Imagine this – you’re doing your job, cycling your route and minding your own business when all of a sudden, your Deliveroo food delivery bicycle is set upon by a bunch of dirty thugs and you feel the crack of a bottle as it hits your head.
‘I could really use a hero right now!’ you frantically think to yourself. Lo and behold – who should show up? Benedict Cumberbatch aka Sherlock aka Dr Strange. For real. If there was ever time that parallel universes seemed to converge and border on reality, this would probably be it.
Alas, it wasn’t Dr Strange, it was really just Benedict Cumberbatch. For Cumberbitches of the world, this would probably be better than being saved by either Sherlock Holmes or Dr Strange, but we’re pretty sure the Deliveroo cyclist didn’t care who it was, just that someone was coming to save his ass.
Reports say that Cumberbatch was in an Uber with his wife, theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter and jumped out when he saw the mugging unfolding. Uber driver Manuel Dias, who initially didn’t know his passenger was Cumberbatch (how do you not realise this?!), told press that “My passenger jumped out, ran over and pulled the men away. I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. 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.” Can you imagine being the guy who almost hit Benedict Cumberbatch in the face? We’re just speculating, but hell hath no fury like a bunch of enraged fan girls.
In a comment to The Sun, Cumberbatch said that “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know…” What a guy!
Incidentally, this all took place a stone’s throw away from Baker Street, the fictional home of one of the roles Cumberbatch is best known for – Sherlock Holmes. Now all we have to do is loiter around Kensington, tempt fate by hoping for some petty theft and that subsequently, Henry Cavill cruises by on his motorcycle feeling heroic.