Benedict Cumberbatch wouldn't speak to co-star Kirsten Dunst on set, says they were 'repelled by each other'

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch from Amazon Studios' 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain' speaks onstage during Deadline's The Contenders Film at DGA Theater Complex on November 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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Is Benedict Cumberbatch the next Daniel Day-Lewis?

Day-Lewis was the last great actor who grabbed consistent gossip ink for getting so far into his Method Acting moods that it could freak out co-stars.

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With the new period western, “The Power of the Dog,” reports have been running like wild mustangs about Benedict Cumerbatch’s similarly deep commitment to the Method during the entire shoot.

First there was his decision to smoke loads of unfiltered cigarettes, never bathe, and only answer to his character's name -- even when the cameras weren’t rolling.

And now we hear that co-star Kirsten Dunst felt the brunt of Cumberbatch’s acting style.

In the film, set in the 1920s, Cumberbatch plays a rancher who has a bad relationship with his brother’s wife Rose, played by Dunst. Hence, as Cosmopolitan tells us, Cumberbatch chose not to speak to Dunst at all during filming, deciding instead to stay in character, adding that she did the same.

"I didn't want to be really mean to Kirsten,” said Cumberbatch, “but I needed to stay in character. So I didn't speak to her on-set. She was the same. We were the negative to each other’s positive. [We were] repelled by each other.”

Like Cumberbatch, Dunst is getting rave reviews for her portrayal in the film, a brooding epic and first film from acclaimed New Zealand director Jane Campion in a decade.

Unlike the legendarily focused Day-Lewis -- whose intensity led him to periodically quit acting and disappear from the limelight -- Cumberbatch and Dunst went back to being friendly right after the film wrapped.

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