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Benedict Cumberbatch, 45, cuts a dapper figure as he leaves The Power of the Dog screening

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Benedict Cumberbatch looks dapper as he leaves Telluride’s The Power of the Dog screening – after admitting he feels ‘very sensitive’ playing a gay man in the film


Benedict Cumberbatch cut a dapper figure as he attended The Power of the Dog screening at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado on Sunday evening. 

The actor, 45, wore a grey top and gold scarf with navy blue and mustard detail as he posed against a dark background at the event.

Benedict wore his coat unbuttoned and a pair of matching trousers which he teamed with a pair of navy blue deck shoes. 

Star power: Benedict Cumberbatch, 45, added a splash of colour to his outfit with a gold scarf as he attended The Power of the Dog screening at the Telluride Film Festival on Sunday

Star power: Benedict Cumberbatch, 45, added a splash of colour to his outfit with a gold scarf as he attended The Power of the Dog screening at the Telluride Film Festival on Sunday

The star held his sunglasses in his hand and sported a slight beard as he went for an unshaven look.

In The Power of the Dog, Benedict plays ‘sadistic rancher’ Phil Burbank who strikes up a relationship with Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee). 

While Cumberbatch isn’t gay, he revealed in an interview with IndieWire that they did speak about him playing a gay character often, adding, ‘It wasn’t done without thought.’  

Star power: The actor wore a grey top and gold scarf with navy blue and mustard detail as he posed against a dark background at the event

Star power: The actor wore a grey top and gold scarf with navy blue and mustard detail as he posed against a dark background at the event

‘I feel very sensitive about representation, diversity, and inclusion,’ he said at the Telluride Film Festival. 

‘One of the appeals of the job was the idea that in this world, with this specific character, there was a lot that was private, hidden from view,’ he added.

While it’s never specifically stated what his character’s sexual preference is, the actor has played a gay man before, portraying Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.  

New role: Benedict opened up about playing a gay character in The Power of The Dog, recently telling IndieWire: 'I feel very sensitive about representation, diversity, and inclusion'

New role: Benedict opened up about playing a gay character in The Power of The Dog, recently telling IndieWire: ‘I feel very sensitive about representation, diversity, and inclusion’

‘It wasn’t done without thought. I also feel slightly like, is this a thing where our dance card has to be public? Do we have to explain all our private moments in our sexual history? I don’t think so,’ he added.

He also mentioned that director Jane Campion, ‘chose us as actors to play those roles. That’s her question to answer.’

Kodi, 25, who plays Peter is also a straight man, but he said there was a lot about his character that he relates to.

One to watch: In The Power of the Dog, Benedict plays 'sadistic rancher' Phil Burbank who strikes up a relationship with Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee)

One to watch: In The Power of the Dog, Benedict plays ‘sadistic rancher’ Phil Burbank who strikes up a relationship with Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee)

He explained that he felt ‘in touch with my feminine side’, explaining that he was raised by his mother and sister.

Kodi added that playing the role was ‘experimental’ and ‘beautiful’.

The Power of the Dog will debut in cinemas November 17 before arriving on Netflix December 1. 

Dream team: In The Power of the Dog, Benedict plays 'sadistic rancher' Phil Burbank who strikes up a relationship with Peter, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (pictured)

Dream team: In The Power of the Dog, Benedict plays ‘sadistic rancher’ Phil Burbank who strikes up a relationship with Peter, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (pictured)

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