Benedict Cumberbatch says Ghostbusters is his favourite film

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 February 2015
Sophie and Benedict

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch

Oscar-nominated star Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed his favourite film is 'Ghostbusters'

Benedict Cumberbatch's favourite film is 'Ghostbusters'.

The 38-year-old star, who was nominated for the Best Actor prize at last night's (22.02.15) Academy Awards in Los Angeles for his performance in 'The Imitation Game', has revealed he's a huge fan of the comic fantasy film starring Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray.

Asked to name his favourite film of all time, Benedict said: "Ghostbusters II - I can't answer this question seriously! How do you say you prefer 'Ladri Di Biciclette' to '2001: A Space Odyssey' to 'Boogie Nights'?

"You can't, and it makes a nonsense of art to have to chose winners. Although I suppose that makes me a hypocrite in answering the above question and I do prefer Ghostbusters to Ghostbusters II, though! Although anything with Bill Murray in is instantly amazing."

Benedict also revealed the films and TV shows that inspired him to pursue a career as an actor.

Probed on which shows ignited his ambitions, he said: "American Saturday afternoon TV, including 'Buck Rogers'. Anything by Alan Bleasdale (The Sinking of the Laconia / GBH), 'French and Saunders' or 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie'. [There was] endless good TV in those days, some pretty good stuff now too apparently."

Benedict has shared his favourite films and TV series with iTunes.


  • 5 stars
  • 1984
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Ivan Reitman
  • Written by: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
  • Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts

Three disgraced parapsychology researchers team up to fight spooks. An efficiently-managed plot, solid jokes, a cast let off the leash – Murray in particular – and thrilling and imaginative effects combine in a masterful balance of respect for the sci-fi genre and mockery of it; sly humour and wide-eyed wonder; star…

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