Benedict Cumberbatch reveals car-jack terror

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 January 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed he ''argued'' his way out of an attempted kidnap in South Africa

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed he "argued" his way out of an attempted kidnap.

The 'Sherlock' actor was left in fear of his life when he was attacked by gun-toting car-jackers who tried to bundle him into their vehicle, but he was able to persuade them to let him go.

Recalling the incident - which took place in South Africa while he was filming mini-series 'To The Ends of the Earth' with actress Denise Black - he told the Daily Star newspaper: "These six men appeared suddenly from the eucalyptus plantation. They said, 'Put your hands on your head, don't look at us,' and were frisking us for drugs, money, weapons.Then they bundled us into the car.

"I could see the headlight beams bumping over the dirt track and I thought of shallow graves.

"They pulled over, pulled the stuff out of the car. They dragged me up and put me in the boot of the car.

"But I argued my way out. I said, 'If you leave me in here, it's not the lack of air, it's the small space. There's a problem with my heart and my brain.'

"I just tried to explain to them, 'I will die, possibly have a fit, and it will be a problem for you. I will be a dead Englishman in your car. Not good.'

"They shut the boot and had an argument, and then pulled me out.

"So I kind of thank God I had the presence of mind to give them the idea that it would be better to keep me alive. And the other two hadn't been harmed."

The gang fled, leaving the trio tied up, and Benedict says the experience changed his outlook on life.

He said: "It taught me that you come into this world as you leave it, on your own. It's made me want to live a life slightly less ordinary."

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