INTERVIEW – For his role as a withdrawn and virile cowboy in the western of Jane Campion, the British actor, star of Sherlock and the Avengers, can look forward to his second Oscar nomination.
“I wish I had my hat on. “ A beautiful sun heats the Lido in these first days of September. Benedict Cumberbatch accompanies The Power of the Dog, the feature film by Jane Campion, in competition at the Venice Film Festival. Before finishing filming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, interrupted by the Covid. Meeting with the British actor without cape or hat.
LE FIGARO. – How did you get the role of Phil Burbank?
Benedict CUMBERBATCH. – I first met Jane Campion in Los Angeles in 2019. We only had an informal chat, it was not an audition for The Power of the Dog, but I remember my nervousness. Jane is such a powerful female voice… Like an idiot, I saw The Piano Lesson before this meeting, a film that means a lot to me. She arrived alone, without a driver, very humble. I relaxed, I felt like I was drinking a cup of tea with a friend. We talked about the project