Kit Harington | Men’s Health UK
Benedict Cumberbatch makes the Time 100 most influential people of 2014 list
Entry by Colin Firth
When I was about 25 years old, I worked with two very good actors. The encounters were brief, but I’ve remembered them both with great admiration. Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton both embodied qualities which one is fogyishly tempted to look at with nostalgia. Along with very considerable talent, they had elegance, glamor, wit, kindness and decency.
I didn’t know at the time that they were married or that they had a son of about 10 who was quietly gestating all the same attributes. And now, 30 years later, the boy has been let loose. He has taken the form of Benedict Cumberbatch.
His parents’ qualities are on rampant display. It’s rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage — and a rather alarming energy. I take no pleasure in feeling humbled, but there’s no getting around it.
He must be stopped.
A stormy night at the laboratory….
Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant in Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
It Happened One Night (1934) dir. Frank Capra
She was Daenerys Stormborn, the unburnt, khaleesi and queen. Mother of Dragons, slayer of warlocks, breaker of chains and there was no one in the world that she could trust.
So she trusted herself!