Benedict Cumberbatch – Fail Better

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch speaks about the magic of life as a constant pursuit of the unobtainable, and calls on us to fail again, but better every time.


It’s really hard. It’s really, really hard. It’s a difficult job. You can never perfect what we do. There is no way … I’ve never met anyone who goes, ‘That’s perfection.’ As an actor, and this isn’t mock humility, I think it just goes for all art forms really, the whole point is perfection is unachievable. So see lots, read lots, hear lots. Experience life as well and just keep observing. Really observing. Not just looking and seeing, but sort of observing. It’s that constant pursuit of the unobtainable, which is kind of magic, really, and to keep us kind of motivated to try better. It’s the Beckett thing. Fail again, fail better.”