Benedict Cumberbatch, usually the picture of class and sophistication, is nearly unrecognizable as Frankenstein's monster in a West End production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Behind-the-scenes photographs reveal the intense process in which the 38-year-old Sherlock star ghoulishly transformed into "the Creature" for a stage adaptation at London's National Theatre.
Cumberbatch alternated the role of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the Creature with Elementary star Johnny Lee Miller. Both actors underwent more than two-and-a half hours in the makeup chair.
Slumdog Millionaire’s Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle directed the stage play, which originally ran in London in 2011. The National Theatre Live has re-released a broadcast of Frankenstein to cinemas worldwide for a limited run. It's the third time the popular production has been shown in theaters.
Cumberbatch currently stars in BBC's Sherlock, for which he won an Emmy award this past year. The actor is also strongly rumored to be taking on the role of Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel film.
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