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Benedict Cumberbatch on his “challenging” ‘Eric’ character: “It was a gift”

Benedict Cumberbatch has told NME about the challenge of embracing a character with as much internal darkness as Vincent in the Netflix drama Eric.The miniseries was written by Abi Morgan (Shame, Suffragette), and Cumberbatch plays Vincent, the puppeteer father of nine-year-old Edgar, who has gone missing in New York. Vincent tries to track his son down by creating an enormous furry puppet, which he names Eric, that the kid had been doodling before he disappeared.The six-part psychological thriller is streaming in full now on Netflix following its May 30 release.In a new interview with NME, Cumberbatch has given an insight into how he accessed the inner life of Vincent, a heavy-drinking misanthrope.When asked whether embracing a character with such darkness was actually more fun, he answered: “Yes, but I think like writing anything off in a two-dimensional manner, if there’s not some causality or understanding or empathy for why he is the way he is then it gets old very quick.”See the interview below:“So, my main question to Abi [Morgan] when I met her,” he continued.
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