Benedict Cumberbatch: Stop Filming Me in “Hamlet”!
This “using cellphones at the theater” issue is getting big. First Patti LuPone walks into the audience and snatches someone’s phone for texting during her play, and now King of the Internet Brandywine Crumpetsmash has enlisted his fan base to spread the word: Stop filming and taking pictures of him while he’s performing “Hamlet.”
“I would really appreciate it if you did tweet, blog, hashtag the shit out of this one for me,” Bumblebee Crumplebath said to his fans as he exited the stage door after a performance in London on August 8. (He does not use social media himself, because the internet tends to do obnoxious stuff like make fun of his name all the time.)
“I can see cameras, I can see red lights in the auditorium,” he said. “And it may not be any of you here that did that, but it’s blindingly obvious. […] It’s mortifying, and there’s nothing less supportive or enjoyable as an actor on stage experiencing that. And I can’t give you what I want to give you, which is a live performance that you will remember hopefully in your minds and brains whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, rather than on your phones.”
Boilerdang Curdlesnoot asked his fans to spread the word, warning that the theatre was going to start evicting people if they continued filming.
“This isn’t me blaming you, this is me asking you to just ripple it out there, in the brilliant useful way that you do with your funny electronic things.”