Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch and the cast of The Imitation Game talk about keeping secrets, women's work and more : Q&A



Rather than the usual film critic type, the Weinstein Company got Walter Isaacson to conduct a Q&A with the cast of The Imitation Game. Are you familiar with Walter Isaacson? As the author of The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution as well as Jobs,* the best selling Steve Jobs biography, Isaacson is a great choice to moderate the discussion about the math geniuses who broke the Nazi codes during World War II, thereby turning the war around.

*The same Steve Jobs bio, btw, that Aaron Sorkin is currently adapting for Danny Boyle to direct. Apparently it's a done deal that Michael Fassbender set to play Jobs with Seth Rogan on as Steve Wozniak —now that's good casting. Jessica Chastain is rumored but not confirmed to be attached, quite probably as Jobs' wife Lauren Powell, an MBA who likely deserves her own movie.
 
In addition to being a successful nonfiction author, Isaacson has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. Basically he's a high-powered brainiac which I think steers this Q&A in a very thorough, very intelligent direction. Of course, whenever you have Benedict Cumberbatch speaking that's what happens, because the newly engaged Benedict is very clearly a deep, thoughtful, well-spoken intellectual.

Got about a half hour? I think you'll enjoy the discussion with the cast of The Imitation Game — and do note what Keira Knightley has to say about being the solitary woman in the boys' club.



The movie stars Cumberbatch as key computer genius and closeted homosexual Alan Turing, Knightley as fellow genius, mathematician and fiancé Joan Clark, Matthew Goode as fellow code breaker, chess champion and rival Hugh Alexander, Rory Kinnear as Robert Nock the detective who sniffs into Turing's background, Allen Leech as John Cairncross — a codebreaker suspected of spying, Matthew Beard as Peter Hilton another math genius, Charles Dance as Commander Denniston, Mark Strong as MI6 director Stewart Menzies and James Northcote as Jack Good, a very young (24 years old) codebreaker at Bletchley Park. 

If you want the inside story on all the characters involved, there's a really fascinating piece at the Telegraph.  


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