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Benedict Cumberbatch: Mr. Smart Guy

The Imitation Game actor on Alan Turing, vintage video games and why he’s so good at playing complicated geniuses

You’ve played a lot of intriguing characters over the years–everyone from Alan Turing to the voice of a dragon in The Hobbit to Stephen Hawking. How many of them would you say are geniuses?

I’m not going to do this in any particular order, but Hawking, Frankenstein, Joseph Hooker [the British botanist in Creation], Oppenheimer, Turing, Assange…

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