Benedict Wong feels 'blessed' to go from comic fan to Doctor Strange star

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 October 2016
Benedict Wong

Benedict Wong / photo: Gage Skidmore

Benedict Wong admits he feels blessed to star in the new 'Doctor Strange' film

Benedict Wong revealed he feels 'blessed' to star in the new 'Doctor Strange' movie.

The 45-year-old British actor plays the character of Wong in Marvel's Phase 3 film Doctor Strange, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Scott Adkins and Tilda Swinton.

The fantasy sci-fi movie, based on a doctor who loses his ability to use his hands following a freak accident, discovers he has a much bigger quest - to defend the world - is directed by Scott Derrickson, who also co-wrote the film with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill.

In an interview with HeyUGuys, Wong said: "I just can't believe - I was collecting Spider-Man comics when I was a kid and going to Odyssey Manchester - the comic book store that no longer exists - and there were no East Asian superheroes, so [the fact that] scene one exists in Doctor Strange is amazing - a bit of a blessing."

And when it comes to watching comics-based films on the big screen, Wong admits he gets 'giddy'.

Wong said: " I oscillate between the two [the fan and the actor] I do some giddy laughing basically. I saw [it's writer] Stan Lee on the red carpet and then lost my BLEEP - so it was amazing and just to see that final result was overwhelming. It was amazing [seeing it on the big screen]. We were working so hard - there's thousands of people involved in this - I'm just a happy cog in the whole machine of this, to see the set design, the props, the costume designers and the green screen we were working in and then the editing and special effects team, what Scott Derrickson has done is amazing and then to see the end result that we saw in LA for the premiere."

Wong has admitted that similar to the film title, lots of strange things have happened to him in his lifetime - including playing a character with the same name as his surname.

He explained: "There are too many strange things that happen to me that we call coincidence and alignment, like playing Wong, there's two Benedicts in a film - he plays a Kahn and I've played a Khan too - and we could go on. I certainly think there's something other worldly but we won't know until we shuffle the mortal coil."

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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1. clampdown29 Oct 2016, 12:50pm Report

That's a picture of Chin Han, not Benedict Wong. He was a costar in Marco Polo, but I hate to think why you've mistaken him for Benedict.

2. squirmer29 Oct 2016, 1:03pm Report

THAT PHOTO IS NOT HIM!!! Great job guys

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