A Bootable Mind: Benedict Cumberbatch is tortured, code-breaking maths genius Alan Turing in Oscar hopeful The Imitation Game
"Everybody feels it’s an important story to tell and wants to be part of it. It’s been phenomenal." For his English-language debut, Norwegian director Morten Tyldum couldn’t really have a higher calibre cast: Benedict Cumberbatch as genius codebreaker Alan Turing, Keira Knightley as his confidante and sometime fiancée, supporting roles filled by the likes of Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Rory Kinnear. "Anybody you ask, they say ‘Of course I want to do this!’"
Tyldum’s 2011 adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s crime novel Headhunters secured audiences and adoration, yet it hardly suggested him for a period piece about a British mathematician.
But Turing was no ordinary number-cruncher. Best known for his work as a genius codebreaker at Bletchey Park during World War II, he was crucial to the fight against the Nazis. However, he died in disgrace in 1954, after having been convicted of “gross indecency” for a gay relationship. Given how much British society has changed since the 1940s, you could argue that a Scandinavian director is no more a stranger to it than a contemporary UK filmmaker would be.
"That you could actually, just for being gay, have to choose between chemical castration—having to take hormones that are so heavy, serious, that you cannot function sexually at all—or be sent to jail… It’s incredible," says Tyldum. "But there’s so much more. It is such a complex story. It was the gay rights element, but also how his ideas were kept secret and how incredibly important his work was during the war, that he was never given credit for it. It’s such a complicated life and that’s why it’s been a privilege to try and make it as many-sided as possible."
Add the casting of Cumberbatch and this could well crack the Oscar code. “Not all actors can play geniuses and Benedict can do it so well because there’s such an inner life,” says Tyldum. “His portrayal of Turing is beautiful.”—Empire Magazine, August 2014 issue
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Parents will not believe the 2nd and 3rd ones
… Okay the second one made me stop and think, because OH MY GOD IT’S TRUE. The best year I ever had in school I realize was the same year my brother and I were completely obsessed with Chrono Trigger. We played it together constantly. We’d take turns with segments, I’d read the dialogue (getting completely into the roles) he’d do the tedious leveling up, and took turns with bosses. It was our entire lives for a little less than a year… and it was the only year of my school life where I got only one two C’s, the rest were all A’s and B’s. (With an A in science. An ‘A’! My worst subject! )
So hell yeah I believe it.
Here’s a source if you people want to read about the 2nd one
Seriously, Rugrats was not fucking around.
People don’t give Rugrats enough credit for how progressive it was. I mean think about it.
- Chuckie, for most of the series is raised by a single father
- Angelica’s mother was a high ranking corporate executive
- Phil and Lil’s mom was a feminist
- She also breastfed them (which the show actually depicted)
- Tommy is half-Jewish and the show actually explored this part of his heritage
Seriously, this show was fucking amazing!! They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore….
Also don’t forget that Chuckie had an interracial family after the second movie.
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