Benedict Cumberbatch imitates otters, gets kissed by Johnny Depp (video)

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Should anyone doubt Benedict Cumberbatch's otter-mimicking skills, look no further than this video.

"Sherlock" star Cumberbatch appeared on "The Graham Norton Show" on Friday with his "Black Mass" costar Johnny Depp to promote the gangster drama, and to confirm the internet's long-standing belief that he resembles an otter.

Host Norton dredged up the Cumberbatch-as-otter meme during the pair's appearance on the show, lamenting the recent lack of side-by-side photographic comparisons on the web recently. So he offered the actor an opportunity to replenish the stock, presenting images of otters for Cumberbatch to replicate.

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Needless to say, the actor cracked it wide open like a clam shell, delivering one uncanny resemblance after another.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, of "The Imitation Game", poses in the press room after winning the ensemble performance award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the 'The Imitation Game' Los Angeles Special Screening Hosted By Chanel at DGA Theater in Los Angeles, California, November 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / David McNew (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 2014 Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends BAFTA LA Behind Closed Doors with Benedict Cumberbatch at Pacific Design Center on November 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends day one of Variety Studio: Actors On Actors presented by Samsung Galaxy on November 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Variety)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Benedict Cumberbatch at the opening gala premiere of 'The Imitation Game' at The 58th London Film Festival on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: An alternative view of actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley at the premiere of The Imitation Game at The 58th London Film Festival on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the opening night gala screening of 'The Imitation Game' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch poses for pictures as he arrives for the BFI London Film Festival's premiere of 'The Imitation Game' at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London, on October 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the press conference for 'The Imitation Game' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Corinthia Hotel London on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch poses with fans as he attends the opening night gala screening of 'The Imitation Game' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the press conference for 'The Imitation Game' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Corinthia Hotel London on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
EXCLUSIVE - Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley attend The Weinstein Company "The Imitation Game" brunch on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for The Weinstein Company/AP Images)
EXCLUSIVE - Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch backstage at the 25th annual Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Producers Guild/AP Images)
This image released by PBS shows "Sesame Street" characters Murray Monster, left, and Count von Count, right, with actor Benedict Cumberbatch during the taping of a video for posted Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, on PBS' YouTube channel. With the help of Count and Murray, Cumberbatch explains how to count up four apples and three oranges, and which is the greater number. (AP Photo/PBS)
This Sept. 8, 2013 photo shows actor Benedict Cumberbatch at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Cumberbatch stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in"The Fifth Estate," in theaters on Oct. 18. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Benedict Cumberbatch seen at the Toronto International Film Festival gala presentation of DreamWorks Pictures' "The Fifth Estate" a dramatic thriller based on true events, on Thursday, Sep, 5, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for DreamWorks Pictures/AP Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch seen at the Toronto International Film Festival gala presentation of DreamWorks Pictures' "The Fifth Estate" a dramatic thriller based on true events, on Thursday, Sep, 5, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for DreamWorks Pictures/AP Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the press conference for 'The Imitation Game' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Corinthia Hotel London on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Presenter Benedict Cumberbatch and Breakthrough Prize Founder Mark Zuckerburg (R) speak onstage during the Breakthrough Prize Awards Ceremony Hosted By Seth MacFarlane at NASA Ames Research Center on November 9, 2014 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends day one of Variety Studio: Actors On Actors presented by Samsung Galaxy on November 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Variety)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends BAFTA LA Behind Closed Doors with Benedict Cumberbatch at Pacific Design Center on November 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
This image released by PBS shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, left, and Martin Freeman as Watson are shown in the "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia". Cumberbatch was nominated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for his role in the film. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/PBS-Hartwood Films for the BBC, Colin Hutton)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 9: Benedict Cumberbatch on the red carpet for The Imitation Game at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 9: Benedict Cumberbatch points over to the photographers on the far side of the street and then directs the fans to wave with him for the cameras as he arrives on the red carpet for The Imitation Game at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 9: Benedict Cumberbatch points over to the photographers on the far side of the street and then directs the fans to wave with him for the cameras as he arrives on the red carpet for The Imitation Game at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends BAFTA LA Behind Closed Doors with Benedict Cumberbatch at Pacific Design Center on November 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 9: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch signs autographs and take photos with fans at the 'Imitation Games' premiere during TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) at the Princess Of Wales Theatre. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends 'The Imitation Game' Premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 9, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and actress Keira Knightley speak onstage at 'The Imitation Game' Press Conference during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 9, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Variety Studio presented by Moroccanoil at Holt Renfrew during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Variety)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch arrives to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26: Actors Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and Andy Serkis attend'The hobbit' press room on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' Press Line during Comic-Con International 2014 at Hilton Bayfront on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Legendary Pictures preview and panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Men's Final of Roland Garros French Tennis Open 2014 - Day 15 on June 8, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Charriau/French Select/Getty Images)
HAY-ON-WYE, WALES - MAY 31: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch performs during the Hay Festival on May 31, 2014 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. The Hay Festival is an annual festival of literature and arts which began in 1988. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 25: Benedict Cumberbatch attands the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 25, 2014 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the launch of chef Jason Atherton's new restaurant 'City Social' at Tower 42 on April 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 2: Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Benedict Cumberbatch attends BAFTA New York Presents: In Conversation With Benedict Cumberbatch at The Standard Highline on February 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Benedict Cumberbatch (L) seen outside the Boss show on February 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch talks to press on arrival at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, on Sunday Nov 30, 2014 in Central London. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
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The exercise took an especially aww-some turn when Norton presented a photo of an otter being nuzzled on each side by — yup — other otters. Depp and Norton gamely joined in to re-create the photo, with Depp planting a smooch on Cumberbatch's cheek in the interest of realism. And humor.

We're pretty sure Whitey Bulger never engaged in such chicanery, but it made for grand television.

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Watch Cumberbatch take things to a whole otter level in the video:

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