Benedict Cumberbatch 'out of his comfort zone' for superhero role

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch admits playing Doctor Strange put him out of his comfort zone. Photo / Getty
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch admits playing Doctor Strange put him out of his comfort zone. Photo / Getty

Benedict Cumberbatch had to "step out of his comfort zone" to play Doctor Strange.

The 40-year-old actor - who stars as the Marvel superhero in the hotly-anticipated movie - has teased the film will feature him doing "action hero stuff on a level" he never has before.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is seen filming Doctor Strange on location on April 2, 2016 in New York City. Photo / Getty
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is seen filming Doctor Strange on location on April 2, 2016 in New York City. Photo / Getty

Speaking at the London premiere of Doctor Strange, he said:

"People ask me what I have in common with my character and I feel that's really it. I was having to do action hero stuff on a level I've never done before and wire work and kung-fu moves and casting these spells.

"Amazing movements like tutting with the fingers and all these delicate hand movements as well as body posturing. I was learning that as much as my character was, so both of us were stepping out of our comfort zone so that's something I could draw on for the characterisation."

Actors Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and Chiwetel Ejiofor are seen filming Doctor Strange on April 3, 2016 in New York City. Photo / Getty
Actors Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and Chiwetel Ejiofor are seen filming Doctor Strange on April 3, 2016 in New York City. Photo / Getty

Meanwhile, Benedict - who has 16-month-old son Christopher and is expecting a second child with his wife Sophie Hunter - previously opened up about the "psychologically and physically" demanding role.

He said: "He goes through so much psychologically and physically, which I can testify to as an actor. Kevin Feige went, 'I don't think we have put an actor through quite as much as this.' I said, 'I'll wear that badge with pride.'

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch with his wife Sophie Hunter after receiving the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II. Photo / Getty
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch with his wife Sophie Hunter after receiving the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II. Photo / Getty

"It was a tough shoot from that point of view. It was very, very physically demanding. Not just getting all hench, as they say in Wales, the buffness you need for the superhero stuff.

"But also just day-to-day fitness and the stamina to do 14-15 hour days with very little turnaround and very little sleep and a baby at home and all the rest of it.

Benedict Cumberbatch with wife Sophie Hunter filming Doctor Strange; on April 2, 2016 in New York City. Photo / Getty
Benedict Cumberbatch with wife Sophie Hunter filming Doctor Strange; on April 2, 2016 in New York City. Photo / Getty

So I did go through quite a lot. No pain, no gain. But for the character, hopefully it'll show."

 Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Photo / Getty
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Photo / Getty

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