Here We Go // Lower Than Atlantis
I don’t think mollycoddling yourself into a security of only feeding your brain with things that won’t upset you or teach you of real life events is the way forward. It is bringing this man and the brilliant team that worked with him, as well as the genius work they did and the way life was back then, to life. And learning about how gay people were treated barely 70 years ago is something that you shouldn’t ignore. It will evoke emotions because his story doesn’t end in the way it should have done and of course it’s upsetting for everybody. Benedict worked hard and did extensive research to try and make Alan as ‘real’ as he possibly could with very little information - no audio clips to bounce off of for instance, no footage of Turing, the film itself is worth watching just for Benedict’s interpretation of him as he would have dug in every little corner for information on him that you really should watch it. It’ll be a sobering watch, so maybe take your tissues, but it’s important that people learn about these historic events (It seems you know about his story anyway and it’s up to you to decide if you want to watch it. No-one can force you!) If anything, watch it for Alan. Watch it for the people that worked at Bletchley Park without any kind of recognition that they fully deserved. They may not have got it then, but.. “better late than never.”
Edit: I also realise the film could spark emotional responses in some people, in which case, that’s entirely up to them to evaluate their responses and if they are capable of sitting through it. I realise that we all all different in how we process certain things. I would Wikipedia all about Alan Turing if you don’t already. I wrote a small summary on him some time ago here.
Madame Tussauds have posted this comment on their Facebook page about making the eyes for Benedict’s waxwork
The wax figure’s eyes will be exact replicas of Benedict’s. Each pair of eyes takes approximately 10 hours to make. At the sitting, stock glass eyes were compared to the Benedict’s own, and life-size colour transparencies were taken, so that our eye-making experts can reproduce the exact inner, middle and outer iris and sclera colours. Each eye is painted with watercolours with fine red silk thread used to create the veining lines, and the whole is cast into acrylic.
you’re not the one I adore
Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of…who do the things that no one can imagine. [x]
"Finally i can photobomb myself!" “Benedict’s figure will be ‘premiere ready’, showing the actor looking impeccably groomed in a stylish dark suit. His immaculate red carpet style will be paired with a warm and relaxed expression, and his famous tousled hairstyle. Work on the figure is well underway, and the actor has been heavily involved with the creation process. Benedict has given two sittings for our talented studios team, during which hundreds of precise measurements and numerous photographs were captured to be used by our sculptors and artists. “Finally I can photobomb myself!” joked Cumberbatch. “What a weird and wonderful compliment to be included in the ranks of talent already committed to wax. I’ve been accused of being wooden in my work but never waxy! The main privilege for me was the process and seeing the amount of exacting work and skill brought to every detail of this art form. It is a wonderful combination of old and new, hi-tech and lo-fi skills. Measurements, hand inserted individual hairs and sculpted features. As a subject, you stand still surrounded by sculpters, painters, photographers, measurers and a whole army of people who bring together your likeness… it’s an extraordinary experience. Also my agents will be thrilled, they’ve wanted a clone of me for some time!” Benedict’s figure will be the latest British star to join our A-list line up, and will take up residence in October, alongside fellow Brits Judi Dench and Kate Winslet, as well as a host of Hollywood names from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, to Julia Roberts and Johnny Depp. More at the website.
Benedict Cumberbatch measures up for a Madame Tussauds waxwork figure http://huff.to/Wy8elT