Benedict Cumberbatch says he’s ‘sensitive’ about sexual representation in films

The ‘Sherlock’ actor said he is ‘very sensitive’ about representation and diversity in the movie industry

Benedict Cumberbatch shed light on playing roles depicting different sexuality, while talking about his own sexual orientation. 

The Sherlock actor said that he is “very sensitive” about representation and diversity in the movie industry but does not think his own sexual orientation should stop him taking on parts such as cattle rancher Phil in his new movie The Power of the Dog. 

“Is this a thing where our dance card has to be public? Do we have to explain all our private moments in our sexual history? I don’t think so,” Cumberbatch said, according to

“I feel very sensitive about representation, diversity, and inclusion. One of the appeals of the job was the idea that in this world, with this specific character, there was a lot that was private, hidden from view,” he said at the Telluride Film Festival of his character that develops an unexpected chemistry with his brother’s stepson Peter played by Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Cumberbatch has also played a gay mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

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