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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

An acting note from Meryl Streep — to Benedict Cumberbatch

Did you know that Benedict Cumberbatch has an online fan club called the Cumberbitches? I didn’t, but I kind of love it. Anyway, the charming Englishman (check him out in HBO’s “Parade’s End” if you missed it)  is making the rounds to talk about “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and as one might guess, he gives a smart and thoughtful interview. I quite liked this quote from his recent chat with New York Magazine:

Cumberbatch prefers the hows to the whys of acting, and he found a kindred spirit in Meryl Streep, his co-star in this fall’s August: Osage County. “I asked her how she approached the multiple layers of her part,” says Cumberbatch. “And she said, ‘I don’t know. I don’t have a process. It changes with every job, doesn’t it?’ And I thought, Oh, thank God, to hear her say it. This whole thing about technique or method? It’s bullshit. People say, ‘Oh, you’re so precise.’ But within that I work very hard to give every part a heartbeat. I learned a lot from just watching Meryl in repose. It was a bit like a Sherlock deduction actually.”

The whole interview’s here; worth a read.

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