Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken about welcoming Ukrainian refugees into his home and giving them “some stability after the turmoil they’ve been through”.
The 45-year-old has signed up for the Homes For Ukraine program but said the family hasn’t moved in yet and he’s “monitoring their progress every day”.
Speaking at a London photocall for his new film Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessCumberbatch said: “They made it out of Ukraine (the family) but I watch their progress every day.
“Unfortunately, they are on medical treatment at the moment – to say more about it would be an invasion of their privacy and too much about when they are coming and how that is being managed would be an invasion of mine.
“But I want to give them some stability after the turmoil they’ve been through and that’s in my home.
“And then from outside I’ve been trying to help other Ukrainian families and nationals who are British citizens to house their extended families en masse, which is… very costly.”
Cumberbatch said he has tried to help the family financially “in some cases”, along with the charity Refugees at Home, which provides further support for the psychological trauma faced by Ukrainians fleeing war homes .
“As gentle and generous and welcoming as we are as hosts, we don’t have the skills of the mental health profession to necessarily handle it. I urge people to seek more help to increase their efforts and people are doing amazing things.”
He added, “It makes me very proud of our country and very proud of what we as a human race can be at our best.”
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The upcoming film, directed by Sam Raimi, will see Oscar-nominated Cumberbatch reprise his role as neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, alongside a cast of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams.
Olsen, reprising her role as Avenger Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch, spoke about movies returning to theaters.
“It’s not just about how it looks or how it sounds, it’s also the community aspect that makes these films so special and nothing makes me happier than being in a theater,” she said.
“I didn’t even realize how much I missed it until I got it back. And that’s how I had to see it The power of the dog (which had her co-star Cumberbatch nominated for an Oscar) and so it’s not just Marvel movies that need to be on screen.
“It’s just important that theaters work and work and I’m proud to be a part of a film that hopefully can bring some opportunities there.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits UK cinemas on May 5th.
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