Benedict Takes A Beating In ‘Little Favour’ Teaser

Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Little Favour'

Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Little Favour’

Well this is an unpleasant way to start the week.

A thirty second trailer for the new movie Little Favour emerged over the weekend, in which Benedict Cumberbatch is taken to a dingy room and beaten about the face with a gun. And, curiously, it was entirely paid for by Benedict’s fans, and he took no fee for taking part.

What that says about the state of modern fan culture is a psychiatrist’s lottery win, but the movie – written and funded by Patrick Victor Munroe – was entirely funded using Indiegogo. It tells the tale of Iraq war veteran Wallace, who owes his life to an American soldier called James. Although he’s still coming to terms with his experiences in conflict, and trying to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and start a new relationship, things start to come apart when James appears to call in his debt.

Here’s Benedict’s original message of thanks – back in May – to all of the Indiegogo users that contributed, especially as they managed to raise three times the original target in just twelve hours:

More news on the full release when we get it.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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