Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has insisted he is ”thrilled” with new movie The Fifth Estate. The 37-year-old actor plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the upcoming film and he admitted while he enjoyed the role, he was ”terrified” before he watched the finished movie for the first time.
Speaking to Radar magazine, Benedict said: ”I’m thrilled with it. I’d seen it in the States and I was terrified. I cannot watch myself for the first time, especially playing someone who is so removed from me – because of everything, the appearance, the accent. Everything about him is different.”
Cumberbatch also defended the movie against claims it is a character assassination, saying: ”I think [director Bill Condon] has made a beautiful film – it’s incredibly balanced. It’s entertaining as well as intriguing.
”And what it should do is ignite a debate – that’s exactly what should happen. And hopefully it will do that.”
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