You probably already saw this coming, but I have a huge crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. So, I’m a cumberbitch, apparently.
This is pretty new for me, and I’m really excited.
It’s not that I never have crushes on movie stars, though I wasn’t really one of those teen girls who spent a long time lusting after various stars. Or I did, maybe just not the kind you could hang posters of on your wall. Rex Harrison, for instance. It’s really hard to be a pre-teen girl and explain who Rex Harrison is let alone why his accent is sexy. And just try doing that with, say, Errol Flynn. I mean, sure, The Aviator helped, but not enough.
I guess what I mean to say is that – generally the stars I lust after are long dead.
To be fair, I used to have a crush on Jeremy Irons, who is near death, but not actually dead. But then he went around comparing gay marriage to incest and I really feel like it’s caused a rift between us. So, that crush may not be dead, but it could be slowly dying.
And now I’ve got a live one!
I’m pretty psyched about this.
I am, apparently, not alone in loving Benedict Cumberbatch. There’s an entire website for Cumberbitches (possibly the filthiest sounding fan girl name I can fathom) that lists problems like “his voice sounds like a jaguar purring inside a cello” and “pretending you’re into Ford Maddox Ford and Parade’s End when you’re really just lusting after Benedict.”
I swear to God I’m really into Ford Maddox Ford. I also like Rupert Everett as an actor, so I mostly watched Parade’s End for that. But I liked The Good Soldier (which I read after watching the bizarre Alexis Bledel movie version)! No, seriously, I did like the book, which I was vaguely familiar with. That is to say, I had read about half of Parade’s End, thought, “This main character is an idiot,” identified strongly with his adulterous wife until she became highly religious, thought, “This character is also an idiot,” and put the book down. But I was interested in how they’d handle the depiction of it on HBO, and, especially, how they would manage to get a naked character into it, which is a time honored HBO tradition.
Oh, hell, who am I kidding, I’ll watch any drama where there’s any chance that any character might wear a fichu. It’s all I look for.