Benedict Cumberbatch is becoming more like Sherlock
- Bang Showbiz
- 10 January 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch says playing Sherlock Holmes has taught him to be more observant in everyday life
Benedict Cumberbatch is becoming more like his 'Sherlock' character.
The 35-year-old actor admits playing detective Sherlock Holmes in the BBC update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic stories has taught him to be more observant in everyday life.
He said: "Our daily lives are so mundane, we get taken over by what is immediately in front of us and we don't see beyond that.
"As Holmes keeps saying, we don't 'observe', we 'see' things.
"I think if you look at the example of Holmes, or at least what I have learned from playing him, you find extraordinary depth in the smallest detail.
"So I sit on trains and think, 'Is that mud on the bottom of a boot? I wonder where he has been. That collar looks a little bit frayed - I wonder whether he has been travelling a while or forgotten his washing.' You do try to piece together stories from bits of information."
While Benedict is enjoying playing the master detective, he would love to be cast as a spy in another production.
He said in an interview with the Daily Star newspaper: "Any actor worth their salt would jump at the chance because it's all about mask shifting."