Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Meryl Streep Photo Bomb: It Was a Cardboard Cutout

by Jackie Willis 9:07 AM PST, January 14, 2015
Playing Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Meryl Streep Photo Bomb: It Was a Cardboard Cutout

Benedict Cumberbatch famously photo bombed Meryl Streep and Margaret Cho at the 2015 Golden Globes, but he insists that it wasn't really him in the photo.

Even though The Imitation Game star has acquired quite the reputation for jumping into pics, he tells Ellen DeGeneres that he's retired that hobby. That is until he saw Streep posing with Cho -- who was dressed as a North Korean official at the awards ceremony -- right in front of where he was seated.

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"Then Meryl Streep and someone from North Korea stood right in front of me for about five minutes trying to take a photograph," he reasons with DeGeneres during a taping of her Wednesday show. "This is ridiculous. I just jumped up into the camera. This is shameless."

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When Ellen -- who snapped her own epic selfie at last year's Oscars -- points out that it's a "fantastic picture," Cumberbatch quipped, "It’s not me. It’s just a cardboard cutout of me that people carry around."

Ellen calls him out, adding, "That's you, and you do it all the time. I've seen it before!"

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On a personal note, the 38-year-old actor also spoke a bit about his new fiancee Sophie Hunter and their baby on the way. Though he and Hunter don't know the sex of their baby yet, Ellen already has some names picked out for their little (or big) one. Check out the video above to see if you approve.