Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect at most everything…except writing non-depressing letters to ‘Ol Father Christmas.
I mean, he kills it in acting, getting hitched, having cute Cumberbabies but let me tell you, he isn’t a GOD. The actor took part in another event for Letters Live, called the “Letters to Santa” campaign which is basically where celebrities do handwritten letters to Santa for Christmas. Benedict’s letter was… eh…well, you be the judge:
Benedict Cumberbatch has claimed that Father Christmas represents ‘materialism gone mad’ as he jokingly complained that he never received the lightsaber he wanted as a boy. In the note marking national letter writing day, Cumberbatch also joked that he never did receive the Star Wars toy he asked for and promised to leave out extra port and mince pies. He also mentioned those who may be ‘hiding in buildings as bombs rain down’ in the letter, which is part of an event called Letters Live celebrating literary correspondence.
Cumberbatch, who has a one-year-old son with his wife Sophie Hunter, wrote: ‘This is what I’d like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness. Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears. Especially those caring for family members, or suffering illness, hunger or poverty. Especially those hiding in buildings as bombs rain down, or being handed shaking with fear or cold into a boat to escape environmental disaster or war. Please help to light up their worlds with a moment of joy and hope.’
Speaking about adults, he said: ‘Now we get our own presents, control our own fates, take responsibility for our own actions, and live in the world we have created… so it’s not for us to turn around and plead for your help with the environment, the migrant crisis, the NHS, education, food banks, human rights, fundamentalism and wars. Though God knows we need all the help we can get with all these man-made problems and more. You are for the children. Children who need some magic in a world where the borders between innocence and responsibility, playful imagination and cold, adult obstacles are continually shrinking.’
He went on: ‘Spare a thought too for those millions who want to write to you but through illiteracy can’t. Hear their words and help to give them the time and chance to learn how to read and write so they can better their lives and escape their impoverished beginnings.’
Cumberbatch ended the letter by writing: ‘I feel a little sorry for you. And I guess I’ve done exactly what I said I wouldn’t … Asked you to help with adult problems and solve some of the greatest worries we have for our children. I promise to leave some extra port and mince pies for you!’
Other big names to have penned letters to Santa include Annie Lennox, Russell Brand, Thom Yorke and Thandie Newton.
Oh BOO. You never got a lightsabre as a kid. SO SORRY. Yes, let’s complain about it, uber-successful actor dude. What do you think about his letter- was it as whiny or preachy as it reads to me?