Benedict Cumberbatch Used Movie Skills To Save Family From Cattle Herd

Benedict Cumberbatch used the ranching skills he acquired on The Power of the Dog to save a family from a herd of cattle. The English actor is best known for his role as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer Doctor Strange. His most recent appearance came in this past year's Spider-Man: No Way Home as the culprit who starts the movie's multiversal mess with a botched spell at the behest of Peter Parker (Tom Holland). Strange will now have to deal with the consequences of his actions in his next solo outing, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, slated for this spring.

In the meantime, Cumberbatch is once again enjoying recognition from the Academy for his performance as the skillful yet brutish rancher Phil Burbank in Jane Champion's The Power of the Dog. Netflix's Western has been showered with the most Oscar nominations of any film this year (12), including nods for Cumberbatch and the real-life couple, Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst, who play newlyweds George Burbank and Rose Gordon, whose marriage kicks off the film's conflict. Cumberbatch's character has a knack for tormenting everyone around him, though his ranching skills are undeniable, which recently came in handy for the actor while he was on vacation.

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Appearing on a forthcoming episode of BBC's The Graham Norton Show (via Insider), Cumberbatch regaled the studio audience with an entertaining tale of how he saved a petrified family using the cow-herding techniques he learned on Power of the Dog. The actor was on vacation when he spotted a family in a field who were frozen in fear due to an oncoming herd of cows, so Cumberbatch quickly intervened to part the sea of cattle and save the family, who later recognized him for his role as Sherlock Holmes. Read Cumberbatch's full story below:

I came back from shooting the film in August and we were off to the beach. To get there we had to cross a field and in the field was a petrified family who just couldn't move, they were frozen because of a herd of cows with calves. I thought, "I can do this," and I just sort of parted the waves of cattle. The family was like, "That was incredible. Hey, aren't you Sherlock?" It was very un-Sherlock activity!

It's quite amusing that, despite all his recent high-profile roles, Cumberbatch is still recognized for his first breakthrough as the titular detective in BBC's Sherlock. Before he began filming Power of the Dog, Cumberbatch fully immersed himself into the role of Phil Burbank, living on a ranch in Montana for two whole months to acquaint himself with the daily life of a cowhand. Once on set, Cumberbatch stayed in character, even going to extreme lengths like not showering and refusing to speak to his co-stars during downtime.

Cumberbatch's method acting ended up not only benefiting his performance (evidenced by the multiple award nods), but his real-world ranching skills, which the terrified family he encountered is likely thankful for. Cumberbatch was nominated for an Oscar once before for his portrayal of the cryptanalyst Alan Turing in the 2014 film The Imitation Game, although he did not win. Cumberbatch is much more favored this time around for The Power of the Dog.

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Source: Insider

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