"Was this a hard one to shake after you wrapped?"
"A little bit. That’s interesting, you’re the second person to ask me that. I, yeah, there were moments where I let him, or it, really get a hold of me, and it was, then you’re kind of out of control as an actor.
I mean there was a moment where, in that last scene with Keira, erm, I, er, I think, it was probably poorly timed on my part, because it wasn’t even really my shot, it was some sort of wide shot from behind both of us, of the chair I was kind of clapting into off timing the panic attack, and I couldn’t stop. I couldn’t stop sobbing.
Er, and it was because I kind of opened up an understanding of what he went through, and it was, it was purely mourning what he had experienced, which, when you’re playing someone you, you can’t really do, you know, you, you have to be a little more objective about it.
Subjective even. No! I mean objective, sorry. He-he.
I’ll stop talking.”
"It’s okay, I know it’s been a long couple of days for you."
It’s been a long, it’s been a long life. Erm, but yeah, I, er, I.. It’s been a long busy life.”
Benedict Cumberbatch talks The Imitation Game (2014), and the trouble of distancing himself emotionally, at TIFF 2014.