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Benedict Cumberbatch Says Playing Gay Character ‘Wasn’t Done Without Thought’

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Power Of The Dog” has had great reception after its premiere during the Venice Film Festival with a four-minute standing ovation, but has also once again raised the question about straight actors playing LGBTQ roles.

Adapted by Jane Campion from Thomas Savage’s novel, “The Power Of The Dog” is about a 1920s cattle rancher Phil (Cumberbatch) “who projects a crude, macho presence even as he develops unexpected chemistry with Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee)” who is the stepson of Phil’s brother (Jesse Plemons) after he marries widow (Kirsten Dunst).

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