Actor Benedict Cumberbatch shares some of the Grinch's Christmas phobia

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch voices the eponymous green monster in The Grinch, a remake of a classic 1957 children's book by Dr Seuss.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch voices the eponymous green monster in The Grinch, a remake of a classic 1957 children's book by Dr Seuss.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK - Warnings against asking personal questions when you interview a famous actor are standard-issue. But if you are granted an audience with Benedict Cumberbatch, those publicists' reminders are a little more stern than usual.

And you get why when you hear other reporters' war stories of the actor's icy displeasure at questions that even breathe in the general direction of his home life, not to mention his wife - playwright Sophie Hunter, 40 - and their sons Kit, three, and Hal, one.

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