Dailynews – Benedict Cumberbatch has played Stephen Hawking, William Pitt, Vincent Van Gogh, Julian Assange, “Star Trek’s” Khan and he just won an Emmy Award for portraying Sherlock Holmes.
Guess being brilliant comes naturally.
“I’m incredibly smart,” the 38-year-old English actor jokes. “I’ve been a math and physics major; I mean, I’m down at MIT when I’m not working!
“No, look, these may be characters that stand out, but I’ve played very normal people, played comedic roles, played romantic roles. The slightly more extraordinary stick out because it’s that thing: They’re different, and that’s what people gravitate toward. But I’m sad to say I don’t share the brilliance that my characters do.”
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The Sherlock Emmy winner is back in the awards mix in a fantastic biopic on Alan Turing, the British codebreaker who helped win WWII—only to be imprisoned for being gay.
“Did you know that it was an openly gay Englishman who’s responsible for winning World War II?” asks a distraught Ned Weeks, an openly gay crusader in the HBO adaptation of The Normal Heart. “Why don’t they teach any of that in schools?”
His name was Alan Turing, and during World War II, the math prodigy led a team of cryptanalysts and codebreakers at Hut 8—a sector of the UK’s Government Code and Cypher School. Turing’s team was ultimately responsible for cracking the German Enigma code, thereby granting the Allied Forces access to once-indecipherable Nazi dispatches detailing the location and activities of the Germany navy. The intercepted messages helped the Allied troops defeat Germany, and Winston Churchill would later confess that Turing made the single biggest contribution to the war effort.
You won’t find him in many history books because, in 1952, Turing was convicted of “indecency” for being a homosexual—then a crime in the UK. He was given the choice of two years in prison or oestrogen injections, tantamount to chemical castration. He chose the latter. Two years later, at the age of 41, the war hero ended his own life with cyanide.
Turing is brought to thrilling, devastating life by Benedict Cumberbatch in Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, which will make its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It’s a worthy tribute to one of history’s forgotten heroes, and should spell more awards glory for the ever-versatile Cumberbatch, who’s fresh off an Emmy win for the BBC miniseries Sherlock. Tyldum’s film chronicles Turing’s life, from his early days as a bullied schoolboy to his heroism during World War II and the horrifying witch hunt that broke his spirit.
Here’s some videos with the interview Benedict did to Josh Horowitz on his MTV News.
While attending Comic-Con, Benedict did an interview to Hero Complex, which sadly can’t be embed, in which he talks about his recent projects: Penguins of Madagascar, The Imitation Game and, of course, Sherlock. And on his next project on stage, Hamlet.
I’m of an age now where it’s now or never. If I can bring a new audience to it, that means a lot to me.
You can watch the whole interview on Hero Complex website and view screen captures in our gallery.
Screencaptures > 2014 | Hero Complex Comic-Con Interview
Benedict talked about his newest film, 12 Years A Slave, at the red carpet for the 2014 Oscars, March 2nd.