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Doctor Strange Actor Benedict Cumberbatch Says He’s “Mortified” By Character’s Spellcasting Hand Movements

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness actor Benedict Cumberbatch recently claimed he finds making Doctor Strange's hand movements "mortifying."

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness actor Benedict Cumberbatch recently claimed he finds making Doctor Strange’s hand movements “mortifying.”

(L-R): Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange and Benedict Wong as Wong in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Cumberbatch’s comments came during a Twitter Q&A sessions where user Ali_Parker asked, “For Benedict: How do you make all of those magical hand-movements without laughing or making sound effects?”

“It’s difficult,” Cumberbatch replied. “I don’t find it funny anymore. I find it kind of mortifying.”

(L-R): Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

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He continued, “I realize that very cool stuff will manifest ultimately with them. So you just, as you do, being a kid in the bedroom just making stuff up. You just kind of have to believe in it.”

“However, making sound effects is a bigger problem especially when doing fights,” he added. “You end up going ugh, ahh, tch, geh. Some of which is needed, but most of which is not.”

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Cumberbatch previously discussed the hand movements during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

He told Fallon that he’s been trained “endlessly” on how to perform the choreographed gestures. He also detailed that it’s “hard work.”

However, the interview quickly spiraled into a comedy bit with Cumberbatch saying that he actually doesn’t perform the hand gestures anymore when Fallon asked him to teach him a couple of the hand gestures.

Cumberbatch stated, “I think the best way to do this, probably, because this is, like the sixth time I’ve played him. So, you know, you get some perks after awhile and one of them is that I don’t actually — I don’t do the hand moves any more. In this film Sam Raimi does them.”

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

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Cumberbatch then proceeds to demonstrate how the hand gestures are done with him embracing Fallon from behind and having his hands act as Fallon’s hands that eventually culminates in Fallon drinking water from his coffee mug.

Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon YouTube

What do you make of Cumberbatch’s comments regarding the hand gestures he makes for Doctor Strange?

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