Benedict Cumberbatch has had an illustrious career thus far, to say the least, and has brought a range of characters to life, whether it is MCU’s Doctor Strange or the antagonistic fire-breather Smaug in The Hobbit films. But when it came to portraying the renowned Stephen Hawking in the eponymous 2004 film, that earned the actor his first nomination for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor, everything from meeting the gifted physicist to playing him on-screen was an enormous task.

In a recent chat with Collider, Cumberbatch reminisced about the experience of playing Hawking in the film. For the actor, the experience was “very charged” as initially, he was very happy to have landed the role but eventually, he realized “the enormity” of portraying Hawking, especially the part of his life when he was first diagnosed with a motor neurone disease that later paralyzed him.


By: Sasha Lee
Title: Benedict Cumberbatch recounts “terrifying” first-time meeting with Stephen Hawking
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Published Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:21:38 +0000

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