As complete a summary as I can be bothered with of Benedict Cumberbatch at the Oz Comic Con Sydney event (Sunday April 13th, 2014). Some parts have been paraphrased and others left out completely, so don’t take it as gospel, more as generally what went down.
Q&A: BC appears on…
Songs played/suggested/sung by Benedict during the OZCon shows:
Elbow - My Sad Captains — when asked about favourite song at the moment
- "I’m not good at favourties. I am listening to … I don’t know … ‘Elbow’! Their new album is pretty brilliant. ‘Sad Captains’ on that album is a fantastic song." [starts to try to quote ‘And if it’s all we only pass this way but once - What a perfect waste of time’ a couple of times, but cannot get it right, so he gets out his phone - smacks his lips] "Oh I don’t know …. du-dup-du-du-duuhhh." *scrolls through phone* "Recently played …" *smacks lips* "purchased nooo .. du-dup-du-du-duuuhhh" *keeps on scrolling*… "You can talk amongst yourselves, it’s fine. du-dup-du-du-duuhhh” *someone starts whistling* “du-dup-du-du-duuhhh. No no no, no whistling, but just talking.” … ”It’s a really really good song which is why I should probably just have it playing in the background of this answer to your question. I mean, this is the song I have been listening to an awful lot. I think they are an amazing band - ‘Elbow’. Guy Garvey is a friend and he is […] a lyrical genius, I think. He is a beautiful modern poet and a very deeply profoundly lovely human being and soul and I think his music and his words reflect all of that, aaaand … yeah I just .. I love this song.” *plays song … and he sings along quietly until he gets to the line he was trying to quote earlier* … “YEAH! ‘And if it’s all we only pass this way but once - What a perfect waste of time’. That’s a pretty beautiful motto for life really, isnt’ it? Elbow. Lots of Elbow.” - Benedict Cumberbatch
Puff the Magic Dragon — reply to “most embarrassing song on iPhone” — quietly singing one line to the crowd
I am probably forgetting one or two that I am aware of. Apologies. Check back for updates.
Don’t forget those precious 3 seconds of Jay-Z & Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind during the ‘embarrassing music’ bit!
I have listened to it all as well and yes, it went down a bit differently.
—> But I think it just was misunderstood due to “porn” and “poor” sounding much alike with his accent. (additionally taking excitement, crowd noise and echo into account). It either got unintentionally understood incorrectly or was remembered incorrectly (additionally). (please note how I am most definitely not calling out the person who posted the “quote”. The afore-bolded part should be explanation enough.)
So, here is what he did say:
excerpt of reply to “advice for actors-to-be” (from the April 12th panel) :
”[…] Keep wanting to absorbing [sic] the culture around you. Know what you are getting into. Just go to as much theatres as you can afford to go to. See as much good television as you can afford to see. Don’t download it illegally unless you really are poor … and then … fine. Just don’t tell me. […]”
- judging from the laughter in the audience, it was actually misheard by a bunch of people. Reference to “porn” in relation to the other words in the sentence doesn’t make sense either (if, let’s say for argument’s sake, we’d assume that he did say “porn” —> “unless you really are” (which can be heard rather clearly) does, linguistically, not allow for the next word to be ‘porn’.)). He said “poor”.
Benedict Cumberbatch (via admiralsushishin)
"There are lots of doors in my mind palace marked ‘not for public consumption’."
and yes, there is a difference. I understand that things get misheard in the heat of the moment, so I’d just like to point out the actual quote, adhering to BC’s dislike of being misquoted (which he also made a point of this weekend)
Actually scrap that description above; Benedict Cumberbatch is who he is. Quite unique and quite extraordinary; an iconoclast, a rationalist, a raconteur, a satirist and both a humanist AND a cynic. (This is a bit of a long report but his Oz Comic Con panel session in Sydney last night was so…