The Latest: Cumberbatch riffs on ‘stable genius’ tweet
PASADENA, Calif./January 6, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):
When a producer mentioned a Twitter post from Benedict Cumberbatch led to a TV role, the actor couldn’t resist riffing on President Donald Trump’s “stable genius” tweet.
Michael Jackson, executive producer of Showtime’s new “Patrick Melrose” series, told TV critics Saturday that he learned from Twitter that Cumberbatch longed to play the title role.
Cumberbatch, participating in the news conference by satellite, asked if he’d called himself a “stable genius” in the tweet.
“Good things can come from Twitter,” but so do world wars, Cumberbatch said. At least, the actor added sardonically, he got a part because of the social media site.
Cumberbatch said he considers Edward St. Aubyn, whose Patrick Melrose novels were adapted for Showtime’s series, perhaps the greatest prose stylist working in the English language.
The five-part series will debut this year, with a date yet to be announced.
Stephen Colbert clearly isn’t worried about television audiences getting Trump fatigue.
“He is president of the United States,” he said on Saturday. “There is no escaping it. It’s like having oxygen fatigue.”
Colbert has vaulted to the top of the late-night ratings with sharp, topical humor