Benedict Cumberbatch Opens Up About Playing Doctor Strange. It was only a month ago when Marvel Studios announced that Benedict Cumberbatch was picked to play Doctor Strange. Now the actor has finally opened up about taking on the role as the Sorcerer Supreme.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Cumberbatch spoke about whether taking this role would be a risk in his already outstanding career. Here’s how the actor responded:
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.
The actor was also asked about whether he would be traveling to the Himalayas for filming, a place that the actor is familiar with and where Doctor Strange received his training in the comics. “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.”
Despite never reading the comics growing up, Cumberbatch revealed that he would start reading them to prepare for the role. “Growing up, no. I didn’t read many comics at all. There weren’t many comics in my household…We didn’t have Marvel so much. But you can bet your bottom dollar I’m reading them now, avidly.”
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