Oh, es war einfach eine Freude, heute das TIME Magazine aus dem Briefkasten zu fischen: Benedict Cumberbatch auf dem Cover des „The Genius Issue“ – wie überaus passend, hat er doch schon einige Genies gespielt. Er selbst nennt folgende Figuren im Interview (mit dem Titel „Mr. Smart Guy“):
BC: I’m not going to do this in any particular order, but Hawking, Frankenstein, Joseph Hooker [the British botanist in Creation], Oppenheimer, Turing, Assange. Van Gogh–a genius. And Sherlock.
TIME: I think you also have to count the genetically engineered superman.
BC: Yeah, Khan [from Star Trek] is definitely smart.
Sein letzter „Geniestreich“ kommt bei uns erst Anfang nächsten Jahres ins Kino: The Imitation Game über Alan Turing, der den Enigma-Code knackte.
Im Interview geht es u. a. darum, wie er es schafft, diese Genies so überzeugend darzustellen:
TIME: How do you convey that kind of complexity and intelligence in a character?
BC: With Sherlock, it’s the pyrotechnic of making the connections very quick. That’s a joy to play. It’s really hard work and it’s frustrating as hell, but it’s very rewarding. But to convey intelligence? I don’t know. Maybe I have my mother to thank for that. Just the eyes, I think they are the windows to the soul. And I think they’re also the windows to the mind that’s driving that soul, doesn’t believe in the soul or is computing whether a soul could be made out of … metal and wire and glass. In the case of Alan.
TIME: So it’s about a lot more than dialogue.
BC: Oh yeah. These people are all incredibly different personalities, in their bodies as well as in their minds. The unified things we could talk about are pretty obvious. A lot of them come up against obstacles, whether they’re bureaucratic or conservative. They’re pushing against a sort of unrelenting, unforgiving world that doesn’t want anything out of place or muddled with or made different. Sometimes that’s viewed as arrogance. My argument in humanizing these people–through sort of being an actor who empathizes with his characters–is that [that arrogance] is born out of necessity. It’s not something to judge them by.
(Das ganze Interview hier, plus weitere Artikel in dieser Ausgabe. Allerdings weiß ich nicht, ob diese frei zugänglich sind.)