It is well documented that, when Benedict Cumberbatch came to Manhattan last April to shoot the last two days of Doctor Strange (out Nov. 4), he visited a midtown comic store clad in the superhero costume of his titular surgeon-turned-sorcerer character. But it turns out that British actor also spent some time in a New York eaterie while dressed as the magic powers-possessing Strange.
“I had some friends who were around on Saturday and they were like, ‘Wow, oh my god, you’re actually playing a superhero!’” he recalls. “I said, “Let’s go to a cafe,’ and we went to this cafe around the corner. And you know that scene in Ghostbusters where Rick Moranis runs up to the cafe in Central Park, being chased by the Dog of Doom from the building? And he goes, ‘Help me, help!’ and bangs against the glass? And everyone in the restaurant sort of drops their cutlery and turns their head and looks? And he squeaks down the glass going, ‘Please, help me?’ And there’s a silence? And you cut back to the dining room and everyone goes, ‘Anyway, I was saying, Marjorie just had her face done…’ That’s pretty much what happened in the cafe. By the time I left, it was like, ‘Hey, thanks so much, here’s a tip!’ It was just a normal thing.”
So, is Doctor Stephen Strange a big tipper? “He hasn’t got many practical pockets,” says Cumberbatch. “I think I might have asked somebody else to help me out with some cash in that moment.”
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