Se: Benedict Cumberbatch loves parties and never really spends his London evenings at home. He’s is said to be very physical, and needs to be fed by his external environment on a regular basis. Cumberbatch is energized by being on stage, loves to put on a show, mimic people and get a laugh out of everyone. He doesn’t enjoy strategizing or planning for the life of him. As a kid he was wild and ran around a lot…
Fi: Though he says he’s not always comfortable in social situations, Benedict Cumberbatch is very outgoing and enjoys connecting with people on an interpersonal and international basis. He tends to internalize his stress (which often makes him sick), but is typically open to any sort of personal question. He’s very empathetic, wishes people would “notice each other,” and usually puts others before himself.
Te: Benedict Cumberbatch choses words carefully, but never ever ever gives short answers in interviews. He pushed himself really hard in school and was said to be a “model pupil.” It shows today in the fact that he’s so is well versed in a variety of topics.
Ni: Benedict Cumberbatch says he tends to be a bit hyperactive. He is easily distracted and will drift off topic in interviews because he wants to explore other ideas (part of this is ADHD). In fact, he doesn’t really answer questions. He just talks about whatever idea pops into his head in response to the question. He’s very ambitious (we all know that).
Sherlock INTJ, Kahn INTJ, Stephen Hawking INTJ, William Pitt INTJ, James (Third Star) INFP, Patrick Watts ISTJ, Smaug INTP etc.
This is a portrait of what an intelligent ESFP looks like –unfortunately a lot of the ones in fiction tend to be…not so bright, so they latch on quite a list of stereotypes.
Anywho, I see him play INTJs all the time, and apparently he “relates” to the characters he plays, though on the outside, we definitely don’t see any of that. I’ve actually known quite a few ESFPs that had rationalized that they shared traits in common with INTJs simply because they liked the characters. Obviously, I can’t prove that this is what’s going on in Benedict Cumberbatch’s head. A lot of people who are intelligent seem to think INTJs are particularly attractive (in film/literature) but not quite so much when they actually meet a real one.
I had one ESFP associate who was obsessed with the character of Batman. Everything he talked about was Batman this, Batman that –he saw himself as a Batman-type character, but in reality, he was anything but. The moment he met me and realized what I was, he started trying to pretend to be an INTJ –and ESFPs are known for being able to adjust their personality depending on who they’re with. The problem was, that the moment he stopped talking to me, he immediately became a goof-off performer for his friends.
It was very entertaining to watch.
Anyway, the only personality-specific trait that I can think would play into Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting style is his dominant Se, which makes him very physical. No matter what he’s doing, there’s always an underlying consciousness of his physicality (and when I say that, I’m not referring to the way he looks). I’m talking more about the way he moves.
You’re particularly aware of every motion that he makes in a hypersensitive sort of way that doesn’t come naturally when you watch most other actors. When he plays Kahn, he immediately takes on a rigid, stiff posture.
When he plays Sherlock, he’s all over the room, pacing back and forth, talking with his hands etc.
When he plays Stephen Hawking, it seems almost natural he instantly embodies the awkwardness of the scientist’s deteriorating body.
Have you seen how fantastically awkward he is as Patrick Watts? I mean…. that was a terrible movie, but his acting in it was pretty good in terms of how to properly use awkward-posture.
Meanwhile, the real Benedict Cumberbatch is doing party tricks.
I was equally unsurprised that this was also top request for this post series…I see my readership includes a pool of fangirls (for the sake of propriety, I shall reserve my opinions about fangirling)