Now that the official trailer for Spider-Man: No Road Home has been released, which precedes his next solo film within the MCU, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Benedict Cumberbatch has become one of the talking points of who love superhero movies. However, his name has also become recurrent among critics in recent days for a project that will give much to talk about for its cinematographic quality, but that also paints to become controversial.
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The Power of the Dog – 100% won the Silver Lion for Best Director for Jane Campion at the recent Venice Film Festival, and also already had a stint at the Telluride Film Festival, where the protagonists had the opportunity to speak about the film and everything they know that will generate the theme and the choice of the cast. In recent years, controversies have arisen over heterosexual actors playing homosexual characters.
To tell the truth, the conversation has been more on the outside, because openly gay actors like Neil Patrick Harris have ensured that for them it does not mean any problem that this happens, since part of an actor’s job is to play someone different from himself. In the Campion film, Cumberbatch plays a ranch owner who is gay in a thoroughly macho era.
During the conversation with the press (via Indie Wire), the actor spoke about it, and assured that nothing was done without thinking and is aware that there could be complaints when the film has its official premiere in theaters. He stated that he is very sensitive about representation, diversity and inclusion, but does not consider it valid to judge his work when he was chosen by the director for his acting ability and not for his sexual orientation.
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One of the attractions of the job was the idea that, in this world, with this specific character, there were many things that were private, hidden from view. […] I also feel a bit like, is this something our dance card has to be public on? Should we explain all of our private moments in our sexual history? I do not believe it. […] Jane chose us as actors to play those roles. That answers any questions.
Kodi Smit-McPhee, his co-star and with whom he has an affair in the film, explained that although he is heterosexual, it was easy for him to connect with his feminine side thanks to his life story, where he was mostly educated by his mother and his sister, in addition to the fact that the director was always close to help her bring out her femininity.
I would say that there are many things in Peter [el personaje] with which I identify. […] It was a really experimental but beautiful thing to do.
Although Smit-McPhee’s career has stood out for somewhat obscure themes such as Let Me In (2010) – 88% or The Last Way – 75%, it is not something that is intentional. So in this case Jane campion It took him out of his comfort zone. The Power of Dog features two brothers, Phil and George Burbank, co-owners of the largest ranch in the Montana Valley; and they are completely different from each other. When George secretly marries a widow, Phil starts a sadistic war against her using Rose’s effeminate son.
Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons also collaborate in the film, who return to play a couple after their passage through the second season of Fargo – 100%.
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