The Crazy Way Benedict Cumberbatch Filmed Doctor Strange’s Interdimensional Travel Sequence
Marvel's Doctor Strange is jam-packed with spellbinding, mind-bending visual sequences, but the king of them all is what writer/director Scott Derrickson has dubbed "the Magical Mystery Tour." In it, the titular hero (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is hurtled through the multiverse by The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and floats through a constant stream of both beautiful and scary alternate dimensions. It's the scene that many movie-goers will be talking about walking out of the blockbuster -- and that's definitely a good thing, given that the film's star went through hell to make it.
When the Los Angeles press day for Doctor Strange was held a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Benedict Cumberbatch, and one of the topics we discussed was the aforementioned "Magical Mystery Tour." Given that there was clearly not a lot of CGI replacement in the sequence, I was curious about how the actor went about performing the intense physicality required. The actor broke it down for me, referencing that the work was very similar to what audiences saw in a particular 2013 Best Picture-nominee. Said Cumberbatch,
If having your body tossed around in every direction by a giant mechanical rig doesn't sound like fun, then you've hit the nail on the head as far as Benedict Cumberbatch's thoughts on the experience go. He certainly didn't think it was fun, but as he went on to explain, he is incredibly thankful for all of the crewmembers who guided him through the process and made sure that it was entirely safe. Said the actor,
You can watch the Doctor Strange star talk about his experience filming the Magical Mystery Tour sequence in the video below:
For those who haven't seen Doctor Strange yet, you'll know this particular sequence when you see it -- and hopefully you'll have a greater appreciation for the work that went into it after hearing Benedict Cumberbatch's thoughts on it. For those of you who are living stateside, you'll get your chance to catch the new Marvel Studios movie in theaters on November 4th -- and be sure to stay tuned for more from my interviews with the film's cast and filmmakers!
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