Benedict Cumberbatch has defended the lack of gay sex in his upcoming Alan Turing biopic.
The gay World War II codebreaker – often hailed as the grandfather of modern computing – was convicted of ‘gross indecency’ in 1952 after having sex with a man, and was chemically castrated, barred from working for GCHQ, and eventually driven to suicide.
However, the upcoming biopic of Turing’s life, which stars Cumberbatch, has attracted criticism for focussing on his brief engagement to fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke, played by Kiera Knightly, instead of his romances with other men.
Cumberbatch told The Wrap: “You don’t see him having sex. It’s not an exploration of someone’s sex life.”
He added that the film attempted to make his sexuality known through dialogue, saying: “The fact [is mentioned] that he’s chemically castrated because he admits to being a homosexual – he talks about entreating a young man to touch his penis. I mean, it’s pretty explicit.
“If you need to see that to understand that he’s gay, then all is lost for any kind of subtle storytelling. It’s not something that needed to be made obvious.
“The conversations are so naked in themselves that the idea of having to see two naked men wasn’t something I ever thought was missing in the script.”
Turing’s biographer Andrew Hodges previously said he was “alarmed by the inaccuracies” in the film, adding: “They have built up the relationship with Joan much more than it actually was. Their relationship is invented.”
This is so fucking every straight person ever.
"Dude, this guy was into men. He had a criminal conviction over it, and was chemically castrated, and ultimately committed suicide because of it. Literally, the court required a *medical intervention* that made it impossible to be in the world as himself, and he ended up dead. You don’t think that’s important to include in his biography?"
"Ugh, why do you gays have to rub your sex lives in everyone’s face?! I already mentioned that he wanted a dude to touch his dick."
"WHAT DID I EVEN SAY ABOUT SEX. THERE WAS NO SEX IN THAT STATEMENT. THERE WAS VIOLENT OPPRESSION AND EVENTUAL DEATH BECAUSE A COURT OF LAW ERASED SOMEONE’S ABILITY TO BE HIMSELF. SORT OF LIKE WHAT YOU ARE ALSO DOING RIGHT NOW, BUT WITH SOMEONE’S BODY, INSTEAD OF HIS BIOPIC. WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU."
"Listen, man, it’s not about being gay. I don’t like it when straight people are all gross and making out and shit, either. BTW, I’m including a mostly-invented straight romance in the film."
::Punches him in the face::
There is literally ZERO chance of me wasting one second of my time on this film and I sincerely hope it winds up an absolute FAILIURE at the box office
Any movie that takes a queer person from history and proceeds to completely ignore their sexuality while inventing some ridiculous straight relationship to try and ‘de-gay’ an actual person who existed is COWARDLY and bigoted garbage
It basically sounds like the idiots making this movie wanted to make a film about Turing without having ever learned he was a gay man and when they found out he was went ‘QUICK!
Stick some beard in there so none of the witless imbeciles staring vacantly at the screen will have to worry about seeing any representation of homosexuality in our movie’
i had this incredible dream where there were like 7 failed lupin iii tv pilots i had gotten my hands on, and i watched 3 before waking up, and they were all really surrealistic.
2 of them were really baffling dream gibberish, but one of them was actually really good (imho). it was a psychological exploration of lupin-become-god, as viewed through 1930s cinema. pseudo synopsis under cutRead more
When the Western world’s 1st plastic surgery was performed, people had never heard the word “dinosaur.” Source
Sorry but…..what? This is like if I said “When Date Masamune sent an ambassador to Rome, people had never heard the word ‘selfie.’”
Yes it’s true, but what the hell does it matter?
The linked source doesn’t even mention the word “dinosaur” once.
There’s got to be a word for a fact this utterly useless.
not to mention the definition of plastic surgery is pretty elastic… like the entire point of the fact is to imply-without-outright-lying like people were getting nose lifts in the 50s without knowing dinos, but in actuality a doctor removing a mole from someone’s face in 50 bc is plastic surgery (because we can’t know if the mole coulda been malignant)…
Have you ever seen something completely baffling but also technically excellent? I can’t believe how well this person edited Jane into Treasure Planet so she and Captain Amelia could fight the bad guy from Osmosis Jones. “Man,” I say to myself, “I could never make this bizarre music video about beloved animated characters becoming ghosts.”
what the fuckkkkk this is incredible whattttt
best thing i learned working with and learning about kids: when they do shit like this, especially to something they themselves use and enjoy, leave it there for as long as possible. let them return to the fun thing over and over again so that it sinks in that the thing they did was wrong, they ruined something, and now they can’t have fun because of it and they should never do it again. it teaches them consequence of action and cautiousness.
i did this with a 3-year-old kid i babysat who filled his playstation with peanut butter before i got there, just every time he went back to it and asked why it’s not working, i opened it and pointed to the peanut butter stains and said “you did that” and he says “yeah”, “will it work like that?” “…no”, and when he got it and promised to never put anything but games into a game machine again, his parents bought another and he kept his promise. it works, even at that age.
this was a long and unnecessary rant but so many times i’ve seen parents IMMEDIATELY replace their kids’ toys/electronics that they destroy over and over again and i’m just like NO THEY’RE NOT LEARNING ANYTHING THAT WAY
they also don’t learn from being thrown into fires
yeah but they’re quieter that way
Well, after a while they are.
I CANNOT BELIEV
HOW DUMB IS TEXAS
my grandfather legit believes the moon works like a glow toy. where it absorbs sunlight during the day, then shoots it out at night.
at least he acknowledges the light originates from the sun tho
So, about a month ago, me and my younger sister decided to hit up the local thrift store. I stumbled upon this gem.
For $2, I decided to take this treasure home, and aptly name it “Crying Baby Pumpkin-Head”. When I got home, I realized it had a cord, and plugged into the wall…What in God’s holy name did I buy this is a soul sucking demon of Satan.
By Camillus Eboh and Angela Ukomadu ABUJA/LAGOS, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts…
I read that Senegal has also been declared Ebola free. This makes me so happy.
Don’t be surprised when they bring a gun to school
that’s not even complicated you literally add 26 and 19 then simplify 2025 over 45 to be 45/1 then multiply 24 and 45 making it 1080 then add 1080 and 47 and unlock the iPad with the passcode 1-1-2-7 god bless
looks like we found ourselves a nerd
looks like we found someone capable of basic math
how is that basic math
this is basic math
the american school system
i think we’re missing the most important thing, why did a fucking 6th grader have an ipad, and be ridiculous enough to take it to school, use it in class, and do it obviously enough to get caught. my parents are ass rich and they didn’t even get me a $20 flip phone until 8th grade.