Benedict Cumberbatch Felt Safer on 'Doctor Strange' Sequel Set During COVID Pandemic
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During an interview on 'Live With Kelly and Ryan', the star of 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' also opens up about his own struggle with the coronavirus.

AceShowbiz - Benedict Cumberbatch has applauded Marvel bosses for their health and safety efforts on the set of the "Doctor Strange" sequel. The actor, who has battled COVID-19 since wrapping the film earlier this year (2021), admits he never felt safer during the pandemic than when he was shooting the blockbuster.

"I was lucky enough to be, perversely, all the way through the winter lockdowns we had here [in the U.K.]... doing 'Doctor Strange 2', and it was like the gold standard," he tells "Live With Kelly and Ryan". "I felt more safe there than I have done since that finished."

Cumberbatch is healthy again now, but admits he struggled with the coronavirus. "I'm better now...," he adds. "It's no picnic and it's just a sharp reminder that this thing ain't over yet. I was one of the lucky ones, for sure, but it's horrible."

It was not the first time Cumberbatch showered "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" crew with praises. In September, he told The Hollywood Reporter, "With this government-approved gold standard testing and tracing and temperature taking... it worked, and 500-plus crew came back after Christmas, and there was not one single positive test."

"We never stopped it. I got taken off, because of someone near me getting a false positive. But that was it. People made such sacrifices," the 45-year-old continued. "Some of their children were going to school, and they weren't necessarily going to be sleeping in the same part of the house, or even in the same house. I was really, really blown away by that."

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