When Sherlock speaks, fans listen. Before his performance of ‘Hamlet,’ Benedict Cumberbatch begged fans to stop recording him while he was on stage, calling it distracting and ‘mortifying!’ Click to watch!
For actors, to play the lead in Hamlet is a challenge of a lifetime. So, the last thing Benedict Cumberbatch, 39, wants to see while on the stage is someone in the audience recording his performance for Snapchat. In a passionate plea, Benedict asked fans to please put away their cell phones when they come to see him.
Benedict took a moment on Aug. 8, popping out of the Stage Door of the Barbican theater in London, reports USA Today. While explaining how the lights from a phone’s camera can be so distracting, the Sherlock star pleaded with fans to not record his performance of Hamlet.
“Can I ask you all a huge favor,” Benedict said, before thanking all the fans for showing up for his performance. “Can you put this to good use? …What I really want to do is enlist you. I don’t use social media and I’d really appreciate it if you’d tweet, blog, hashtag the sh*t out of this one for me.”
While the fans gathered there laughed at Benedict, his message was serious. He begged that fans not record when he and his fellow Hamlet actors are on stage. “It’s mortifying,” he said. “There’s nothing that’s less enjoyable or supportive as an actor on stage experiencing that.”
Benedict warned that going forward, people caught recording will be kicked out. “And I don’t want that to happen,” said Benedict, clearly happy for everyone to see his production of the great William Shakespeare play. Fans did what they could to help Benedict out, as they spread his message along the internet. So, if you’re a fan of Benedict, remember his message before going to a play, a concert or a movie and turn off your phone.
If you do want to record Benedict, be sure to set your DVRs to catch the next episode of Sherlock. Benedict, along with Martin Freeman, released the first promotional picture of Sherlock and Watson for their upcoming special. A 90-minute, standalone adventure is rumored to air on the BBC sometime around Christmas. It will have to hold Sherlock fans over until 2017, because that’s when the next season of Sherlock is schedule to air.
Will you take Benedict’s message to heart and silence your phones, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow