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Yahoo Entertainment reports:

Benedict Cumberbatch opened up about his role in The Power of the Dog, which explores themes of sexual repression and toxic masculinity.

In the upcoming Western movie set in 1967, Cumberbatch stars as a grizzly cattle rancher who unexpectedly falls for the young son of a widow, played by Kirsten Dunst, who recently moved to his ranch. The character grapples with his sexuality in an era and place that emphasizes binary gender roles and expectations.

“He had this burning love affair in his youth, which wasn’t tolerated, which wasn’t allowed, couldn’t be spoken of and the tragedy of that is what twists him into this sort of form of masculine toxicity,” the British actor told reporters of his character at the New York Film Festival premiere on Friday.

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