A Much of the criticism directed at doctor strange in the Multiverse of Madness belongs to that last word. Aside from a brief montage of Doctor Strange being whipped through a bunch of multiverses, the movie wasn’t crazy enough for most people.
Well, more cheating. A clip from the film has just gone viral and contains perhaps the craziest thing filmed in the last decade. We just didn’t realize it at the time, because it happened in the background. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know there’s a quiet little scene where Doctor Strange attends his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. spotlight, benedict cumberbatch he does a lot of complicated inner work to show his discomfort with the situation. But she watches the scene again. Look at the extra sitting behind him. She absolutely loses her mind.
In the space of 26 seconds, the extra appears offscreen as if calling an old acquaintance. She gives a quick burst of three wildly different reactions to this invisible friend (which, taken as a whole, reads as if she found out about a minor scandal, absorbing the full weight of her sexiness and then knowingly agreeing to keep it to herself) and then he aggressively explores the front of the church, the roof of the church, and his own knees. Then, for just a fraction of a second, she almost looks into the camera, before realizing it and overcompensating by scanning the ceiling again. Then, having finally achieved peace, she fixes her gaze on a single point on the ceiling and finally relaxes. The tweet that sent the viral clip said, “Her agent told her to do the acting of a lifetime and she did,” and it’s honestly hard to argue with that.
To be fair to her, the extra has been given an incredibly difficult task. Being a background actor is hard enough at the best of times, but she has it especially bad. She can’t just look straight ahead, because she would then be looking directly into the barrel of the camera. She has no partner to chat with. She can’t just gasp and sigh in boredom like everyone else at weddings, because she would have sapped the emotional tension of the scene. The poor woman had to do something. In hindsight, her mistake was doing everything.
It’s a superb performance (after all, not everyone has the charisma to divert attention from Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch) and one that has secured the actor’s entry into the pantheon of puzzling extras.
It doesn’t take much to join this legendary team—perhaps a vague misreading of the tone of the scene, or perhaps a display of the kind of fear that instantly locks your joints—but overwhelmingly, these odd choices are edited into post. -production. Their running away hints at a lack of attention to detail on the part of the director, and this is what makes them so special.
Quantum of Solace, for example, had a troubled production. And maybe that’s why one scene that made the final cut included a shot of the world’s least traversable road sweep. You can see him in the background as James Bond meditates on a motorcycle, sweeping with great concentration, while he adamantly refuses to let his broom go anywhere near the ground.
Meanwhile, the Back to the Future sequels were shot back-to-back in a giant production run that took the better part of a year. And if you were in charge of supervising a gigantic task like that, there’s a good chance you’d accidentally let bugs leak through the network. And that’s why, in a clip you’ll never be able to unsee, at one point in the film, Doc Brown’s young son beckons to the camera so he can point it directly at his crotch. The official story is that he was quietly trying to tell the crew that he needed to go to the bathroom, but now it’s part of movie history.
There are dozens of other examples, but I’ll leave you with my two favorites. Mr. Nanny, Hulk Hogan’s 1993 rip-off Kindergarten Cop, isn’t a movie to watch again, except for one long scene where Hogan aimlessly drives his Harley-Davidson. Because this is where, perhaps completely by accident, he walks past a man who is right in the middle of throwing his dog into the sea. Dog throwing has a real flourish, as if man is really done with owning a pet. Such a disturbing scene has no place in a movie like Mr Nanny. However, Mr. Nanny is all the better for it.
And finally, there’s the crowd scene in Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai, where a horse loses its temper and kicks an extra in the testicles. A simple but important gesture.
But let’s not get too distracted. These are all wonderful moments, but today belongs to the extra busy Doctor Strange, whoever he is. Until now, a frantic search online has only led to dead ends.
It was speculated that the mystery woman could even be Cumberbatch’s mother, actress Wanda Ventham. However, despite her physical similarities, Ventham is now 86, and her agents were quick to debunk the idea, telling The Guardian: “I can say categorically that is NOT Wanda Ventham.”
Regardless, it’s now officially the best of Doctor Strange 2, and the way Marvel is going, its Disney+ spin-off series may only be weeks away.