Forget The Doctor’s Weird Powers, How Benedict Cumberbatch Used His Dog Power To Save A Family

While we’ve certainly heard of actors doing a lot to learn skills for movies (like when Tom Holland worked as a bartender), they don’t usually end up using those skills later in real life. Apparently learning to raise cattle for the power of the dog however, it really came in handy for star Benedict Cumberbatch. Because it was those skills and not his Doctor Strange powers that saved a family trapped by a herd of wandering cows and calves.

Benedict Cumberbatch recently recalled a time when he went on vacation after finishing filming Jane Campion The power of the dog and comes across a terrified family in the middle of a herd of cows. Here is how he tells it:

I came back from shooting the movie in August and we were off to the beach. To get there we had to cross a field and in the field was a petrified family who just couldn’t move, they were frozen due to a herd of cows with calves.

While the scene the actor set up might not seem scary to some people, if you know anything about large animal herds, you know they can be dangerous, especially when cows are involved. The family was obviously afraid of being trampled on, and this fear intensifies when the children are also in danger. It’s a good thing the actor got to use the skills from the acclaimed movie because I’d bet he didn’t have a transport-capable ring like his famous wizard.

Benedict Cumberbatch played intimidating ranch manager Phil Burbank in The power of the dog and received praise for her performance. However, since the film had apparently not yet been released at the time the cattle incident occurred, the family did not acknowledge him in this project. In the same BBC interview The Graham Norton Show (via Initiated), Cumberbatch further explained that after saving the day, the family responded in a funny way:

I thought to myself, “I can do this”, and I kind of separated the waves of cattle. The family was like, ‘That was amazing. Hey, aren’t you Sherlock? It was a very anti-Sherlock activity!

the sherlock star isn’t the only great actor to act heroically in real life. Leonardo DiCaprio once saved a man from drowning and even managed to save his own dogs. Hugh Jackman was also an aquatic hero, as he is saved a child from drowning. The Marvel alum may be the first actor to save a family from a herd of cattle.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s rescue hasn’t been taped, but we’ll soon be able to see him play the hero on the big screen. MCU Phase 4 is still happening and his wizard is back (with a badass new look same). Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6 and may bring some awesome character cameos. Before that though, you can catch Cumberbatch as a good doctor in Spider-Man: No Coming Homewhich is currently still showing in some cinemas.

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