Plot unknown. Sequel to the 2016 Marvel film 'Doctor Strange'.
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Benedict, alongside Dame Judi Dench Joe Lycett, Mo Gilligan, Shappi Khorsandi, Sir Lenny Henry and others, appears in a video titled “Funny is Power” to lauch this year’s Red Nose Day, which will take place on Friday March 19. Watch it below:
I think laughter is a panacea, it’s always been a national medicine. I think people reached out for it in lockdown. It was a comedy rather than a tragedy that people first went for.
I think it’s a way of getting through life’s difficulties and also, when you make light of something often, then it can just release the tension enough to breathe, to just have a moments respite from it; and that relief is much needed right now. There’s a reason why this is called Comic Relief.
Check out some screencaptures from the video, as well as the photoshoot for the campaign:
On the surface, it all sounds quite traditional: Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy starring in a biopic of a renowned British artist. But with an idiosyncratic title, and Will Sharpe – the creator of Channel 4’s bleak comedy Flowers – as director, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain should be anything but. Wain, played by Cumberbatch (“He’s always on and always delivers, which is exciting to watch”, says Sharpe), was a cat-obsessed oddball renowned for his fantastical, psychedelic paintings of anthropomorphised feline figures, and who suffered personal tragedy and significant success across his surprisingly long life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. What’s more, he may have had schizophrenia, possibly brought on by parasites found in, er, cat shit.
In an extensive interview, Benedict talks about the newest Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox watch, meditation and his next projects, like Doctor Strange 2, The Courier and The Power of the Dog.
Also, check out some new photos from the watchmaker photoshoot:
Discover the launch of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox with the long-time friend of the Maison Benedict Cumberbatch. We caught up with the Marvel superhero on Zoom where he spoke at length about his passion for watches, meditation and diving. Excerpts below.
WTI: You spent some time in a monastery in Darjeeling. What did you learn from the monks about the concept of time?
BC: Yes I did live in a Tibetan monastery, it was a converted Nepali house near Darjeeling in West Bengal which is funnily enough on the eastern side of India. It’s an amazing piece of land above a tea plantation. It’s about 4000 metres elevation so the air is quite light and there were clouds rolling in the windows like dry ice. This house had a converted room at the top which was a Buddhist temple. Their idea of ritual and structure to the day was fascinating, but the deeper lessons were about impermanence – everything is constantly shifting and changing including your relationship to time. In a moment of meditation you could spend 10 minutes doing something that affords your life hours of benefit, or stretches of 10 minutes into what feels like an hour. Time passes and what you do in any given life is concentrated on a moment. You realise that you are constantly being seduced into thinking about the past or worrying about the future and that true happiness is attainable to all of us if we are in one moment of time – which is the present.
WTI: What is the first idea that comes to your mind when I ask you about time?
BC: I never have one idea. But sadly, I wish my life was that simple. You know, I played a character that had the time stone around his neck until late and that’s how this watch and the company came into my orbit. Time, in that regard, means a lot of things especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which you guys know about. But for me, time is about treasuring the value of it and the ever shifting nature of it. Especially now, I think all of our inner clocks and gravity have been shifted by what’s going on globally. And if there is anything positive to be taken from this, it’s about being given a lens by which to view and review your priorities. So, that’s a big old wormhole to go down. But I’d say the first idea that comes to my mind when talking about time now is the value of it, how precious it is.
Deadline: I think some people were expecting to see Ironbark at an autumn festival last year…
Browning: We haven’t submitted it to any other festival. There was a blip in terms of its production schedule, which not everyone knows. There’s a section of the film where Benedict Cumberbatch goes through a significant body transformation and that shoot actually happened three-and-a-half months later. That affected the production schedule. We were aspiring for this to be a classical drama like The Imitation Game and The King’s Speech. Getting that exactly right and knowing where to debut it was really important to us. It’s true that the film’s language isn’t necessarily what people might think of as a Sundance movie but it felt to us that this launch would give the film the space to announce itself as something quite different.
Deadline: How much weight did Benedict lose? [We hear it was at least 30-35 pounds]
Browning: I can’t recall exactly but it’s one of those great thespian transformations. You feel it and when you watch the movie with an audience you feel their response to it. I think it conveys very effectively, in simple images, what this guy went through. Benedict’s commitment is immense. He really went for it.
Click here to read the entire interview on Deadline.
Ironbark will have its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival tonight at 6.30pm MT, but Benedict’s not expected to attend it, according to the event’s own website. Nonetheless, we’ll keep you updated on any news and first reactions of the movie that may come out tonight.
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