Benedict Cumberbatch Opens Up Being Abducted, Dealing With Fans & Being Benedict Cumberbatch

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In case you weren’t already a little bit in love with Benedict Cumberbatch, gird your loins, cause it’s about to happen.

The Sherlock actor recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and after an admittedly awkward start, everything started rolling and he showed off just how wonderful he can be.

Benedict revealed the scary story about how he and a group of friends were abducted in South Africa while he worked on the miniseries To the Ends of the Earth back in 2005. It’s a pretty insane story.

“We were in South Africa, in KwaZulu-Natal, this amazing district north of Durban. It was cold, and it was dark. I felt rotten. We were wary because that’s a notoriously dangerous place to drive. Then, poof, the front-right tire blows. So we got the spare, but that meant getting all of our luggage out. We were like sitting ducks, adverts for — not prosperity necessarily but materialism.”

As if on cue, 6 armed men came at them from the shadows. “They were like: ‘Look down! Look down! Put your hands on your heads! Look at the floor!’ And they started frisking us and said: ‘Where’s your money? Where’s your drugs?’ — we had smoked a bit of weed — ‘Where are your weapons?’ And at that point, this adrenaline of fight or flight just exploded in my body. I was like, ‘Oh fuck, we’re fucked!’ ”

This article was originally published on September 11, 2013.

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