Anon Submit:  On discussing the “G” word

I have had someone pipe in with some links to early interviews with Benedict, which in their opinion speaks of evidence that he is not gay or at least does not want that thought of him – especially by his parents.  I’m just gonna leave them here.   They brought receipts, so I’m a posting:


As an embarrassed adolescent, he watched his glamorous mother making stage entrances and pulling a shocked expression as one actor pulled at another’s trousers, simulating oral sex, but actually trying to help him change before his girlfriend comes back. “I had to say to her, sorry, Mum, I just can’t bear to see that gag one more time.” He chuckles: “I was so sensitive to it, she must have wondered if I was gay.”

“My break-up was completely out of the blue” he says. “I had been very nervous for us because of where we were in our relationship and because I was going away for such a long time. It was a cause for anxiety but the actual break-up itself was a big surprise. That heartbroken feeling was painful and I thought ‘I have to be resourceful’. I was so buoyed up by the people around me in South Africa – they were family.” 

Family is very important to Cumberbatch. His parents, actors Tim Carlton and Wanda Ventham, were not keen on their only son following in their footsteps.  “They said, ‘Don’t do it because of us’,” says Cumberbatch. “I was lucky to see the best and worst of the world, how it wasn’t a secure profession, how it depended very much on age, sex, and fashion.  “I did lots of acting at school. My first part was as Titania, queen of the fairies, which, being at an all-boys boarding school was a bit embarrassing. Luckily I was in the rugby team, so I was macho at the same time!”


Jeff Brigdes’ name on the screen, appreciation post. From some of his iconic roles:
The Last Picture Show (1971), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Starman (1984), Against All Odds (1985), Tron (1982), Tron Legacy (2010),
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Fearless (1993), The Fisher King (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998).