WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange is not thrilled with the upcoming movie depiction of his life, The Fifth Estate, and he’s letting star Benedict Cumberbatch know all about it.
Julian wrote an open letter to Benedict in which he explained that while he likes the actor, he does not think he should take part in the film. “I think I would enjoy meeting you. The bond that develops between an actor and a living subject is significant,” he began. “But I must speak directly… I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this film is a good film.”
Julian expressed concern that the story that Dreamworks is planning to tell is based off “the most toxic” book version of his story. “It does not seek to simplify, clarify or distill the truth, but rather it seeks to bury it. It will resurrect and amplify defamatory stories which were long ago shown to be false.”
He ultimately asks Benedict to pull out of the project, and refused to meet with him in person. Your move, Benedict!
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