Benedict Cumberbatch in NYC

Posted on May 13, 2013

Oh Benedict. You done screwed this one up.


Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at his hotel in NYC.

Because if you had had the foresight and intelligence to consult us before you embarked on your Star Trek whoretour, we would have said, “Cumby, it’s like this. You are giving the world the one-two punch of Star Trek and The Hobbit franchise in the same year, which means – brace yourself – you’re entering the most explosive, camera-flash-laden period of your career so far. Stardom, darling. Who knows how long it’ll last or whether or not you’ll really want it in the end. It makes no difference. The point is, you need to manage the image. And since your Sherlock hair has resulted in moist cushions on two continents, it really behooves you to sport those poet’s curls for a little while when making the rounds in front of the cameras. Trust us on this. We know you’re on record as thinking it looks a little feminine but we can’t laugh enough when actors who wear makeup on the job more often than a working drag queen get all silly about their masculinity issues. Suck it up, and set those locks free, boy. Whatever you do, DON’T slick it back. You don’t want to arrive on the international stardom scene looking like a Russian hit man. Let’s not even THINK about that.”


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews]

    • FlyoverFi

      The crotch on those pants is *insane*.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Uncles, you know the way to my heart these days. Benedict, call me. I’m sure you read this blog all day, just like me.

    • David Calder


    • gorghast

      The curls also help to disguise/call attention away from the receding hairline.

    • Gaby

      NOTHING MATCHES. Seriously, it’s like he put on the pants from one suit, got mustard on the jacket so he grabbed another suit jacket, and then decided that the best way to negate the totally unmatched greys was to wear a blue shirt that would compliment neither. Plus, no belt and cheap looking shoes. He looks like he fell out of some college’s employment office in whatever sort-of fit him. “This’ll do.”

      • gabbilevy

        I can just hear him say it. “This’ll do.”

      • not_Bridget

        TLo usually critique “formal” appearances rather than papparazzi photos….

        • Gaby

          That’s not really true. See also: today’s recent Theroux/Aniston post, the Dianna Agron post on Friday, the Solange Knowles post the day before that, the Katy Perry post on the 6th, and so on. They’re not AS HARD on them because it’s probably not professionally done (though it’s possibly styled even then). I don’t think expecting things to sort of match is really that hard an assessment – like I said, he looks less like a movie star and more like a slovenly college student, albeit one with exceptionally striking looks and expensive taste.
          Since this outfit probably still cost more than my rent despite being an on-the-street post and I generally manage to never body-snark, I’m reserving the right to judge his outfit as much as we’re judging his hair. Why else do you think this look was posted if not to judge how he’s dressed? This is a fashion blog, after all.

    • Tina Power

      I find his face rather feminine and the curls butch him up a little rather than that floppy mess. The best his hair/he looks is in Star Trek Into Darkness.

      • Spreecord

        I actually find that he looks rather like Nick Cave, just not in the way that gives me… moist cushions. Which I suppose means the logical next step is growing a pedostache.

      • Tatiana Luján

        I love the John Harrison hair.

    • nannypoo

      As a fully certified Cumberbitch I hate to criticize Our Leader, but I’m afraid TLo are right. This hair sucks.

      • MajorBedhead

        I know. It makes me sad. Don’t make me sad, Sherlock. I don’t want to go all Molly mopey on you.

    • Jasmine Gonzalez

      I do not understand the appeal. No thank you.

      • Jackie4g

        Exactly. Other than the British accent, the appeal totally eludes me.

      • mightbewrong

        I’m glad I’m not the only one.
        Sherlock is an excellent, excellent show but the attraction just has me confused.

      • Rand Ortega

        It’s the aloofness, the shy boy sexiness, the intellectual unawares of said. I get mine from Tom Hiddleston, but I understand the Cumberbabes. We’re cut from the same cloth.

      • capybara_cafe

        Agreed. I watched an ep of Sherlock the other day. Great show, yes, but the man? They can keep him.

      • Beardslee

        I think he is a jolie/laide type. He is my cup of tea but I can see why he wouldn’t be someone else’s.

      • fursa_saida

        I went through a phase after I saw Sherlock for the first time. It may happen again after I see Star Trek because whatever else you want to say about him, he’s got a damn sexy voice. Generally, though, while I see the appeal, I’m busy worrying about Tom Hardy/Hugh Dancy/Aldis Hodge/I’ll just stop here.

    • Snailstsichr

      I really love his shoes. I’ll just look at his feet, OK?

      • Beardslee

        and his socks!

    • HobbitGirl

      His hair here, especially in the last pic, almost reminds me of Nicolas Cage. Not a good look for you, honey.

      • JP

        I kept seeing Clay Aiken (more at the London premiere than here, but still). Either way, not a good look.

    • hughman

      Winner of the Nicholas Cage look alike contest.

      • YoungSally

        I was seeing Clay Aiken with a new dye job.

        • marlie

          *snort* I see a young Jack Nicholson.

        • JP

          LOL! I’ve been saying that too! In fact, just posted it above before seeing your comment!

    • Janet B

      His dark hair color bugs me more than hairline highlighting style, although neither is flattering.

    • heather adair

      Straight-up Nic Cage hair.

    • MilaXX

      I have to admit, he was quite cute telling about how he got a bit verkelmpt while doing an on the RC interview. It made me forgive this outfit.

      • MemHey

        Agreed – he doesn’t quite seem to know what to do with himself – like the shy nerdy guy suddenly becomes the most popular guy in school. Sherlock appeals to a unique set, most of whom are quite generous in allowing nerdiness and see it as endearing. Now that he’s stepping into the spotlight – truly on the world’s stage – he is not quite sure how to handle himself. But he seems to be authentic and willing to be transparent in his awkwardness.

        Hmm… that’s the word. He’s just awkward, I think. But we love him for it! (Though we’d love him to wash the oil slick off his head…)

    • Katie Dunneback

      He looks best either with the Sherlock curls, or the close-crop look he sports in Star Trek. Personally, while I *adore* Sherlock as a character, I find him much yummier with the short hair.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      The curls definitely improve his appearance a great deal. His face is interesting, but full of very harsh angles. The curls help balance it.

      • sweetestsith

        Going by google images, it isn’t just the curls, its the hair across his forehead. It really makes all the difference for him, takes him from odd to interesting and attractive. I do wish he could find a happy medium between the curls he apparently dislikes (wtf? they look so nice!) and…this. It doesn’t seem unreasonable.

        • fursa_saida

          I’d bet he might cut it/lose the dye if he weren’t filming Sherlock right now. He has to keep it long for that, so he’s trying to at least lose the curls. I agree with you that that is a remarkably terrible choice.

    • Funkyjuicebox

      MOIST CUSHIONS? holy hell, the mental image BURRRRNS…

    • CeeQ

      No Benedict, CALL ME! I’m Aussie, which is pretty much British! Sort of. Don’t pay any attention to the flashy American, this Jessica TallGirl Freeman! I assume she’s American, her comment is so very confident and sexy and American-like but COME ON! You KNOW you want the safe comfortable fluffy Aussie who reminds you of dear old England. Even if this particular Aussie did actually marry an American because of said confident & sexy American-ness – but I’d GIVE IT ALL UP FOR YOU SHERLOCK. Err…Benedict.

      • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        Bitter kitten cat fight! Rawr!

        No really, that was hysterical.

        • CeeQ

          Sherlock Crush makes me kinda nuts. Please excuse….! LOL

          But – WHO VOTED DOWN?!?!?!? Bastards. Both of ‘em!

          JUST KIDDING whoever voted down a Bitter Kitten cat fight!!! Don’t hurt me.

          • mightbewrong

            Ok, time to calm down.

    • blueberrypanckae

      is no belt ok? It always seems really sloppy , also the busted brown bag …somebody get him a man purse! ( preferably one that matches a belt)

    • CeeQ

      P.S. Yes dear, the curls need to make a come back. Your fans are begging you, stop hurting us!!!

      • fursa_saida

        SERIOUSLY. I HATE his hair like this. I’m not even a huge Cumby lover (I think he’s a great actor and I loved him in Sherlock, but he’s not my #1), but I spend a lot of time on tumblr so I see pictures of him constantly. If I’m gonna be looking at him, he better have his hair correct. At least when tumblr makes me look at Tom Hiddleston he doesn’t look like he just got dunked.

    • alyce1213

      Those trousers! Sansabelt?

    • formerlyAnon

      Actually, I’d go with this hair (the curls ARE better) if he’d just switch those trousers out for something that matches with the rest of the ensemble. This is “I’m 20 and I know I need to dress nicely, I’ll give it a shot – between me and my roommate we’ve got plenty of nice clothes.” Dark jeans would look better than those slacks in this case, or so I think.

    • frannyprof

      He doesn’t moisten my cushion, but I agree about the hair!! And thank you for the much-needed Monday morning laugh!

    • mightbewrong

      Hang on, it’s CumberBATCH? There’s….no ‘p’ there?

      I’ve been deceived.

    • Dorothy Damage

      I seriously thought he was Nic Cage (and felt like throwing up a bit.) Benny, we should never confuse you for Nic Cage. Never.

    • MajorBedhead

      I’m getting kind of an Andrew McCarthy vibe from that hair. And not in a good way.

      Please, sir, bring back the curls. They suit you so well.

    • thecitysleeps

      a russian hitman. I LOLED SO HARD. It’s funny because it is true. I love him and think he is very attractive but he doesn’t have a conventional, pretty face and sometime with the wrong angle/wrong hair etc it can look really bad. The wavy montrosity of hair without any styling is worse than the slick back for me even. Get them curls, Ben, please. I like his pants/socks though.

      • JP

        I love the socks. I do love a dude who can rock the quirky socks.

    • Griffinqueen

      As is the sans-a-belt waist.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Sure looks like one, except it has belt loops and those did not. I saw a pair on Oscar Madison the other night…blast from the past.

    • Judy_S

      Should he just give up and wear a baseball cap?
      A favorite thing about him is being able to look at a photo and say when it was taken–the Sherlock hair has not gone out in public much, but the Parade’s End and Frankenstein hair did, and in a couple of years we will look at these pictures and be able to say, oh, yeah, that was when Star Trek came out, and he was shooting Sherlock at the same time.

    • j_anson

      He thinks the Sherlock hair is “a little feminine”? Yeesh. I don’t see the appeal of this guy off-screen at all. I get that he’s a good actor and people like his Sherlock, and that’s fine, but mostly what I’ve seen off-screen seems to be poor presentation and the occasional douchey comment. :

    • crash1212

      I do love him, but nothing in this look is working for me. Yuck.

    • christinewithanx

      Hm, think we should hike up his trousers ANY HIGHER? Hate the Christian Bale hair, too.

    • YoungSally

      The rumpled Bloomie’s bag does NOT help. Did he pull that out of a trash can when the Barney’s bag broke?

      • JP

        I’ve been curious as hell about the old Bloomie bag and what he’s carting around in it.

    • VioletFem

      In the thumbnail, I mistook him for Nicholas Cage. That is not a look he should be going for.

      • RussellH88

        I was going to post the same thing!

        No one wants to look like they should be screaming “How’d it get burned!?” into a woman’s face.

        • VioletFem

          LOL! Absolutely!

      • StellaZafella

        I knew if I flipped through the posts I’d find the first Nick Cage reference…it’s just too easy, hee, hee.
        If nothing else works this association alone should send Cumber-some screaming back to his curly roots…or, if masculinity is the issue – he’d at most run BUTCHly back to the stylists and tell them “ditch the Dippity-Doo!”

    • Lattis

      russian hit man hahahahahaha

    • barbarienne

      I’m sure being so unusual looking has been both a blessing and a curse, but at this point it’s making his career. (Yes, and acting talent and skill. But there are a lot of talented actors who are ordinary-good-looking. Cumberbatch’s position at the pointy end of the appearance bell curve draws attention.)

      He’s afraid his Sherlock hairstyle is too girly? What? If we discovered he was a changeling elf or space alien, everyone would just nod.

      Embrace your looks, man. Love the face and body you have.

    • flamingoNW

      NOTHING about that outfit works. All wrong. Too bad…

    • marlie

      In the first picture, I kind of thought he looked like Jack Nicholson. And that’s not really a compliment.

    • mmc2315

      Uff. Really don’t like the pants. Or shoes. ITA on the hair.

    • JP

      Thank you. The rest of him looks fine (soo fine), but that hair. I can’t even.

    • Beardslee

      Let the curls go, Benedict! Scraping them back in that unattractive way is a sin and a shame.

    • Alice

      Poetry, gentlemen. Pure poetry. PS I think he looks fantastic in any capacity.

    • Cynica

      Put on a belt! You look like a car salesman in Dayton.

    • Dawn Sinclair

      there is something of the Nicholas Cage about him like this – not good

    • mmc2315

      I’m on Team Freeman, AKA “My boyfriend John Watson”.

      • formerlyAnon

        With ya.

      • Tatiana Luján

        So am I.

      • julnyes

        Freeman and Graves were the only two actors I knew off the bat when I heard about the Sherlock series, so I am a later addition to the Cumber Collective :) However I remain a Gravesdigger and a Freemaniac as well! It really is a stellar cast.

    • msdamselfly

      I think his hair looks great

    • stubbornthoughts

      He’s bouncing between no-named Russian hit man and Da Vinci Code with that hair. So sad.

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    • WendyD

      I’m just so happy he’s in the same country as I am that I can forgive his hair problems. I can’t wait to FINALLY see ‘Star Trek into Darkness’ on Wednesday and hear those dulcet Cumberbatch tones.

      • demidaemon

        I’m torn on the movie. All the trailers seem to be selling it as an action movie and I am not really seeing the Sci-Fi or Star Trekiness of it all. Maybe they are leaving out the parts that are more in that vein from the trailers to attract a more general audience, but, for someone who grew up on TNG, it isn’t making me want to see the movie.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          If it helps, the rumor is that he’s Khan (though it’s been denied… they also denied that Mutt was Indy’s son in Crystal Skull). You don’t get Trekkier than Khan.

        • WendyD

          I haven’t watched a single trailer or a single commercial. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Trekker (yes, I have a TNG uniform) and I would’ve been excited for this movie even with out the ‘Batch factor.

    • Akemi

      Good god, someone get this man a stylist! STAT!

    • iCouture

      What the hair??!

    • Melanie

      I suspect his fangirls will eat me alive for this, but all I can see in these pictures is Clay Aiken.

    • jmorino08

      Are we sure that’s not John Cusack?

    • snarkykitten

      oh good grief.

    • Meghan

      I love this man so much, but it would be so much more if he would just stick to Sherlock hair. And let me dress him.

    • SpillinTea

      Serving John Cusack realness…

    • Imasewsure

      I saw John Cusack in this which is a helluva lot better than Nick Cage. I still think the hair is an improvement over the last few outings. I’m actually not negative on his clothes either because I like the softer colors (and I REFUSE to acknowledge those pants at all).. He looks fine (except the pants which don’t exist, and not in a sexy time way)

    • quiltrx

      He does look like a baddie in a franchise film, doesn’t he? (You know, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, The Transporter…hell, even that last Home Alone!)

    • Nikki

      is it me or is he starting to make himself look much older than he is by the way he dresses? I am getting this awkward DILF vibe from him now when before I was like, ooo yum, and now I’m feeling really like a creeper…

    • Sandy Soto Teich

      Yes. I am afraid he will become the Richard E. Grant of his generation. No.

    • Kathleen Ayres

      Neither the hair or the outfit work for me – he looks slimy.

    • Allison Drury

      My eyes are burning and my vagina just shriveled up like a prune. I need to immediately rinse my brain of this image if I ever want to see him as a sex symbol again. WORST PANTS EVER.

    • Emmyllou

      You are SO right about the hair. Everything else, I forgive—just got off a plane.

    • Toto Maya

      Generally I don’t get why people find him so attractive (and yes, I’ve seen Sherlock). And with these pictures, I REALLY don’t get it. Gross.

    • capybara_cafe

      I don’t mind the hair nearly as much as those pants with the rest of this outfit. I literally “Oh honey, no.”ed out loud.