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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch: I'm no hunk

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch still can't believe some people find him sexy.

The Star Trek Into Darkness star has topped a poll by a British newspaper for the second year in a row. The 36-year-old says winning the hunky crown again came as a shock.

“I’m still processing this strange misperception," he told British newspaper The Sun. “I suppose I’ll have to find a way to deal with the strain. I enjoy being considered handsome, even though I think it’s hysterical.”

While Benedict may be incredulous about why people think he is a sex symbol, he admits that being viewed in that way isn't bad for business. The actor has more than half a dozen films in the pipeline, including the next two instalments of The Hobbit, in which he plays The Necromancer.

“Work-wise, it builds a momentum, which means I’ve got the most fantastic opportunities - or at least, doors open to prove myself at the next level, and that attention has been a huge help," he said. "As long as it helps me find good roles, my response is, ‘Bring it on!’”

Several celebrities have voiced their reactions to Benedict's new title. Fellow actor James McAvoy's comment was particularly "interesting".

“I read a piece in The New York Times where James McAvoy was quoted as saying, ‘Oh, Benedict doesn’t need to fear the media or his fans or his new profile. He just needs to fear actors who will be looking at him with envy and want to cut his legs off,'" Benedict said. “Maybe that’s the case, but most of my friends who are actors are just really, really thrilled with what I’ve got. It’s kind of humbling, actually. And it’s nice because I’m not as good-looking as James.”

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