“It’s an extraordinary, unlikely journey,” reveals Benedict Cumberbatch when asked about his upcoming show “Patrick Melrose.” We chatted with Cumberbatch on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere for the new Showtime limited series, which took place April 25 at the historic Linwood Dunn Theater. Watch our exclusive video interview above.
Based on a series of novels by Edward St. Aubyn, the show follows the life journey of Patrick Melrose (Cumberbatch), from his privileged yet abusive childhood to his struggles with addiction and heartbreak, to his ultimate redemption. The actor describes his character’s arc as “richly dramatic,” but also “richly comedic, despite the profound nature of some of the drama.”
For Cumberbatch, the series takes viewers into a world that “we think we know from other shows that have dealt with this class or maybe with these issues,” but never with the same kind of “behind the doors truth” or “honesty of what this does,” he says. Cumberbatch also serves as an executive producer of the Showtime project.
Cumberbatch won an Emmy as Best Movie/Mini Actor for “Sherlock” in 2014 and competed four more times in that category (three more for “Sherlock” in 2012, 2016, and 2017; once for “Parade’s End” in 2013). He is widely expected to return to the Emmy race this year for “Patrick Melrose,” with a 5th place ranking in our racetrack with 10/1 odds. One of our experts, Anne Thompson (Indiewire) is predicting him to win his second trophy from the TV Academy.
Of course, his work isn’t limited to the small screen. Cumberbatch received an Oscar nomination in 2014 as Best Actor for “The Imitation Game” and will next be seen reprising the role of Doctor Strange in Marvel’s highly anticipated “Avengers: Infinity War.”
“Patrick Melrose” premieres on Saturday, May 12. All five episodes are directed by Edward Berger and written by David Nicholls. Some of Cumberbatch’s co-stars include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Allison Williams and Blythe Danner.
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