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

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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 (Marvel/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/Walt 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.

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