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Cumberbatch vows to be spontaneous

Benedict Cumberbatch has realised saying no to things won't cause them to fall apart and is ready to put his career second to his wife-to-be.

The British actor recently announced his engagement to theatre director Sophie Hunter and with a wedding on the horizon, the actor is planning to take a step back from work.

With a starring role in new flick The Imitation Game as well as seven new movies in the pipeline, Benedict is more in demand than ever. However, it's beginning to dawn on him that acting isn't everything.

"I’m starting to realise you can say no to things and it won’t all fall to pieces. I really want to do more, by which I mean less work and more of other things. I want to be more present for other people," he told British magazine The Big Issue.

"As I get older I increasingly feel the need to step back, ask what I’m neglecting, what do other people need of me. I want to be more impulsive, to be able to suddenly go away for the weekend. Whenever I get the rare chance to be impulsive I grab it with both hands, which is why I do stupid things sometimes. Having said that, I don’t know how long I’ll ride a motorbike for. I’m sure if and when I become a dad I won’t want to do that anymore.”

While becoming a family man hasn't happened yet for the star, with his impending nuptials, fatherhood might not be too far off for 38-year-old Benedict.

However, he thought he would have reached that milestone by now.

"[By the age of 32 I thought] the more seismic things of adulthood would have come, including being a father," he confessed.

"It always comes back to haunt me in strange ways. I’ve been judged for my relationships or not being a father in the weirdest ways. All I’ll say is, when it’s right, it’s right”.

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