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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Read James Corden a Terrifying Election Fairy Tale

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Benedict Cumberbatch has been a father for more than a year, but he clearly hasn’t learned one of the most important rules of parenting: if you want your child to get a good night’s rest, don’t read them a scary bedtime story.

During an appearance on Monday’s episode of The Late Late Show, the Doctor Strange star posed as James Corden’s dad, trying to lull the host to sleep with a fairy tale about the 2016 U.S. presidential election. However, after he finished spinning the illustrated yarn about the beige pantsuit-wearing woman (Hillary Clinton) who had to defeat Donald Trump imagined as an orange monster to make it to the beautiful White House, Corden was left cowering under the covers.

“Daddy,” he called to Cumberbatch. “The big orange monster won’t grab me in the night, will he?”

Watch the full video below.

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