Benedict Cumberbatch knows how to make friends and influence Marvel fans — try walking off the street into a comic book store while in his full Doctor Strange costume.
Scott Derrickson, who directed the movie, posted a never-before-seen clip of the lead star popping into a Manhattan comic book store while filming back in 2016. It was all done in the spur of the moment, and you can tell no one in the store expected it by the way they reacted to seeing Doc Strange.
He kept it caj, chatting it up with shoppers and having a little back and forth with the guys behind the front desk, who were clearly starstruck. He even posed for a picture with them.
Benedict jokingly asked if he could have a job there if the movie flopped — it didn’t, “Doctor Strange” went on to gross over $670 million, in the U.S. alone — and the comic boys said yes … but only if he rocked an American accent. True pro that he is, Ben switched up right on the spot and got into character as Strange immediately. It’s pretty freaking awesome to see.
Again, it’s an old clip … but Scott decided to share it just now, maybe to lift Marvel fans’ spirits after a slew of blockbuster delays across the industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.