‘We were so lucky!’ Benedict Cumberbatch admits he ‘loved’ COVID lockdown after isolating with his family at luxury £1,700-a-night New Zealand lodge
Benedict Cumberbatch has detailed his fortunate lockdown experience as he was able to spend time with his family.
The 45-year-old actor was filming for his latest movie, The Power of the Dog in New Zealand when lockdown restrictions were enforced.
Benedict, who shares three children, Christopher, six, Hal, four, and Finn, three, with his wife Sophie Hunter, explained how they ‘found a new home’ in the idyllic location.
Lucky! Benedict Cumberbatch, 45, has detailed how he ‘loved’ lockdown after isolating with his family at a luxury £1,700-a-night New Zealand lodge
He detailed: ‘I loved [lockdown]. I was with my wife and children and my mum and dad had come over to have a three-week experience with us and see their boy riding a horse and steering some cattle.’
The Sherlock star took on the role of volatile ranch owner Phil Burbank in the Western drama and spent the time learning new skills for the movie.
As restrictions were imposed, the entire family got locked down in New Zealand and were able to spend some valuable time together.
He continued: ‘They stayed for five months! We were so lucky. Far away from home, but we found a new one.’
Scenic: As restrictions were imposed, the entire family got locked down in New Zealand and were able to spend some valuable time at the luxury £1,700-a-night Hawke’s Bay lodge
It was revealed at the time that the family were staying in a luxury £1,700-a-night lodge in New Zealand.
Local fans spotted the star in Hawke’s Bay, a region on the east coast of the country’s North Island known for its beaches and wineries.
A source told The Sun: ‘When lockdown first started to be enforced he considered going back to the UK but he opted to stay in the country at the secluded property.
‘And with New Zealand loosening restrictions it won’t be long before they’re back filming.’
Luxury: A source said: ‘He opted to stay in the country at the secluded property’ (Pictured with wife Sophie in 2019)
The bolthole boasts ten acres of land, a pool and pool house, spa, eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms as well as a tennis court and a large petanque court.
Haylee Oliver, who saw the star recently, said: ‘Sometimes I forget that I work at a bougie winery, but today I was cruising by the winery restaurant on my tractor and saw Benedict Cumberbatch sitting there.’
The Power Of The Dog, which is based on the 1967 novel by Thomas Savage tells the story of a charismatic rancher who inspires fear and awe in those around him.
When his brother brings home a new wife, Rose,played by Kirsten Dunst, and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.
Work: Local fans spotted the star on the country’s North Island known for its beaches and wineries as he filmed for The Power Of The Dog
Benedict previously spoke about how he got into the character of menacing Phil Burbank with the American edition of OK!
Speaking in the interview he said: ‘He doesn’t have anyone to share his love with. His love is dead and denied.
‘The lack of trust and hating on the world is a toxic combination. Hopefully, in the end, we see he’s not just an a**hole. He is, but there’s a reason why.’
On his own personality he added: ‘I’m sort of apologetic and a people pleaser. Phil is neither, so I had to breathe into it and not worry about what people thought.
‘The minute he meets Rose, he savages her, gaslights her and throws these psychological tremors at her that push her to drink. So it was actually helpful for the both of us not to have much contact.’
Movie magic: Benedict showed off his rugged good looks as Phil Burbank for the films poster
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