Benedict Cumberbatch's Secret Second Role in Doctor Strange Revealed by Scott Derrickson

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Warning: This article contains spoilers from Doctor Strange.

Who knew that Benedict Cumberbatch played multiple roles in Marvel's Doctor Strange? If you noticed in the final credits of the film, Dormammu, the villain from the Dark Dimension that the Sorcerer Supreme tricked at the climax, didn't have an actor attached. IGN pointed out this fact, so they decided to ask director Scott Derrickson about it, and they found out that Cumberbatch played the role, at least in part:

"The voice was a British actor whose name I don't know, and Benedict – Benedict did the facial capture for it."

According to Derrickson, Cumberbatch brought up the idea of playing the tyrant while filming:

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"The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea. Because no one understood Dormammu better than Benedict did. I also wrote that role to be a kind of ultra-inflated version of Strange. He is an ego run amok; he is this cosmic conqueror where everything, where literally everything in the multi-verse is about him.There's something interesting about this confrontation of this little, tiny guy who has this power of time and this monstrous conqueror who is trapped by a clever gambit. There's something about that worked well, and I didn't think [there was] anybody [better] to interact with Benedict than he, himself."

This fits well with Doctor Strange's themes and character, and we know that Cumberbatch has experienced playing multiple roles in a film before. Back in 2012, he provided the voice of Smaug and Necromancer (who was actually Sauron in the form of a Sorcerer) in The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey.

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