Benedict Cumberbatch Is a Sex 'Genius,' Thanks to R. Kelly
(Warning: The clip above contains adult language.)
It takes the skills of a Benedict Cumberbatch to make R. Kelly's lyrics sound like an Elizabethan sonnet, but the UK's most celebrated thespian of the moment managed to do just that on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday night.
The "Star Trek" and "Hobbit" star, who reprises his role as the titular detective in PBS's “Sherlock” this January, applied his dry British charm to the lascivious lyrics of R. Kelly's "Genius" ("Body's so freaking soft/I can't wait to turn you on") with a seductive dramatic reading.
The number was definitely a hit with the ladies: You may want to turn the volume down, because when he gets to “I'mma hit that thing again,” the audience screams like he's the Beatles and it's 1964.
Dramatic readings make everything better. For example, here's Liam Neeson, with his distinctive “I have a particular set of skills” growl from “Taken” applied to Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend."
And here's Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones, doing the same to Bieber's "Baby."
Jimmy Fallon likes to mix it up by turning dramatic readings back into music. Why NBC hasn't turned all of its news programming into “Brian Williams Slow Jams the News,” we do not know.