The Power of The Dog: Benedict Cumberbatch has invested himself as never for this role

Expected on Netflix, “The Power of The Dog” promises a potentially Oscar-winning performance for Benedict Cumberbatch. The British actor has indeed taken all the risks, in order to deliver what could be his most successful performance since the start of his career.

Benedict Cumberbatch: The Jewel in the Crown

A charismatic presence, an inimitable tone of voice, an English accent to cut with a knife and a piercing blue gaze… Benedict Cumberbatch has become, in a few years, a major player in world cinema.

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The British actor is renowned for having given his all to each of the productions offered to him. This is due to his past on the stage since at the beginning of the 2000s, the future Doctor Strange played a series of plays. Thus, between 2001 and 2011, he regularly plays in renowned theatrical productions. This type of representation therefore pushes him to adopt an expressive and engaged game which, subsequently, will appeal to film and television producers.

So, to play the main role more effectively in the TV movie Hawking, Benedict Cumberbatch has met Professor Stephen Hawking several times. As it concerns Sherlock, he not only read all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, but he also did swimming and yoga to maintain a skinny look. At the same time, he didn’t hesitate to gain muscle to star in blockbusters such as Star Trek : Into Darkness and Doctor Strange. Finally, to better embody the voice of the Dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the actor did not hesitate to go to the London zoo to observe the movements of reptiles.

When it comes to playing, Benedict Cumberbatch goes all out. So that’s what he did to The Power of The God.

Between excessive nicotine intake and stench

For Jane Campion’s latest film that will follow the lives of two early Montana ranchers, Benedict Cumberbatch plays a cruel and despotic man. Awarded the Silver Lion for Best Director, the film was greatly appreciated by the editorial staff, in particular thanks to the performance of the actor.

The latter has not done things by halves, as he testifies during his interview for the magazine. Esquire. Thereby, the actor deliberately neglected his hygiene, in order to camp the breeder:

I wanted that layer of stench on me. I wanted people in the room to know what I was feeling. It was hard, though. It wasn’t just during rehearsals. I would go out to eat and meet some of Jane’s friends. However, I was a little embarrassed for the cleaning lady, compared to where I lived.

Stating, among other things, that he did not budge an eyelash when called by his first name, Benedict Cumberbatch went on to believe that he had gone to great lengths to authentically embody his character. So he had to smoke a lot of cigarettes and learn to roll them with one hand. A difficult task, who almost weighed on his own health :

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I’ve had nicotine poisoning three times. When you have to smoke a lot, it’s really horrible.

Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) – The Power of The Dog ©Netflix

So is Benedict Cumberbatch following in the footsteps of Daniel Day-Lewis and Christian Bale, also known for their extreme preparations?

Oscar in vue?

The kind of performances performed by the actor are often scrutinized by the Academy of Oscars. When we know that the film is also directed by the prestigious director Jane Campion, we think that Benedict Cumberbatch could have his chances of knowing his second Oscar nomination. Perhaps with the hope of a first statuette?

We will have to wait, because Jamie Dornan (for Belfast) and Will Smith (for The Williams Method) could be serious competitors according to specialists. We will have to wait for confirmation within the next few months.

The Power of The Dog will be released on Netflix on December 1, 2021 on Netflix. As for Benedict Cumberbatch, we will find him regularly on the bill soon with Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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