Benedict Cumberbatch cut a suave figure as he attended the premiere of his new Netflix film, The Power of the Dog, at the 2021 AFI Fest in Hollywood on Thursday.
The actor, 45, donned a crisp white shirt, a tailored black suit, grey tie and black dress shoes, as he walked the red carpet with his glamorous wife Sophie Hunter.
Benedict portrays the role of chain-smoking ranch owner Phil Burbank in the movie, and recently admitted to getting nicotine poisoning three times during filming.
Leading the arrivals: Benedict Cumberbatch, 45, looked suave in a tailored suit at the premiere for his new Netflix film, Power of the Dog, with his glamorous wife Sophie Hunter in Los Angeles on Thursday
Sophie, who Benedict wed in 2015, stunned in a black and white tulle dress with bow detail, teamed with black strappy heels and delicate drop earrings.
The brunette beauty styled her locks into an elegant up-do with statement fringe, and enhanced her striking facial features with elegant makeup.
Benedict recently detailed to Esquire UK how he literally suffered for his art when preparing for the lead role in Power of the Dog.
Suave: Benedict donned a tailored black suit, a crisp white dress shirt, a narrow grey tie and black dress shoes
Gorgeous: Sophie, who Benedict wed in 2015, stunned in a black and white tulle dress with bow detail, teamed with black strappy heels and delicate drop earrings
In profile: The brunette beauty styled her locks into an elegant up-do with statement fringe, and enhanced her striking facial features with elegant makeup
Having quit smoking in 2014, he revealed how consistently lighting up a smoke take after take ‘genuinely is horrible’.
Describing how he got nicotine poisoning filming scenes as the ‘sadistic ranch owner’, Benedict said: ‘[Smoking] was really hard. Filterless rollies, just take after take after take.
‘I gave myself nicotine poisoning three times. When you have to smoke a lot, it genuinely is horrible.’
Cast assembled: Benedict is pictured with from L to R: Co-stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirsten Dunst, director Jane Campion and co-star Frances Conroy
Latest role: Benedict portrays the role of chain-smoking ranch owner Phil Burbank in the movie
Stars: Inside the screening, Kirsten and her co-stars Ben and Codi cosied up for a sweet snap as they smized at the camera side by side
Q&A: They took to the stage alongside the film’s director Jane and appeared in high spirits as they chatted about The Power Of The Dog Together
Nicotine poisoning is when a person has too much nicotine in their body following ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact.
Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include nausea, excess saliva in the mouth, vomiting, loss of appetite, dehydration, headaches, eye irritation and dizziness.
Despite the smoking difficulties, Benedict told how he fully submerged himself into the role and embraced the stench of the character not only on set, but away from the cameras too.
Upbeat: Kristen looked radiant as she appeared on the stage to answer questions
All eyes on her: She commanded the attention of her co-stars as she spoke into the microphone
Chat: Benedict looked similarly upbeat as they discussed their latest film in front of the cinema audience
Insight: Ben and Kodi put on pensive displays as they thought about their answers
He said: ‘I wanted that layer of stink on me. I wanted people in the room to know what I smelt like. It was hard, though. It wasn’t just in rehearsals. I was going out to eat and meet friends of Jane [Campion – the film’s writer and director] and stuff.’
This isn’t the only time the TV star has been struck down with nicotine poisoning, as he also suffered with it while filming a Sherlock episode called A Scandal In Belgravia back in 2012.
A scene in season two of the BBC crime drama in which he plays the titular sleuth saw him having to puff on a cigarette as his alter-ego succumbed to his old habit.
Oh no! The actor recently revealed to Esquire UK how he got nicotine poisoning three times during filming (Pictured in the film)
Not a good experience: Benedict, who quit smoking in 2014, described how consistently lighting up a smoke take after take for the role ‘genuinely is horrible’
Benedict had to take deep drag after deep drag as they filmed several takes for the scene, which led to him getting nicotine poisoning.
On whether he’ll reprise his role as Sherlock, Benedict teased to Esquire UK: ‘Never say never’, adding that the ‘circumstances’ for the potential return need to be correct.
He also added that it is currently ‘too soon’ to see the series have ‘another life’ as he remarked that it has ‘had its moment for now.’ The series ended in 2017.
Again: This isn’t the only time the TV star has been struck down with nicotine poisoning, as he also suffered with it while filming a Sherlock episode called A Scandal In Belgravia back in 2012 (Pictured in the film)
The Academy Award nominee stars with Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee in the Netflix Western.
Benedict stars as a Montana rancher in the 1920s who seems determined to terrorise his sister-in-law’s son from a previous relationship after becoming enamoured of him.
The Power of the Dog will receive a limited theatrical release beginning November 17, followed by a streaming debut on Netflix on December 1.
Coming soon: The Power of the Dog will receive a limited theatrical release beginning November 17, followed by a streaming debut on Netflix on December 1