I play positive and negative characters with equal enjoyment, says Benedict Cumberbatch, who has been balancing genre and art cinema for years. The latest film with his participation “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will be shown in Polish cinemas on May 6.
Once asked about his experience working with Benedict Cumberbatch, his friend Keira Knightley admitted that there are rarely actors so curious around the world. “There are a million ways to play a scene, and he wants to know them all. I loved our shots together. I’m just keen to think about the times we snuck outside and smoked illegally. But most of all I was intrigued by his sympathy on set. He doesn’t like people When people are on set.” They are nervous or don’t appreciate their due. When something like this happens, he stands by them. And this proves that he is not only a very good person represented, but also a wonderful person “- she stated in the British” Harpers Bazaar “.
Cumberbatch treats large-scale commercial production and art cinema with the same commitment. Even though he has years of work behind him, he still speaks of his gratitude for his “amazing acting talent”. He was steeped in passion from an early age. Born on July 19, 1976 in London, he is the son of an acting couple – Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton. His parents never dictated his path in life, but they took care of his education and upbringing by sending him to Harrow, a private boarding school for boys. There, Cumberbatch joined a group of theater aficionados and at the age of just under 13 made his debut as Queen of Elves Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” based on Shakespeare.
He combined his studies in acting at the University of Manchester and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with performing on stage. After the play “Amadeus”, in which he played the most important role of Antonio Salieri, he heard from his father that he would never play it better himself. He said: + I support you and look forward to seeing what you will do in the future. Every time I talk about it, I find a lump in my throat. This is a great blessing a man can say to him. A son or simply that a parent can tell the child. The fact that my parents are proud of me motivates me every day, ”- he admitted, citing CBS News.
After graduation, Cumberbatch joined the new Shakespeare Company, but over time the theater was not enough for him. In 2002, he appeared in the TV movie “Fields of Gold” by Bill Anderson, and in 2003 he appeared on the big screen in Mike Parker’s To Kill the King. A year later, he was cast in the title role in Philip Martin’s Hawking, a biopic about physicist Stephen Hawking, diagnosed at an early age with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This creation resulted in a nomination for a BAFTA TV Award. “It was a very emotional experience,” he told Collider. “One of those roles is when you take it for a few seconds, you feel exhilarating and then you have a huge challenge that you have to take on.”
In the following years we saw him, among others as William Pitt in Michael Abted’s “The Voice of Freedom”, Paul Marshall in Joe Wright’s “Pokucie”, and in the title role in “Vincent van Gogh: Painted with the Words” by Andrew Hutton. He gained international fame for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series “Sherlock”, for which he won Emmys, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs. “It was the first publicly commercial role I ever wanted to play, yet it had something so classic about it that I didn’t feel like it was commercial for the sake of trade. Instead, I felt that this character was revived just for fun, respecting the original material.” Conan Doyle “- pointed out in an interview with Collider.
The role of Holmes opened many doors for Cumberbatch. In 2011, he performed alongside, among other things, Emily Watson in Steven Spielberg’s War Time, as well as in Thomas Alfredson’s “Spy”, where he met Gary Oldman on the set. In the following years, he played, among others, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Force” and the Dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. “Sherlock has a sociopathic trait in the series, Smaug is a psychopath a dragon. However, I play the positive characters as well as the negative ones and do them with the same pleasure,” – he said in Berlin during a meeting with European journalists.
2014 brought Benedict his first Academy Award nomination. He got it for the leading role of mathematician and logician Alan Turing in Morten Tyldum’s “Game of Secrets”. A few months later, he visited Krakow for the seventh Mastercard Off Camera Festival. The visit was related to the promotion of Patrick Victor Munro’s short film “Little Favorite”, in which Cumberbatch starred and produced. During the event, the artist was honored with the “Pod Prąd” award for “contributing in a special way to supporting independent cinema and culture”. In addition, he left his hands on the board that was placed on Krakowska Aleja Filmowa.
He received another Academy Award nomination in 2022 for his portrayal of brilliant farm owner and villain Phil in Jane Campion’s Dog Claws. In September 2021, during a press conference prior to the painting’s world premiere, Cumberbatch noted that “dog claws” are about toxic masculinity. “Toxicity is part of who an elephant is. It is part of his energy, his personal tragedy. I can understand that he is defensive, worried that he has lost everything he built, that he is lonely, aloof. Look closely. Then it becomes clear why oppressed people try to harm others. And at the time The present also, there are powerful and illustrious men even in the political arena, they are the leaders of the world. You have to confront it, put an end to it, but first you have to understand it ”- Pay attention.
On Friday, May 6, Sam Raimi’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will be shown in Polish cinemas, where Cumberbatch will play the hero who fights evil. The cast also includes, among others, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams, and Benedict Wong. Plot details are confidential. “It’s going to be an amazing and exciting journey. Really. The title reflects the experience of watching this movie, and definitely who made it. There was a lot of madness, a lot of the multiverse and a lot of Dr. Strange” – the actor declared in an interview with Total Film. This is another image based on the Marvel comic, in which the Briton played the role of the superhero. He’s done it before, among other things in the films “Spiderman: No Way Home” by John Watts, “Avengers: Endgame” by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and “Thor: Ragnarok” by Taika Waititi.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a thing for fans of the Marvel comic book universe. A completely different face of the actor can be seen in “Crazy World of Louis Wain”, which premiered on Polish screens a week ago. (PAP)
Author: Daria Borica
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