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06 May 2012 @ 03:44 pm
Oh British People and Their Names  
Here's an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston who starred together in Steven Spielberg's War Horse. I liked the rather substantial gap between what Cumberbatch considered an embarrassing moment and what Hiddleston considered an embarrassing moment. I think Hiddleston wins.

I also have to note that both actors have had the most amount of hoopla surrounding their last names than any other actor I can think of in recent memory. I thought I'd heard it all when legions of Cumberbatch fans called themselves the Cumberbitches. But again, I think Hiddleston might be winning with having fans who call themselves Hiddlestoners, Hiddlestalkers, and most recently, Hiddlepanthers.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Sherlock shockawanderingbard on May 6th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
God, those two are the most soft-spoken people. I always have to turn my sound up when they're interviewed and even then I feel like I need to lean in to listen. I bet they'd tell great campfire stories.

Those Warhorse interviews are so great. I like the quiet little bromance Cumberbatch and Hiddleston have going on. Most the interviews are one of them going 'you know who's great? you are!' and the other one going 'you know who else is great? you!'. And Cumberbatch generally nattering and taking on all the answers, even if the question wasn't directly asked to him and then stopping and going 'hey, you want in on this?' and Hiddleston going 'nah, man, you're doing fine'.

Tumblr is crazy for those two right now. I sometimes wander around there for the pretty and it's pretty much 24/7 Cumberbatch and Hiddleston love at the moment. Or Sherlock and Loki love. I need to see The Avengers.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 6th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'd also like to add that the bulk of the world was introduced to both actors when their hair was not their natural colors. I feel like this is a point because it took me a long time to convince my friends who'd only seen Sherlock or Thor that black was not the natural hair color.

These two seem to have inadvertently fallen into a competition over who should be addressed as "M'lord." Lord Cumberbatch or Lord Hiddleston? I guess can they share it. Or have very quiet, articulate debates over why the other should take the title.
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry confusedawanderingbard on May 6th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
See, I saw Hiddleston in Return to Cranford about two weeks before I saw Thor and couldn't believe it was the same guy. He was all blonde and curly and smiley and bouncy and then he was all black haired and straight haired and dark and broody. I don't even know what Cumberbatch's natural hair colour is. I assume it's the sort of dark ginger he had for Frankenstein, but I swear I've never seen him with the same hair colour twice. It amazes me how many colours he can pull off.

I think Cumberbatch has the upperhand in having a name that sounds like an aristocrat. Or a Harry Potter character. Though I suppose Thomas William Hiddleston works too. And apparently his great-great-grandfather was a baronet. And Christ! He went to Eton. Okay, maybe he wins.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 6th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'd encountered Hiddleston first in Wallander where he played a character I sort of loathed so I didn't hold out high hopes for his portrayal of Loki. But I was happily wrong. But yes, I kind of blinked a lot because of his physical transformation in Thor.

Though I suppose Thomas William Hiddleston works too.

It's Benedict Timothy Carleton Cumberbatch vs. Thomas William Hiddleston.

But yeah, the fact that Hiddleston went on to study Classics at Cambridge does edge him into he Lord category. Although, you have pointed out that Cumberbatch has lived the life of a hero in a British boy's adventure novel.

I think Cumberbatch has the upperhand in having a name that sounds like an aristocrat. Or a Harry Potter character.

Okay, now I'm curious which houses each actor would get sorted into. More things to amuse me for hours!
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Watson's cute noseawanderingbard on May 6th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
I'd encountered Hiddleston first in Wallander where he played a character I sort of loathed so I didn't hold out high hopes for his portrayal of Loki. But I was happily wrong. But yes, I kind of blinked a lot because of his physical transformation in Thor.

I've only seen the first episode of Wallander. I sought it out for Tom specifically and I enjoyed it well-enough, though it was a little dark for my tastes.

It's Benedict Timothy Carleton Cumberbatch vs. Thomas William Hiddleston.

If we're going by numbers of letters, Cumberbatch wins.


But yeah, the fact that Hiddleston went on to study Classics at Cambridge does edge him into he Lord category. Although, you have pointed out that Cumberbatch has lived the life of a hero in a British boy's adventure novel.


I feel like Cumberbatch would have done well to live in the Agatha Christie period, where you could just be rich and travel around the world doing exciting things and being rich.


Okay, now I'm curious which houses each actor would get sorted into. More things to amuse me for hours!


I was thinking of doing a meme to have people ask for characters and then trying to decide where to sort them, what their patronus and boggarts would be, etc.

I think Cumberbatch, considering his adventuring ways, would suit Gryffindor well enough. But he's also erudite, so Ravenclaw would work.

I want to say Hufflepuff for Hiddleston, because he's so cuddly, but I think Ravenclaw would suit him too.

I'd put Martin Freeman in Hufflepuff too, but I'm afraid it's entirely due to the hedgehog-badger association. Also the fact that he has a little hobbit nose and hobbits are very Hufflepuff.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 6th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
I've only seen the first episode of Wallander. I sought it out for Tom specifically and I enjoyed it well-enough, though it was a little dark for my tastes.

Wallander is one of those beautifully shot shows with intense acting that's wonderful but oh so depressing.

I was thinking of doing a meme to have people ask for characters and then trying to decide where to sort them, what their patronus and boggarts would be, etc.

DO IT!!

I have a difficult time keeping separate the actors from the characters. But your thoughts on which houses make sense. I'd probably see Hiddleston in Ravenclaw just given his educational background.

No one for Slytherin, eh?
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Sherlock shockawanderingbard on May 6th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
Wallander is one of those beautifully shot shows with intense acting that's wonderful but oh so depressing.

Word. They make Sweden look gorgeous, but there aren't a lot of laughs. PBS is showing the new series this season, I think. They finally have their line up posted.

No one for Slytherin, eh?

It's hard to tell how ambitious or cunning they are because they're so British and polite and self-deprecating. I bet if Cumberbatch existed in the Harry Potter verse he'd be a pure blood, though, so that might contribute.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 6th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
PBS is showing the new series this season, I think. They finally have their line up posted.

Is this the 2nd series or the 3rd? I'm waiting for BBC to tell me when the 3rd is going to get aired.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 6th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
3rd, as defined by PBS, but they sometimes call things differently. It's airing in September.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 7th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
How is it that PBS already has information up about series 3 but BBC doesn't? The British need to hurry up!
The Writer They Call Tay: DH: Random Happenstanceawanderingbard on May 7th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
It looks like PBS co-produces the series, so maybe they'll air concurrently in England? I think that's the plan for the next series of Sherlock, which will be nice if it's true. Even the French-Canadians got Series Two before the rest of North America did, if only by a few days.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 7th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
I've been desperate for the new Wallander. I only get into the mood every once in awhile because it's so bleak so I don't want the show to dawdle. The window is only open so long!

I do wonder if they plan on having Hiddleston for this series since his career blew up between series 2 and 3 which I'm sure made scheduling a nightmare. Plus his role is small enough that it might not have been worth it for either him or the show.
The Writer They Call Tay: CP: Captain Martinawanderingbard on May 7th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Imdb only has him down for six episodes vs the other cast members' nine, so I'm guessing you're right.

I'm so afraid that's what's going to happen with Cumberbatch and Cabin Pressure. I know he's confirmed for Series Four, but if they go on I don't know if they'll be able to hold on to him. I have such mixed feelings because I want him to go forth and be successful and at the same I want him to stay home and do little things that I enjoy.
The Writer They Call Tay: CP: Captain Martinawanderingbard on May 7th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Imdb only has him down for six episodes vs the other cast members' nine, so I'm guessing you're right.

I'm so afraid that's what's going to happen with Cumberbatch and Cabin Pressure. I know he's confirmed for Series Four, but if they go on I don't know if they'll be able to hold on to him. I have such mixed feelings because I want him to go forth and be successful and at the same time I want him to stay home and do little things that I enjoy.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 7th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm so afraid that's what's going to happen with Cumberbatch and Cabin Pressure.

Me too. I'm sort of torn about whether or not I want the character of Martin to go on without him. When he was ill, they had someone else step in to play Martin who did it brilliantly enough that I could actually imagine them just keeping the character even when the actor leaves. And I don't want Martin to vanish. But...at the same time, I want Cumberbatch to be Martin until the show itself ends (which I want it to never do).
The Writer They Call Tay: CP: Captain Martinawanderingbard on May 7th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
^ My thoughts, those are them.

Tom Goodman-Hill did a great job with Martin ("look at my arm, look at my hat!") but Cumberbatch's constantly borderline hysterical voice just gives me all the Martin feels. I think I'd rather they wrote him out by, like, giving Martin a job in a real airline where he gets paid and can buy all the baked potatoes! And then give Douglas someone new to annoy him so he can realize Martin wasn't so bad.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 7th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I think I'd rather they wrote him out by, like, giving Martin a job in a real airline where he gets paid and can buy all the baked potatoes! And then give Douglas someone new to annoy him so he can realize Martin wasn't so bad.

But I feel like my tears will never stop if that happens.

Still, I feel like Finnemore's sensibility would be to write Martin out (in a happy way!). Although, I'm thinking that perhaps once they reach the end of the alphabet, the entire series will stop. Which will also cause me to shed tears.
The Writer They Call Tay: BB: Oh No!awanderingbard on May 7th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Well, there are seven letters left and only six episodes a series. So maybe one more series and a special? But I will be so sad if it's all over. I want them to start the alphabet again!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 7th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh, and randomly in case you haven't seen this photo yet on tumblr:

https://twitter.com/#!/simonpegg/status/198862123915415552

Simon Pegg's comment! Their FACES!
The Writer They Call Tay: Spaced; Tim ZOMG!awanderingbard on May 7th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
I saw that yesterday and squeed a little. Their eyes! How are they so big! And why can I never decide what colour Simon Pegg's are?

Now I want a Hot Fuzz/Sherlock crossover. Sherlock would hate Nick so much. "Congratulations, we've solved the case. And now, paperwork!"