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Benedict Cumberbatch wonders why The Power Of The Dog had such a short theatrical run

Benedict Cumberbatch has questioned why his film The Power Of The Dog had such a short theatrical run before it was released on Netflix.

The 45-year-old actor – who plays cruel rancher Phil Burbank in the 12-time Oscar-nominated drama – shared his concerns about Netflix distribution’s decision, asking, “Couldn’t you afford to give it a longer theatrical run?” to have?”

His words came as he cut a handsome figure in a stunning new photoshoot for Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue that showed off his toned torso beneath a wet white tee.

Speaking up: Benedict Cumberbatch has wondered why his film The Power Of The Dog had such a short theatrical run before it was released on Netflix as it was on the cover of Vanity Fair

The star was seen dripping wet and covered in soapy water after climbing out of a copper bathtub surrounded by swans in his striking cover photo.

The Oscar nominee attended the publication’s annual celebration of the stars honored for pushing boundaries in Hollywood alongside Idris Elba, Penelopé Cruz, Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Simu Liu, Andrew Garfield and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez .

And during his interview with the magazine, Benedict shared his confusion that The Power Of The Dog only ran for two weeks in select theaters before airing on the streaming giant.

Ahead of its theatrical release, the western psycho film directed by Jane Campion was screened exclusively at film festivals around September, including the Venice International Film Festival, the London Film Festival and other prestigious festivals such as Toronto, Zurich and Montclair.

Star: The 45-year-old actor, who plays cruel rancher Phil Burbank in the 12-time Oscar-nominated drama, shared his concerns about Netflix distribution's decision, asking:

Star: The 45-year-old actor, who plays cruel rancher Phil Burbank in the 12-time Oscar-nominated drama, shared his concerns about Netflix distribution’s decision, asking: “Couldn’t you afford a longer one?” theatrical release?”

When asked how things were working out, he told Vanity Fair, “If I’m in the belly of the beast then I can certainly start asking him questions.”

He went on to give a public message for Netflix bosses, saying, “This is for Scott [Stuber] and Te [Sarandos] and everyone who runs Netflix: Couldn’t you afford a longer theatrical run? ‘

The Doctor Strange star then mused, “Maybe not. I do not know. I’m asking this question publicly in Vanity Fair. I didn’t actually have that conversation with them, but I would and will. ‘

Benedict also cut a striking figure in a black puff-sleeved blazer as he posed for an artful photo with his castmates.

Striking a pose: Benedict also cut a striking figure in a puff-sleeved black blazer as he posed for an artful photo with his film mates

Striking a pose: Benedict also cut a striking figure in a puff-sleeved black blazer as he posed for an artful photo with his film mates

It comes after the Oscar nominations were announced earlier this month with The Power Of The Dog Bagging 12 nominations including Best Picture, Lead Actor for Benedict, Supporting Actress for Kirsten Dunst and Director and Adapted Screenplay for Jane Campion.

The western drama, adapted from the 1967 novel by Thomas Savage, was released in theaters and on Netflix late last year.

The film stars Benedict as mysterious, psychologically dueling rivals on a 1920s Montana ranch, alongside Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee, both of whom also received a Supporting Actor nomination.

The Power of the Dog received nominations for Supporting Actress, Achievement in Audio, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Best Actor, Director, and Best Picture.

Movie Magic: The Power Of The Dog leads the Oscar nominations with 12 nominations including Best Picture and Leading Actor for Benedict (pictured with co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee)

Movie Magic: The Power Of The Dog leads the Oscar nominations with 12 nominations including Best Picture and Leading Actor for Benedict (pictured with co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee)

Campion is the first woman to be nominated twice for best director, having been nominated for 1993’s The Piano. Last year, Chloé Zhao became the second woman to ever win the award.

The latest Vanity Fair follows eight bright stars who are pushing boundaries, wowing audiences and inventing the filmland they want to live in.

The 2022 Hollywood portfolio includes Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), Kristen Stewart (Spencer), Idris Elba (The Harder They Fall), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog), Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers), Andrew Garfield (Tick , tick… BOOM!), Michaela Jaé Rodriguez (pose; tick, tick… BOOM!) and Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).

The project was launched for the second year in a row by renowned conceptual artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.

The Hollywood edition of Vanity Fair is available for digital download and on newsstands beginning Friday, February 25.

Cover Stars: The latest Vanity Fair features eight bright stars who are pushing boundaries, wowing audiences and inventing the filmland they want to live in

Cover Stars: The latest Vanity Fair features eight bright stars who are pushing boundaries, wowing audiences and inventing the filmland they want to live in

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