Benedict Cumberbatch Imitates an Otter, Gets a Kiss From Johnny Depp: Watch

Some memes really do come true! Benedict Cumberbatch was a good sport on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Nov. 27, playing along with an Internet meme that Sherlock fans know all too well.

The British star’s unique facial expressions have led fans to create a Tumblr likening him to, well, an otter.

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On Friday, Cumberbatch, 39, was joined by his Black Mass costar Johnny Depp, and show host Norton gleefully brought up the meme.

Benedict Cumberbatch otter face
The Graham Norton Show

“Are you aware of this, Johnny Depp?” Norton asked the actor, 52. “When Benedict became famous, one of the first things that happened was — this is so random — his fans decided that he looked very like an otter. Are you aware of this?”

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The Pirates of the Caribbean star looked puzzled.

“I’m sorry?” he asked, causing the audience to erupt in laughter.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp and Graham Norton
The Graham Norton Show

Norton then showed several exemplary examples of Cumberbatch spliced side-by-side next to several furry water creatures.

“May I say one thing?” Depp quipped after studying the photos. “Someone has a lot of time on their hands.”

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Norton then challenged Cumberbatch to bring those stills to life, and the Imitation Game actor kindly obliged, making funny faces and striking odd poses as the audience cheered.

Depp capped off the segment by planting a big smooch on Cumberbatch’s cheek.

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