Benedict’s quotes from the article:
Before he became known to American auds for his roles in feature films such as “War Horse” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Benedict Cumberbatch did a considerable amount of work in British television.
“I owe a lot to the BBC,” says the star of the “Sherlock” update. “I actually thought about changing my initials to BBC. They’ve given me some fantastic breaks.”
Although his work in American television is limited to a couple of joint productions like the upcoming BBC-HBO collaboration “Parade’s End,” he possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of U.S. shows and recognizes a renaissance in the business over the past 10 to 15 years.
“I was aware of American television, although in a very pop culture way,” says Cumberbatch, who noted that he grew up watching American TV shows such as “Knight Rider” and “Airwolf.” “There’s been a sea change over the past 10 years or so, with shows like ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘The Wire’ and ‘Breaking Bad.’ The list goes on. Hugely wonderfully talented people telling extraordinary stories on a big canvas.
“It makes the medium now utterly unique. That’s why a lot of filmmakers and theater people are going back to television, because you can breathe and develop stories over an arc, as opposed to a cookie-cutter approach. I think there is a revolution going on.”
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