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“I don’t want to be alone” - Alan Turing - The Imitation game

                     B E N E D I C T   C U M B E R B A T C H

           Nominated Best actor in a leading role - Oscars 2015

Evil Stare (Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman)    Black coloured pencils - 5 hours    [Click for high res]    My “100 Benedict portraits” celebration post can be found here

the current war: a peek at an early script

i just read a very early version of mitnick’s the current war script. and… i am excited. i think it has more bite and more bravery than the imitation game; and it reads like an amazing vehicle for both BC and michael shannon.

(note: my brief comments below are as generic as i could; 95% not spoilery);

BC has some amazing, showy and very dark moments in this. He could work some serious magic, but note; they do not make Edison into a hero. All the accusations thrown at him in history (and that have been largely debunked) pretty much he owns in this. To me it’s clear; Edison is the problematic one and Westinghouse the emotional, human balance.

Both Westinghouse and Edison get major narratives by themselves; I hoped for significant shared time between Shannon and Cumberbatch (two acting titans) but in this version not at all. It’s two separate paths that eventually and very briefly!! converge.  

There’s moments of great sadness, and fury, and intrigue, and bombast and pomposity. Westinghouse is surprisingly human. We’re gonna get a quiet reflective Shannon I think. He’s so charismatic and good he might do something astonishing with that.  

Tom Holland and Kate Waterston have much bigger roles than I expected. Mathew Macfayden’s JP Morgan has a fiery clash with BC and it’s searing on the page; i cannot wait for that on screen my god!… and the biggest surprise of all; Tesla (to be played by Hoult) has a much much smaller, almost walk-on role. And he is by far the least explored character. Tesla-ites will be disappointed I think.

But going back to BC; there’s some absolutely lovely scenes where he’s funny & sweet and a doting father husband and boss. but he’s also selfish / distant.. but not like Dr Frankenstein or Alan Turing etc. He’s just absolutely single minded. and has become addicted to his own name. And there are some utterly sad moments. Moments which i think Benedict will absolutely nail and make us all suffer, & Edison in a rage should’ve magnificent to watch… 

I am MUCH more engaged with this biopic in principle than I was in execution by Tyldum’s the imitation game. and there will be comparisons between the 2; two geniuses. same studio, same actor (as @iwasthesouthernpansy has pointed out). but this is harder. meaner. more brutal, and the unusual and innovative pairing of   Gomez-Rejon and Chung hoon-chung as directing/lensing this as well..

consider me 100% on board :-)