WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch Delivers R Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’

Benedict Cumberbatch, poet.

Benedict Cumberbatch, poet of love.

Everything about this is wonderful, from the dramatic pauses to the hysterical fan response (which is curiously high-pitched and squealy. I wonder why…)

Last night, Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, and delivered a dramatic reading of R Kelly’s “Black Panties” that is WAY beyond what its author had in mind.

I mean he had to resort to setting these cascading jewels to music, to try and embed their pearlescent gleam within a suitably plush and sumptuous setting using instruments and singing, so that the true wonder of his eternal message shines through.

Whereas, in the hands of a true master, such extremes are no longer necessary.

You’ve just watched it twice haven’t you? And again. And again.

Here’s the full interview, should you wish to take a break in an hour or so:

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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