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Benedict Cumberbatch Discusses Toxic Masculinity: 'We Need to Fix the Behavior of Men'

Benedict Cumberbatch Discusses Toxic Masculinity: 'We Need to Fix the Behavior of Men'

Benedict Cumberbatch is getting candid about toxic masculinity.

In a new interview with Sky News about his upcoming movie Power of the Dog, the 45-year-old actor discussed film’s depiction of gender and power, as well as how it relates to real life.

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“We need to fix the behavior of men. You have to kind of lift the lid on the engine a little bit,” he said, per the Daily Mail.

“I think it’s ever relevant, and in a world that’s questioning and ripping into and finally pointing out the inadequacies of the status quo and the patriarchy, it’s even more important. You get this sort of rebellion aspect, this denial, this sort of childish defensive position of ‘not all men are bad’. No, we just have to shut up and listen.”

The actor went on to talk about the way issues of abuse and oppression are handled culturally.

“There is not enough recognition of abuse, there’s not enough recognition of disadvantages and, at the same time, somewhere along the line — maybe not now, but somewhere along the line — we need to do maybe what the film does as well, which is examine the reason behind the oppressive behavior to fix the men,” he said.

Earlier this month, Benedict revealed he got nicotine poisoning three times while making The Power of the Dog. Find out more

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