21 Benedict Cumberbatch Quotes You Can Creatively Mispronounce

(Last Updated On: February 28, 2021)

We’re not going to lie, part of the inspiration for this post was how easily you could mash words and syllables together and have it be recognizable as Benedict Cumberbatch’s name. Derelict Cabbagepatch, Banister Crumblelich, honestly as long as the syllables and maybe a stressed sound or two your friends would probably pick up on it. Go ahead and try it with your friends! Anyway, you might know Cumberbatch from Sherlock and the show’s tendency to have really long content droughts (but also the Primetime Emmy). Maybe you’re a little younger, don’t know who Sherlock Holmes is and only know Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange from the MCU. Like many British actors, Cumberbatch initially picked up his acting from the Shakespearean school of thought. Anyway, here are some cool Benedict Cumberbatch quotes you can mispronounce for your friends. 


21 Benedict Cumberbatch Quotes You Can Creatively Mispronounce

On Acting

“Lines are very difficult to learn.”

“I’ve always wanted to play a spy, because it is the ultimate acting exercise. You are never what you seem.”

“I have actual acting scars.”

“I try to work hard. I’m really proud of what I get to do as a living. I still pinch myself. But I also know it’s a craft, and I can get better at it and learn every time I do it. So I try to work hard no matter what the task is.”

“I always get self-conscious about what I look like in a film, but less so if I’m a character very far removed from who I am. Then I just worry about the performance, and that’s equally an odd experience.”

“You have to lose your sanity and inhibitions and any kind of dignity and just throw yourself around a bit.”

“One of the fears of having too much work is not having time to observe. And once you get recognised, there is nowhere for you to look any more.”

“We all want to escape our circumstances, don’t we? Especially if you are an actor.”

“I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers. But I’m here to tell you I’m quite the opposite in real life.”

On Living

“Enjoy the journey of life and not just the endgame. I’m also a great believer in treating others as you would like to be treated.”

“You come into this world as you leave it, on your own. It’s made me want to live a life slightly less ordinary.”

“The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.”

“If you have an over-preoccupation with perception and trying to please people’s expectations, then you can go mad.”

“Our daily lives are so mundane, we get taken over by what is immediately in front of us and we don’t see beyond that.”

“There’s so much in the 21st century that is stymied by bureaucracy and mediocrity and committee.”

“Metaphorically speaking, it’s easy to bump into one another on the journey from A to B and not even notice. People should take time to notice, enjoy and help each other.”

On Being in the Public Eye

“I’m quite sensitive to people noticing me. There are times when I’m relaxed, then others when it does make me self-conscious.”

“Do I like being thought of as attractive? I don’t know anyone on Earth who doesn’t, but I do find it funny.”

“Fame is a weird one. You need to distance yourself from it. People see a value in you that you don’t see yourself.”

“Any privacy in public is a hard thing to negotiate.”

On His Hair

“Pull the hair on my head the wrong way, and I would be on my knees begging for mercy. I have very sensitive follicles.”


See if you know all the movies Cumberbatch has been in here.

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