Benedict Cumberbatch calls Alan Turing 'a gay icon' who should be on bank notes

Thu. December 4, 2014 8:46 AM by

Benedict Cumberbatch has called Alan Turing "a gay icon" who should be on bank notes.

Cumberbatch plays mathematician Turing in the just opened film The Imitation Game.

On Monday, producers of the film released a clip from the film in which Turing is seen coming out to British intelligence officer John Cairncross (played by Allen Leech).

Cumberbatch's portrayal of the gay code breaker convicted of gross indecency has garnered wide acclaim and an early Oscar buzz.

"It seems unbelievable that someone who is a war hero, someone who is the father of the modern computer age – and a gay icon – could remain in such relative obscurity to the scale of his achievements in his brief time on this planet," Cumberbatch told AwardsLine.

"One of the main reasons I was really attracted to playing him was to try and bring his story to as wide an audience as possible. It still seems unfathomable to me that Turing is not on bank notes; that he's not on the front cover of a textbook. I'm serious. I mean, Newton and Darwin are on bank notes for Christ's sake. This man, as acknowledged by Steve Jobs and Bill Gates and other titans of the digital age... was the forefather of modern computing. He was an extraordinarily important man. I just think he should be celebrated as a social-cultural hero as well as someone of extraordinary importance in the scientific and modern worlds," he added.

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