Welcome to your Wednesday morning moment of Zen, courtesy of Anglo. And, as with all of them, it features Benedict Cumberbatch, who’s turned up in a trailer for a new film released yesterday (September 6).
There’s just one catch, and it’s a pretty big one for some fans of the Sherlock star. You can’t see him.
Benedict is the narrator of Walk With Me, a film about Buddhist monk and peace activist Thích Nhất Hạnh, whose many followers reportedly include late comedian Garry Shandling and Alejandro Iñárritu, the Oscar-winning director of Birdman and The Revenant.
Also counting himself among them is Benedict. “In my life I’ve been so touched by the teachings of Thích Nhất Hạnh,” he told Variety. “It was a great honor to work on Walk With Me. I have no doubt that audiences across the world will be moved by this beautifully crafted film.”
So here you go. Let Benedict’s dulcet tones transport you to a worry-free wonderland:
It should be no surprise that Benedict is involved in a film about the powers of mindfulness or the ability to experience life in the present moment.
The Sherlock actor has previously spoken about how meditation has contributed to his success, and earlier this year in an interview with Buddhist magazine Lion’s Roar, he explained how it informs his acting: “When you’ve been that still and contemplative, your sensory awareness is heightened and more sharply focused,” he said. “Stillness is an essential part of acting.”
There’s no official release date for the film, though if meditation teaches us anything, it’s to have a little patience.
(*whispers* A message on its website says it will be released internationally in 2016, so keep those fingers crossed the next time you meditate.)Read More