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Benedict Cumberbatch Waxwork Debuts at Madame Tussauds Budapest

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The Benedict Cumberbatch waxworks and, sitting, his Hungarian voice artist Kornél Simon.

The wax figure of actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Strange, arrived at Madame Tussauds Budapest in Dorottya utca from Vienna and will be on display for a few months. Guests from the U.K. Embassy and the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary attended the unveiling ceremony of the figure, as did the man who provides his permanent Hungarian dubbing voice, Kornél Simon.

The British star is also one of the main characters in Wes Anderson’s “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,” which won the Best Short Oscar at the 96th Academy Awards ceremony on March 10.

The wax figure of Benedict Cumberbatch is portrayed perched on the arm of a chair so visitors can sit next to him and try out the interactive panels.

According to a press release by Madame Tussauds Budapest, Cumberbatch is more than just a highly successful actor: he speaks six languages fluently; besides his native English, he also knows Japanese, German, Portuguese, Chinese and Greek. He also volunteered for a year as an English teacher in a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India.

“My first encounter with Benedict Cumberbatch took place on a hot summer day at the dubbing studio,” recalls his Hungarian voice, Simon. “I could not stand due to an insect bite, so I worked sitting on a bar stool, and the air conditioner broke down. It was a difficult start, but I’m very happy that since that day I can continuously provide the voice of the actor. He is a perfect, precise artistic machine and perfected his distant keeping techniques.”

Zsuzsanna Óhidi, operational director of Madame Tussauds Budapest, was delighted to welcome the latest addition to the Hungarian collection.

“The arrival of the figure of Benedict and the special world we created around him is another proof that something exciting is always happening at Madame Tussauds Budapest. Thanks to the unique 130-square-meter LED wall of our Cinema Café, we turned the venue into an English library room at the push of a button so that our guests could take photos with a truly British gentleman in an authentic environment,” she said.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of April 8, 2024.

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