The young co-star of new Sheffield Crucible Studio play hang said he had to learn the hard way that acting is a tough profession, even when you get the chance to work alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.
Sid Sagar said he was thrilled to get a bit part on TV in a scene with the Sherlock star. “He was really sweet when we did a run-through for the camera. I forgot my line. I was staring into his eyes and thinking, ‘bloody hell, he’s really good’ and he was very good about it.
“Then my bit got deleted from the final episode! No-one ever tells you before your first TV gig that 99 per cent of what’s shot is not going to make the final cut.”
I remember a story about Ronald Colman, who was incredibly gorgeous and, I think, a forerunner of BC. Anyway, he was doing a kissing scene with his co-star, and she said he was so beautiful that all she could do was gaze in wonder at him. Ruined so many takes, lol.
More young actors admiring BC, Siddhant Chaturvedi interview:
You mentioned watching a lot of movies while you were prepping to be an actor. Is there a performance you keep going back to?
There are a couple. The first is Vicky Kaushal’s in Masaan. I was an outsider and I was looking for other people who were outsiders to the industry after Ranveer Singh. When I saw him I was totally mesmerised. I was amazed when I got to know he’s Punjabi and not from Banaras because he had got the accent so well.
Second, I love how Benedict Cumberbatch plays with his voice, be it in Sherlock or The Imitation Game. Then there’s Heath Ledger in The Dark Night. The scene where there are a bunch of guys sitting and he comes and proposes a plan to kill Batman is one that I keep going back to.
Then there’s Dilip Kumar, one of the first actors to introduce method acting. And lastly, I admire Christian Bale a lot for the way he changes his entire physicality for a role.