Benedict Cumberbatch Says Men’s Behaviour ‘Needs To Be Fixed’   

Benedict Cumberbatch has said men's behaviour 'needs to be fixed'. 
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Benedict Cumberbatch has said men’s behaviour ‘needs to be fixed’. 

The actor made the remarks in a chat with Sky News about toxic masculinity as part of a promotional interview for his new film The Power of the Dog. 

He said: “We need to fix the behaviour of men.

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“You get this sort of rebellion aspect, or this sort of denial, this sort of childish defensive position of ‘not all men’ blah blah blah.

“It’s like we just need to shut up and listen.” 

Toxic masculinity is a notable theme in the film, and Cumberbatch went on to say that there is ‘still not enough recognition of abuse’. 

The Sherlock actor continued: “Somewhere along the line, we need to do what the film does, which is to examine the reason behind the oppressive behaviour to fix the men.”

The film follows the character Phil Burbank as he torments his brother’s wife, played by Kirsten Dunst, and her son. 

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It’s been reported that to maximise their performances, Dunst and Cumberbatgch avoided each other on set. 

The 45-year-old told NME: “I didn’t want to be really mean to Kirsten, but I needed to stay in character. So, I didn’t speak to her on-set. She was the same.”

Cumberbatch also reportedly practices what he preaches and refuses to accept acting jobs where his female co-stars are not receiving equal pay.

He told Radio Times that this measure is a ‘central tenet of feminism,’ and something that he intends to implement throughout his entire career.

The Power of the Dog is based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, which is set on a ranch in 1920s Montana, and also deals with the theme of homophobia.

The movie adaptation was directed by Jane Campion.

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