5 Actors Who Insist They’re Overrated

Benedict CumberbatchMatthew Horwood/FilmMagic

Benedict Cumberbatch recently told the paparazzi to turn their attention to Egypt rather than himself. His message seems a bit self-serving; he’s using his desire for privacy to show the world how modest and globally aware he is. It also seems paternalistic for an actor to tell people in his industry what to pay attention to, as if they had sat down before they began their work day, wondered whether Cumberbatch or Egypt was more important, and idiotically decided on Cumberbatch. Anyway, Cumberbatch joins a group of celebrities who are constantly stressing their unimportance. Here are five of the humble few.

1. Jennifer Lawrence has often said that acting is an unimportant career, and she’s called herself “vastly uneducated” 
“Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.’”

2. Rob Pattinson thinks that his heartthrob status is more due to luck than any inherant attractiveness 
“I have been lucky, of course. Like, last year, if I went out, I’d have to fight to chat someone up. This year, I look exactly the same, which is really scruffy, and yet lots of people seem to have just changed their minds and decided I’m really sexy.”

3. Keanu Reeves is so modest that he’s a bit of a downer 
“I’m sorry my existence is not very noble, sublime, or even beneficial.”

4. Kristen Stewart never seems to love the spotlight, and agrees with JLaw that there are more important jobs out there 
“A lot of actors think that what we do is so important, like we’re saving people’s lives or something.”

5. Robert Downey, Jr. does not consider himself an artist 
“I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.”

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