Benedict Cumberbatch’s Own Imitation Game Is On Point

Photo: The Weinstein Company
Photo: The Weinstein Company

Man-Of-The-Moment and newly engaged  star Benedict Cumberbatch is on the publicity trail for his new film, The Imitation Game.

Footage from his latest interview with MTV After Hours Josh Horowitz has been released and, like all Horowitz’s interviews, does not disappoint. They actually play the imitation game. Eleven impersonations in under 60 seconds… and most of them are pretty spot on.

Benedict has various actors and characters oh and one pop singer thrown at him and he manages pretty much all of them. He covers John Malkovich, Alan Rickman, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Christopher Walken, Bane, Matthew McConaughey and oh yeah Taylor Swift!  His Christopher Walken throws him, but he gets a do-over.

My personal favourite is his Tom Hiddleston, but you know I am very biased in that direction.

It was also announced yesterday via Radio Times that Cumbers will receive The Variety Award at this year’s 17th British Independent Film Awards.

Talk about on a roll son!

The award, which was won last year by Paul Greengrass and has been awarded to huge names in the industry including Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson and Dame Helen Mirren. It recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. I think it’s safe to say the man has achieved that no end.

His film The Imitation Game , which is looking set to be a world-wide box office hit, is the story of Alan Turing, an incredibly talented cryptoligist, the founder of computer science, mathematician, philosopher, codebreaker, strange visionary and a gay man before his time. Turing developed The Bombe, which was machine for deciphering Germany’s Enigma code-messaging system.

The Telegraph has also reported that Cumberbatch is in fact related to the very man he portrays on film. Researchers from Ancestry.com , the family history website, have now found the actor is related to Turing himself, making them 17th cousins dating back to the 14th century.  They claim both were related to John Beaufort, the first Earl of Somerset, who was born around 1373 and can be traced through both their paternal lines.

The film has been receiving amazing reviews and its release is eagerly awaited by so many, not the least of which are Cumber Collectives as the fandom are known. The movie also stars Charles Dance, Keira Knightley and Mark Strong.

The Imitation Game is set for release on this weekend across UK, USA and Australia.

Jacie Anderson
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