Be prepared to be transfixed with wonder, captivated with true life’s miracles, and riveted by the scenes that DOCTOR STRANGE has in store for you. It is a new level of super heroes walking on the planes of different realities and changing a life flow on the Earth plane. Christine Palmer, played by Rachel McAdams, was a small piece of the puzzle, the magic, the humanity that Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, could not fully interpret.
But we’ve got to meet Rachel McAdams in person and have a lively conversation about this MARVEL movie, Doctor Strange character and his on-screen interaction with her heroin Christine Palmer.
Rachel McAdams plays a role of a night nurse Christine Palmer in this MARVEL’S 14th movie to date. In the comics, there’s no place where she and Doctor Strange connect in any way. In the movie, however, she assists this outstanding neurosurgeon in some of the most difficult medical procedures ever. What is her role, her true meaning to be placed next to Doctor Strange himself?
When asked about her opportunity to join the MARVEL universe, Rachel McAdams replied.
It was everything I had hoped for and more, really. I assumed I would be working with the crème de la crème – and I was. So it was just great to be in such great hands. From costumes to everything was just so well done, so beautifully thought through and well-crafted. They didn’t even make me pretend that much with green screen. That’s how considerate they were.
Every actor and Rachel McAdams had to go through a very rigorous preparation before the filming even started. We asked what kind of prep and exercises she had to go through to truly qualify for an expert neurosurgical nurse.
I a funny when it comes to blood and guts and stuff like that. But my mom’s a nurse, so I’d kind of grown up with, around medicine, which is probably why I became an actress instead. But I did get to shadow some amazing brain surgeons, a female brain surgeon in Toronto, another surgeon in London.
And then we had a surgeon onset every day. So and he taught me to do sutures and was practicing on turkey breasts, raw turkey breasts. That was interesting. Oranges, that was a little more easier to take in my purse, so I could practice wherever I went.
I read this really great book called DO NO HARM by Henry Marsh who is a world-famous brain surgeon. I don’t know if anybody has read it but it was just a phenomenal book and really like eye-opening when it comes to being your own advocate when it comes to your health. And I thought it was so funny, he [Henry Marsh] said the number of people who don’t ask me how many times I’ve actually done the surgery I’m about to do on them is extraordinary.
It gave me some good insight into things, questions to ask, if I was ever in that position. But yeah, I got to learn a lot. And one of the doctors offered to take me up in the Evac helicopter for the weekend. So cool, right? But I’m terrified of flying. And I’d have a weak stomach. So I was like, I actually think for the sake of everyone I should decline this really generous offer. So I didn’t unfortunately get over my fear and do that.
You are here for a huge treat when it comes to the final cut, in 3D, with a Dolby sound, with all tricks and whistles.
I’ve seen an early cut of the film. I think the effects were about halfway done but they were still mind blowing.
Here are a few interesting moments and questions/answers that you may be curious to know about Rachel McAdams.
Q. Onset, what was it like to be in scrubs with everyone else all in superhero stuff?
I loved it. So comfortable, I got to wear like orthopedic running shoes every day. And you know, like high heels are not, you know the older you get, the harder it is to wear them for very long. I was really grateful for that. And I was a little jealous of the levitation cloak but I was happy to be comfortable.
Q. Your character is so intensely emotional in the film. Is there a special memory or place, how do you draw on that emotion for the character?
Oh, good question. I do think having a mother as a nurse who’s a very kind, she’s so compassionate, and she really unfortunately would take her work home with her sometimes. I think Christine’s more that kind of character. So, I think I kind of grew up with that a little bit and have great admiration for people who do that for a living and who are real empaths. So I suppose I drew on from my mom a bit.
Q. Is there a superpower that you either have or would like to have?
I don’t have any superpowers. I don’t. I just don’t. I would like to be invisible – because I’d love to go into people’s houses and see their interior decorating. Don’t you guys when you’re driving at night and can kind of see through the window and you think, “Oh, that looks so cozy in there. I wish I could like get a free pass.” Yeah, so that’s probably the one I’d pick. I’d be a total creeper, but…