Benedict Cumberbatch plays the imitation game, mimics TODAY anchors

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By Randee Dawn

Last year, Benedict Cumberbatch won all kinds of acclaim for his role in the World War II film "The Imitation Game." But on TODAY Friday, he had a whole other game going on.

He imitated the TODAY anchors!

It all started out when reporter Keir Simmons asked the British actor about putting on a Boston accent for his new film, "Black Mass."

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"Bostonians are pretty — well, rightfully so — they'll be whipping me hard for anything, any poor vowels," he noted.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Bill Bulger in "Black Mass."TODAY

Simmons then noted that Cumberbatch was good at impersonations, which he's proved in the past and asked if he'd tackle the anchors.

After being shown a few clips, Cumberbatch slipped into the voice of Matt Lauer, who he noted "had a delicate way with him, which I like."

But he had a little more trouble with Savannah Guthrie. After giving her voice a try, he criticized himself: "No, that's really squeaky."

Savannah Guthrie's voice stumps Benedict Cumberbatch.TODAY

"You're a good sport for even trying," approved Simmons.

"I'll always give it a go!" said Cumberbatch.

"Black Mass" opens in theaters on Sept. 18.

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