For his next role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays superhero sorcerer Doctor Stephen Strange, who uses witchcraft and magic to save the world.
When we recently met the 40-year-old British actor in Hong Kong, where he was promoting the film, we decided to find out who his heroes in real life are.
His answer? “The doctors and nurses of the NHS in England, because they perform medical miracles every day of their working lives, and also human miracles, which is keeping something impossible, possible. (They do it) because they care and love what they do. They are an inspiration to me.
“I am related by marriage to someone who works in the healthcare sector – my profound respects and regards are for those people. Also for teachers who teach in some adverse condition in schools in London and the rest of England.”
An origin story, Doctor Strange is about Dr Stephen Strange, an arrogant neuro-surgeon who loses his skills after an accident damages his hands. In a bid to fix himself after good old science fails him, he travels to a mysterious enclave in the East he thinks is a centre for healing, but is actually a mystical place where sorcerers use magic to protect the world.
Doctor Strange opens in Malaysia on Oct 27.