ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch's best performance, but without one genius outburst of acting, the unlikely British heartthrob probably wouldn't be around today.

Five years before bursting into international stardom thanks to his starring role in [Sherlock](series:201416), Cumberbatch used his finely-honed acting ability to escape a potentially fatal kidnapping in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

While filming the TV mini series, The Ends of the Earth, Cumberbatch and some crew members were driving back to base when their vehicle's tire blew out on the rough terrain.

In order to fix the shredded tire, all of the crew's equipment had to be dumped on the side of the road.

Unsurprisingly, the heap of high-tech cameras and sound equipment attracted local criminals like bees to honey and a gang of six South Africans swooped in to hold the group at gunpoint demanding money, weapons, and drugs.

Unfortunately, Cumberbatch and co. only had a little money, and even less to show for themselves when it came to firepower and narcotics. As punishment, they were promptly tied up, shoved into a car and driven into the wilderness.

In what is probably the most British reaction to a kidnapping in human history, Cumberbatch complained that his restraints were interfering with his circulation and the kidnappers kindly reacted to his dilemma by trying to shove him into the trunk.

Luckily by then, Cumberbatch had an idea that would have made Sherlock proud.

The seasoned thespian started reeling off a long list of highly dangerous heart and neurological problems he had that could result in his sudden, and very awkward death.

Apparently the cheeky star listed a creatively named condition called "dying if I get locked inside a trunk", before warning the kidnappers that;

I will die, possibly have a fit, and it will be a problem for you. I will be a dead Englishman in your car. Not good

Obviously, this was a lie, but Cumberbatch's acting was so convincing that the kidnappers reconsidered the whole escapade.

Thanks to Benedict's fake list of ailment and his diva-like refusal to be stowed in a locked trunk in the 40 degree heat, the British actor and crew were freed.

Who said being more trouble than you're worth is always a bad thing?


Can you think of another actor better suited to acting their way out of a hostage crisis?

(Source: Cracked)


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