Benedict Cumberbatch Would Like to Shove That Phone Down Your Throat

By Gary Cutlack on at

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has had it with you common folk filming his stage performances as if you somehow understand what he's going on about, claiming that it's distracting for actors of his stature to have people shining phone cameras at them all night while they're trying to do some serious acting and get across all those metaphors and shit.

Cumberbatch took the unusual step of staging an improvised plea against the modern world at the stage door following a recent performance of Hamlet, explaining: "I can see red lights in the auditorium. There's nothing less supportive or enjoyable as an actor being on stage experiencing that, and I can't give you what I want to give you, which is a live performance that you'll remember hopefully in your minds and brains, whether it's good, bad or indifferent, rather than on your phones."

He was clearly hoping that his plea against furtive stage recording might go viral, and [generates embed code] it has... he added: "What I really want to do is try and enlist you. I don't really use social media, but I'd really appreciate it if you did tweet, blog, hashtag the shit out of this one for me. This isn't me blaming you, this is just me asking you to just ripple it out there, in the brilliant beautiful way that you do with your funny electronic things." [YouTube via Guardian, Mashable]