Benedict Cumberbatch: “I’d regret not doing it more than I’d regret doing it”

Benedict Cumberbatch was "completely terrified" when legendary rock star David Gilmour invited him onstage throughout a recent London show, however knew he would regret turning down the chance.


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The Sherlock star shocked the viewers on the Pink Floyd singer’s Royal Albert Hall live performance in September (16) when he joined the musician for an encore performance of the Pink Floyd’s iconic 1979 song Comfortably Numb.

Benedict’s look was met with big applause from the group, however the actor insists he was wracked with nerves and solely agreed to the unlikely collaboration as a result of it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“(I used to be) utterly, utterly terrified,” he confessed on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Tuesday (01Nov16), earlier than playing down his vocal skills.

“I imply, that is a really form of, talky singing quantity. It isn’t a real test, not like singing an Adele song,” he said, “however to stand on that stage that close to David Gilmour and watch him make that guitar sing, and his voice just will get richer and richer with time, no matter how excessive it goes, it is just superb.

“I thought I would regret not doing it more than I would regret doing it, though it makes me cringe a bit to watch it, but it surely was unbelievable.”

In the meantime, Cumberbatch, who’s at present promoting his new Marvel superhero film Doctor Strange, is getting ready to show off one other talent this weekend (05Nov16) as he takes on guest hosting duties for U.S. comedy present Saturday Night time Live.

The Brit, who is understood for his dramatic roles, admits he’s thrilled to be showing on the legendary sketch series and he’s already having a blast on the famed NBC studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York Metropolis.

“I am so excited, so excited,” Benedict smiled. “I went in yesterday for the first meeting and met everybody, and what an unbelievable season to be part of, what with the whole lot else going on (the presidential election)… it is unbelievable. And what an incredible cast. To walk down these hallowed halls was only a real ‘pinch your self’ second.”

Benedict will host Saturday Night Live with Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, because the musical visitor.


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  1. As a life long Floyd fan I’d have no hesitation in slamming any performer who went on stage & tarnished one of my greatest heroes David Gilmour on stage in any way. This wqs simply not the case though with Bennadict Cumberbach also a favourite of mine who complimented the piece better than I expected.