Benedict Cumberbatch Calls Out Toxic Masculinity: “Shut Up and Listen”

Benedict Cumberbatch has a message for the men. The Marvel superstar opened up about his latest role in Power of the Dog and shared his views on toxic masculinity.

By Tionah Lee Nov 24, 2021 3:37 PMTags
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While promoting his latest film, Power of the Dog, the 45-year-old actor spoke about the film's theme of toxic masculinity and how it translates in real life. "We need to fix the behavior of men," the actor told Sky TV.

"I think in a world that's questioning and ripping into and finally pointing out the inadequacies of the status quo and the patriarchy. It's more important because you get this sort of rebellion aspect [from men today], this denial, this sort of childish defensive position of ‘not all men are bad'" he added. "It's like no we just have to shut up and listen."

In the film, Benedict plays Phil Burbank, a rancher who is more of a bully than a lover. The film takes place in 1920s Montana and—according to the Marvel star—explores every aspect of a toxic male-dominated society and even offers a solution.

"I think we're living through an era now where survivors can speak and are having a platform to realize that there is not enough recognition of abuse," he continued.

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"There is not enough recognition of disadvantages and at the same time somewhere along the line—maybe not now—we need to do what the film does which is examine the reason behind the oppressive behavior to fix the men."

For Benedict, one of the most important aspects of the film is the director, Oscar winner Jane Campion. "She's always been a heroine of mine," the Dr. Strange star said. "The Piano was a seismic film when I was growing up, for me, and I just completely fell under its spell. She's just a great director and the sensitivity and sensibility is needed in this to really crack Philip, you couldn't imagine a better director for that."

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