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Benedict Cumberbatch: I want a dumb role

Benedict Cumberbatch wants to play a "dumb" character.

The 'Sherlock' actor, who has just completed 'The Imitation Game', a biopic of British cryptographer, Alan Turing, insists he's ready for a less intellectual role.

The 37-year-old star told T magazine: "I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers...

"I am so ready to play a really dumb character."

Benedict, who has also won awards for his role as Victor Frankenstein and his monster in the West End production, became a huge star after taking on the part of the titular detective in 'Sherlock' but admits he's not the nicest character to play.

He said: "I always make it clear that people who become obsessed with him or the idea of him - he'd destroy you...

"He is an absolute b*****d."

The actor is uncomfortable in the spotlight but has quickly realized the best way to stay undetected is not to draw attention to himself.

He explained: "There is a way of just shadowing through. The higher the walls, the more dark the windows, the bigger the sunglasses - the more people are going to look.

"The greatest disguise is learning how to be invisible in plain sight."


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