Benedict Cumberbatch: Literally Beside Himself, Immortalized in Wax

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Benedict Cumberbatch found himself literally beside himself when he was immortalized in wax. Cumberbatch, 38, star of the BBC TV series Sherlock, the villain Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and the voice of Smaug in The Hobbit movies, was immortalized in wax and will have his likeness on display at London’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

Benedict Cumberbatch, whose latest movie, due to hit theaters on November 21, will be The Imitation Game, recently showcased his dance skills on The Graham Norton Show, doing his best at calling up his inner Queen Bey, dancing like Beyoncé. While he proved that he has an affinity with the Crazy in Love singer and had studied her moves, she does not have to worry about any competition from Cumberbatch anytime soon.

Of course, it was all in fun, and Benedict Cumberbatch has his plate too full with all of the acting jobs he is being offered lately, and his appearances on talk shows and public events, to take up a second career as a singer and dancer. However, if Beyoncé starts to get too complacent, Cumberbatch is waiting in the wings, biding his time….

Sitting for his wax figure was a time-consuming process for actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Casts were even made of his left hand, to ensure that the likeness would turn out to be as accurate as possible. He was able to look at the final result and pose with it on The Graham Norton Show.

In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the English mathematician, Alan Turing, one of the people behind deciphering the Enigma Code of the Nazis. Cumberbatch adds his vocal skills to the animated feature, Penguins of Madagascar, which will arrive in movie theaters a mere week after The Imitation Game debuts. It is rather ironic that he will be doing the voice of a penguin in the flick, as Cumberbatch has a difficult time correctly pronouncing the word “penguin.”

There is a request list for guests at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to fill out, in which they can write in their preference for who they would most like to see a wax model made of for the museum. Benedict Cumberbatch had topped the list for an entire year, prompting the famous museum to oblige the requests and begin working on a likeness of Cumberbatch to be put on display in London.

There are many features to get as accurate as possible on a sculpture that goes on display at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. With a figure like that of Benedict Cumberbatch, not only the eyes, nose, lips and hair must look right, but also perhaps less obvious features, such as the cheeks and temples. Hundreds of measurements were reportedly made of Cumberbatch’s features, and many photographs were taken to also refer to as the wax sculpture was created. The stylish suit that the wax likeness of Benedict Cumberbatch wears was donated by Spencer Hart, the actor’s tailor, and it is very much like the one he donned while attending the 2014 Oscars.

Other guests who appeared on The Graham Norton Show when Benedict Cumberbatch posed with the wax fiure of himself were Timothy Spell, Adam Levine, and comedian Miranda Hart. The actor called it “a weird and wonderful compliment,” to have a wax figure of himself on display at one of the most famous museums in the world, immortalized, as it were, in the medium of wax.

Cumberbatch joked that he had “been accused of being wooden in my work but never waxy!” Also, the actor, who is fond of photobombing others — even U2’s lead singer, Bono — can now, as he put it, “photobomb myself.”

Among the many other actors and actresses on display at London’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum are Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Elton John, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, so the wax figure of Benedict Cumberbatch will find himself in good company there. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of England’s biggest stars of today andnow, he has become immortalized in wax, so that future generations will be able to see what he loked like when he was in his prime, at what might be, perhaps, the height of his acting powers.

Written By Douglas Cobb

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