British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is worried he was patient zero for COVID-19 in the US and is legitimately concerned he helped spread the deadly virus around the world.
The 44-year-old British actor voiced his concerns in a new interview, in which he revealed he thought he brought the virus back to the US after filming in South Africa.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the 44-year-old said he fell “terribly ill” while filming The Mauritanian in Cape Town, South Africa, in late 2019. It was so bad, he kept “throwing up between takes” and now is convinced he was battling coronavirus at the time.
“I was incredibly ill, to the point that when all this COVID stuff suddenly broke in the new year, I was thinking, ‘Oh my god, was I actually patient zero?'” he told the publication. “I was so ill — it was borderline pneumonia.”
In April 2020, it was revealed Cumberbatch was doing all he could to assist in the pandemic. It was previously reported he donated £12,000 (approx. $21,000) to British tailor Emma Willis to help buy hospital scrubs in the UK.
“It was so great. I got a call from him out of the blue saying: ‘It’s Benedict, I’m in New Zealand’. He said: ‘I’ve heard about your Style For Surgeons and I would love to get involved. What can I do?'” Willis told the Daily Mail at the time.
“I said, ‘We’re aiming to raise £30,000 [approx. $55,000] and we’ve got £12,000 (approx. $21,000] more to raise to cover the cost of the fabric, we’re covering the cost of the making of them.’ He said, ‘Count it done,’ and transferred the rest of the money. He obviously felt a real need to support.”
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