Monday 19 February 2018

No Assange regrets for Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed his support for The Fifth Estate, despite its dismal success in the box office.

The Star Trek actor plays WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange in Bill Condon's drama, which was named the biggest financial flop of 2013 after it only earned 21 per cent of its budget in cinemas worldwide, reported Digital Spy.

"I think it's a better film than many that have done better than it did at the box office, and why that's the case I don't know," he said.

The 37-year-old continued: "I can take a hit, in the sense that I've had good hits as well, but [box office] isn't why I do the work. I mean, of course there's a concern actors have about being bankable, but it hasn't seemed to affect the industry's interest in me or the offers I've had since."

There were mixed reactions to the film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, although his performance was universally praised.

Benedict, who next stars as Smaug the dragon and the Necromancer in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, added: "I've had very positive feedback about my work in that film, and if I was asked to do the job again, I'd do it. It's a fascinating character in an extraordinary period."

The British actor, who will also reprise his Sherlock role for the third series of the BBC drama and will be seen in August: Osage County alongside Meryl Streep, has said he will take on the role of Hamlet in a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's play in London in autumn 2014.

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