Benedict Cumberbatch Imitating Otters Will Brighten Up Your Day

Benedict Cumberbatch as an otter.
Legitimately my new favorite picture of Benedict Cumberbatch ever. (Photo: BBC/YouTube)

We all know Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty perfect, right?

In the past year or so, the Sherlock star has done Shakespeare, read love letters, filmed a new episode of the world’s most popular detective show, gotten cast as the lead in a Marvel movie, been nominated for an Oscar, read a poem for the funeral of a long-dead British monarch, and generally been a great sport about the approximately one million internet memes about him that are going around at any given moment.

The most famous Cumberbatch-related internet phenomenon is probably the whole “Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch” thing, which matched photos of otters with Cumberbatch sporting similar facial expressions.  It kind of became a thing online, and Cumberbatch has been asked about it before, which is only part of what makes this clip so incredibly awesome.

Cumberbatch appeared on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show last week, along with actor Johnny Depp. The two were there to help promote the UK release of their movie Black Mass, which stars Depp as notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and Cumberbatch as his brother Billy. But all of this is incredibly irrelevant next to the amazingly silly bit Norton got Cumberbatch to do in the middle of the interview, and that is real life impersonations of otters.

After Norton explained to Depp the origins of this whole otter phenomenon, he then got Cumberbatch to recreate a series of otter photos himself as part of the show, including an angry otter, and one that’s cuddling with a giant teddy bear.

Words are not enough to do this justice, so just watch the hilarity unfold for yourself: 

 

Seriously, when will someone let this man do a real comedy? When?  (At the very least can someone get on making an otter plush inspired by Cumberbatch? Or something?)