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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.
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.