Benedict Cumberbatch when asked why directors or producers always choose him to play “smart” characters at TIG Press Conference:
"Eeh.. Ask him! (the director was sitting next to him) I don’t know, but it is a question for directors really, I think… or friends. But I don’t want to be here when the answer is said, which’d just make me embarrassed, I think.
It’s very flattering on one account, it’s quite disturbing on another because I’m far removed from the level of intelligence of the characters I’ve been lucky enough to portray. You know, what I try and look for is something that a general audience can relate to, to have an investment in these extraordinary people who achieve extraordinary things and that’s an easy task for an actor, to humanise these incredible machines of ideas that some of these people are. Not easy always but that’s the challenge, that’s what I’ve enjoyed doing but … oh… crap! I’m really bad at answering this question, I’ve been asked to quite a lot and I’m really bad at it. Sorry, that’s a bit of a… dodge. But yeah, I’m very lucky.”