Post by Hannah Lee on Feb 21, 2021 15:24:47 GMT
It seems what's going on with those proclaiming they know what kinds of roles Benedict "always" plays is that they are equating "all the roles I've noticed he's done" with "all the roles he's ever played" They are using their ignorance (willful or otherwise) to justify whatever position they are arguing.
Unfortunately, that kind of faulty thinking shows up a lot on social media, everything from "well I've never noticed/experienced racism, so it doesn't exist" to "He never sexually assaulted me, so I don't believe he sexually assaulted anyone else, ever. Anyone who says he did is a liar".
And as far as the range of characters he's played -
Sure, Benedict's best known roles are often very intelligent characters, where their intellect is a big feature of the character: Khan, Sherlock, Doctor Strange, Turing. Not only brilliant, but confident in their brilliance. But as you all have said, those characters are also very very different in other ways.
But Martin, Little Charles* and, I'd add, Bernard from Small Island, his character in Four Lions, and even The Creature from Frankenstein, have shown he has range to play less sharp, or more naive, or less intellectual characters who are well fleshed out and believable.
*Little Charles ... I wonder what his intellect is really like? It seems much the time (and probably his whole life) he is so belittled and put down by other louder, ruder people around him, and has had so much withheld from him, that he could actually be bright in some ways but doesn't express it much or even realize it himself because the most vocal people around him only tell him how worthless, weak and clueless he is. He may not be a super genius like Sherlock or Khan or Hawking etc, but I think he'd do alright in a more normal, supportive environment.