School’s in session, so listen to Professor Cumberbatch, students!
Benedict Cumberbatch dished to People on the key to memorizing all those painfully long, complicated lines of dialogue on his hit show, Sherlock. And now, he’s sharing his nuggets of wisdom with the world! People reports:
“There are two things. I memorize them very painstakingly and slowly. And I try to exercise, and stay off the cigarettes, booze and caffeine when filming, so I’ve got this good, healthy oxygenated blood and can think fast.”
Still, even a three-time Emmy winner and classically trained actor like Cumberbatch can have some trouble with the lines from time to time.
“There’s always a moment when I get behind and I’m having a messy day, and I’m just kind of going, ‘Sorry …. ‘ But by and large, you have to be really disciplined,” he says.
Cumberbatch, who recently announced he’s expecting his first child with his fiancée, Sophie Hunter, also says the lines can be harder to do depending on the season they’re shooting.
“It can be hell when you’re standing on the side of the Thames in January with the winds … you can’t even move your jaw, so trying to do one of the long passages of deduction is really physically hard,” he says. “You have to warm up, remember to use your diaphragm.”
And shooting in the studio can be equally tough. “It’s really hot with the huge studio lights. When it comes to speaking fast, you really just can’t be tired or unhealthy in any way, or it’s going to be that much more work for you.”
Ugh, acting sounds difficult. That being said, I hear craft services are a great reward for lines learned. Benedict, any words of advice on best snacks on a shoot? Asking for a friend.