Benedict Cumberbatch: Doctor Strange got me fit for my family

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 October 2016
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter at Doctor Strange premiere

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed one of the bonuses of making new Marvel movie 'Doctor Strange' was he had to get in such great shape, something which has made his wife Sophie Hunter happy

Benedict Cumberbatch used his role as 'Doctor Strange' to get in shape for his wife.

The 40-year-old actor stars as the titular mystical superhero in the new Marvel movie and had to get in great shape for some bare-chested scenes.

Cumberbatch admits the fitness regime he undertook was also popular with his pregnant spouse Sophie Hunter, 38, and also meant he could more easily keep up with their 16-month-old son Christopher.

Speaking at the GQ sponsored 'Doctor Strange' premiere after-party in London on Monday night (24.10.16), he said: "The physical regime helped. That wasn't just for the obligatory shirt-off moment. It was keeping healthy for my new family."

Benedict had to do a lot of his own stunts for the action-packed film and during shooting he needed to make regular visits to see doctors and a chiropractor after getting injured several times on set but he had a saviour medication for his ailing muscles, Tiger Balm - a mentholated ointment used for a variety of conditions.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: "There were a few crisis meetings with a chiropractor or somebody with some Tiger Balm, but I was very well looked after, as anyone is who does these films."

Cumberbatch stars in the movie with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo,

Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong as Wong and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius.

Doctor Strange

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Scott Derrickson
  • Written by: Steve Ditko, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Jon Spaihts
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
  • UK release: 28 October 2016

When brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) gets his hands mangled in a car crash, he visits Kathmandu to be reborn under the mystic tutelage of the Ancient One (Swinton). A blast: fresh performances from Cumberbatch and Swinton power a dynamic script with well-measured puns and even a little…

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