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Benedict Cumberbatch Speaks Out About Julian Assange's Letter

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Updated 10/12/2013 3:46pm
Benedict Cumberbatch Speaks Out About Julian Assange's Letter
Media Courtesy of NY Daily News

Dean Richards

Staff Writer

Just a few days after Julian Assange's open letter telling Benedict Cumberbatch not to feature in his film The Fifth Estate was released on Wikileaks, the successful actor turned to Reddit for an extensive Q&A with his fans. When he was eventually asked about the incident, he gave a very lengthy reply, explaining exactly how it affected him that the person who he was about to portray strongly disapproved of the film. "To have the man you are about to portray ask you intelligently and politely not to do it gave me real cause for concern," he explained. "However, it galvanized me into addressing why I was doing this movie. He accuses me of being a "hired gun" as if I am an easily bought cypher for right wing propaganda. Not only do I NOT operate in a moral vacuum but this was not a pay day for me at all. I've worked far less hard for more financial reward." He added that, "this project was important to me because of the integrity I wanted to bring to (...) a truly important figure of our modern times." Clearly, Cumberbatch has a lot of respect for the founder of Wikileaks, and indeed it doesn't seem like he is planning on portraying him negatively. "I wanted to (...) remind people that he is not just the weird, white haired Australian dude wanted in Sweden, hiding in an embassy behind Harrods, but a true force to be reckoned with," he wrote. "There is only personal truth in my opinion, and the film should provoke debate, not consensus." Those are some very strong words from the actor who is, clearly, very much engaged in his role. That doesn't mean that he will be able to convince Julian Assange, but at the very least, he has steered the debate in the right direction. On the same day, he also appeared on the Graham Norton show, where he stated about Assange's request for him not to take the role: "I completely respect why and he was very articulate and considerate and polite about it." "I think he is a revolutionary and I think whatever people want to sort of throw at him as a character comes after the fact that he really shook up the snow globe," he explained on the show. "He basically made us question what the status quo is, look at the rule of law and power structures that were either corrupt or needed exposing, and he served democracy a great, great turn I think." The Fifth Estate had its release in the UK on October 11th, and US fans will have to wait just one more week for the film to be released on October 18th. http://www.Twitter.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.Tumblr.com/ http://www.SoundCloud.com/PopWrapped http://www.Facebook.com/PopWrapped http://www.Instagram.com/PopWrapped http://www.Pinterest.com/PopWrapped http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.wordpress.com/ http://www.PopWrapped.com
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