Benedict's Palpable Presence

 TEXT of the series of Twitter posts by @CinematicSavage on his experience working the 12 Years a Slave set (from Nov. 21)


Witnessing an actor's process on set, seeing how they get in and out of character fascinates me.

They're like real life action figures.  However, Benedict Cumberbatch's intensity was damn near unmatched whether shooting or not.

At Ford's plantation.  It was like 1:00a.m. on a Saturday and we had been there for over 13 hours ... in a fucking marsh

I'm talking insects the size of GI Joes, bats in trees, just horrible conditions for the crew.  Steve and Benedict were inside of the mansion blocking the  scene directly after Benedict cuts Chiwetel down.

We're all waiting on the porch ready to shoot and get the fuck out of there. Now normally while a scene is being blocked everyone must be silent.  But since we were outside and tired, most of us chatted just to keep from falling asleep. 

In the midst of our talk, Benedict kicks the fucking front door open.  Everyone immediately shuts the fuck up. We're thinking he's upset cause we weren't respectful of the process you know, like Christian Bale esque, (mind you he's holding a large shotgun).

However dude was still in character.  He's standing on the  front porch slowly staring out into the night, looking over the 75 member crew, then creeps back into the mansion, closing the doors. 

LOL we were shook!  Or at least I was.  Here I was whining ready to go the fuck home and Benedict comes out looking ready to kill with the most immaculate hair lol.

Just goes to show how professional and talented the guy is. To hold that level of concentration that long is impressive.  Yeah, believe the hype, he has a palpable presence on set.