Benedict Cumberbatch: 'My horse riding wasn't fake'

Friday January 20, 2012

Benedict Cumberbatch wants to set the record straight - he did actually ride the horse in War Horse.

The Sherlock star admitted that viewers have mistaken his riding as fake in Steven Spielberg's First World War epic, in which he stars alongside Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irvine.

"I wasn't a rider, I hadn't done any since I was about 12," he said.

"Jeremy is the best rider out of us - he does it effortlessly. Whereas, people think we had our faces super-imposed onto our body doubles, which is rather irritating."

Despite doing some riding as a child, Benedict, who plays Major Stewart, had to take lessons with co-stars Jeremy and Tom.

The actors learned how to ride single-handedly, while holding weapons.

"I was just very bad at horse riding. It wasn't something that really took to me," he admitted.

But the 35-year-old has now gained a newfound respect for his equine friends.

"A new form of relationship comes with the respect gained by getting over that. You have to be respectful of the personality of the beasts," he says.

photo:& copy; Rex

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