Benedict Cumberbatch for Esquire Korea Magazine

Posted on April 25, 2014

It’s not the most interesting cover or picture of him, but here’s your B Cum for the day, ladies.

Esquire-Korea-May-2014-Benedict-Cumberbatch-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLOBenedict Cumberbatch covers the May 2014 issue of Esquire Korea magazine.


You’d think they’d straighten his tie out for a cover shot. Then again, the lighting makes it look like he’s posing for an ID card. What an odd, half-assed cover.

Of course we’re not too proud to feature it. It’s Friday and you ladies love to flock to your B Cum pics. Half-assed cover or no, it’ll get the job done for us.





[Photo Credit: Esquire Korea Magazine]

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  • SayWhaaatNow

    Yeah, this could have been on Forbes and I wouldn’t have noticed.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I could have taken a better shot with my iPhone, but ‘Hi Benedict!’ anyway. :)

  • Sarah

    Sigh. Post some Hiddleston too and I’m going to need a cold shower.

    • Kent Roby

      T Hid and B Cum are apparently really good friends. And, yeah, that sounded dirty.

  • Alicia

    I find him charming, this picture less so.

  • Jecca2244

    looks like they bought outtakes from another shoot.

    • Theresa

      Looks like he’s ready to head into a world summit to discuss finance.

      • scoobynacks

        Buy low, sell high, stay sexy. Pretty sure those are the 3 tenants of an investor in the stock market if you’re B Cum.

  • Imasewsure

    I’d like to hide under the table at that executive board meeting!! Bankerlicious!!

  • gabbilevy

    It’s a lousy picture, but you can still feel him staring into your soul.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    If he was wearing a shirt, tie, and jeans, I might get the not straight tie thing, but with a suit? Looks like you got it all right and then gave up when it came to the tie. Too bad, too, because it’s a great suit.

    • Chuck Barthelme

      I also hate the half windsor knot, if we’re being picky.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    This doesn’t do it for me – and he usually does.

  • sugarkane105

    Smaug deserves better. He looks like he’s posing under a street lamp in an alleyway.

    • JauntyJohn

      under a street lamp in an alley you say? Hmmm…

      • Kitten_Mittens

        How much…?

    • barbarienne

      If he were under a street lamp in an alleyway, there would be some light on the top of his head instead of a really bad P-shop silhouette job. WTF, designer? You’ve made him look like he’s bald and standing in front of a black background.

  • MilaXX

    meh, not working for me.

    • ConnieBV

      Yeah, me neither. He has a face that needs to be shot correctly, yes, and the lighting, but NO ONE looks good shot from below unless you are a ghost.

  • &theJets

    Yes, always happy to see him, but that lighting is horrible. Now if you could scare up a picture of Ewan McGregor my heart would be filled for the day.

  • bunnybstuff

    Not a great photo, but just enough to get the fantasy rolling…

  • Anna

    Benedict Cumberbatch has a LinkedIn profile?! No way! I’ll have to add him as a contact…

    Cause for real, this looks like a corporate profile photo. He looks handsome and all, but still.

    • Gatto Nero

      The lighting is horrible. And if they were going for some kind of deliberate effect, I can’t tell what it is.

  • WendyD

    I jumped up and down at my desk. I’ll take an average picture of my darling Cumberbatch over pretty much anything (raven-haired Hiddles excepted).
    This photo is from an older photo shoot. His hair is back to his natural auburn these days.

    • ConnieBV

      Auburn is natural!!!? How did I not know this??? Gingerbatch is hands-down my fave.

  • noillim

    I don’t know how they made the elegant and refined Benedict Cumberbatch look like a slump shouldered accountant, but they did it, and it should be illegal and punishable by… something. (All due respect to the accountants.)

  • Jessica Freeman

    I still loves him. Bad lighting and whatever else you said.

  • zuzu

    Esquire Korea needs to have a chat with the folks at Vogue Korea.

  • Carol Kent

    I believe that tie has wee skulls on it.

  • NBG

    Cover of Esquire and his suit and tie look like he’s at happy hour after 9 hours at the office? For shame.

  • Mme. Moriarty

    Gosh, I love him in any incarnation. That is all. He smoulders.

  • Coleen

    There is such a wrongness about my immediate need to make the X-rated joke in my head, right?

  • crash1212

    It is a lovely suit and a pretty, if wonky, tie and that starched collar is giving me life.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Well that photo isnt really doing it for me… agree with our Uncles sentiments, i’ve seen passport pics with better lighting…if only i could hear him speak it would instantly make up for it…

  • KinoEye

    A far cry from the last time he was featured — those glorious photos from NYT Style — but he still floats my boat just fine.

    Good to know Esquire Korea is asking the hard questions, such as “Do men care about SHOES?” Well, men? Do you? EK needs to know.

  • marlie

    Half-assed or not, I still like the picture, and it’s still a world better than many others. Besides, sometimes you can’t go wrong with a guy in a nice suit.

  • Scott Cooper

    It actually looks like the shopped his head onto another body.

  • MannahattaMamma

    “world-wide stewardess style” ?? Is this a magazine cover from the set of Mad Men w/BCum digitally imposed on it? STEWARDESS?

  • Danielle

    Well, they’ve finally done it. A picture of Benny that doesn’t make my panties move.

  • Scimommy

    He usually looks better in motion/conversation than in photos because then his charisma and intelligence really shine. But hey, it’s not the worst picture of him I’ve seen.

  • Sarah

    Crooked tie & bad lighting be damned. Those eyes. Those lips. Le sigh…

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Gorgeous man, awful cover shot. But that’s my daily dose of Benedict and I’m good now. Thanks, TLo!

  • Froggae

    B Cum? Really??? You boys are baaaaad.

  • Cele Deemer

    And, indeed, FLOCK we will!!!

  • Kitten_Mittens

    *set to the Lonely Island tune*

    And I… B-came in my pants.

  • Tara

    After a 4 beer lunch today – yes. This. Don’t care. Love.

  • Anglow

    He’s gorgeous even on an odd, half-assed cover. I think the first episode of Sherlock, from when he unzips the body bag and says “How fresh?” to a few minutes later when he leaves the lab is the single most dazzling introduction of an actor in character I have ever seen. First you are thinking what an odd-looking creature and three minutes later, you’re in love. That is the power of Cumberbatch!

  • WaterGhost

    He is a real “joli laid” – assuming you can even say that about men. The fuss about his looks isn’t all hype. The cover stinks though: that tie isn’t rakish, it’s crooked.
    I swear the guy can’t act. He keeps on being cast as the charismatic villain, and what always comes across to me is a nice guy who spends his spare time sitting quietly at home with his girlfriend and his cat. I could be wrong, but it spoils the effect.

  • LadyVimes

    That is a terrible photo of him. Oof.

  • Funkykatt

    He does nothing for me. They should have featured Bin Won.

  • Ma. Gabriella Dutari

    Shitty cover. Still, as always he looks like a beautiful alien

  • Akemi

    What a snore of a cover. Lazy!

  • Baghag

    I don’t get the hype. He is so not attractive.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Yes, please. Hottest usher in the wdding.

  • quiltrx

    Whoever picked this for a cover shot needs a career change. What a snooze. He looks like he’s about to deliver a boring corporate presentation, not melt my butter.

  • demidaemon

    Yeah, this is kind of enh. They could have done a much better and more interesting job with him. Lame.

  • kategs

    His face is so much more alive with the possibility of a smile which ain’t happening here.

  • Tuneful54

    I am among his devoted legion and it took me DAYS to work up a comment, that’s how bad this shot is. Bring on something better and we’ll crash your site j/k.