Let’s be real: the Battle of the Chrises has been a bright spot in the darkness that has clouded just about everything for the last year and a half. Everyone has their favorite (I do not endorse Pajiba’s Official Stance. Team Evans 5 ever.) However, I feel like the Chrisening of Internet Boyfriend Discourse has caused us to neglect some other crushes that used to burn brightly.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who really came into his own as Doctor Strange in Infinity War, is one such crush. In the heyday of Sherlock, Cumberbatch was everyone’s favorite sexy alien, mostly because of that voice. While the internet is collectively a bit less horny for him these days, Cumberbatch is here to remind you that he is still quite crush-worthy. In a new interview with Radio Times, Cumberbatch got candid about equal pay and the importance of representation over lip service.
“It’s about implementation… Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism. Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.’
I’m proud that Adam [Ackland] and I are the only men in our production company; our next project is a female story with a female lens about motherhood, in a time of environmental disaster. If it’s centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects. Half the audience is female! And, in terms of diversity, Black Panther is now the third most successful film of all time! The audience is there! It’s about facilitating platforms for talent. If you do that, the combination is combustible - world-beating. That’s what we want to do.”
While a majority of men in Hollywood are relatively silent on the #MeToo movement or parroting back platitudes about the importance of women in film, it’s really refreshing to see someone actually doing the work. Maybe Cumberbatch is truly the best Chris.