Recently we told you about Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and its numerous celebrity cameos—so many you’ll need eye drops to avoid blinking and missing them.
Among those who encounter Eddy and Patsy as they lurch through London and the French Riviera are Kate Moss, Joan Collins, Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton, Rebel Wilson, Chris Colfer, and John Hamm, but what about the celebs who didn’t make it?
Stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley let slip exactly who missed out in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter yesterday (June 27), and high on their wish list was one Benedict Cumberbatch—sorry, “Ben,” dahling.
“I went backstage to see Ben,” Joanna explains, referring to the stage production of Hamlet Benedict starred in last summer. “And he said, ‘I’m gonna be in the movie, fantastic!’ And this was after Hamlet, and I was going, ‘I thought you did these things now.’ But then he couldn’t do it because he had to do something else, and it broke his heart.”
He’s not the only one. Can you imagine what would’ve happened if he’d been caught up in the pair’s trail of destruction? The interview went on to mention another of our favorite leading men: Idris Elba. He didn’t make the movie either, but that doesn’t mean he’s never encountered Eddy and Patsy before—specifically Patsy, in a classic episode entitled “Sex” from 1995.
Don’t believe us? Here’s a screengrab of him as a – ahem – gigolo named Hilton:
And here he is doing his best to deal with Patsy:
…and that’s all we’ll say about the situation. Needless to say, it doesn’t go to plan.
Jennifer’s tongue is of course firmly in her cheek when she takes credit for his subsequent mega-success, however: “I’m so happy that we launched him. Because one of my favorite lines of Patsy’s is when she sits on Idris’ knee and goes [puts on voice]: ‘Can I talk to you like Sean Connery?’ And he goes, ‘No.'”
There’s no Bennie and Iddie, but dahling, you can still practise your star-spotting when Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie opens July 22. You can also see Saunders and Lumley on this week’s The Graham Norton Show, airing Thursday night, June 30 at 11:15/10:15 on BBC AMERICA. Watch clips below.