Video: Benedict Cumberbatch on playing Stephen Hawking


See video of the interview at the link below

In this exclusive clip from Stephen Hawking's upcoming documentary, Benedict Cumberbatch talks about playing the theoretical physicist in his early struggles with motor neurone disease.

“I felt a huge onus of responsibility to get that part of his life right,” Cumberbatch says. “It’s a terrifying prospect to have a completely functioning mind inside a body that locks you in, that keeps you stationary.”

“One of the things I wanted to get right was to show the progression of his condition and show where the instability and fear came from.”

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  1. I can’t wait to see this. It’s impossible not to appreciate the incredible courage of this man. It must be terrifying and terribly depressing not to mention incredibly inconvenient to have to live with such a crushing disability. I suppose that one needs to have a big ego and a very strong sense of identity otherwise, it is very easy to conceive that one would not want to keep on living in that state.

    It’s a good thing that this man has so much determination because otherwise the world could have been deprived of one of its greatest minds. I bow very low to Prof. Hawking not just for his genius but also for his outstanding strength.

  2. In reply to #3 by isharp:

    But this is an old documentary. I remember seeing it ages ago. Wiki tells me it was 2004

    Benedict Cumberbatch was in a BBC production (called Hawking) as Stephen Hawking in 2004. It looks like the whole thing is on YouTube.

    There’s a new documentary (also called Hawking) produced this year that’s based more around interviews, and it includes this interview with Benedict Cumberbatch about his 2004 role.

  3. Does having the letter sequence “AWKIN” in your surname predispose you to genius?

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