Benedict had a lucky escape
Worried crew members thought the actor had been blown up when a stunt went wrong during shooting in Belgium.
‘We were filming this dream sequence which involved an explosion,’ says Benedict, 36.
‘It just went off in my face. I was engulfed in flames. I was very, very lucky – I just got singed eyebrows, eyelashes and hair.
‘It was terrifying. The [film] unit were looking on going: “F*ck! He’s a goner.” It was really scary.’
Benedict plays Christopher Tietjens – an aristocrat stuck in a love triangle with two women – in the 5-part series, which is based on Ford Madox Ford‘s 1920s novel.
The character is described as a ‘bulky’ northerner, which led Benedict to wonder why he’d been chosen for the role.
‘He’s a fat, blond Yorkshireman – he should be glum, featureless, ruddy-cheeked, blue-eyed, blond and fat,’ Benedict tells TV Magazine.
‘So I insisted on wearing a fat suit and plumpers – those things you put in your mouth – but I would like to have gone a lot further than that. I kept looking at myself and getting angry at the fact I wasn’t fat enough!’