Tom Holland says Benedict Cumberbatch's performance in 'The Power of the Dog' was so convincing that he 'hated' him
- Tom Holland praised Benedict Cumberbatch's performance in "The Power of the Dog."
- "For the first time in knowing you, I really hated you," Holland said of his costar's portrayal.
- "I thought you were horrible and so grotesque and awful," he added.
"The film is so shocking and it's so gut-wrenching and the intricacies of your character — I've never seen a character arc quite like it," Holland said while moderating a conversation with Cumberbatch for Netflix Film Club.
Holland and Cumberbatch have known each other for years, through their roles as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Dr. Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, respectively, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
They've costarred in "Avengers: Infinity War," "Avengers: Endgame," and most recently, " Spider-Man: No Way Home ."
Holland said that Cumberbatch's role as a fear-inducing rancher named Phil Burbank was a sharp contrast to the actor's real-life personality.
"Because I know you so well, I think I come from a very privileged standpoint where, when I meet you in the beginning of the film, I'm like, 'Whoa, that's not the Benedict that I know. What on earth is going on here?'" Holland said.
He continued: "For the first time in knowing you, I really hated you. I thought you were horrible and so grotesque and awful. As the film progresses, what I loved about it was that it has these themes of toxic masculinity and gaslighting but it explores the problem rather than the problem just being present. Not that his actions are justified in any way, but you understand why he is the way he is."
Cumberbatch wasn't surprised by Holland's response and described his character's behavior as "repugnant," to the point that some people told him, "I can't watch all of your film. You're so awful."
"I then get the reaction of people that they go back to it, maybe a second time through, or even like you, start off in this position of being repelled and then lean in and see him as what he is really, which is a tragic figure," he said.
"The Power of the Dog," directed by Jane Campion, is set in Montana in 1925 and centers on Cumberbatch's cruel ranch owner. The film is based on Thomas Savage's 1967 book of the same name and stars Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Jesse Plemons.
At the recent Golden Globes, "The Power of the Dog" won awards for best drama motion picture, best director, and best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture (Smit-McPhee).
Cumberbatch, Dunst, and Smit-McPhee are up for acting awards at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will take place on February 27.
In past interviews, Cumberbatch detailed surprising details about the lengths he went through for his performance.
He told The Hollywood Reporter that he stayed in character for the entire film shoot and spent periods of approximately six days without washing , just as his character does in the movie.
In his interview with Holland, Cumberbatch said that he spent several weeks in Montana — even though the movie was filmed in New Zealand — to prepare for his role.
"The dirt, the feeling of sweat, and smell, and stench, and blood, and sinew and shit, all of that stuff just had to be real," he said.Read the original article on Insider