“Back up,” the MCU star says several times. “Keep backing up.”
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch was seen asking people to "back up" to avoid pushing in a video that has gone viral online.
The video showed Cumberbatch signing autographs for a group of fans outside a building in what appears to be Times Square in New York. As the actor was signing an autograph for someone at the front of the group, he repeatedly told the people behind her to "back up."
He later turned to the person, who was out of the frame, and said, "Not you, hun, the people pushing you. I'm trying to do it for you," to which they can be heard responding, "Oh thank you, my love." Later on in the clip, a man could be heard apologizing to Cumberbatch for pushing into the crowd, and the actor replied, "Don't apologize to me, apologize to the lady."
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According to reports, the woman he was talking about had been waiting patiently behind barricades for Cumberbatch’s appearance in Times Square, but the other excited fans began pushing past the barriers to try and get his attention. This caused the patient fan to be jostled and in distress, so the man put the others in their place and made sure the lady got the autograph she was waiting for.
The video, posted on TikTok by @justbee2.1, received more than 3,400 comments, the majority of which were praising the actor for intervening. "He is so polite! my goodness!!" one comment read, while another said, "He is so humble and sweet." It is unclear where the clip originated, but a month after the TikTok video went viral, it was reposted on Twitter by several users and continued to draw attention from Cumberbatch fans.
"He's such a gentleman (as always) I can't," one Twitter caption resharing the clip in late June said, with commenters agreeing by describing the actor as "the best," and "a man full of integrity." Additionally, the video shows the actor walking away from the fans later, and a rainbow-striped bag comes into view. It's a great cherry-on-top moment, and you can't help but love that the star is proudly displaying his allyship.
A Facebook reel showing the clip, which has 57,000 likes, was posted by a user called Benjamin Lopez on May 28 and received a huge amount of love. "Very nice of him to be concerned for a fan that's being smashed in the front," one comment read while another comment said, "I'm glad to be seeing celebrities standing up graciously for their space and boundaries."
This actually isn't the first time that Benedict Cumberbatch has gone viral for looking out for his fans. He previously gained buzz for recording a birthday video for a fan alongside Avengers: Endgame co-star Paul Rudd. Given his track record of kindness, we wouldn't be surprised if we see another moment like this from him at some point in the future.