Benedict Cumberbatch Talks THE FIFTH ESTATE, Preparing for the Dancing Scene, the Difficulty in Telling a Story That’s Still Happening, and More

     October 15, 2013


Opening this week is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.  The Fifth Estate also stars Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a video interview with Benedict Cumberbatch.  He talked about what it’s like having so many people interested in everything he does, the difficulty in telling a story that’s still happening, how The Fifth Estate doesn’t just show one person’s perspective of the story, if he prepared more for the dramatic scenes or for the dance scene, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Benedict Cumberbatch:

  • What’s it like being in the center of so much fan interest right now
  • How it’s very hard to tell a story that’s still going on right now.
  • Did he prepare more for the Julian dramatic scenes or for the dance.  Talks about how the dance scene is one of the rare times you get to see the real Julian Assange
  • Cumberbatch talks about how the film hopefully shows all sides


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