Following last week’s revelation by actor, Martin Freeman, that he sometimes loses his cool and smacks his two young children for being naughty, his co-star in the popular, Sherlock, TV series, Benedict Cumberbatch, has revealed that he disciplines his sons, Hal, 5, and Christopher, 3, by hanging them from a gibbet in his back garden.
Writing in The Observer newspaper, the Doctor Strange star admitted: “Sometimes, after a hard day on the set, I just want to come home and relax with a glass or two of red in front of the box.
“So, if the boys start being noisy or disruptive, I drag them out into the back yard and hang them from the gibbet, sometimes right up to the point where they turn blue.
“It’s not something I’m proud of and my wife often tells me I’m being too strict, but I’m only human at the end of the day and kids do need discipline in my view.
“It’s not as if I actually kill them, is it? Although it’s been touch and go a few times, and on a couple of occasions, the wife’s had to cut them down and throw a bucket of water over them”
Cumberbatch’s admission has drawn criticism from other members of the acting profession, with Bond icon, Sean Connery, calling his actions, ‘A wee bit strong’ While Dame Judy Dench slammed Cumberbatch in a TV interview, calling his methods, ‘barbaric’
Speaking on Newsround, the 107-year-old actress said: “I used to beat my kids with a barbed leather flail if they misbehaved and always found that was more than sufficient to make them toe the bloody line”