Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s Benedict Cumberbatch has been a stage actor when it comes to acting on stage, film and television. His performances have earned him accolades and multiple awards. And yet, like any celebrity actor, there are those questionable projects that appear on Cumberbatch’s resume. One role, in particular, has haunted him for years: playing a non-binary fashion model. Zoolander 2. Years after that character, the doctor strange 2 The star chose to reflect on the controversy.
When Zoolander 2 Hitting theaters in 2016, the sequel was poorly received by critics and audiences alike. Before the film hit theaters, Benedict Cumberbatch’s All was already facing backlash for a cisgender man playing a non-binary character. It served as a momentary bump in the Oscar nominee’s career, but the MCU star couldn’t help but bring up the criticized cameo while chatting with Zoolander 2 co-star Penelope Cruz for Variety‘s Actors on Actors. As they reconnected with the film, Cumberbatch opened up about the negative reaction he received in the media and online.
at least the doctor strange star came away with a better understanding of why the LGBTQ+ community was upset. While the role was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, it came off as more of a satire on that community than a commentary on society. Looking back at the role, he should have been played by a recognizable or unknown trans actor. That would have driven the point home while giving some in the trans community a chance. It seems that Benedict Cumberbatch grew from the situation, and his role choices reflect that.
Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t the first actor to face backlash from the trans community. Eddie Redmayne faced similar criticism for playing transgender painter Lili Elbe in the danish girl. Years after receiving an Oscar nomination for the role, Redmayne regretted taking on the role, as he believed he had taken an opportunity away from a trans actor. Of course, the Oscar winner learned from the experience and became an ally of trans rights, even speaking out against it. harry potter The controversial trans comments of the author JK Rowling.
Benedict Cumberbatch has gone from Zoolander 2 character as he blossomed with his status in the MCU, along with other roles. For example, the actor has received praise for his performance in 2021 the power of the dog. After his team-up with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Homewill be seen soon in Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness, which arrives on May 6, and Cumberbatch recently shared how excited he was about the viral trailer. If you want to see where else the good doctor might appear, you can check out the list of upcoming Marvel movies.