Benedict Cumberbatch Somber In London, Talks 'Sherlock' Season 4 And Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

Benedict Cumberbatch
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Benedict Cumberbatch looked dreary as he picked up a newspaper in London on Saturday.

The 39-year-old actor "rocked a distinctly different look to his on-set appearance" during the morning outing, "sweeping his tousled locks off his face and sporting a smattering of stubble," according to the Daily Mail.

Cumberbatch is currently shooting the fourth season of BBC's "Sherlock." In an interview with the The Independent last month, he said he remains "gobsmacked" by the show's roaring success.

"The gob-smacking thing about it is that people who have been icons to me forever have been coming up to me to say much they adore [the show]," Cumberbatch said. "When Meryl Streep told me, 'I love Sherlock, I thought, 'That's so wrong!'"

Cumberbatch told Radio Times last year that he'd "love to keep aging" with his Holmes character.

"I'm still enjoying it," he said. "Martin [Freeman] and I started this relatively young compared to a lot of Holmes and Watsons, so why not?"

Cumberbatch will next appear on the big screen as the titular character in Marvel's "Doctor Strange." The actor's Strange, in a departure from previous renditions, "has a huge amount of  physicality," Cumberbatch recently told Entertainment Weekly.

"He's physically a very strong presence in the world," Cumberbatch said. "His hands are no longer capable of the fine skill needed for delicate surgery but physically he's still strong. There's a lot of running. There's a lot of craziness: falling, flying, jumping, fighting, punching, getting punched."

There's also a lot of spellcasting. "It was like, okay, I've got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically," Cumberbatch said of the film's shoot. "I'm thinking, there's going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I'm still working on that. We haven't played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It's like anything, you just have to experiment."

"Doctor Strange" hits theaters Nov. 4.



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