Benedict Cumberbatch’s Assange is ‘twitchy & brilliant’, says PM David Cameron


Yay! More Benedict Cumberbatch! Cumby is going to be everywhere on Thursday and Friday, so I hope you Cumberbitches prepare yourselves and your Cumberburning loins. At some point, Benedict is going to have a London premiere for The Fifth Estate, and probably a NYC premiere too. I don’t know when. But British Cumberbitches get to see the movie before the Americans – it’s being released there this week, and America gets it next week. Still, Benedict will be in NYC this week to promote it. He’ll be on Good Morning America, Katie Couric and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, all on Thursday. Then on Friday he’s going to do a Reddit Ask Me Anything. OH GOD. That will either be brilliant or career-destroying, nothing in-between.

But does it even matter? As more critics see the film, the film is looking more and more like a potential bomb. RISE, CUMBERBITCHES. Our man needs us! You can see some reviews and such here at Rotten Tomatoes – as I’m writing this, the movie is at a heartbreaking 40%. And to add insult to injury, Prime Minister David Cameron is a fan of Benedict. Nooooo.

David Cameron has hailed Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the “twitchiness” of Julian Assange and expressed qualified support for the early work of the WikiLeaks founder. The prime minister, who described Cumberbatch’s performance in The Fifth Estate as brilliant, said WikiLeaks had done well in its early period when it exposed corruption in Africa. But he said that in its later period WikiLeaks had put lives at risk.

Cameron was asked to review the Fifth Estate before an appearance on The Agenda on ITV on Monday night. He managed to see the first part of the film. The PM told ITN’s political editor, Tom Bradby, who presents The Agenda: “Benedict Cumberbatch – brilliant, fantastic piece of acting. The twitchiness and everything of Julian Assange is brilliantly portrayed.”

But Cameron said he felt uneasy that in the film Assange appears to be more concerned about the fate of people who leaked documents to WikiLeaks – an apparent reference to Chelsea Manning – rather than people whose security may have been jeopardised by the leaks.

The prime minister said: “There is an interesting bit at the beginning when he says some of these documents are confidential, people’s lives are at risk and of course he is thinking of the people who have leaked them. Actually you also need to think about the people whose lives are at risk because they have been leaked. In the bit of the film I saw that didn’t come out enough. But it makes you think.”

But the PM, who campaigned strongly in favour of open government while in opposition at the time that WikiLeaks first started to make an impact, said he had some understanding of the motives for its early work. Asked whether he had sympathy for the way in which it had exposed corruption, he said: “Yes, you do feel sympathy for them because some of the things they uncover in Africa and elsewhere – you think it is great that information has been revealed. Transparency, sunlight is a great disinfectant. Transparency about information and where money is spent and how it is spent – this helps keep governments and politicians honest. So it is a good thing.”

But Cameron questioned what he called the “huge dumps of information” by WikiLeaks. He said: “But later on the film when it gets on to what happened recently where just huge dumps of information – every single telegram they had was made public without thinking of the consequences and huge lives could be put at risk. There is some information that government has to keep secret for national security, for people’s safety. I think that needs to be part of the debate too.”

[From The Guardian]

Eh, I kind of think Cameron makes a good point. Does that make me a Tory? I wonder if Benedict has ever voted Tory. He often sounds like a dyed-in-the-wool Labor voter, but you never know.

Also, the full-length (ish) trailer for Little Favor was released. Cumberbloody! CUMBERCIDE. Is it funny to anyone else that Cumby is playing some badass special forces dude who karate chops people? God bless him. I love him.





Photos courtesy of ‘Little Favor’ and WENN.

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    Poor Cumby. Although I’ll bet he’s secretly flattered. I will put on my “Tony Benn Forever” t-shirt and comfort him.

    And yes to the hilarity of Cumby the action hero. Bless him.

  2. Anna says:

    I like those Little Favour photos. He gives nice face there.

  3. Eve says:

    “Is it funny to anyone else that Cumby is playing some badass special forces dude who karate chops people?”

    Not really. I thought his action scenes in STiD were pretty convincing.

  4. Abby says:

    Lol sometimes Cameron can have good taste, he liked BC’s performance and Breaking Bad. Also if you guys watch the video…Cameron mispronounces Cumberbatch…said Cumberhatch instead and reporter had to correct him hehehe

    So far those who have seen the movie (normal people) are saying the film is OK at best but it’s BC’s astounding performance that uplifts it altogether. Also some praised the chemistry between Daniel and BC….gahhh I am so watching it no matter how bad reviews it gets.

  5. LadySlippers says:

    The new trailer is rather yummy.

    And I could so imagine Benedict in restraints. So he’s not a very compliant sub, eh???

  6. Leah says:

    The AMA Reddit terrifies me. Go with caution, Cumby! Remember that sarcasm sometimes doesn’t translate well into the written word!

    Seriously, I feel like we’re going to need a prayer circle, support circle, alcohol stash, or therapy after this. Or a drinking game!!

    Who wants to come up with the AMA Cumby Reddit drinking game?

    Is he going to have a handler? They aren’t just going to turn him loose, are they? Good grief. Can you ramble on a Reddit?

  7. Lindy79 says:

    He’s filming Graham Norton today (*or yesterday) and arrived straight from set on the back of a motorbike. He’s fangirling over Harrison Ford apparently.

    Friday cannot come quickly enough.

  8. Shw says:

    Knob off Cameron and leave my Cumby alone. Your attempts to be cool just make you look more out of touch. Go Home.

    Booked my tickets to see Fifth Estate after work on Friday with one of my minions. Cannot wait!

  9. Tish says:

    He once talked to a mass rally sponsored by the TUC. You can search youtube for that.

  10. ag-UK says:

    Did anyone see the comments from that article in the Guardian. Random people I know but BC didn’t have the love that he gets here.

  11. Allison says:

    GAH! Now I have to figure out how to use Reddit? Can’t it just be on Twitter? Well, then he’d be limited to 140 characters, and that defeats the purpose of the Cumbermouth. Fine, Reddit it is. But he better be unsupervised.

    Apparently the 12 Years a Slave premiere happened in NYC last night. No Cumby that I’ve seen.

    Motorbike pics. Now. They have to exist.

  12. SolitaryAngel says:

    My desktop wallpaper is a lovely mouthwatering photo of Cumby lying wet and naked on his stomach. That trumps any bad movie review EVER. :)

  13. MissMary says:

    I have a bad feeling about the Reddit AMA… Mainly because if he doesn’t have a handler, it’s all “OMG MARRY ME OMG ARE YOU DATING ANYONE OMG UR SO UGLY!” type shit. And sarcasm does NOT translate via internet usually, so he may come off as extra douchey with a side of douche if he gets defensive.

    • Leah says:

      That’s honestly my biggest fear. Someone is eventually going to step on his toes and he’s going to respond negatively/defensively, and it’ll go down hill.

      On the other hand… it seems other celebs have survived this, and Cumby seems to keep a decent sense of humor. He must realize what he’s in for??

      Is it hope or denial that I cling to?

    • gogoGorilla says:

      Actually, some of the AMAs on Reddit have been excellent. There’s not usually a lot of crap like that. I think the best ones are when the person is actually answering the questions him/herself and not having a handler do it.

      I think he’ll be fine.

    • Katie says:

      He’ll be fine. His PR and studio PR will be there and AMA actually moderates pretty well.

      You’ve got to remember that Reddit has a vested interest in these going well. They don’t want to drive celebs away from AMA and lose all those valuable press and traffic ops.

  14. Coco says:

    I’m on the minority here but I don’t see his appealing. He is a great actor of course, but there’s something about his face that creeps me out.

  15. Maureen says:

    Why is it bad that Cameron is a Benedict fan?? Anyone can be a fan of anyone they like, yes? I’m picking up the scent of something unpleasant here. Is it because Cameron “leans right” that he shouldn’t be allowed the privilege of enjoying Benedict’s work? That can’t be right, right? Because that seems a bit intolerant (“I don’t like your politics, so you can’t like my favorite actor”) and surely the open-minded liberal fans here would not be so intolerant.

    • Vesta says:

      @Maureen, I don’t necessarily feel it’s Cameron’s political orientation that is the issue here. I tend to think that the sitting PM in a weak economical situation isn’t going to be the most loved person whichever direction he/she is leaning to.
      IMO the only exception would be Benedict of course. They should make him the PM of the whole wide world, and he could tax me until I have only underwear left, and after that I would gladly give those to him too…

    • Sixer says:

      I don’t think it’s a left/right or party thing, Maureen. The current administration hates Assange. But the previous one did, too. Even more, probably, since it was led by an arch liberal interventionist and domestic surveillance advocate.

      No administration likes a security/defence whistleblower. More so in the age of the War on Terror. Cameron was stuck with commenting on a high profile film starring a British actor (the PM has to talk those up, Britain is making a lot of money from this industry) about a contentious topic that potentially shines a poor light on Britain and its allies (the PM has to talk that down).

      He’d have been better to try to ensure that the question wasn’t asked so he didn’t have to say anything at all. It’s not as though anyone gives the chuff from a flying monkey about Cameron’s film critiques; the question was asked to make him squirm and hedge his film critic bets enough to look foolish. Which is pretty much what he did.

  16. Vesta says:

    All the blood in that trailer just makes me feel faint, but still I can’t help but think that he looks… literally bloody HOT there too.

    And if we put his hotness aspects aside, I say this is more naked action than in STiD, and I find this new raw side of his acting fascinating. More please.

  17. Faith says:

    Cameron needs to shut up and stopping ruining Cumberbatch for me. I can’t tell if I hate him because he’s bad at his job or just because he is a Tory maybe a bit of both.

  18. icerose says:

    Well that’s pretty much put the kiss of death on the film just when it look liked it might have rallied a bit. It was all pretty predictable and nothing I would not have expected Cameron to say. Just convinces me that any thoughts of putting it on my must see films are to be ignored. I think Benny should try his hand at comedy next. It might widen his acting range.

  19. Kate says:

    Assange is the opposite of twitchy, so that doesn’t bode well.

  20. Bee says:

    This makes me think Cumby might become Sir Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch soon.