Benedict discussing the making of the 2004 TV movie ‘Hawking’: Benedict had two meetings with Professor Hawking. “One was before filming, which was terrifying,” he admits… The second meeting was when Professor Hawking came on set during filming at Cambridge. “I was dressed up as him as a young man, so there was lots of joking and I felt much more at ease with him,” explains Benedict… “He was so accommodating and really sweet and he teased me. He said: ‘You’re better looking than me; I was more scruffy than you’. “I’ve seen the photographs and it’s not true,” grins Benedict.” x
I’m not confident in social situations; just going up to someone in a bar and saying ‘Hi’ is going to be even more difficult because they won’t know the real me. They will just know me as a fictional person I play on the screen.