“It’s tricky to get the balance right between storytelling and authenticity,” Cumberbatch says. “Being true to the character and being honest to him, and at the same time trying to tell a cinematic version of the story, that’s always a challenge.”
Of course, Turing’s story is plenty fantastic even without being embellished. Known today as a godfather of the modern computer, Turing lead the team that cracked the Nazi’s infamous Enigma code, thereby helping the Allies to win World War II. But in the wake of this achievement, Turing was prosecuted for homosexuality; he was later chemically castrated. He died in 1954 from cyanide poisoning, in what many suspect was a suicide.
Cumberbatch says it was a privilege to play someone whose contribution to history has been so overlooked. “It’s an extraordinary thing to link this mild-mannered, slightly different scientist to the spying and secrets involved with killing the Enigma code,” he says. “It’s a bit like The Avengers, exceptthese are real superheroes and they did it all in a little town in the southeast of England—and they had to keep it quiet for 35 years. I think we can all take a lot from that.”
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We were filming in Berlin, all staying in the same hotel. Most of us were on the same floor. It was an open-door policy. At any moment you were ready to cover yourself because there was some incoming nonsense from outside. Like Woody Harrelson half-naked with a towel trying to smack you.
Josh Hutcherson comparing the Mockingjay set to a frat house (x)
What I can say is that I play a character who’s a spiritual healer— she’s very open, very compassionate—and who’s quite different than the people we’ve seen in Cosima’s life. She brings a completely new energy and perspective.
“It’s so toxic to just be hiding; it becomes so consuming without you even knowing it’s consuming you. You become so complacent in this reality you create. And I felt guilty for not being out for the LGBT community. I was like, ‘Dude, just say you’re gay.’ If someone was like, ‘Hey, you’re never going to be in a movie ever again,’ I would have done it anyway.”