Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch cel­e­brates Ju­lian As­sange

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch says he greatly ad­mires em­bat­tled Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange.

The Sher­lock and Star Trek ac­tor says “there’s a lot to cel­e­brate about his achieve­ments.”

Cum­ber­batch plays the con­tro­ver­sial As­sange in the film The Fifth Es­tate, which opened the Toronto In­ter- na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

Cum­ber­batch and di­rec­tor Bill Con­don say they strove to por­tray a three-di­men­sional man au­di­ences can re­late to.

Cum­ber­batch also ap­pears in fes­ti­val picks Au­gust: Osage County and 12 Years a Slave. TIFF runs through Sept. 15. Con­don says As­sange re­fused to have any­thing to do with the film.

The Aus­tralian free-speech cru­sader is holed up in the Ecuado­rian em­bassy in Lon­don avoid­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Swe­den on sex as­sault al­le­ga­tions.

Cum­ber­batch says he did not want to im­per­son­ate As­sange, but rather in­ter­pret who he is.

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