Julian Assange really doesn’t want Benedict Cumberbatch to get a Globe nomination


All of us got thoroughly Batched this weekend, what with Benedict Cumberbatch’s amazing Reddit AMA, his cute appearance on Jimmy Fallon, and his adorable appearance on Graham Norton. Even on-the-fence ladies were feeling the Cumberlove. And it should only get better this week, I hope. The Fifth Estate comes out in America this Friday, so I’m hoping that we at least get some premiere photos or some more interviews or something. For now, this story will just made me laugh:

While Benedict Cumberbatch introduced the New York premiere of “The Fifth Estate” — about Julian Assange and Wikileaks — a cell phone rang out in the audience.

“Don’t answer it,” the suave UK star warned. “It’s Julian, and he’s calling to tell you all not to watch!”

(Exiled Assange contacted Cumberbatch before filming to ominously tell him in a letter: “I believe that you should reconsider your involvement in this enterprise.”)

[From Page Six]

But really, the reason I’m writing this post is because Julian Assange has gone round the bend. Not content to merely release open breakup letters to Cumberbatch on Wikileaks, Julian Assange actually sat down for a Skype session with the Hollywood Foreign Press!!!!! Those are the people in control of the Golden Globes. As in, Julian Assange is doing the “anti-campaign” for Benedict’s Golden Globe nomination. Julian Assange has thoughts on movies too, HFPA.

In an unusual conversation with the normally entertainment-minded HFPA, the fugitive WikiLeaks founder talks a little about movies, a lot about the “security complex” he fights against. The new movie “The Fifth Estate” is doomed to fail because its anti-WikiLeaks stance doesn’t give moviegoers the kind of underdog story they want, said exiled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a roundtable interview conducted via Skype on Saturday with members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

In the 100-minute conversation, conducted via Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange has been living under diplomatic asylum for nearly 500 days, Assange slammed both “The Fifth Estate,” and Alex Gibney’s documentary “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” and said he United States has become a place where people seek political asylum not to, but from.”

And when asked if he liked any movies he’s seen recently, he mentioned Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 drama “There Will Be Blood.” “That’s a good film,” he said.

The unusual conversation with members of the HFPA, which typically meets with stars looking to hype their new movies, came as part of a series of roundtables promoted by new president Theo Kingma, who has said he wants to increase the journalistic credibility of the much-maligned organization of Hollywood-based reporters for foreign newspapers, magazines and websites.

TheWrap obtained a transcript of the conversation, which Assange began by calling the HFPA’s creation of the Golden Globes in the early 1940s “basically a hack into the studio system” and “an amazing, successful coup” in getting stars and moviemakers to address the foreign press.

Some of the conversation dealt with “The Fifth Estate,” in which Benedict Cumberbatch plays Assange – and rather than go into detail about why he thinks the film is inaccurate and “a hostile endeavor,” Assange turned analyst and said the movie “is destined to be a box-office failure,” because audiences prefer “combative underdog” stories. While Cumberbatch approached his subject asking for a meeting, which Assange declined (in the process trying to persuade the actor not to appear in the movie), Assange criticized the filmmakers for not approaching him or WikiLeaks, and for not contributing to his defense fund or to WikiLeaks.

“I don’t think we are in a situation anymore where an organization like DreamWorks or Disney … can succinctly decide that it is going to produce a movie about living people, and living political refugees, and people who are embroiled in a grand jury proceeding in the United States, and just smear, without the cost,” he said.

Gibney, he said, was clearly biased against him, and “has [an] emotional engagement with me that is not proper for a journalist to have.”

Assange did repeatedly praise one movie about his company – “Mediastan,” a new WikiLeaks-produced documentary.

But although the conversation took place with a number of entertainment journalists, Assange spent most of his time railing against the U.S. and British security complexes that he said forced him to seek asylum in the Eucadorian embassy.

[From The Wrap]

If you go to The Wrap, you can read more of Assange’s ranting. I mean… it’s the same thing as his Dear John letter to Cumberbatch. By slamming The Fifth Estate so publicly, so prominently, Assange is giving the film more press and getting more people interested in seeing it. It’s public relations 101. Plus, Assange isn’t helping his cause by yelling at Hollywood foreign press reporters for 100 minutes about all of the conspiracies against him. They’re used to covering Leo DiCaprio and Laura Dern, not international hacking conspiracies.




Photos courtesy of The Lady (new cover), The Fifth Estate, WENN.

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  1. T.fanty says:

    Cumby will get his nomination. And hopefully wear a little less blusher this year.

  2. *Laowai* says:

    Damn…this movie really pinged Assange’s NPD hard. It’s always more than a little humorous to watch egomaniacs fall apart the instant cracks in their public personas start to appear.

  3. teehee says:

    But Assange is not part of Hollywood and neither is he profiting from the film, actually it is harming his credibility and campaign.

    It may be that ‘all press is good press’ and that most celebs do nothing else today but garnish as much headline as possible through flat out publicity games and deceit, but, I still want to believe the bottom line of Assange’s messages and still refuse to believe he is so stupid as to act like a piece of crap Kardashian. I want to believe this man is honestly SO FAR ABOVE that petty BS; what interest could he possibly have in trying to publicize a film? He has other agendas on his plate and bigger topics to be involved in.

    • LadySlippers says:

      But all he’s doing to keeping this on everyone’s mind. It *was* going to disappear without much fanfare after the disappointing TIFF premiere. So either he’s a blockhead and is inadvertently bringing up a movie that he really wants to us to forget OR he’s a genius and using some good old fashioned negative psychology to push his agenda. I’m in favour of the latter.

  4. Sixer says:

    I still have a headache. So I don’t think Assange should be allowed to use the word succinctly without being succinct.

    That’s all’s I’m sayin’.

  5. Aud says:

    The letter from Assange is quite telling.
    The amount of times he uses ‘I’ pretty much outlines his massive ego.

  6. Tish says:

    Hahaha! He’s campaigning for Cumby this early!

    Wikileaks also tweeted a parody they call “Assange assassinates Cumberbatch” https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/389579155525758976. Playground bullying, that’s what JA likes.

    I’m still waiting for you guys here to cover the NY screening complete with Cumby and Anna Wintour being BFFs.

  7. Lindy79 says:

    Assange did repeatedly praise one movie about his company – “Mediastan,” a new WikiLeaks-produced documentary.

    I’d have a lot more respect for him if he didn’t try to promote his own WikiLeaks produced film while crapping on Fifth Estate (seriously, how can he say with a straight face that something financed by his comapny isn’t going to be biased in HIS favour?)

    I hope he gets nominated for everything, even the Actress awards, just to piss Assange off.

    Might I suggest he takes a leaf out of Cumby’s book and treat the film like a certain fame hungry model/actress with a PR boyfriend and just ignore it..

  8. Greta says:

    That magazine cover is cracking me up! Obviously having some fun in those editorial offices.

  9. QQ says:

    Assange cant stfu about his favorite subject: Assange

  10. GeeMoney says:

    Ugh, Julian Assange. He needs to go away already. That man’s love affair with himself is getting out of control.

    And I didn’t realize that he had access to films in that embassy down in Ecuador? He’s living more comfortably than I thought.

    • Blankverse says:

      He’s in the Embassy in London, not in the actual country of Ecuador so yes, movies would be very easy to access.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Bootleg copies of almost anything can be found on the ‘net. And JA is smart enough to manage a few bootleg shows…

    • Lucrezia says:

      *stares in horror*

      Is this sarcasm?

      Please, please be sarcasm.

      • GeeMoney says:

        Not sure I understand about the sarcasm part… I didn’t realize he was in an embassy in London, and I have no idea what you have access to while you are holed up in one.

        Hell, I’ve never traveled overseas (or out of the US for that matter), so perhaps I’m just clueless.

      • Lucrezia says:

        An embassy is where foreign diplomats live. So Ecuador is absolutely the last place on earth an Ecuadorian embassy would be. Having your embassy in your own country completely defeats the purpose. (They wouldn’t be foreign diplomats!) They also tend to be pretty fancy, so TV’s and internet are absolute givens.

        That’s the main reason I was having a “WTF – are you being serious?” moment. It was like hearing someone walk into a hospital and say, “gosh, there’s a lot of sick people here!”

        Which is fine by itself. Kind of a cute mistake. Enough to make you go “how did you not know that?”, but harmless.

        The problem is, it’s not the only thing you said. You also commented on Assange’s personality. I find it strange that you can hold an opinion on the guy, yet not know something as basic as where he’s been holed up for the last year and a half.

        It really makes me question how this is being played in the American media. What other basic facts don’t you know? What are the things you feel confident you DO know?

      • GeeMoney says:

        A good chunk of Americans are well informed about who Julian Assange is and what WikiLeaks is all about… please don’t lump them in with my vague knowledge of him.

        I only have a passing interest in Assange, mainly due to the fact that I like Cumberbatch so much. Honestly, I don’t really care about his whole ordeal (even though maybe I should, but yeah, whatever).

        I’m not heavily invested in anything that he’s saying, but in just skimming his letters and reading other people’s thoughts on the matter, the man does sound full of himself. Yeesh.

        And perhaps I’ll read up on the subject of embassies just so I can appease future posters and not offend them with my non-knowledge of what they are.

      • boredbrit says:

        Whoa, Lucrezia, chill out there. Your reply was quite condescending, I was cringing as I read it and it drove me to respond. Just, relax man. It’s no big deal. And this is coming from someone who actually likes Assange. You could have corrected her nicely but whatever.

      • EscapedConvent says:


        How rude.

      • Alita says:

        Yeah but … not knowing what an embassy is? It’s not a misunderstanding of the nuance of federal Vs state legal structures – It’s a dictionary definition of a conversationally used word. Like @Lucrezia, I think it is a big deal *shrug* – each to their own.

  11. CaribbeanLaura says:

    This dude has to know that he’s gonna single handedly make the movie a damn box office success if he keeps this up right? Clearly it’s an elaborate ruse and I approve!! He’s helping to ensure that this is the year of the CUMBERBATCH for sure! YAY!

    • T.Fanty says:

      That’s probably even better for JA, because then that makes him even more of a martyr. It doesn’t matter whether people are agreeing with him or demonizing him – as long as they’re thinking about him.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Agreed Fanty. I think his worst nightmare was happening prior to this movie — he was being forgotten in the embassy in London.

      • Lucrezia says:

        Pre-movie he was campaigning for a senate seat in Australia.

        If anything, that actually supports the fame-whore argument, but I felt the need to clarify that he wasn’t exactly mouldering in obscurity.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Lucrezia, in Australia the campaign kept him in the news. Here in the US it was used as a joke and quickly fell off our radar. We have an incredibly short attention span plus this isn’t/hasn’t been something that interests mainstream America. Initially yes, but not long term.

        He was not fodder for dinner table/ water cooler conversations until recently (as alluded by other Americans). So in the US this *is* bringing him back into the limelight.

      • Tish says:

        The film is tracking 4M over the weekend. That’s gotta be a big blow to Assange’s ego. He’s not interesting enough.

  12. KirstyM says:

    He’s in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He can’t be moved to Ecuador for asylum because he would be arrested once he leaves the embassy doors.

    He is a self aggrandising pouting puffball isn’t he? Assange I mean,

    Love Benedict. I hope this film does well.

  13. Thora says:

    Assange is just digging his own grave. How can anyone take him seriously when he’s doing this.

    But maybe he’s payed by dreamworks to promote the film, I’m starting to get suspicious, haha.

  14. Esti says:

    I think Assange protests too much — if he really wanted this movie to die out quietly, he wouldn’t be making all of these big public statements about how *outrageous* it is. He may disagree with the version of the story it tells, but I think he wants it to get a lot of attention because that keeps attention on him. Classic narcissist.

    And I don’t hear any buzz at all about Cumberbatch being nominated for this. There are just too many good performances from other actors, and no one seems to have liked The Fifth Estate very much. Between Ejiofor, McConaughey, Hanks, Redford, Dern, Whittaker, Jordan, Elba, DiCaprio, and Bale, I don’t see any way that Cumberbatch gets a nom.

    • Tish says:

      I don’t expect Cumby to get an Oscar nom for this at all. Reviews about his performance are glowing and some do think it’s Oscar nom worthy but the movie isn’t well received that’s why there’s no buzz. He has a chance for a double Golden Globe nom though. I’m sure he’ll get a nod for Parade’s End.

      • ag-UK says:

        I saw the film over the weekend he is very good but the movie so so.

      • Esti says:

        But the Globes will be the same people as the Oscars. The only way spots open up at the Globes is if some of the performances getting Oscar noms are in comedies or musicals, and that’s not the case for any of the dozen or so buzzed-about male performances.

      • Tish says:

        And that’s exactly where he’ll get his chance. Long shot but bigger chances than the Oscars. It’s about popularity in the GGs and him having his banner year, there is a possibility of a double GG nom.

      • Bridget says:

        None of the other Oscar frontrunners are in comedies – Elba, Redford, Ejiofor, Fruitvale (yeah, I’m tired), Dern – so there’s not going to be extra spots opening up in the Best Actor field for Cumberbatch. The part that bugs me is that now Assange will try to take credit for a lack of GG nominations in a couple months where it’s really a result of a stellar field this year.

  15. MissMary says:

    Part of me wonders if Assange is legit trying to drum up interest in the movie just so he keeps getting media attention (even if he hates the film).

  16. Claudia says:

    Sheep. That is all.

  17. Sephora Wilson says:

    I know I’m suppose to be focusing on the story but…. good lord that last pic of him on that magazine cover. He looks fucking hot! Where can I get this magazine from? I need it!

  18. lizzy says:

    The film has had so much hype I thought it came out months ago…so I don’t think what JA is doing is going to change anything.

    And if these anti-JA comments are out of loyalty to BC…in my opinion, it’s not needed. You guys did see all those signs BC held up, right? (Google Glen Greenwald and life partner)

  19. Marianne says:

    Doesn’t Julian realize this is simply putting out MORE press for the movie and Benedict?

  20. allons-y alonso says:

    Well Mr Assange I didn’t want Natalie Portman to win an Oscar, but you know what, that s**t still happened. So, there’s that.

  21. nico says:

    OT-I know several of you are also fans of Fassbender and wanted to give you this link on TYAS.

    Some Academy members are complaining about the subject matter.


    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      The academy members who skipped out on the film, because they didn’t want another history lesson, or because it was a sunday and they weren’t ready–wtf is that about? And that last person who said they don’t know anyone who watched Schindler’s List more than once–what? I’ve seen Schindler’s List many, many times, and I only saw it for the first time 5 years ago.

      What is wrong with these people? You aren’t going to go see a film because the subject matter is tough? Because it’s actually serious? I love Django Unchained–but I didn’t see any articles from the academy saying that they weren’t going to go see it because of the subject matter–and Django had a pretty brutal mandingo fighting scene in it.
      Ugh–this is making me upset.

      Are we really at a point in our nation where we won’t watch something with a great and powerful message because it might make us feel anything other than happy that the good guy won?

  22. icerose says:

    Benny is pretty far down the Oscar list on most of the film sites I frequent and that includes some who rated the film as OK.
    I have no idea about the Globes as I do not follow them at all.
    Parades End was nominated for an Emmy but did not get it. It was a bit of a mixture overall some bits that worked and other bits that did not. I was glad Rebecca was Bafta nominated because she really rocked her part and was the best thing in it.

    I do agree about Assange giving the film unnecessary publicity but also agree with his sentiments about it.

  23. Tish says:

    PE, as in the show itself didn’t get an Emmy nom. Only Stoppard and Cumberbatch got a nod. I think Cumby will get another one alongside Damon, Douglas, Elba.

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