Benedict Cumberbatch disappointed to miss McGrath

'Penguins of Madagascar' actor Benedict Cumberbatch says it was a "tragedy" to not record scenes with his co-star Tom McGrath

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Benedict Cumberbatch says it was a "tragedy" to not record 'Penguins of Madagascar' with Tom McGrath.

The 38-year-old actor couldn't work opposite his co-star Tom due to their conflicting schedules, which forced them to record their voice overs for the movie in separate studios.

Speaking about the set up, Benedict said: "The tragedy is that we never got to be in the same room acting opposite one another."

However, the 'Sherlock' star went on the explain that he still felt a connection to Tom - who plays leader of the penguins, Skipper - despite being in different countries.

He told Collider.com: "You do build up an understanding of someone else's performance. I still felt like I was performing with Tom. I just ... it would have been lovely to have had this [one-on-one].

"But it's still brilliant because you've got their idea of where it was going and then you could build on that and give it another turn, so it's a continual tennis match anyway."

Tom agreed, before adding that the separation actually helped Benedict to be more creative with his role as Classified.

The 50-year-old director and actor said: "It allows Benedict to explore and improvise.

"It can be hard to do that when you've got everyone stepping on each other and doing things."

Which led Benedict to quip: "I force actors to work in different continents all because of my working methods. That's so rude. I'm embarrassed!"

The Penguins of Madagascar

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 92 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
  • Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare
  • UK release: 5 December 2014

The espionage-savvy penguins team up with an interspecies special forces group, to tangle with octopus/scientist Dr Octavius Brine (Malkovich). The knockabout style offers few chances for genuine drama and the result is a lighthearted, frenetic but rather unimaginative romp, a step down from the psychedelic wit of…

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