Benedict Cumberbatch Continues His Quest for all The Roles, Played Another Part in Doctor Strange

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As your resident Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch expert here at The Mary Sue, I bring you yet another necessary update on Doctor Strange.  It seems the actor, whose favorite pastimes include avoiding Tumblr and buffing his Zygoma, wasn’t content with just the titular role–he opted for a second part.

::Update: The rest of this post contains spoilers.::


According to director Scott Derrickson, he also did some motion capture work as Dormamm, the other villain in the film. Mads Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius, however, remains the primary bad guy.

“The voice was a British actor whose name I don’t know, and Benedict–Benedict did the facial capture for it,” he told IGN, according to Newsarama. In case you were wondering, this was not done to allow another actor to take over the role later on. He’s not even credited for the bit. “No, no, it wasn’t that at all. We knew it was an all CG character, but as we were in production, Benedict brought it up as an idea. He said, ‘What would you think about me doing it?’ I said, ‘Let me think about it, you know.’ It’s an interesting idea, because I did fancy the idea that as this other-dimensional being he’s not moving through the Dark Dimension, with a countenance, with eyes and a face, eyes and a mouth, and a human visage–why would he? He takes that form on to communicate with Strange.”

He continued: “The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea. Because no one understood Dormammu better than Benedict did. I also wrote that role to be a kind of ultra-inflated version of Strange. He is an ego run amok; he is this cosmic conqueror where everything, where literally everything in the multi-verse is about him.There’s something interesting about this confrontation of this little, tiny guy who has this power of time and this monstrous conqueror who is trapped by a clever gambit. There’s something about that worked well, and I didn’t think anybody to interact with Benedict than he, himself.”

This is nothing new for Cumberbatch. He previously did some motion capture work as Smaug in the Hobbit trilogy.

(via Newsarama, image via screencap)

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