Benedict Cumberbatch had ‘pathological hatred’ of co-stars on new film says Claire Foy

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Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the new film The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. However, in a new chat, Claire admitted that her co-star had a “pathological hatred” of some of the animals they had to work with in the movie.

Speaking on the New Year’s Eve special of The Graham Norton Show, Claire opened up about working with the Sherlock star.

She admitted they didn’t see eye-to-eye over the cats involved in the film.

The biographical drama features a host of felines as Louis Wain was famous for his artwork of them.

However, off-screen, Benedict was not so convinced by his furry castmates.

Claire explained: “I loved the cats.

“But Benedict now has a pathological hatred of working with them.

“They are very high maintenance, and they were more important than him!”

The star also admitted her misgivings about appearing in the film at all when it was first offered to her.

She explained to the chat show host: “It is a beautiful, beautiful film, but I didn’t want to be in it at all because it was a period film about a man.

“I’ve got terrible taste and it turns out every single job I have ever done, I’ve gone, ‘That’s going to be awful,’ and some of them have been really good!

“I’m really glad I didn’t go with my instinct on this one as it’s really good; so whimsical, and beautiful.”

The biographical film is based on the life of eccentric British artist Louis.

His psychedelic pictures were instrumental in changing public perception of cats.

The film charts from the late 1800s until the 1930s, following his life as well as the love he shared with Emily Richardson (played by Claire).

Alongside the two leads, Olivia Colman, Toby Jones and Andrea Risenborough all also star.

In a chat with Digital Spy, Benedict opened up about his thoughts of working with cats on the film.

He said: “You can fall in love with them and treat them as a little baby, which we do.

“We had to. It’s a hugely important relationship to have with that cat.

“They lick milk from saucers, and play with balls of wool. It’s all very lovely.

“And then once they get a little bit older than that, it’s a nightmare…”

He added: “They just don’t necessarily want to do anything that you need them to do.”

The Graham Norton Show, BBC One and BBC One HD, Friday, December 31 at 10.20pm.

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