British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton reveal how they were trained on set by a Tibetan monk to help with their roles in the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ''Doctor Strange''. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.
Disney's latest Marvel blockbuster, "Doctor Strange", delves into the mystical and spiritual. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the superhero - a neurosurgeon who seeks out alternative medicine when his hands are crushed in a car crash, but instead finds a training ground for sorcerers. Besides the usual fitness training and rehearsals, the cast reveal there was one additional and unexpected guest to help on set. SOUNDBITE: Tilda Swinton, actress, saying (English): "He's a Tibetan Buddhist monk and he's a friend of us, mine, and I introduced him to the project and he's been hanging out with us and teaching everybody if they don't know about mindfulness and how to still the mind." "Sherlock" star Cumberbatch said that "mindfulness" was something he was happy to incorporate. SOUNDBITE: Benedict Cumberbatch, actor, saying (English): "That's a great practise to have in your life - full stop. As an actor it's great because it brings you into that moment of stillness and presence. You've got a lot of people demanding your attention in film making, whether it's make up or costume or anything else to do with camera and then you have to let go of all those concerns and voices and just focus on that one moment that the camera is turned on and there's action and you're in it and you're him and yeah, mindfulness helps with that." "Doctor Strange", which has received mostly positive reviews, has begun its global theatrical rollout.