Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Cumberbatch late for Spielberg meet

Benedict Cumberbatch had to apologise for being late for his meeting with Steven Spielberg

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he was late for his first meeting with Steven Spielberg - because he was looking for parking.

The Sherlock star was invited to an introduction with the War Horse director in London and co-star Patrick Kennedy after being offered the role of Major Stewart in the First World War epic.

"I couldn't find a parking space and I couldn't put my motorbike in a parking bay around the corner," admitted the 35-year-old.

"I thought I'd have to just walk in or I would be very late. But when I did, I was told the meeting was earlier, so I went in there going, 'Gosh, the first time I am meeting Spielberg and I'm apologising for being late!'."

Benedict added: "I thought, 'My mother is right, I do have a problem'. When I explained myself to him, he was fine with it. He was lovely, just lovely."

The actor admitted he was considering a break when he got the call from Spielberg about War Horse, which opens in cinemas on January 13.

"It's a dream. It sounds like a cliche, saying 'I'll do that unless Spielberg calls', and I had literally said that about taking a break and a week later, I had to eat my words," he recalled.

"Nobody will believe me, but there we are."

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