The method of Benedict Cumberbatch acting for the “power of the dog”


Benedict Cumberbatch and Kristen Dunst get some of the best reviews in their respective careers for their performances on Jane Campion’s The power of the dog – and they never spoke to each other on set.

In the Netflix movie, Cumberbatch plays Phil Burbank, a cruel rancher who torments his brother’s wife, Rose (Dunst). “I didn’t want to be really mean to Kirsten, but I had to stay in my character,” he said. Recount NME. “So I didn’t speak to him on set. She was the same. We were each other’s negative positive. [We were] repelled by each other.

The method set isn’t for everyone, but it worked for Cumberbatch (who gave himself nicotine poisoning three times) and Dunst: The power of the dog has a near-perfect score for Rotten Tomatoes (94% “Fresh” rating) and has been called one of the best films of the year by several publications including Slate and IndieWire.

Here is the official plot summary:

A bossy but charismatic rancher wears a war of intimidation against his brother’s new wife and teenage son, until long-hidden secrets are revealed.

The power of the dog, which also stars Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Genevieve Lemon, Keith Carradine and Frances Conroy, is now in theaters and will hit Netflix on December 1. You can watch the trailer below.


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