Benedict Cumberbatch does a dramatic reading of R. Kelly’s ‘Genius’

Benedict Cumberbatch is a genius, so it makes sense that Jimmy Kimmel got him to read the lyrics to R. Kelly's new track "Genius" on Wednesday night. The "Sherlock" star had the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" audience squirming in their seats on Wednesday with his sultry reading from Kelly's album "Black Panties."

Staring at the camera in a plain black suit, Cumberbatch seduced the crowd with lines like: "Your body's so freaking soft/I can't wait to turn you on/You got me like la, la, la, la, la." During each pause, the audience couldn't avoid laughing — particularly before the conclusion, which the 37-year-old Brit delivered with a wink.

"We'll go to sleep and when we wake up/Imma hit that thing again, promise," Cumberbatch said before taking a bow.

Cumberbatch is no stranger to narration, having used his silky vocals to narrate a number of audiobooks and provide voice-overs for ads for Jaguar and Sony. He also regularly performs poetry, having appeared at two Cheltenham Festivals and also reading a four-part spoken-word track, "Flat of Angles," based on a story by poet Simon Cleary.

When he isn't reading R. Kelly verse these days, however, Cumberbatch is busy promoting "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" in which he plays the eponymous dragon. The actor was in Los Angeles earlier this week for the worldwide premiere of the film.

"The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" opens in Canada on Dec. 13.

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