Benedict Cumberbatch finds people classifying his characters like Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock” and Alan Turing from “The Imitation Game” on the autism spectrum “lazy.” He tells Metro that he thinks its “dangerous” to lump his characters into that disorder.
“I think it’s a really dangerous thing to toy with that,” he says while promoting “The Imitation Game” at the Toronto Film Festival. “People talk about me doing that quite a lot and that being a good thing for people who are on the spectrum, which is great. But I don’t go into a job going, ‘Is this autism? Is this Asperger’s? Is this some other form of slight learning difficulty or disability?’ I’m very wary of that, because I’ve met people with those conditions. It’s a real struggle all the time. Then these people pop up in my work and they’re sort of brilliant, and they on some levels almost offer false hope for the people who are going through the reality of it.”
He says specifically of Holmes and Turing on the autism spectrum: “Though Sherlock is an immediate comparison, they’re so different. Sherlock is a sociopathic show-off, and Alan was anything but that. I don’t think he was on the spectrum. I think a lot of people are very lazy with that.”