Amph Benedict Pumpkinpatch to play Julian Assange in film

Discussion in 'Community' started by Ender Sai, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    So, apparently a film is being made about the egomaniac who founded Wikileaks, entitled The Fifth Estate. To play the Australian 'activist' Julian Assange, the director has cast well known non-Australian and rough-hewn block of wood Benedict Cummerbund in the role:

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    As you can see, there is no semblance to Assange that is achieved beyond putting a ridiculous wig on the actor, to replicate Assange's ridiculous hairstyle.

    How exactly is the public served by this film? Will it be an insightful look at a modern phenomenon like The Social Network? Or premature and thus without purpose, like Oliver Stone's misguided (but well made/acted) W?

    And were there literally no Australian actors who could play the role and you know... do the accent?
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  2. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    Source? Because I call photoshop on that picture.
  3. Mustafar_66 Force Ghost

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    Well he looks suitably rapey if nothing else. And I have enough faith in Cumberbatch's acting to do a decent job, irrespective of the accent.
  4. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    Do you not have Google, Juliet? It's this magical thing that lets you search the entire interwubs.
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  5. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    I'm no fan of Assange, at all. He's a narcissist masquerading as an activist, and in releasing the classified documents he did he put lives at risk. There aren't many here who have read REFTELs at the Secret/Top Secret level before so let me state that anything TS that was released will contain reference to specific operations (it's unlikely you would cable anything that's using TS:D clearance wouldn't be sent over cable so names of assets in place wouldn't come out) and some local sources who would reasonably expect reprisals. Unless you have accessed cables (we used SATIN terminals to access them, so it's unlikely a Brad Manning type could compromise security in Australia in the same way) and used them, you have no insight into how recklessly dangerous the Wikileaks action was. I had access to and used REFTELs before, so I can't abide what Assange does, no matter how in the public interest Collateral Murder was.

    So I agree that Cumberbatch has the chops to pull the role off. What I worry about is that the self-obsessed attention whore that is Julian Assange will be given a sympathetic bent in the films. He doesn't deserve it.
  6. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    Well, a good, visionary director will certainly be of tremendous benefit to the
    Er.

    Well, at least the writer's done political drama before.
  7. Miana Kenobi Costuming & Props Mod - Retired Admin

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    Lucius Malfoy called. He wants his wig back.
  8. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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    The Fifth Estate? CBC will not be pleased.
  9. halibut Chosen One

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    This belongs in the Sherlock thread
  10. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    WILL CUMBERBATCH BE ABLE TO REPLICATE THE DISTINCT NASALLY TONE OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT?
  11. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    No it doesn't.
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  12. Violent Violet Menace Force Ghost

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    If a Brit can play Superman, a non-Australian can play an Australian.
  13. Mustafar_66 Force Ghost

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    I...have no idea why I was quoted for this.
  14. Rogue_Ten Chosen One

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    actually i think he's making a good "Assange face" there. post liked for "rough-hewn block of wood benedict cummerbund"
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  15. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    Ew.
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  16. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    American accents are easy for Brits and Australians. Australian accents are challenging for both. Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline have done good ones, but you end up with a vaguely ridiculous version of the broad Australian accent a la Monty Python's Bruces.
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  17. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    [face_laugh][face_laugh][face_rofl][face_rofl]
  18. Miana Kenobi Costuming & Props Mod - Retired Admin

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    I imagine its just as hard as getting the right regional dialect of British/Scottish/Welsh/Irish/etc to get the right American dialect.
  19. AAAAAH Jedi Grand Master

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    can't wait for this movie concerning assend bumberpast!
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  20. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    Watched the Wire?
  21. AAAAAH Jedi Grand Master

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    sorry juliet, he's right.
  22. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    No, actually I haven't, actually.
  23. Rebel_Padawan Force Ghost

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    Australia has already done a 'biopic'

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    I never watched it but apparently it wasn't that great.
  24. Alpha-Red Force Ghost

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    Didn't we already have a movie about Julian Assange? I think it was called Sky-something...Skyfall.
  25. AaylaSecurOWNED Force Ghost

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    Have you ever heard Ewan McGregor or Jude Law attempt an American accent? You can come up with all the anecdata you want, Ender, doesn't make your statement true.
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