Attention Cumberbabes! Benedict Cumberbatch's New Imitation Game Trailer Has Landed
Check out the new trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch's latest movie, The Imitation Game...
The Sherlock actor takes on the role of mathematician Alan Turing, a scientist whose groundbreaking code breaking work won World War II for the Allies.
Despite his heroic contribution to the war effort, Turing was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952 and chose chemical castration via oestrogen injections over a prison sentence. He commuted suicide two years later, and was only granted a posthumous pardon in 2013.
"I’d keep hearing: 'Oh, Alan Turing? Wasn’t he something to do with Bletchley Park? Didn’t he create the Apple logo? Didn’t he bite an apple?'," says Cumberbatch of his latest role in a recent interview with Time Out.
"But not many people know the whole story, that he invented the computer, broke the Enigma code, was prosecuted for being a homosexual and underwent a year of oestrogen injections before dying in 1954. The irony and sickness of it was extraordinary! He wasn’t shouting from the rooftops or trying to start a cause, he was just a man who was gay. He’s such a quiet hero."
But the actor is characteristically humble about the Oscar rumours already doing the rounds off the back of early screenings.
"The most important thing is that people see the film," he says. "The minute there’s a buzz about any film, the word 'hype' arises and it pours water all over the flame. I just want people to see it and judge for themselves."
The highly anticipated drama also stars Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode, and will hit UK cinemas on Friday 14th November, 2014.