There are some men and women that grow up their entire lives with a dream of becoming a working actor. A small number of them are able to accomplish that goal through a combination of hard work, persistence, timing, and a little luck. A small number of those who are able to make acting a career earn the opportunity to portray characters straight from the pages of comicbooks that people grow up reading and get to bring those superhero characters to life on the big screen. Then, by chance, somehow, by the grace of whatever is out there, one of those actors who plays hero in front of the camera gets an opportunity to become a hero in real life. That actor’s name is Benedict Cumberbatch.
According to The Sun, Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was taking an Uber ride from his London home. On this trip, he was looking out of the window and saw four men mugging another man on his bicycle. Without hesitation, Cumberbatch and the driver of the Uber, Manuel Dias, sprung into action yelling, “Leave him alone!” Cumberbatch and Dias pulled the men off the cyclist, and, when they attempted to turn the tables on Cumberbatch and Dias, Cumberbatch used his skills in self-defense, ultimately chasing the thugs away.
Speaking to The Sun, Dias had this to say about Cumberbatch and his experience…
“I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. He did most of it, to be honest. They tried to hit him, but he defended himself and pushed them away. He wasn’t injured. Then I think they also recognised it was Benedict and ran away.”
All of his training as Doctor Strange and Sherlock probably helped out, but what it really took was some good, old-fashioned courage from him and Dias. While Cumberbatch may be making quite the name for himself in Hollywood, this story is sure to add to his legend because at the end of the day it isn’t really about what you do professionally that counts in this world, it’s what you do personally!
Consequently, the mugging took place on Baker Street. There have been no reports of Professor Moriarty being involved…yet.