Benedict Cumberbatch would like everyone to think of him as an actor first and a (begrudging) star second.
Despite appearing in some of the biggest films and TV shows of the past year, Sherlock Holmes, sorry, Benedict Cumberbatch finds the whole 'landscape' of fame difficult.
No wonder he's kept the identity of his girlfriend secret for so long.
Speaking in a recent film put together by BAFTA about the art of acting, Ben explained, "It's hard, it's really, really hard, it's a difficult job and with all the success comes a whole new load of problems.
The landscape of it is forever changing, I just think, persevere."
It appears his fame has come in spite of his efforts to steer clear.
Addressing his experience of acting and the arts growing up, he said, "I understood what I was a part of and what I wanted to be distant from."
This explains his various protest messages directed at the paparazzi and his recent snub of David Cameron and his 'Cool Britania' party.
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