Yesterday marked the start of the San Diego Comic Con (the world’s largest gathering of people obsessed by different things) and as you might expect on the first day of a 4 day event, there’s wasn’t too much excitement going on. That was true, at least, until the Penguins of Madagascar panel.
Hosted by Scottish talk show host Craig Ferguson, the panel featured some of the talent behind Dreamworks’ upcoming family film. But the hoards of fans weren’t there to catch a glimpse of John Malkovich – they were there for just one reason:
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According to reports, the Penguins of Madagascar event soon descended into a Benedict Cumberbatch Q&A.
Some fans had lined up since 6am for Hall H - Comic Con’s largest venue with a capacity of 6,500. Many in the audience had turned up in Sherlock-inspired costumes, which gives you an idea of how Sherlockmania has spread to America.
Ferguson semi-jokingly warned the crowd not to ask questions about the BBC show. “If anyone mentions the S word, Comic Con will be cancelled.”
Despite his geek-worthy credits on Tolkien films and Star Trek movies, this was Cumberbatch’s first appearance at Comic-Con. He gamely answered questions on the challenges of voice acting, and occasionally tried to throw some light on his co-star. Malkovich –ever the professional– remained fashionably cool throughout The Benedict Cumberbatch Show.
This will probably be removed soon, but here’s a decent video of the panel taken by someone in the crowd in Hall H.
To see Cumberbatch(‘s voice) in action, check out this first clip from Penguins: