Benedict Cumberbatch says he was poisoned with nicotine while starring in new movie

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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has said he got nicotine poisoned several times while filming his upcoming movie “The Power of the Dog”.

Benedict Cumberbatch poses for the photographers as he arrives at the premiere of “The Power of the Dog” at the 2021 BFI London Film Festival in London on Monday, October 11, 2021. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer / Invision / AP )


Cumberbatch talked with Esquire of his role as Montana breeder, Phil Burbank, recounting that the magazine getting into the character had him smoking copious amounts of cigarettes – “perfectly rolled with one hand”.

“It was really tough,” Cumberbatch said. “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.

“The Power of the Dog” is director Jane Campion’s adaptation of a western novel by Thomas Savage.

The 45-year-old actor currently has three more films to be released: “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”.

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It took a lot of work for Cumberbatch to get into the character of Burbank, which means Cumberbatch has stopped responding to his first name, according to Esquire. And it also led the British actor to try and smell like Burbank.

“I wanted that layer of stench on me. I wanted people in the room to know what I was feeling. It was hard, 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.


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