Movie trailers are little pockets of excitement that whet our appetites before the main event kicks off. Whilst we may get the odd joke and snippet of action, it’s also the cast that give us the shivers, especially when it’s an A-lister.
Actors like Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Junior and Scarlett Johansson are those type of actors. They have a longevity that others lack or even lose and when that happens they almost become a bit boring.
Step forward, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Whilst Mr Cumberbatch has been in British based TV and movies for years, 2010 was his breakthrough year with the BBC series; Sherlock. Since then, he’s popped up in a number of movies, with each one being bigger and bolder than the last.
That’s proven to be his undoing though. Where other actors can still surprise you with the characters they play, Benedict doesn’t seem to have that in his arsenal. He can only seem to play the odd, the extrovert and the twitchy.
The only role I’ve seen him play a slightly different character was in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the movie and even liked his portrayal of Khan but the fact the cinema laughed when he gave his name with an evil sneer, says it all.
He’s become type cast as the ‘off centre’ character and as a result, he’s become stale. Even the much lauded Sherlock isn’t the best version of Sherlock anymore. That title now goes to Jonny Lee Miller and Elementary.
It really speaks volumes about the public perception of Cumberbatch and if you want further evidence, look at the last big movie he was involved with.
By all accounts, casting him as Dr Strange was no surprise to anyone. Even before any rumours started, he was pretty much the perfect actor to fit into that role. And even though the movie turned out to be decent, his casting didn’t really get the juices flowing. It was way too obvious and that’s the problem.
It’s all been a bit too much, too soon and it feels like we’ve been drowned in Cumberbatch.
So Benedict, I’m asking you to please step aside for a little bit. For our sake, and for yours. I don’t want to start disliking you but I’m not a million miles away from that.