Benedict Cumberbatch looks stressed out and upset as he briefly babysat his wife on the Dr. Strange set, while she smugly smirks for the cameras and appears uncomfortable with his arm on her shoulder. It was an overcast and rainy day in New York, yet Hunter was oddly wearing sunglasses (she’s not working on set, or working at all – ha! perish the thought). Our readers responded.
It’s clear to The Report and those who know the ins and outs of show business that this weekend’s paparazzi photos were arranged to promote Dr. Strange and likely also promote the public image of Cumberbatch’s marriage (which we’re sure Hunter salivates at the idea of to raise her own profile). The photos taken earlier this week in New York City that we discussed in our last post shows a more real look into their marriage: Hunter kept a distance of about half a metre away from Cumberbatch as they walked down the street, and he appeared exhausted listening to her talk. The moment they saw the paparazzi photographer, she immediately walked on the other side of Cumberbatch and began holding his left hand and began smiling, to promote the idea she was a happy wife. (The photos are linked in that last post too.) This is a continuation of every set of photos we’ve seen of the couple since Hunter became pregnant (she was already well into her pregnancy by the time tabloids were reporting she was with Cumberbatch): she hates being touched by him, she treats him with contempt, BUT over the past 12 months she has learned to act more warmly when she knows cameras are there.
We thought we’d collate for our WordPress readers the reactions of our readers on Tumblr, plus one eyewitness account:
I think the only people who’d care what we think are people who know there is something to prove. Otherwise they’d just behave normally wouldn’t they? He’s naturally affectionate, even hugs and kisses male colleagues all the time, so you’d imagine him doing the same to his own wife. Instead, we get hand-grasping and marching together like she’s taking him to the gallows to be executed. He used to be so natural around Olivia, yet he seems to have reverted to Victorian etiquette with “the love of his life ™ ”. We really do not even need to elaborate: images speak for themselves PS: Also her body language: When he has a hand on her shoulder, she’s actually making an effort to lean AWAY from him. Maybe his breath stinks. Has to. LOL
If you notice that Sophee is leaning away from him rather than into or towards him same ol’ same ol’ lather rinse repeat
Anonymous reader says:
It’s easy to see the barely masked contempt on SH’s face in those pics as they talk to the crew. The corners of her mouth turn down even when she smiles at them. She appears truly satisfied only in the pics with just her and BC, and in those ones he looks like she just shot his dog. This is such a weird relationship.
Believable. If not a down turn of the mouth, at least a suspension of her smugness because non-famous people are talking to her.
Recapping two bits of info my friend who worked on Hamlet gave me that are relevant here:
-she acts very smug and overdoes it to remind everyone she’s his wife
-she only talked to the leads in Hamlet, not the minor actors or crew. She only talked to people she deemed good enough for her, famous and important enough for her “presence”. My friend also noted she ignored young women but was okay talking to Anastasia Hille (Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother), and my friend’s theory is that because she is an older woman, Sophie did not see her as a threat or competition.
Another Anonymous reader says in response to HHR’s comment ‘He deserved someone smarter, prettier, and much sweeter and kinder, and who does not treat the people on his film and play’:
Let me start by saying I’m definitely not what people would consider to be a ‘looker’, but I agree with you – but to me it’s mostly the lack of genuine joyfulness, if that makes any sense. So someone fun, outgoing, warm with a smashing sense of humour would have been lovely. I’ve never met her, of course, but this is what she’s lacking (going by reports and pics) imho.
HHR responds to this photo:
This is the weirdest hug between a married couple EVER. I have more affectionate, stronger, and warmer hugs with people I became friends with last week here the day after I arrived in New York.
Didn’t someone once say Benedict gives great, warm hugs or something to that effect? It looks here like his arms can’t be bothered.
Lastly, one Cumberbatch “skeptic” fan was at the Dr. Strange shoot yesterday, and she reported this:
Let’s just say she wasn’t exactly warm and welcoming around set…there was someone across the street from where I stood in a dark but open tent, their back turned to me, who BC went to between the several last takes, whispered to, then went back to the floor. That person would then point at people in the tent, and not just point, their hands looked like they were out for blood, and kept pointing back to where BC was on the street. Whether that was 100% SH, I don’t know, but the way BC would run back to lay on the wet and dirty NY pavement might be a clue.
And can we talk about the fact SH is smiling more warmly at the person off camera than she does to her hubby and said hubby looks like he’s begging someone, anyone with his eyes to help him.