Not everything is Marvel movies for Benedict Cumberbatch, he also gets the occassional chance to act alongside other stars such as Kirsten Dunst. In his most recent collaboration with Netflix, ‘Power of the Dog’, the English actor plays a character that awakens terrible feelings in Kirsten Dunst’s character.
It’s a Western that Cumberbatch took extremely seriously, he wanted to go full method on it. Due to this repulsion Dunst felt for his character, it was easier for them to not even talk to each other during the shooting. Cumberbatch spoke to NME last week about his
I didn’t want to be really mean to Kirsten, but I needed to stay in character. So I didn’t speak to her on-set. She was the same.
Earlier on Thursday, the actress confirmed that she doesn’t have any type of personal issue with the English star. She just couldn’t handle talking to him when he was on character. Cumberbatch is known for getting quite invested in his own roles and this movie was no different for him.
Dunst spoke to The Radio Times: “I isolated myself from Benedict,” she said. “We didn’t talk at all during the filming unless we were out to dinner on a weekend, all together, or playing with our kids. He’s so sweet. And he’s so British. Polite British, you know? I was like, ‘I can’t talk to you!'”
Cumberbatch addresses toxic masculinity.
Cumberbatch also felt the need to talk to Sky News about this film that has a female director and how men should approach toxic masculitnity: “We need to fix the behaviour of men,” he said. “You have to kind of lift the lid on the engine a little bit. I think it’s ever relevant, and in a world that’s questioning and ripping into and finally pointing out the inadequacies of the status quo and the patriarchy, it’s even more important.
“You get this sort of rebellion aspect, this denial, this sort of childish defensive position of ‘not all men are bad’. No, we just have to shut up and listen. We’re living through an era now where survivors can speak and are having a platform to realise that there is not enough recognition of abuse, there’s not enough recognition of disadvantages.”