Benedict Cumberbatch suffered nicotine poisoning three times while filming Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog
Benedict Cumberbatch was poisoned with nicotine three times while filming Jane Campion The power of the dog in Otago.
In preparation for his performance as sadistic and repressed rancher Phil Burbank, Cumberbatch decided to practice all of his character’s habits and hobbies, including smoking.
His dedication resulted in nicotine poisoning on three occasions.
The western shot in NZ will launch on Netflix on December 1 and is widely regarded as an awards contender.
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Based on the 1967 novel by Thomas Savage, the film, set in 1925, tells the story of Montana breeder Phil Burbank (Cumberbatch) and his brother George, played by Jesse Plemons.
When George brings home a new wife Rose (played by Kirsten Dunst) and son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Phil takes the boy under his wing.
In the trailer, Cumberbatch is seen hissing and looking menacing, against the backdrop of a familiar South Island landscape.
In the film’s source material, the author emphasizes Burbank’s nicotine habit with the detail that he prefers its “perfectly rolled one-handed” smokes.
Cumberbatch stuck with that material and rolled with real tobacco as opposed to the nicotine-free plant-based cigarettes the rest of the cast used for filming.
“It was really tough,” Cumberbatch said. Squire. “Rollies without filter, just take after take after take. I have had nicotine poisoning three times. When you have to smoke a lot, it’s really horrible.
Savage further describes the elder Burbank in the novel as “a great reader, a taxidermist, skilled at braiding rawhide and horsehair, a chess problem solver, a blacksmith and metalworker, a collector of arrowheads ( even shaping arrowheads himself with more skill than any other). Indian), a banjo player, a good writer, a builder of beaver slide derricks stacking hay, a keen conversationalist.
Cumberbatch took care of each of these details, participating in some intensive training on a ranch in Montana before coming to New Zealand. He learned to trim derricks, worked on braiding, stringing, hardware, skin treatment, hay stacking, whistling, trimming and even banjo picking.
Going to the nth absolute degree – he also refused to take baths or speak to co-star Kirsten Dunst on set, and maintained a drawl when he spoke.
“I wanted that layer of stench on me. I wanted people in the room to know what I was feeling, ”Cumberbatch said. Squire. “It was tough, though. It wasn’t just during rehearsals. I was going to eat out and meet Jane’s friends and stuff. I was a little embarrassed by the cleaner, where I lived.
Filming began on the Campion adaptation of The power of the dog in January 2020, but was cut short when the film was forced to a halt by a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.
During the production hiatus, it was revealed that Cumberbatch had passed lockdown at Hawke’s Bay.
The power of the dog was the second film to receive a border exemption for foreign workers, after it was revealed that it would have been abandoned without them.
In a conversation with IndieWire, Campion praised Cumberbatch’s dedication to the role: “He had to do [bull] castrate and learn to do everything.
The power of the dog is Campion’s first theatrical release in 12 years.
Al McKnight, the cattle breeder from Otago who loaned his land for the shoot, said it was a really fun thing to be a part of: “Seeing my farm and my cows on the big screen will be my reward. Funny, I’ve called them all kinds over the years, but never movie stars. “
The Power of the Dog will be released on Netflix on December 1.