Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed the career sacrifice he has had to make for his new movie, The Power of the Dog.
According to the actor, as shared by IndeWire, he learned how to castrate a bull and play the banjo. He also refused to speak with co-stars, like Kirsten Dunst, on set, and avoided taking showers because he “wanted that layer of stink” on him at all times.
He has done much for the film adaptation of the 1967 novel from Thomas Savage of the same name, and one of his character’s defining trait was chain-smoking cigarettes that were “perfectly rolled with one-hand.”
And so, Cumberbatch picked up smoking, so much that he got nicotine poisoning three times. “That was really hard,” he told Esquire. “Filterless rollies, just take after take after take. I gave myself nicotine poisoning three times. When you have to smoke a lot, it genuinely is horrible.”
The Power of the Dog will be released in theaters on Nov. 17.