It would be fair to say Benedict Cumberbatch has a lot going on at the moment.
“Well, I’m back to the U.K. to do two days of work on [BBC2 film] ‘Richard III,’ which has been fantastic but a bit of a roller coaster with this jammed in the middle of it,” the actor said on Monday night. He was walking the red carpet outside of the DGA Theater on Sunset Boulevard, the latest stop on the massive “The Imitation Game” press tour. It’s more of a campaign trail, really, with the film considered a front-runner in the Oscar race. “And then I’m back here [in Los Angeles] Friday, then New York.”
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He even managed to squeeze an engagement in there (he proposed to longtime girlfriend Sophie Hunter last week). But it’ll all be worth it if he gets nominated for Best Actor for his turn in the period thriller. In it, he plays mathematician and logician Alan Turing, who cracked the Nazi’s Enigma code during World War II but was later sentenced to gross indecency for homosexuality by the British government (which posthumously apologized in 2009).
“I first heard about his story a few years ago and I remember thinking, I am so shocked that I didn’t know who he was or what he’d done, or what had been done to him,” said co-star Keira Knightley. “You feel a tremendous sense of anger when you find out exactly what his story is, particularly being British. I think it’s really important that people know who he was and what he did.”
Guests of The Weinstein Company screening — co-hosted by Chanel — reconvened at the Chateau Marmont afterward for some post-screening boozing. Knightley posted up at a corner table, and talked to Harvey Weinstein most of the evening.
“I wore it because I liked it. I wish I had something more in-depth to say about it than that but I thought it was fun,” Knightley said of her frock. “I like the sparkles…and it’s kind of sci-fi. I fancied a bit of sci-fi tonight.”