…because apparently I haven’t, here’s a little rage moment.
An interview with Benedict Cumberbatch about his role in “The Fifth Estate” that appears in the Guardian says this:
This sounds to me like the former public schoolboy in Cumberbatch speaking, though I hesitate to say so, because he is so weary of the peculiarly British critique that he is too posh to deserve success. His parents are both jobbing British actors, Tim Carlton (Minder, Bergerac) and Wanda Ventham (Only Fools And Horses), who scraped together just enough money to send their only son to Harrow, in the misguided hope that it would launch him into a more dependable career than acting. He had great fun at Harrow, but headed straight from there to drama school in Manchester, and is now stuck with a toff tag that the tabloids have made much of. When I ask him to name the most maddening misconception about him, he mutters, “I think the Daily Mail Online has covered just about every one of them.”
This is something I seriously don’t get. Do you have to be stupid to be an actor? Do you have to be smart to be an actor? How about you just have talent and like what you do? I like actors for their acting abilities, not their education. Although I will say, the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch has the education he has and says the things he says just make me want to actually have a conversation with him more and more because he seems substantive. Of course, I know all the other actors are people and are substantive, too, but Benedict just has this appeal because he seems so authentic and just a genuinely likable person. Adorkable! Like Tom Hiddleston, just a little quieter.
But anyway, I just don’t get it. Are we stuck in those times when acting was a disreputable trade? It certainly doesn’t seem that way, although many people are engaged in the same dissolute activities now as they were then–but those are not unique to acting, and are even less unique than they were way back when.
I guess I’m the kind of person who will go watch movies whether the actors are educated, uneducated, black, white, fat, skinny, British, French, American, Asian, Republican, Democrat, gay, straight, Twilight-lover or hater, Christian or non-Christian, whatever, as long as that movie doesn’t actively and aggressively support something contrary to my beliefs or unnecessarily depict something (i.e. sex or graphic violence). So am I going to object to an actor being educated? Just as much as I would object to an actor being uneducated–meaning not at all. As long as they know what they’re doing when they act, they’re fine, in my book.