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Benedict Cumberbatch talks meditation and comics to prep for Doctor Strange

01.05.2015

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I think it's safe to say that few people have any qualms with Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch playing the Sorcerer Supreme in Scott Derickson's DOCTOR STRANGE. While the news that he would be taking on the role hit about this time last month, Cumberbatch has been caught up in publicity for THE IMITATION GAME, which is receiving some great word of mouth regarding his take on cryptanalyst Alan Turing. Now that the man has had a chance to breathe, he spoke up a little about taking on the role. Some of you may be happy to see that he's diving headfirst into the spirituality of the character, especially given that he's actually spent some time with Tibetan Buddhist monks in the past. You can check out some tidbits below.

Benedict Cumberbatch on whether or not making DOCTOR STRANGE is a risk:

I don’t think it’s a risk because of Marvel. Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods. It’s very different, it’s an Astral Plane. There’s a huge new element to this Marvel universe that’s going to be employed in building this story and this character. But you know, I’m really excited about it, about working with Scott [Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they’re doing. I’ve got a few things to get under my belt first. I’ve got to do that little stage production of “Hamlet” in the summer and the Christmas special of “Sherlock,” which we start shooting in about three days’ time – Whoops! Yeah, that’s there.

Regarding any plot points or possible filming locations in the Himalayas:

Ahh...you’ll have to wait and see. I’m not going to be eked out on any spoilers or reveals now. It’s quite a way off but I’m very excited about that spiritual dimension, obviously. It’s something that’s been a huge part of my life.

Whether or not he has a great interest in the mystic arts for himself:

I meditate a lot. That’s a huge tool in trying to calm myself, get away from the crazy circus of it all, have a focused mind as well as be a kinder, considerate person in the world. I took a lot of stuff away from my experience in Darjeeling, West Bengal, right at the Nepali border. It was Tibetan Buddhist monks in a converted Nepali house in India, with a view of Bhutan. It was a profoundly formative experience at a very young age. It’s something I’ve tried to keep in my life. It features already.

If Cumberbatch is fluent with the comics of Doctor Strange:

Growing up, no. I didn’t read many comics at all. Asterix a bit. I think that was it. There weren’t many comics in my household — [in a self-mocking voice] “I’m so deprived.” We didn’t have Marvel so much. But you can bet your bottom dollar I’m reading them now, avidly.

Cumberbatch has grown into a fan-favorite actor very quickly over the past couple of years and it's hard to deny his charm, especially when he's so enthused about taking on a project. Marvel has been spot-on in regards to casting the right names to play their characters and much like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, DOCTOR STRANGE promises a very different sort of adventure for audiences. With Scott Derrickson (DELIVER US FROM EVIL, SINISTER) at the helm, I think this will be one gamble that pays off.

DOCTOR STRANGE will find its way to theaters on November 4, 2016.

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1:50PM on 01/06/2015
You're stinking it up already, posh boy.
You're stinking it up already, posh boy.
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3:32PM on 01/05/2015
Nah. Still not exactly excited for this. I don't think he's a bad actor or anything, but he tends to overact intense roles to the max and I just can't see it being anything but Sherlock doing magic. But I understand that's my own personal, unpopular opinion of this dude.
Nah. Still not exactly excited for this. I don't think he's a bad actor or anything, but he tends to overact intense roles to the max and I just can't see it being anything but Sherlock doing magic. But I understand that's my own personal, unpopular opinion of this dude.
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5:29PM on 01/05/2015
Well you're not alone, I didn't want him for the role. He's not a bad actor, per say, but he seems to play the same character, 'the eccentric genius'. I'll obviously watch the movie, because I love my Marvel movies, and Dr. Strange, but I can't say I love him for the role.
Well you're not alone, I didn't want him for the role. He's not a bad actor, per say, but he seems to play the same character, 'the eccentric genius'. I'll obviously watch the movie, because I love my Marvel movies, and Dr. Strange, but I can't say I love him for the role.
7:24PM on 01/05/2015
If you've not seen Imitation Game yet, you should check it out. He's award worthy in it.
If you've not seen Imitation Game yet, you should check it out. He's award worthy in it.
1:38PM on 01/05/2015

It makes you wonder...

I think it was a good casting choice to have Cumberbatch portray Dr. Strange, but it makes me wonder if he realizes the gravity of it. This movie will be hardly be a one-shot, hopes he realizes he'll be playing Dr. Strange
for like the next 10 years!
I think it was a good casting choice to have Cumberbatch portray Dr. Strange, but it makes me wonder if he realizes the gravity of it. This movie will be hardly be a one-shot, hopes he realizes he'll be playing Dr. Strange
for like the next 10 years!
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4:12PM on 01/05/2015
I'm sure that's part of what took so long to cast him. Plus, he has experience: he's been Sherlock for what, 5 years now?
I'm sure that's part of what took so long to cast him. Plus, he has experience: he's been Sherlock for what, 5 years now?
12:23PM on 01/05/2015
He's going to absolutely own the role. The man can do it all and has tremendous range. Can't wait to hear his deep voice while he's performing the spells.

And it should be exciting to see how much bigger this film makes the MCU by adding in magic and supernatural elements.
He's going to absolutely own the role. The man can do it all and has tremendous range. Can't wait to hear his deep voice while he's performing the spells.

And it should be exciting to see how much bigger this film makes the MCU by adding in magic and supernatural elements.
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6:01PM on 01/05/2015
B-but Scott Derrickson....
It's really hard to trust that fellow with a promising script along with great actors these days.
B-but Scott Derrickson....
It's really hard to trust that fellow with a promising script along with great actors these days.
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12:16PM on 01/05/2015
It's actually refreshing to hear an actor saying they weren't fans of the comic book character they're going to play...or even read comics. Not saying the ones that do are lying...just...it always feels like the chosen actor was an avid fan...even when the character isn't so mainstream. In any case, it's always good to hear an actor speak so highly of a role they're about to take on...and Marvel's success is making firm believers of almost everyone - just look at the actors and actresses
It's actually refreshing to hear an actor saying they weren't fans of the comic book character they're going to play...or even read comics. Not saying the ones that do are lying...just...it always feels like the chosen actor was an avid fan...even when the character isn't so mainstream. In any case, it's always good to hear an actor speak so highly of a role they're about to take on...and Marvel's success is making firm believers of almost everyone - just look at the actors and actresses they've bagged...young hotshots, golden oldies, up and coming, going no where's. Great stuff.
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12:26PM on 01/05/2015
heath ledger said "i fucking hate comics".
heath ledger said "i fucking hate comics".
1:46PM on 01/05/2015
Good stuff ;o)
Good stuff ;o)
11:57AM on 01/05/2015
I'm very confident he'll make a fine Doctor Strange. On side not, Christmas Special of Sherlock - Yes!!!
I'm very confident he'll make a fine Doctor Strange. On side not, Christmas Special of Sherlock - Yes!!!
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11:41AM on 01/05/2015
and The Imitation Game is really good.
and The Imitation Game is really good.
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11:29AM on 01/05/2015
BC is a great actor. One of the best. I have seen him in a few movies now and in interviews. He is amazing.
I am a big fan of Strange and I cannot wait for this movie!
BC is a great actor. One of the best. I have seen him in a few movies now and in interviews. He is amazing.
I am a big fan of Strange and I cannot wait for this movie!
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