"Not that Downton Abbey's shit, I just mean that I'm shit-faced. Shit. Hi mom."
Benedict Cumberbatch probably assumes that as long as he can still say his own name, he's most likely sober enough to do anything. He may want to reconsider that policy, since he apparently has excellent diction even when he's totally sauced. The result is that he gave a speech at the GQ Men of the Year Awards last night where each word sounded as charmingly posh as usual, despite the fact that each sentence barely made sense and the overall direction of his speech could best be described as the kind of maze you see on a child's placemat. He starts nervously cursing and making jokes that don't quite make sense and are accidentally slightly offensive, and he's still more charming than I'll ever be, especially when he concludes with "I'm going to leave the stage now because I drank a lot and I need the loo."
If you recognize that background from another video, it's because this is the same event (with the same sponsor) at which Russell Brand appeared last year and ripped into Hugo Boss for having clothed the Nazis. So, I'm sure Cumberbatch's hosts would happily let him get as drunk as he wanted, so long as he didn't do this:
(by Johnny McNulty)