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OTRC: Benedict Cumberbatch takes part in Reddit AMA: 7 facts revealed

Benedict Cumberbatch talks to OTRC.com about 'The Fifth Estate' film at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 7, 2013. (OTRC.com)

Benedict Cumberbatch took part in an "AMA" ("Ask Me Anything") Q&A session with readers on the popular website Reddit on Friday, Oct. 11 to answer questions about himself and one of his latest projects, the upcoming film "The Fifth Estate."

The 37-year-old British actor, best known for his title role in the BBC dramedy series "Sherlock" and as the villain Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness," plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the new movie, which hits theaters on Oct. 18.

Check out 7 facts Benedict Cumberbatch revealed during his Reddit AMA.

1. His favorite childhood memory ...

"My favorite childhood memory is the blue sky above my parents flat."

(Note: His native England is notoriously cloudy for a large part of the year.)

2. What he would take with him if he were stranded on a desert island ...

"If I were on a desert island I would love to have a scuba diving kit. My family. And my partner of the moment - whomever I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. If it's not people ? Additional equipment would be a kindle with a never ending memory of books. And a survival handbook."

3. His favorite nostalgic movies ...

"'Ghostbusters.' Loads of John Hughes classics. 'Annie Hall.' Annnnnd '2001 Space Odyssey'!!

4. His favorite place to visit ...

"On an untouched New Zealand glacier via helicopter where I stepped out in trainers, jogging pants, and got out and danced. Or touching the earth after my first skydiving jump in Namibia. Or a balcony in South Africa where I felt the sun on my face after the night I was carjacked." (Check out more details about his horrific 2004 carjacking experience.)

5. His favorite music ...

Cumberbatch was asked on Reddit to name his top 5 favorite songs.

"At the moment: 'MS' by Alt-J, 'Strong' by London Grammar, pretty much all of Sigur Ros' Valtari album, 'One Day Like This' - Elbow, 'Fever to the Form' - Nick Mulvey, 'Two Fingers - Jake Bugg,'" he said, adding: "I'm rubbish at counting, and favorites."

6. One of his favorite pranks ...

"Anytime you're in a restaurant with a group of friends and one of them goes to the restroom or bathroom (presume there are many nationalities involved in this AMA), tell the waiter that it's that person's birthday. Not only is it fun to embarrass the hell out of the poor victim, but you get free cake in the bargain."

7. On WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's letter and criticism of "The Fifth Estate" ...

WikiLeaks recently published a letter Assange had sent Cumberbatch, in which he turned down an invitation to meet him and urged him not to take the role, saying he believed "The Fifth Estate" "intends to depict me and my work in a negative light."

Cumberbatch said on Reddit: "To have the man you are about to portray ask you intelligently and politely not to do it gave me real cause for concern, however, it galvanized me into addressing why I was doing this movie. He accuses me of being a 'hired gun' as if I am an easily bought cypher for right wing propaganda."

"Not only do I NOT operate in a moral vacuum but this was not a pay day for me at all," he added. "I've worked far less hard for more financial reward. This project was important to me because of the integrity I wanted to bring to provocative difficult but ultimately timely and a truly important figure of our modern times."

(Pictured above: Benedict Cumberbatch talks to OTRC.com about "The Fifth Estate" - check out the interview + VIDEOS.

Pictured below: Benedict Cumberbatch appears in a photo posted for his Reddit AMA on Oct. 11, 2013.

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