Benedict Cumberbatch tells of 'no pain, no gain' gruelling fitness regime for Doctor Strange


Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed how "psychologically and physically" demanding his Doctor Strange role was.

The 40-year-old was told by Marvel's president Kevin Feige that it was the toughest regime they had ever put an actor through.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange (Walt Disney)

Benedict told The Sun: "He goes through so much psychologically and physically, which I can testify to as an actor.

"Kevin Feige went, 'I don't think we have put an actor through quite as much as this.' I said, 'I'll wear that badge with pride.'"

Benedict said his preparation for the role was made even tougher due to long working days, and very little sleep thanks to his 14-month-old son Christopher, his first child with wife Sophie Hunter.

Benedict has a young son with wife Sophie Hunter (Anthony Devlin/PA)

He said: "It was a tough shoot... It was very, very physically demanding.

"Not just getting all hench, as they say in Wales, the buffness you need for the superhero stuff.

"But also just day-to-day fitness and the stamina to do 14 to 15-hour days with very little turnaround and very little sleep and a baby at home, and all the rest of it.

Tilda Swinton plays The Ancient One to Benedict's Stephen Strange (Marvel/Disney)

"So I did go through quite a lot. No pain, no gain. But for the character, hopefully it'll show."

Ben plays neurosurgeon Steven Strange, who turns to mystic powers when his career is ended in a car accident.

Doctor Strange is scheduled for release in UK cinemas on October 28.