Benedict Cumberbatch Wants You to Stop Filming His Beautiful ‘Hamlet’ Face
No, these words are not for Benedict Cumberbatch. We’re talking to you, dear theatergoers who decided to ruin the party for everyone (but especially Mr. Cumberbatch) by filming parts of his Hamlet performance in London over the weekend.
According to several reports, Saturday’s production at the Barbican Centre was stopped twice due to technical difficulties. And according to Cumberbatch, restarting the play was even more difficult because of the “blindingly obvious” red lights from audience members’ filming gadgets.
“It’s very, very obvious,” the 39-year-old actor said outside the stage door on Saturday in a plea recorded by his most devoted Cumberbitches. “It’s mortifying. And there’s nothing less enjoyable as an actor on stage, experiencing that.”
If you’ve forgotten how to enjoy theater, here’s a pointer from the Sherlock star.
“I can’t give you what I want to give you… which is a live performance that you’ll remember. Hopefully in your minds and brains whether it’s good, bad, or indifferent, rather than on your phones… So it’s not me blaming you. This is me asking you to ripple it out there, in the beautiful way that you do with your funny, electronic things.”
“What I really want to do is try and enlist you,” Cumberbatch added. “I don’t really use social media, but I’d really appreciate it if you did tweet, blog, hashtag the sh*t out of this one for me.”
Got it? Good. Now put your recording devices away. (Also, why are people bringing actual digital cameras to the theater? Isn’t an iPhone less obvious, if you’re going down that route?)
[h/t The Guardian]