Yeah. Well, congratulations. I’m so glad you’re doing that. So The Avengers– this
is your first time in one of these movies, right? In a big collective movie like
this, yeah, the big ensemble. And how was it for you? It was weird– I mean, fantastic, daunting. My first day on set
was with two icons, with Iron Man and
Robert Downey Jr. And that’s kind of
unnerving, especially because this character
has to sort of stand beard to beard with another
egotistical narcissist in the MCU. And I have a similar
status in the story. So that was a weird
thing to pull out of a hat on the first
day on set with Robert. But he’s fantastic, as
you know, and very big. Did you know anything about–
they’re so secretive, though. Did you know anything
about the script? I did, as has been
much talked about. And I think, yeah,
it’s slightly– it’s invoked a bit of jealousy. I did read the script, yeah. I did. How is that possible? This is your first– I just took the pages, and– No one else got a script. I don’t have glasses yet, but
I just cast my eyes over– Now, how did you do that? I read words. But no one else got scripts. I know. And it was a hard copy. And it was sort of
chained to a person that then was taken back on some
kind of police transport over to [INAUDIBLE] Wow. No, you have to understand. Like, nobody in the cast
got a script– no one. It was a super privilege. But when it was pitched to me,
what he does in this film– and Strange is kind of– he kind of guards the
brackets of reality. So that kind of covers
quite a lot of territory. And I thought I just– I need a little bit more than
my scenes to know what else is going on. Well– So wait and see. –then you’ve got it. That’s how you do it. You say, I need more. That and really good reps. Yeah, clearly. Those other people are
changing their reps right now. They needed to go to my
agency, exactly, yeah. For sure, for sure. So you have done just
about everything. You’ve not done a
horror film, right? No. Do you want to do a horror film? Kind of. No, I heard that you did, no? As in, if somebody
was saying to me, what haven’t you done
that you’d like to do, and I would be like,
I guess I’d like to do a horror or a musical– maybe both, maybe a
horrifying musical. A horrifying musical. It might be if I sing. That would be really– yeah. A horrifying sight to see. Do you sing? To a degree. Uh-huh. Yeah. No, but it would be good. Do you like scary– do
you, in general, like to go to scary movies? I scare very easy. Uh-oh. I have a rampant imagination. But when you’re
in a scary movie– Presumably, that– –it takes it away. Exactly, right? You know it’s– oh, it’s OK. That’s fake blood. Right, yeah. Right. Although I’m still
very susceptible. Aah! Oh, [BLEEP] off. [LAUGHTER] Oh, [BLEEP]-ing hell. Oh. Robert, you’ve got
to stop doing that. It’s getting tired,
but clearly not on me. Wow. Good. I am still alive. This isn’t heaven. Although it would be nice to
be in heaven with you, but– Oh, I’d love to be in
heaven with you, as well. –I’m still alive. Thank Christ for that. Yeah. That was really good. That was– Yeah, that definitely
frightened– what else is hollow here
that might suddenly– I should know, this
happens on this show. I know. So I– I know. See, honestly, now you’ve
got me on a real high-alert [INAUDIBLE] Uh-huh. That would be great, to drop
someone from the ceiling. My nose is running. I’m showing all the kind of
fight-or-flight responses now. All right, now, you actually
handled it very well. Did I? Can we see it? –susceptible. Aah! Oh, [BLEEP] off. [LAUGHTER] Wow. It’s just really
good that I’m not a trained assassin on
martial arts expert, because he’d be dead. Right. Or she. I don’t even know. I didn’t get the gender. It was just like, ah! Yeah. I need to lie down. OK.


  1. Funny he was asked if he was wanted to be in a horror movie. Now Doctor Strange 2 is the first marvel horror and he's gonna star in it.

  2. It's funny how he plays Sherlock, a character that uses logic to see the future but also plays Doctor Strange, a character who CAN see the future but still gets scared

  3. 2018: Benedict Cumberbatch says he’d love to be in a horror movie

  4. Robert, assuming it was Robert Downy Jr. Scared the living f*** out of me too

    Edit: I can see it was most likely Robert but idrk.

  5. I think at 3:48 when ellen puts her hand on her collar that is when the man got the signal to scare benetding cumbersmaches.

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