Washington [US], Oct 3 (ANI): Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch recently spoke about his role in “The Power of the Dog,” the film that explores themes of sexual repression and toxic masculinity.
In the next Western movie set in 1967, Cumberbatch played the role of a grizzly cattle rancher who suddenly falls in love with a widow’s young son, played by Kirsten Dunst, who has recently moved to his ranch. The character grapples with her sexuality at a time and place that emphasizes binary gender roles and expectations.
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“He had this burning love affair in his youth, which was not tolerated, which was not allowed, which one could not talk about and the tragedy is what twists him in this sort of form of male toxicity, ”said the Briton. The actor told reporters about his character at the New York Film Festival premiere on Friday, according to People magazine.
Cumberbatch explained that the character’s toxic masculinity caused him to project “hate on the world, and for the world, hate on him, and I think his sense of loneliness is exacerbated by this and his sense of being. jealousy”.
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Of this period, the star said, “I think it speaks of a time of intolerance and lack of acceptance where people couldn’t experience any kind of authentic self.”
“[Queer men] had to bury that and wrap it in masculinity, which, while not necessarily inherent at first glance, has become so, ”he continued.
Cumberbatch also said that his character’s feelings about his sexuality are more complex than “self-hatred”.
“I don’t think he’s disgusted with himself, he has privacy, he has moments of remembrance; he commune with his memory, but I don’t think he knows any different. so hard for us to see him through his lens is the difficulty, ”the actor explained.
Cumberbatch, who is straight and has previously played a gay character, has come under intense scrutiny for the role. The actor previously played mathematician Alan Turing, a gay man, in “The Imitation Game” from 2014.
Earlier this month, while speaking about ‘The Power of the Dog’ at the Telluride Film Festival, he said: “I feel very sensitive to representation, diversity and inclusion. L ‘one of the attractions of the job was the idea that in this world, with this specific character, there were a lot of private things, hidden from view. ” Cumberbatch added: “This was not done without thought.”
The actor finally said during the press conference that the review of his casting should be taken up with director Jane Campion who “chose us as actors to play these roles”. Cumberbatch said, “This is his question that needs to be answered.”
According to People magazine, “The Power of the Dog” hits big screens on November 17, followed by Netflix on December 1. (ANI)
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