The power of the dog stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst chose not to talk to each other while working on their new Netflix western.
Cumberbatch plays ranch ranch Phil Burbank – brother of Jesse Plemons character George – while Dunst plays his unwelcome sister-in-law Rose Gordon.
In all of director Jane Campion’s psychosexual vision, these two are like repellent magnets, so the commitment to authenticity behind the scenes really helped elevate it on screen.
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“Benedict and I decided not to talk to each other on set,” Dunst said The Hollywood reporter. “And there were times when I didn’t speak at all during the day.”
Weighing the consequences of this, the Spiderman the favorite added: “When you don’t talk all day and then say your first words to someone, you just get that lump in your throat and that feeling of overwhelming insecurity.
“It brought out old feelings of being young and over-analyzing. It was a really painful and sad place to live. When you got through all of that as a person, going back and living in it – it wasn’t fun.”
Dunst also revealed a Digital spy that getting into the character of Rose also affected her when the cameras stopped rolling: “I think I was a little more concerned about what I had done that day than I normally am. A little more insecure about that. I had done, I just think because this [being insecure] it was part of Rose.
“But then, I think it’s normal to have just a little bit of something … a current that happens during filming. But when I’m done, then I’m done.”
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Cumberbatch himself echoed this insight during a conversation with NME recently.
“I didn’t want to be really mean to Kirsten, but I needed to stay in character. So I didn’t talk to her on set,” he revealed. “She was the same. We were each other’s negative – rejected from each other.”
when Digital spy recently sat down with Cumberbatch, he revealed that obscuring his co-star wasn’t the only action he took to get more into his character: “[Director Jane Campion and I] talked about dude camp and banjo lessons, and went to Montana for two weeks,
“I studied under a fantastic cowboy – he calls himself a cowboy, we shouldn’t say that [cowboy] – a ranchman, Randy and his partner Jen. Incredible and masterful people of horses, herdsmen, whispers and trainers, but also a fantastic marksman.
“I went to several ranches and experienced ranch work, branding and all that it entails: inoculating and castrating and rearing and caring for these animals in that process.”
At the time of writing, their contributions have helped the film earn a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The power of the dog is now available in select theaters and arrives on Netflix on Wednesday, December 1st
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