Kirsten Dunst, 39, and Benedict Cumberbatch, 45, have both recently spoken out about avoiding each other on set of their new Western film The Power of the Dog, which lands on Netflix next month.

The story centres around a domineering rancher's reaction to his brother bringing home a new wife and her son, telling the subtle tale of jealousy, rage, and sexuality.

read kirsten's full interview in radio times.

I was like,' I can't talk to you !"

It's amazing, it's obscure, and wonderful stuff."

Polite British, you know?

Co-star Jesse Plemons who played George Burbank said : 'Jane ( Campion- the director ) organised various exercises and she sent us on a 'brothers' hike in New Zealand. '

The pair decided to remain in character the entire time (Image: YOUTUBE)

benedict also opened up about their relationship to nme : "i didn't want to be really mean to kirsten, but i needed to stay in character.

"so i didn't speak to her on-set.

"we were the negative to each other's positive.

[ we were ] repelled by each other."

Method acting: The intense film saw Benedict go full method, staying in character even off-screen while on set (above as rancher Phil Burbank)

It comes after Kirsten revealed last week that there was an 'extreme' between her and her Spider-Man co-star Tobey Maguire.

That would be fun.

i would never say no to something like that.

Jane Campion sought Gillingham's services to help conjure the forces at play in her first film in 12 years, The Power of the Dog.

Fun:  Co-star Jesse Plemons who played George Burbank said: 'Jane (Campion - the director) organised various exercises and she sent us on a 'brothers' hike in New Zealand'

She believes that dreams are a means to innovate beyond what the social activist and writer bell hooks defined as "the white supremacist, patriarchal capitalistic culture".

the pair decided to stay away from each other while filming, so as to capture the real essence of their character's tension.

An adaptation of Thomas Savage's novel, set in 1920s Montana, Cumberbatch plays Phil Burbank, a masochistic rancher who inwardly represses his desires while outwardly bullying those closest to him, including his brother's new wife ( played by Kirsten Dunst ).

Restrictions on transatlantic travel almost derailed the movie completely, as it was shut down halfway through production.

Kirsten Dunst admits avoiding spending time with Benedict Cumberbatch on Netflix set (Image: GETTY•YOUTUBE)

Dunst admitted that "Jane was crying", when she had to inform the cast and crew.

"I mean, I think she thought that was it, we were done," she recalled.

Although the film is set a century ago, Cumberbatch believes its exploration of masculinity is just as relevant today.

There's still something that needs talking about, needs addressing, needs writing, help with, and until there is equal pay, a place at the table, equality across the board of every kind, we still have to have that conversation."

The Power of The Dog is out on Netflix 1st December (Image: YOUTUBE)

Subscribe to the Backstage podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker "Beyond the book and Jane's script, together we actually did some dream analysis, which is just like dropping a bit of oil in the water of your subconscious to kind of push stuff up from the depths and see what's at the deepest parts of your psyche, to see what you can do to connect with the character.

It is a searing performance that Campion draws from the actor and one that certainly required him to go the extra mile.

Method acting which requires a strong stomach- but might just pay off come awards season.

Power Of The Dog is out in cinemas now and on Netflix in the UK from 1 December

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