Hey, , I (Google) translated this from the original article (which was in German). Interesting stuff - somehow the girl got into a junket. Sounds like Benny was not having it that day - shades of the Hollywood Reporter interview for sure.
I don't blame him - I could not handle people being crazy with me like this. Fame sounds absolutely awful.
Text below originally written for Seitenblicke by Alexander Kern.
There are a lot of reasons not to be in a good mood today. It's raining. The wet and cold. Berlin air goes chills to the bone. And anyway: It's Sunday. But perhaps Benedict Cumberbatch is not just in a bad mood. Maybe he's just himself because he has to explain. And he cannot stand it.
This is the luxury hotel Regent. Interviews for his new film "12 Years a Slave," a round of reporters and him. "Sherlock Holmes" has made the man a star. The best actor of his generation, it sounds. Cumberbatch is the most sought after star of Hollywood. What makes a man? Before the interview the gong had already sounded. Note: Several interviews the same shortly before he almost canceled. Too private questions. That was on the brink. Been scarce. Fear mongering.
Can you enjoy the success, I ask him. It's nice, he answers almost - but do I have to enter into compromises. The demand, which exactly? He snobby shrugging off the table simply : "I do not know - say it to me." You are the journalist. Paint it for yourself.
And so we meander this way through the questions. What you get to know about the man behind the role: little. With him it really depends on the day, a friend from Hollywood tells me. And I remember smiling at the now legendary first sentence of an article about him in the "Hollywood Reporter": "I am now in 45 minutes in an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, and frankly: it is not going well."
Today it runs no differently. Cumberbatch, who looks like a 'scream' molded from plasticine in man-mask, legs crossed, chewing gum in gray wool vest, is today a bit arrogant, somewhat charming and slightly bitchy mood. Perhaps this is why his female fans call themselves "Cumberbitches"?
One of them sat by the way most likely right next to me. Blonde, in her twenties, shy. My first interview in English, she says, as she puts a block of questions carefully before him on the table. And how excited she was. Do you believe in God?, she will ask him in a few minutes. No, he will just respond.
When she then asks Cumberbatch for a photo together, leaning from the little surprising. And suddenly starts burning interest in the young woman. For what medium they work again ? Answer: a , er, newspaper. Have not I seen you on two of my rotation sets? Why do you always want a picture with me? The sound is aggressive, the situation embarrassing. Cross-examination!
A suspicion goes around: the young woman was possibly even no journalist. Was she, actually, at the 'Brunswick newspaper'? And someone says the word 'stalker'. For that matter, is Cumberbatch, since a 'fan' him watched in his apartment and described each of his movements on Twitter, a burned child...
The young woman tries, by the way, to escape with brief answers from the situation. Then she falls silent. Later, as Cumberbatch still gives one or other interview, she is in the hotel hall, typing into her mobile phone.
As the saying goes: Just because you're paranoid, that does not mean that they are not out to get you.