Benedict Cumberbatch: “Alan Turing Was A Gay Icon”


Benedict Cumberbatch has been hot on the awards circuit with the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game: While accepting an ensemble acting award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this weekend, the actor called the WWII codebreaker a “gay icon.”

Alan Turing was a war hero, he was a gay icon, and he was, and is, the father of modern computing science. He’s a man who died tragically early due to a government —[one] that he helped free from fascism by his work in the Second World War in cracking the enigma code—rewarding him for his nature, for quietly confessing to who he was, as a gay man in a time of intolerance in the Fifties.

He knew when he said that he was a gay man he’d face prosecution, he knew that there would be a choice between two years [in] prison and two years [of] chemical castration.

Any attention this film is getting, including us being awarded this very prestigious award tonight at the Palm Springs Awards—we thank you for it—we dedicate it to Alan. It’s something that brought us all to this story: this unique, extraordinary, passionate, diffident, single-minded, and incredibly beautiful soul of a human being, the mind, and the body as well—a marathon runner of Olympic standards—as well as a gay man, to make him better known, to bring him to an audience that he deserved in his lifetime and beyond.

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Critics have complained The Imitation Game glossed over Turing’s sexuality, and blunted the tragedy of his suicide by ending on a somewhat optimistic and ambiguous note.

“Someone telling him something he never had told to him in his life—that he did matter… was our way of thanking him in the structure of the film, our eulogy to him,” Cumberbatch said in November

The Imitation Game is in theaters now.

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