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Benedict Cumberbatch on what drew him to the role of Doctor Strange

08.22.2016
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There are plenty of reasons why the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are as popular as they are, but one of the areas which Marvel has excelled at from day one is casting. Actors like Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Chris Evans and others have devoted much to their roles and as a result, the MCU has a stable of characters we love who can keep this massive franchise going for some time. Benedict Cumberbatch will be joining that group soon enough once DOCTOR STRANGE finally hits theaters later this year and the actor behind the sorcerer supreme recently spoke with Empire about what drew him to the role in the first place.

The lure as an actor is the script, the director, Kevin [Feige], and talking about how to make a character written in the ‘60s and ‘70s relevant now, to make him slightly less arrogant. Arrogant, but also humorous.

As with many big-budget blockbusters, much of DOCTOR STRANGE will take shape in post-production as the visual effects behind Strange's magical world are developed. Although Benedict Cumberbatch was impressed with what he witnessed during production, it wasn't until he saw the first DOCTOR STRANGE trailer when he realized just how big and crazy this film was going to be.

Wow. God. That’s what I’m part of. You have conceptual art that they show you, but you only really realise what you’re part of at the end of the process. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the effects while we were shooting, because a lot of them were real elements, whether it was sets that make a room miniscule, or the costume designs.

DOCTOR STRANGE is set for a November 4, 2016 release.

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Source: Empire

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9:57AM on 08/23/2016
Apart from a huge paycheck, I do believe what he said, particularly how to make 60-70s character relevant in the modern world again i.e. how Jon Favreau did with Iron Man.
Apart from a huge paycheck, I do believe what he said, particularly how to make 60-70s character relevant in the modern world again i.e. how Jon Favreau did with Iron Man.
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7:26AM on 08/23/2016

Money

Lots of money.
Lots of money.
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9:33AM on 08/23/2016
Exactly, I can't stand it when these actors/actresses talk about joining the MCU b/c it's all about the script and it's such a new and dynamic story. Bullshit!

It's because of the paycheck, the notoriety with being part of the MCU, and I can only assume - the pussy.
Exactly, I can't stand it when these actors/actresses talk about joining the MCU b/c it's all about the script and it's such a new and dynamic story. Bullshit!

It's because of the paycheck, the notoriety with being part of the MCU, and I can only assume - the pussy.
3:28PM on 08/23/2016
Lol, that was my first thought when I saw the title! I'm sure the money and added notoriety had nothing to do with it 😂😂😂
Lol, that was my first thought when I saw the title! I'm sure the money and added notoriety had nothing to do with it 😂😂😂
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