In 2016, filmmaker Scott Derrickson was commissioned to direct ” Doctor Strange “. The opportunity to introduce the Sorcerer Supreme into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Find out how comedian Benedict Cumberbatch prepared for the role of the famous magician.
Doctor Strange: another success for Marvel Studios
In 2016, Marvel Studios decided to hire Scott Derrickson to direct the first opus of the saga Doctor Strange. The filmmaker, who came from the world of horror (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) thus offers a slick and impressive blockbuster that quickly seduced the press and spectators alike. Carried by Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, the film was nominated once for the Oscars and brought in more than $677 million in box office receipts.
Also worn by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, or Mads Mikkelsen in the role of the big bad, the feature film tells the beginnings of Stephen Strange, a brilliant neurosurgeon who has a serious car accident and thus loses the use of his hands. He then made a spiritual retreat in a Tibetan temple where he learned to handle the mystical arts. to become famous Doctor Strange.
The physical preparation of Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch is an actor who takes care to really step into his roles. Often, he is preparing in a drastic way and impressive assiduity to enter into his characters. For example, for The Power of the Dog, the actor became a smoker for the needs of the film. He started to smoke cigarettes without a filter like the cowboys of the time until you get tobacco poisoning. Well Doctor Strangedespite being a Marvel blockbuster, is no exception.
Like many actors who join the MCU, Benedict Cumberbatch had intense physical preparation, as reported 20 minutes :
You eat very well, brilliant people take care of your training, you exercise, you do yoga, you have a personal doctor in case of injuries, someone who takes care of your diet and you do your stunts and all running errands during filming. We offer you all this and it is not so difficult. You just have to apply yourself. But we are lucky, I’m sure there are people who would kill to have this type of experience.
He started this sports training in 2015, at the reason for one hour a day every morning. The goal was to focus on long-term training and diet that would allow him to keep his body in shape and thus avoid too intense bodily changes that can be dangerous to health.
The actor’s spiritual retreat
In addition to this physical preparation, Benedict Cumberbatch was able to count on one of his past personal experiences to best prepare for the role of Stephen Strange. Indeed, a few years ago, during a sabbatical year, the actor spent a year volunteering in a Buddhist monastery. He had decided to teach English there. He later explained that this enriching experience had obviously been very beneficial in his approach to the character of Strange.