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Walk With Me – erzählt von Benedict Cumberbatch

Es ist alles andere als ein üblicher Film. Doch wer auf Action-Szenen nicht verzichten kann, für den ist “Walk With Me” nicht unbedingt die erste Wahl, wenn es um eine gute abendliche Unterhaltung geht. Es sei denn, man sucht Ruhe und Entspannung, die weder etwas mit  Kitsch noch  mit platter Unterhaltung zu tun hat. Das Publikum soll das Kino mit einem Gefühl des inneren Friedens und der Zufriedenheit verlassen, wenn es den Film gesehen hat, schreiben die Macher von “Walk With Me”,  Marc J. Francis und Max Pugh, im Presseheft, das die Veröffentlichung der DVD begleitet.

Das ist ihnen auf eine wunderbare Weise gelungen. Die Bilder wirken, als seien sie soeben entstanden, als sei man als Zuschauer unmittelbar dabei, als könne man den buddhistischen Mönchen über die Schulter schauen. Miterleben, wie sie innehalten wenn Glocken läuten oder eine Uhr mit dem Glockenschlag von Big Ben die Zeit anzeigt. Profane, alltägliche Dinge wie das Tippen am Laptop oder das Rasieren der Haare bekommen auf diese Weise genauso eine beruhigende Wirkung wie Szenen mit in unterschiedlichen Haltungen meditierenden Mönchen oder Szenen mit Landschaftsbildern.

“Thich Nhat Hanhs Leben hat mich zutiefst berührt.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

Zum Glück wurde die Stimme des Erzählers Benedict Cumberbatch nicht wie leider so oft bei uns üblich synchronisiert, sondern wie der gesamte Film mit deutschen Untertitel versehen. Und so entfalten die Zitate,  die der britische Schauspieler aus den frühen Tagebüchern des Zen-Meisters Thich Nhat Hanh vorträgt, ihre volle Wirkung, geben sie doch tiefe Einblicke in die Zeit, als der Meister nur ein einfacher Mönch war, der noch dabei war, seinen Weg  und das Geheimnis der Achtsamkeit zu finden.  “Thich Nhat Hanhs Leben hat mich zutiefst berührt”, sagt Benedict Cumberbatch (Bild/Foto: Getty Images)  über seine Arbeit an dem Film und ist davon überzeugt, dass das Publikum von dem Film bewegt sein wird.  “Walk With Me” ist einer dieser ruhigen Filme, die den Zuschauer noch eine ganze Weile begleiten und an den man immer wieder denken wird.

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Ich habe den Film vorab per Sichtungslink gesehen.

Benedict Cumberbatch: I am a very lucky man

Over the last couple of years Benedict Cumberbatch gained lots of fans, especially women. Whether or not his wife is jealous of them,  the British actor, who in the last two years alone appeared in five films, reveals in this interview.  Additionally he  takes over the role as Sherlock Holmes on telly on a regular basis. The last episode of the fourth series aired on Sunday, 11th June on German broadcaster ARD.

Question: Besides your job you and your wife Sophie have to care for your two year old son Christopher and your new born son Hal. Isn’t this situation a bit too stressful?
Benedict Cumberbatch: It’s not stressful, it’s a blessing. It’s unbelievable that I’m offered roles at all. And that I am able to choose which one I want to take, that they are so different from one another and that people seem to like those films – this is something you simply can’t expect at all.

Have you ever imagined that the series would be such a huge success? What makes your version of Sherlock Holmes so popular?
I had not the faintest idea. Maybe it’s good we don’t do more episodes. Fans are more keen on what will happen and we do always look fresh and relaxed (laughs). Seriously, I do think that all figures in the series have their very special weaknesses or failures. The audience can accept them more easily.

The finale of series four is about to air (in Germany when this interview was first published). What was the best thing that happend on set?
Definitely Toby, the bloodhound of the first (it says “last” in the German version) episode. That damn dog wouldn’t move while filming because it turned out he hates asphalt and humans. He was trained in the countryside. It was a real comedy getting him to move.

As Holmes you almost have a romantic relationship with your coat (it says ‘cloak’ in the German version but you know about cloaks). Is there any private …?
… clothing I have an romantic  relationship? (laughs) Would be cool if I said I have a favourite blanket I’m carrying around since childhood, wouldn’t it? But there is nothing at all. My clothes are very boring, mostly one colour and I prefer silver, grey and blue.

Fans don’t think you are boring. You achieved cult status.
It’s something I never longed for. But it’s part of the job of being an actor.  Biggest problems I have with the pun some of my very intelligent, witty and creative female fans are playing with my name.

You’re hinting at the name “Cumberbitches” they gave themselves?
Yes, it’s a bit of self humiliating. I have made it quite clear that I would be more happy with a slightly different version of that name. But in the end everyone is free to decide which name to choose for oneself.

What about your wife? Isn’t she jealous of all the female fans?
Sophie loves me and is proud of my work. That’s all that matters. We are made for each other and fit together perfectly. That’s why she has no problems with all the stuff that’s going on. She’s a very strong and confident woman. I am a very lucky man.

How are you dealing with all the fame?
I ignore it and am trying to enjoy all the wonderful moments I can live through as an actor. It’s very easy to be dragged away by all the fuzz that’s made up around your person. That’s why it’s so important for me to have family and friends I know for a very long time. They keep me grounded.

You seem to be very self-confident.
Problem is self-confidence often is taken for arrogance. I’m a man with some short-comings.

That is?
Well, I do like tech gadgets but I’m not really good with them. I’m just an ordinary user who gets screwed up if something doesn’t work.

Do you always have your phone at hand?
Only for my job. Because I would loose out on all my appointments. When I’m at home, I don’t want to know anything of this.

What are you up to when you are at home?
First I’m changing into something very comfy. There’s nothing more wonderful than watching a great film crawled up on the sofa in front of your fireplace. But more often I’m reading a book. That calms me down.

Are you into sports?
Not in any studio. I like hiking in nature or walking through a park to clear my brain. Music helps me.

What is your favourite music?
Everything. Most of all I like songs getting me to think because they cover everything that goes wrong in this world. Just like Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch”. That songs touches my soul.

What should we do to make the world a better place?
It’s up to everyone to decide if or if not to make a difference. I’m working with an organisation called “Liberty” backing human rights in the UK. We’re trying to support people who are discriminated because of their origin, colour or religion.

You’re 40 now. Do you look back to your 20s nostalgically?
Not at all. The older I get, the happier I get with my life. I love my wonderful life, now more than ever, together with my family and the fantastic people surrounding me. I’m very much looking forward forward to what may lie ahead.


The German version of this interview was originally published online here.  My translation is published with the friendly permission of the author.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s outstanding Richard III

Yes, I can hear them. Those critics, those self declared grail holders of every single tradition you can think of in cultural topics. They are about to start their writing software after they had difficulties to survive  “Richard III”, the third part of the second series of “The Hollow Crown”, screened over the last three weekends on BBC Two. After a certain Benedict Cumberbatch got his hands on William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” last year in London’s Barbican those purists had to endure beat after beat: People ran wild! Queued for tickets! Young folks watched a play live on stage for the very first time in their lives! How could that happen? And they still watch it whenever a live recording hits a cinema within reach.

And now it is Shakespeare all over again, three of his plays transformed into three 2 hours films, bringing the bloody Wars of the Roses into living rooms where the audience watched how a tyrant was made. A tyrant in the shape of Benedict Cumberbatch whose Richard III took over the screen  step by step in “Henry VI, 2” until he rules it completely in the defining part of “Richard III”. And he does so by luring the audience into his thoughts, his grief and his rage, leaving you wondering if you should be appalled by a cripple who is so terrible deformed or if you should feel sorry for a man who had been an outsider for all his life. The very first scene where Richard has one of his soliloquies speaking directly to the audience reveals not only his violent ambitions. It also shows that he is a vulnerable human being – naked upwards from the waist, a deformed back, a hand he can’t use – desperately trying to find his path where Richard is only true to his only ally, the audience, addressed directly to the camera in his soliloquies.

“I, that am curtail’d of this fair proportion, deform’d, unfinished, sent before my time into this breathing world scarce made up – and that so lamely and unfashionable that dogs bark at me, as I halt by them.” Richard III, I,1

All these different feelings, the cruelty of a man driven by ambition, hate, haunted by the ghosts of the men he killed are brilliantly performed by Benedict Cumberbatch who always is in control of the audience’s attention, who grabs their hands, takes them on a ride and leaves them crying for a king who died on a muddy battlefield. It seems that Benedict’s performance gets better and better with every new role. He clearly is on the height of his abilities, bringing every emotion you can possibly think of to life within the wink of an eye or the move of a hand. And of course his voice talking Shakespeare’s English –  making it vivid and just beautiful.

So may all of those professional critics analyse every letter, every scene, every move of the camera, may they shout at the BBC for tearing Shakespeare down to the small screen and may they shout at Benedict Cumberbatch for whatever reason they may possible find. One of his faults clearly is bringing a new audience to Shakespeare. If this is a fault, I can find more to blame this man for.

Hollow Crown, Shakespeare and Benedict Cumberbatch

No, I’m not a Shakespeare expert. Far from that. Although I can imagine that reading his works might be the same challenge for native English speakers as it is for me reading Goethe or Schiller, getting the meaning of Shakespearian English is indeed a challenge. And it doesn’t get easier watching a play live on stage or a film version.

Unless you have a production team and a broadcaster that have the courage to  throw two hours of a 400 years old play on their audience, including lots of artificial blood, mud, ancient buildings and a very fine crew of actors to bring William Shakespeare’s War of the Roses to life. The second series of BBC Two’s Hollow Crown has all this. And it has a Benedict Cumberbatch whose Richard (soon to be King in the third episode of this series) goes all the way from an awkward but still nice ish teenager – his first appearance is all cheerful – to a cruel villain ready to climb on England’s throne, killing everyone in his way. We watch a young man who loves and adores his father who considers himself as rightful heir to the throne, a young man who from the very first scene always stands a bit aside, limping with a stiff leg and a hunchback – and is mocked for this and the fact that his birth apparently wasn’t an easy one, leaving him disabled into a world full of warriors.

“This word ‘love’ (…) be resident in men like one another, and not in me.
I am myself alone.” Henry VI 3, V,6.

As if this isn’t enough to harm a man, Richard is an eye witness when his younger brother is killed. His shock and fear is the audience’s because it is all written in Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance and we know that this is the final reason that turns Richard into the monstrous villain.

“And am I then a man to be belov’d?
O monstrous fault to harbour such a thought.” Henry VI 3, III,2

But it is not a villain that is totally disgusting and appalling. Richard is scaring, thrilling, seductive and – surprisingly enough  – funny and you realise you care for a man who admits all he longs for in the end is his brother’s crown no matter how many men he has to kill to reach that aim. But Richard is not only just bad. He’s a man who feels utterly alone since early childhood, a man who knows that he will not find true love because of his deformities.

If it is true that “Richard III” is one of the most demanding roles for any actor, it’s not for Benedict Cumberbatch. Because he brings every tiny detail of that character to life without any visible effort, leaving his audience speechless in front of the telly (or where ever you have the good fortune to catch this film), realising that you haven’t moved since two hours – except for opening your mouth in disbelief, murmuring “Oh my God” every once in a while and totally forgotten that you are watching a Shakespeare play normally considered as difficult stuff.  We don’t know if  William Shakespeare thought of a special actor when writing his play. But maybe you need a Benedict Cumberbatch to make a villain sexy.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet

Theatre and William Shakespeare of course are both very conservative, traditional and old fashioned. Obviously nothing a broad audience can fall for.

Till Benedict Cumberbatch came around.

When it was confirmed that the actor who is not only known for bringing a modern Sherlock Holmes to life on telly, was about to play Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play at London’s Barbican, the tickets where sold out in almost an heartbeat. A fact his fans were soon blamed for by some media and considered to be the outcome of their irrational, silly behaviour culminating in screaming whenever and wherever their beloved actor pops up. If those authors had done their work, they would have found out  that the Cumbercollective isn’t silly or weird. But most of the authors didn’t.

How disappointed they must be right now, with the “Hamlet” performance in full flow – and no crying, screaming female fans around throwing their bras on the stage. But with an audience of people of all ages, all levels and obviously from all over the world.

The audience I had the pleasure of watching “Hamlet” yesterday afternoon with was well behaved and clearly as excited as I was for an performance I had been looking forward so much for for about a year.

And what a performance it was. Without spoiling anything and without trying to be as educated as other critics, I think that this version of Hamlet is modern without being too modern, traditional without being too traditional and all in all a play that was written for entertaining people, for making them laugh and cry within a few seconds. Of course this only works when you have an actor that is present in every single moment, an actor that dominates the stage even without saying a word.

Benedict Cumberbatch always is outstanding. Watching the best actor of his generation live on stage, rocking the stage, is a privilege and a mind blowing experience that is worth flying around the world for.


[Update 16th October: Saw a live screening of Barbican’s Hamlet in cinema and was even more impressed. The camera shows you every tiny expression you simply can’t get in the theatre. So, if National Theatre does an encore screening, go and see it.

Benedict Cumberbatch rules the Oscars

Watching the Oscars is a very predictable thing. There will be lots of beautiful ladies with beautiful robes trying not to fall over, looking all gorgeous. Well most of them. There will be lots of guys looking very dapper in their suits. And there is Benedict Cumberbatch.

Of course he looks very dapper in his Spencer & Hart suit and we all were relieved seeing his hair curling and going back to his natural colour (yes there is a bit of grey in it). It seems that Benedict really enjoyed being on the Red Carpet, THE reddest and most important carpet existing in film industry. Looking relaxed, happy and smiling all over his face, he actually belongs there, in the middle of all of these stars who all pretend being very important and very Hollywood -ish. Benedict rules them all.

“It’s a non stop party. 
We’re going non verbal and dance.”
Benedict Cumberbatch after the ceremony

Despite the fact that he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar and Cumbercollective is sure he will be in for one next year probably for the upcoming film about Alan Turing “The Imitation Game”,  Benedict was the hidden winner of the ceremony. Yes, he presented Catherine Martin together with Jennifer Garner  for the award for best production design for The Great Gatsby. He cried during Lupita Nyong’s accepting speech for best supporting actress, he smiled and laughed on stage together with the crew of “12 Years a Slave”  and couldn’t stop smiling through all the interviews he gave before and after the ceremony.

Lupita Nyong and Benedict Cumberbatch. Screenshot: pb

Benedict seemed to be and still is all over the internet and especially twitter went mad when fans realized that he really was photobombing U2, giving nothing at all to ceremonial rules by being DorkyBatch and apparently being very proud of himself.

The photobombing shared by @fangirlfreak21 on Twitter

A feeling he shared with his fans lots of them watching the Oscar broadcast no matter how late or early it was due to timeshift, giggling and smiling with their beloved man, demanding only one thing: Please don’t behave like an adult, Benedict, and give us more of your DapperDorkBatch. You’ll get more of these writings and more Cumbercupcakes, ehm Muffins as you name them.

Photobomb – in Cupcakes by @vereentjoengB

Buy books, do good, love Benedict

Buy a book and donate one at the same time. Foto: pb

It’s this time of the year we all try to get a little bit of rest. But before that – and before Christmas of course – we think about all our beloved ones and how to make them happy with a special gift.
Most of us – the Cumbercollectiv – love to read books. And we know that Benedict Cumberbatch always has too much books (and clothes ofDallaglio Foundation 8Rocks course) in his baggage when he’s flying all around the world twice in a month.

“Reading is one of the joys in life.
Once you’ve started, you can’t stop.
And you got so many stories
to look forward to.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

Wouldn’t it be lovely if you can buy a book for yourself or as a Christmas gift and donate a book for someone in need – just with one click? That’s exactly what Better World Book does all over the world. And this year you can buy books and honour Benedict who asked his fans doing good for someone else, throwing love his way – and for people in need.
All you have to do is this:
Sign in at the top of the page by clicking on “My account” (yes it’s yours even if you don’t have an individual one)
Use as your email address and Cumberbatch (mind the capital C!) as password.
Please be aware to change the shipping-address so that you get the book you ordered right to you. That’s all you have to do. Let’s make this Christmas a special one for book lovers, for people who can’t effort books and honour Benedict Cumberbatch.

[Update 12/15/2013]
So far 31 books have been ordered from Better World Books. Which means: 31 books will be donated for the book drive and 441.67$ will be donated to literacy projects.
Please note that we will close this project on 24th December, so it’s still time to order a book. If you are outside the US your order will probably not reach you in time for Christmas – but what about a book for yourself?

If part of this article sound weird this is due to the fact that I’m no native speaker, so don’t be too harsh.
Feel free to share this blog entry but please quote and link properly.

The fascination of reading a book

Books. There have always been books. At least for me. I can’t think of a time when books have not been important to me. The moment I could read and owned a card for my local library, I couldn’t think of anything more wonderful than reading for whole afternoons, lose myself in new stories and new characters. A good book can always compete with any film. At least for me.

I can’t say why I’ve got and still have the passion. Maybe it has been the reading technique itself, the ability to make words out of signs and understand their meaning – this might be because I still remember the exact feeling when words only were black mysterious signs in a book. There even has been a book I used to fill in the empty spaces after paragraphs with lines scribbled with a pen till the pages’ edge – still without being able to read. Apparently I couldn’t understand why those black signs just stopped. When those black spots finally became letters, words, sentences and even whole stories I fell for the fascination that is reading – and I’m addicted to it ever since.

Of course my passion has change over the years. Sometimes I read more, sometimes less. I discovered new authors while others disappeared from my bookish life. Simultaneously I got fascinated by the internet and tec stuff, I established my first blog, wrote my first blog entry, helped myself to a Kindle (mostly because I wanted to read books in English), a tablet and a Tolino arrived. And I tried (again) to read and write in English – starting with Twitter (I was scared to death when I posted my first English Tweet!), then I tried my very first blog entry about my fav series BBC’s “Sherlock” and Benedict Cumberbatch. Apparently no one cared or at least no one shouted at me for my bad English, so I felt encouraged to write about books I’ve read in English – for some reason it’s easier to write in the same language I’ve read the book.

Over the years some things stayed the same: discovering something new while reading, diving into a book (fiction or non fiction) and coming back into the real world – and the longing for another new book.

You may find the original German version of this blog entry here.


What if you are a gifted author whose stories are beloved by their readers? You can make a living out of it – but only if you are a man. That’s the problem Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) faces after she has moved with her husband Henry Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West) from rural France to Paris. Here they live a bohemian life at the dawn of the 20th century. While her husband tries to write articles for various magazines with the help of ghost writers, he discovers Colette’s talent and convinces her to write novels. The first one is published under his name – Willy – and becomes a huge success with an audience demanding for more. Henry, keen to earn more money by selling more “Claudine” novels, forces Colette to continue writing under his name while they both enjoy a celebrity’s couple’s life including parties and different sexual relationships.

“My name is Claudine, I live in Montigny; I was born there in 1884; I shall probably not die there.”

But as time goes by, a frustrated Colette doesn’t want to hide her authorship anymore, she wants to be more than only her husband’s wife – questioning the norms of society.

“Colette” is a beautifully made film where every single detail of the set is chosen very carefully. Keira Knightley fits perfectly in this set and in the corsets, skirts and dresses while being witty, funny, angry and all in all a joy to watch. In 2014 she was Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Alan Turing‘s fiancée and life long friend Joan Clarke in “The Imitation Game” which earned her (and Benedict) an Oscar nomination. In this film Keira is on top of her performance abilities, portraying Colette from a shy girl to a strong woman ready to walk her way in a society dominated by men. One of the shiny 2019 Oscars could carry Keira’s name.

Bücher meines Jahres 2018

Es ist wieder Zeit, Bilanz zu ziehen – in Form von Büchern, die ich im fast abgelaufenen Jahr 2018 gelesen habe. Darunter sind Neuerscheinungen genauso wie Bücher, die mir aus dem ein oder anderen Grund als lesenswert erschienen. Insgesamt habe ich genauso viele Bücher gelesen wie 2017. Erstmals waren zwei Hörbücher dabei.

Meine Bilanz:
Gesamt: 38
Deutsch: 18
Englisch: 20
E-Books: 5 (auf dem Tolino gelesen)
Hörbücher: 2

Aus meinem Bücher-Jahr möchte ich diese empfehlen:

Deutschsprachige Autoren der Gegenwart:
Benedict Wells jüngste Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten “Die Wahrheit über das Lügen” hat nur den Nachteil, dass die Geschichten zu kurz sind –  zu gut und zu spannend sind sie geschrieben. Wer noch nichts von dem 34-jährigen Schriftsteller gelesen hat und erst einmal vorsichtig Kontakt aufnehmen will, sollte zu diesem Band greifen.
Bernhard Schlink und Lukas Hartmann haben  2018 beide Frauen als Hauptfiguren ihrer neuen Romane gewählt. Schlinks “Olga” setzt im Deutschland des 19. Jahrhunderts alles daran, als selbstständige Frau ihren eigenen Lebensunterhalt zu verdienen. In Hartmanns “Ein Bild von Lydia” ist die reichste Frau der Schweiz im Zürich des Jahres 1887 in den Konventionen ihrer Zeit gefangen.

Die Sprache ist egal
jedenfalls wenn es um diese Autoren geht, deren Werke wunderbar ins Deutsche übersetzt wurden:
Ian McEwan ist eigentlich immer lesenswert, auch seine Kurzgeschichten wie “The Daydreamer“, “Der Tagträumer“, die aus der Sicht eines Jungen erzählt sind, der sich am liebsten in andere Personen oder Tiere hineinversetzt.
Matt Haigs “Notes on a nervous planet” erscheint im März unter dem Titel “Mach mal halblang – Anmerkungen zu unserem nervösen Planeten” bei dtv, wo auch die vorherigen Werke erschienen sind.

sind eigentlich nicht unbedingt meine Welt, weil ich fürchte, wichtige Passagen zu verpassen. Immerhin habe ich zwei geschafft, was bei einem am Vorleser, beim anderen an einem Kinofilm liegt.
Carlo Rovelli: The Order of Time, vorgelesen von Benedict Cumberbatch  und
Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch stole Christmas, vorgelesen von Walter Matthau.

Ein neuer Privatdetektiv
Cormoran Strike, der in heutigen London unterwegs ist,  ermittelt in seinem mittlerweile vierten Fall “Lethal White”, “Weißer Tod“.  Wie bei anderen Reihen auch, sollte man aber am Anfang beginnen, in diesem Fall mit “Der Ruf des Kuckucks“. Actionfans werden allerdings nicht auf ihre Kosten kommen, Fans von Donna Leons Commissario Brunetti eher schon.

Worauf ich immer hinweisen muss:
James Rhodes’ jüngstes Buch Fire on all sides, zu dem der britische Pianist auch eine Spotify-Playlist angelegt hat und in dem er beschreibt, welch Anstrengung es ihm unter anderem immer noch kostet, auf die Bühne zu gehen und das zu tun, was er am liebsten tut: Klavierspielen. Wer Lust hat, James live in Deutschland zu erleben, hat 2019 mehrfach die Chance.

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